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Republican River agreement extended into 2016

2 high-speed chases end in arrests

Downtown merchants look at leveling uneven sidewalks

Nuckolls County hosts high school rodeo

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Republican River agreement extended into 2016

The Associated Press reported this week that those governing Republican Valley water use in Kansas and Nebraska had agreed to extend for another year an agreement which allows Nebraska to pump more than its share of the Republican River water while ensuring Kansas eventually gets the water is due under the tri-state Republican River Compact signed before WW II.
The agreement is similar to the ones covering the 2014 and 2015 growing seasons.
David Barfield, chief engineer with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, expects Nebraska to pump about 35,000 acre-feet more than Kansas believes it should in 2016. However, Nebraska will pump enough groundwater for storage in Harlan County Reservoir this coming winter and spring to supply Kansas irrigators water in the 2016 growing season.
Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado have arguing over the Republican River for decades. Many Nebraska residents believe the 1943 water division agreement was based on unusually high stream flows, flows which have not continued with the combination of drought, conservation tillage and increased irrigation development.
The agreement reached in Topeka gives farmers in both states certainty about how much water they will be able to use and irrigators in the basin more notice about how much water they can use, according to a news release from the river compact administration.
The agreement doesn't address an ongoing disagreement between Kansas and Colorado. Kansas contents Colorado has used more than it share of the water in both the north and south forks of the Republican in previous years but has put most of the replacement water in the north fork which flows into Nebraska and not the south fork which flows through northern Kansas.

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2 high-speed chases result in arrests

Two high speed auto chases which happened only hours apart in the north east part of this newspaper's coverage area have resulted in some residents confused about what happened and where.
A Hebron resident was arrested near Edgar early Friday morning while a Smith Center resident was arrested near Bruning Saturday morning after a chase through parts of Fillmore, Thayer and Nuckolls counties.
One Express reader who follows this newspaper's Facebook posts, and lives near Shickley asked her internet friends, "Why did three cop cars just go screaming by my house?"
According to a State Patrol incident report, Travis Stierlen, 25, stopped his car about three miles south of Edgar and was arrested without incident. The arrest came after a 40 minute chase that began near Geneva.
The chase began at 12:03 a.m. when a state trooper clocked a southbound automobile traveling 92 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone near Geneva. Pursuit speeds at times apparently exceeded 100 miles per hour and at times the fleeing vehicle was operated without lights.
The driver, identified as Travis Stierlen, was arrested and taken to the Fillmore County Jail at Geneva.
The chase ended when additional officers surrounded the vehicle.
About 2:15 Saturday morning, Thayer County officers were notified a pursuit which had started in York County would be entering Fillmore County.
The pursuit originated in York County after the sheriff's office received a report of an assault and hit-and-run.
About 2:25 a.m. the chase entered Thayer County. It ended in Thayer County near the intersection of Highway 81 and County Road V when a state trooper executed a maneuver which caused the suspect's automobile to spin out of control.
After the vehicle spun out, the suspect tried to flee until surrounded by law enforcement units.
Two state patrol vehicles and one Thayer County officer's vehicle were damaged during the pursuit.
Brandon Amsden, 28, was arrested. A passenger in his vehicle was released at the scene.



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Downtown merchants look at leveling uneven sidewalks
Last Wednesday morning owners of downtown Superior real estate were invited to witness a demonstration of a patented sidewalk cutting process designed to reduce pedestrian trip hazards. A company representative based at Omaha demonstrated the process by removing a potential trip hazard from a section of concrete sidewalk in front of Aunt Flossie's Cupboard.
Store owner Donna Lovewell noted she has repeatedly used a concrete leveling material in attempt to true up the walk in front of her store. However, the material which is troweled on does not hold up to the extremes of Nebraska weather.
The company spokesman told of the advantages of his process and noted where it will not work. For best results had advised working on areas that have raised between a quarter and a half inch. At no time does the company advise taking off more than half the thickness of a concrete slab. The process is most effective when the concrete is at least four inches thick. He said it is not effective if it weakens the concrete and causes it to break.
It is particularly effective where sidewalk panels have sunk below curbs and the cutting is used to lower the curb to match the level of the slab. The property owners were told the cutting process is more effective than grinding as it leaves a smoother surface as does not open the concrete to weathering to the same extent as grinding.
A small, demonstration-size machine used in Superior last week but if the company is contracted to do the downtown area, larger machines and a crew of several people will be brought in with a goal of doing an entire project area in one day.
If undertaken, the cutting will be a noisy and dusty process that will probably keep some customers away while work is in process. The equipment does employ vacuums in an attempt to contain the dust.
After making the representative made his presentation, the downtown area was surveyed to determine the need and potential areas where the process may be effective. The next step will be for the company to present a project bid.
Once the bid is received, a method of funding must be determined along with a responsible agency to contract with the company.
There are various funding possibilities.
Traditionally the city has been responsible for maintaining curbs and the first block of sidewalk in the downtown business district with the property owner maintaining the rest of the sidewalk. So a division of costs between property owners and the city may be proposed. The project may also qualify for grant funding.
At the current time te projectd is only in the talking stage. Before it can move forward the people of Superior must demonstrate their support for the project. Property owners and customers are asked to inspect the demonstration area to the north of Aunt Flossie's entrance.
This newspaper has a video taken of the demonstration available on its website which is and on the newspaper's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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Nuckolls County hosts high school rodeo
Rodeo action returns to Nuckolls County at 9 a.m. Saturday when the Nuckolls County Fair Board hosts the Nuckolls County High School Rodeo. The rodeo is but one stop on a circuit promoted by the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association. This past weekend contestants were in Bloomfield on Saturday and O'Neill on Sunday. They will be in Nelson both Saturday and Sunday and then move on to the state fair at Grand Island for Labor Day. Other August locations have included Bassett and Lexington.
Unlike professional rodeo which is an entertainment event featured each year at the county fair, the high school rodeo is more of a learning and skills demonstration activity.
Entries opened for the local contest on July 1 and closed Aug. 21. Positions were drawn on Thursday. Stacey Shroyer, Superior, serves as the rodeo secretary. Boots & Phillips Rodeo Company will provide the stock. Mike and Shawna Winchell will provide the goats.
Rodeo judges will be Kenny Smith, Jodi Craig, and Trey White. T J Vance is the cutting judge.
For the competitors staying on the rodeo grounds there were 21 stalls and electrical hookups which could be contracted for paid in advance. The fairboard is charging $35 for an electrical hookup and $10 a night for stalls.
The rodeo also includes a jackpot roping contest that will be open to all following the rodeo performance on Saturday night.

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