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Denied a normal childhood, Nebraska’s youth poet laureate now aims to inspire Native kids like her to dream
Denied a normal childhood, Nebraska’s youth poet laureate now aims to inspire Native kids like her to dream

Aliyah American Horse didn’t have much choice – she had to grow up, and fast. 

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Firefighters are battling several fires in northcentral Nebraska that Region 26 Emergency Management says were sparked by dry lighting.

The Big Event still going strong in second decade

The Big Event still going strong in second decade

More than 450 volunteers signed in and served at 60 jobsites Saturday during Chadron State College’s eleventh annual The Big Event (TBE).

Gordon teen accused of murdering newborn will be tried as adult

Gordon teen accused of murdering newborn will be tried as adult

A Gordon teen accused of murdering her newborn baby will be tried as an adult. 17-year-old Chloe Coplen-Anderson made an appearance in Sheridan County District Court on Friday to withdraw her motion to move her case to juvenile court.

CSC hosts annual Rising Sophomore ceremony

CSC hosts annual Rising Sophomore ceremony

Chadron State College students and employees gathered for the ninth annual Rising Sophomore awards ceremony Wednesday.

Master of Arts in Teaching degree approved

Master of Arts in Teaching degree approved

The Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education has approved a proposal for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree to be offered by all three Nebraska State College System campuses.

Thin blue line: Inside Nebraska town’s battle for more officers

Thin blue line: Inside Nebraska town’s battle for more officers

Law enforcement is essential to keep everyone safe, but across the country, police departments are struggling to hire enough officers. In Nebraska, they’ve seen a 30% reduction in forces.

Four VPAA finalists named at Chadron State College

Four VPAA finalists named at Chadron State College

Chadron State College has announced four finalists for the Vice President for Academic Affairs position. Dr. Jim Powell, who has been the college’s top academic officer since 2020, announced his retirement in November 2023.

Patterson pledges to lead Chadron State College, honor its legacy and listen to stakeholders

Patterson pledges to lead Chadron State College, honor its legacy and listen to stakeholders

Several speakers noted the excitement and energy in the air during the investiture of Chadron State College’s twelfth president, Dr. Ron K. Patterson, Friday in Memorial Hall.

Info sought for burglaries at Box Butte SRA, Chadron State Park

Info sought for burglaries at Box Butte SRA, Chadron State Park

Law enforcement officials are seeking information about recent break-ins and thefts at Chadron State Park and Box Butte State Recreation Area.

Trio of dreams: Valentine couple transforms three storefronts

Trio of dreams: Valentine couple transforms three storefronts

Buying a storefront can be intimidating, but imagine buying not one, not two, but three.

‘They had lost everything’: Nebraska museum tells stories of Japanese-Americans during dark chapter

‘They had lost everything’: Nebraska museum tells stories of Japanese-Americans during dark chapter

Chadron rancher Sharon Hagihara Bartlett walked the nearly empty, grass-covered grounds of the Amache National Historic Site in southeast Colorado and thought about her mother, her aunt, her grandmother.

Three students earn Golden Leaf awards

Three students earn Golden Leaf awards

Three CSC students received Golden Leaf awards from the Northern Plains Collegiate Media Association (NPCMA) during the association’s conference at Wayne State College March 23.

Steps to mitigate deluge of sand into remote trout stream doesn’t include fine

Steps to mitigate deluge of sand into remote trout stream doesn’t include fine

A Sandhills rancher and Cherry County won’t be fined for unleashing a deluge of sand into a remote trout stream, but they will have to take several steps to prevent further damage.

Tchona presents at national conference

Tchona presents at national conference

Two Chadron State College students and Assistant Professor Dr. Mary Keithly attended the National American Chemical Society Spring Conference in New Orleans recently.

Chadron State College theatre to present The Revolutionists

Chadron State College theatre to present The Revolutionists

Chadron State College’s Theatre will present a play titled The Revolutionists in the Memorial Hall Black Box Theatre April 11-13 and April 20 at 7 p.m., and April 14 and April 21 at 2 p.m.

CSC alumna receives Early Career National Award

CSC alumna receives Early Career National Award

CSC alumna Andrea Westlake of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, received the Early Career National Award during the Society for Range Management’s (SRM) 77th Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nevada, in February.

Photojournalist with Midwest roots one of first photogs on scene of deadly Key Bridge collapse

Photojournalist with Midwest roots one of first photogs on scene of deadly Key Bridge collapse

A photographer with Midwest roots was one of the first journalists on the scene following the deadly bridge collapse in Baltimore.

Governor honors Nebraska Vietnam War veterans

Governor honors Nebraska Vietnam War veterans

Warner Chamber ceremony held on Vietnam War Veterans Day

Game and Parks investigating illegal shooting of mule deer in Cherry County

Game and Parks investigating illegal shooting of mule deer in Cherry County

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on the illegal shooting and wanton waste of two mule deer in Cherry County, northwest of Cody, Nebraska.

Valentine designated as a creative district

Valentine designated as a creative district

The arts not only improve quality of life, but also spur economic growth in both big and small communities. That’s what Nebraska lawmakers said when they approved a Creative District program, which provides grants to qualified areas.

Chadron State College makes improvements to facilities

Chadron State College makes improvements to facilities

CSC Housing Director Taylor Osmotherly recently announced a number of improvements in the residence halls.

Road crews battle ice in north-central Neb.

Road crews battle ice in north-central Neb.

Spring storms like these can be the most difficult for road crews.

Dog killed in house fire near Ainsworth, Nebraska

Dog killed in house fire near Ainsworth, Nebraska

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire northeast of Ainsworth, Nebraska that destroyed a house.

'This system sucks': Uncertainty remains on timing, track of spring snow storm

'This system sucks': Uncertainty remains on timing, track of spring snow storm

Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect Sunday and Monday across western and central Nebraska.

WCCA Board of Governors to fill District 1 vacancy

WCCA Board of Governors to fill District 1 vacancy

The Western Community College Area Board of Governors has declared a vacancy in District 1 due to the passing of Dr. Margaret R. Crouse,

CSC professor documents far-ranging grasshopper species

CSC professor documents far-ranging grasshopper species

In a recently published academic paper a Chadron State College professor has documented the presence of a particular species of grasshopper in Wisconsin, some 300 miles away from the closest known occurrence.

Ranchers prepare for storm during calving season

Ranchers prepare for storm during calving season

While moisture is definitely needed across Nebraska, spring storms are extra challenging for ranchers who are in the midst of calving season.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program earns accreditation

Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program earns accreditation

CSC master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling meets the rigorous standards set by the counseling profession.

Authorities respond to fatality ATV, tractor accident in Sheridan County

Authorities respond to fatality ATV, tractor accident in Sheridan County

Sheridan County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a report of an accident involving a tractor and an ATV. A child was reportedly operating the ATV.

UPDATE: I-80 and I-30 open in both directions

UPDATE: I-80 and I-30 open in both directions

An early snowstorm has closed parts of interstate 80 and has made US 30 impassable.

History Day contestants advance to state contest

History Day contestants advance to state contest

All 19 high school and middle school students who competed at the Western District History Day at Chadron State College will advance to the Nebraska National History Day State Contest in Lincoln on April 20.

Chadron State sets inauguration date for new president

Chadron State sets inauguration date for new president

The inauguration of Chadron State College’s twelfth president, Dr. Ron K. Patterson, is set for Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

Poppe named February Student of the Month

Poppe named February Student of the Month

Chadron State College student Isabella “Bella” Poppe of Hastings, Nebraska, is the February Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month.  

Progress made in fighting central wildfire, now 82% contained

Progress made in fighting central wildfire, now 82% contained

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Betty’s Way Fire north of North Platte. Containment increased to 82% with approximately 60 people working on managing this large and complex wildfire.

Fire destroys bunkhouse south of Rushville

Fire destroys bunkhouse south of Rushville

An electrical issue is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a bunkhouse on the Casey Hinn Ranch 22 miles south of Rushville on Monday.

Wildfire response continues in central Nebraska: Betty’s Way Fire 72% contained as of Tuesday evening

Wildfire response continues in central Nebraska: Betty’s Way Fire 72% contained as of Tuesday evening

As of Tuesday evening the Betty’s Way Fire in Lincoln, Dawson, and, Custer Counties has claimed 71,022 acres according to a press release from Region 51 Emergency Management Director Brandon Myers.

State Chamber of Commerce president speaks on EPIC proposal

State Chamber of Commerce president speaks on EPIC proposal

The EPIC proposal proposes reducing or eliminating many taxes in Nebraska in exchange for a consumption tax. The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce addressed concerns with the proposal today.

Registration opens March 1 for The Big Event

Registration opens March 1 for The Big Event

Chadron State College’s student-led day of community service known as The Big Event (TBE) will be April 13.

Power play: Project meant to move power through Nebraska Sandhills, across US stalls – for 12 years

Power play: Project meant to move power through Nebraska Sandhills, across US stalls – for 12 years

A proposed power line through the Nebraska Sandhills was meant to make the U.S. power grid more reliable.

Chadron State RLOP students attend workshop in Lincoln

Chadron State RLOP students attend workshop in Lincoln

Chadron State College’s Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP) students attended the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy (NSBA) in Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 1-2.

High Plains Band and Choir Festival celebrates 52nd year

High Plains Band and Choir Festival celebrates 52nd year

Nearly 130 high school musicians gathered at CSC last week for the 52nd High Plains Band and Choir Festival. Following workshops and rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday, the band and choir presented a public concert Tuesday evening.

Range Management team takes second at international competition; Fisher places first

Range Management team takes second at international competition; Fisher places first

Chadron State College students recently competed at the Society for Range Management’s (SRM) annual international conference

Best of the West draws nearly 100 students to Chadron State College

Best of the West draws nearly 100 students to Chadron State College

Nearly 100 students participated in the Seventh Annual Best of the West Business Competition at CSC Wednesday.

Chadron State students hired as Nebraska SMART tutors

Chadron State students hired as Nebraska SMART tutors

The Nebraska State College System (NSCS) has launched a rural tutoring program with teacher education candidates from Chadron, Peru, and Wayne Colleges, tutoring K-12 students in Educational Service Units 1, 4, and 13.

'All Is Bright' looking forward to 2024 event

'All Is Bright' looking forward to 2024 event

In the fall of 2023, Tourism Director Kendra Mitchell had an idea not seen in the county before: move the outdoor holiday experience inside. Now the committee is planning on the 2024 event.

Pillen, University officials announce new scholarship for high achieving Nebraska high school students

Pillen, University officials announce new scholarship for high achieving Nebraska high school students

The University of Nebraska is making aggressive efforts in keeping the best and brightest of the future generation in the Cornhusker state when they pursue higher education.

Chadron State College e-sports rosters and schedules announced

Chadron State College e-sports rosters and schedules announced

The Chadron State College Esports team has released rosters for individual games, according to Coach Adam Stone.

Nebraska lawmakers fail to end filibuster on bill requiring two-person train crews

Nebraska lawmakers fail to end filibuster on bill requiring two-person train crews

LB 31 is likely dead for the session, after debate ends for the week

Chadron State College student competes at 2023 Miss Rodeo America Pageant

Chadron State College student competes at 2023 Miss Rodeo America Pageant

Chadron State College student Reata Cook of Sheridan, Wyoming, competed in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.

Nebraska lawmakers debate bill to require two crew members on trains

Nebraska lawmakers debate bill to require two crew members on trains

North Platte Senator says its time for the state to act, on behalf of public and train crew safety

Rosales earns Para-Professional of the Year from the Wyoming Education Association

Rosales earns Para-Professional of the Year from the Wyoming Education Association

Chadron State College senior Shasta Rosales has been named the Wyoming Education Association’s (WEA) Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.

Troopers arrest Morrill man after incident at Sioux County feedlot

Troopers arrest Morrill man after incident at Sioux County feedlot

Authorities in northwest Nebraska are investigating an incident where a man was arrested for threatening two people with a knife at a Sioux County Feedlot shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. 

Three Chadron State students direct separate casts in fall production

Three Chadron State students direct separate casts in fall production

Theatre Professor Scott Cavin decided to take a unique approach to the fall production by choosing three senior students as directors of three separate casts in “What the Constitution Means To Me.”

'Burn, beetle, burn': Hundreds of people torch an effigy of destructive bug in Custer

'Burn, beetle, burn': Hundreds of people torch an effigy of destructive bug in Custer

In what’s become an annual winter tradition, hundreds of people carrying torches set fire to a giant wooden beetle effigy in Custer, South Dakota, to raise awareness of the destructive impact of the mountain pine beetle on Black Hills forest land.

Tanya Storer announces run for state legislature

Tanya Storer announces run for state legislature

A cattle rancher from Cherry County announced her candidacy for the Nebraska state legislature on Thursday.

Chadron State College graduate interns at National Finals Rodeo

Chadron State College graduate interns at National Finals Rodeo

Chadron State College student Whitley Reder, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism, completed an internship with the Cowboy Channel covering the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas.

Flood warning issued for Smith Falls State Park

Flood warning issued for Smith Falls State Park

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Smith Falls State Park in north-central Nebraska until further notice.

Twister Alley weather information: alerts, closings and road conditions

Twister Alley weather information: alerts, closings and road conditions

Here's the latest winter weather information, including weather alerts, road conditions, and storm closings and cancellations.

Teeth chattering cold breaks records in Nebraska panhandle

Teeth chattering cold breaks records in Nebraska panhandle

If you missed "old man winter," he arrived in force on Saturday.

Wind chill warning will remain in effect for 90 hours

Wind chill warning will remain in effect for 90 hours

Historically cold temperatures behind an arctic cold front are targeting the Nebraska Panhandle region Friday, according to the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne.

Chadron State College closes campus Friday due to winter weather conditions

Chadron State College closes campus Friday due to winter weather conditions

Chadron State College is closing its campus Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, because of winter weather conditions. The residence halls and dining services will remain open.

Coldest temperatures so far this winter expected this weekend

Coldest temperatures so far this winter expected this weekend

Brutal cold temperatures arrive Friday and stick around through early next week, according to the National Weather Service offices in Cheyenne and North Platte.

Committee works to establish a campus culture of assessment

Committee works to establish a campus culture of assessment

Co-chairs of CSC’s Continuous Institutional Improvement Committee (CIIC), Malinda Linegar and Dr. Grant Sasse, say the committee is trying to establish a culture of assessment on campus.

Bitter cold temperatures a big concern in latest storm system

Bitter cold temperatures a big concern in latest storm system

A cold front was expected to swing through the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday night, bringing bitter cold temperatures and accumulating snow.