Jerry Purvis


Jerry Purvis is a reporter with the Star-Herald. He can be reached at 308-632-9046 or emailed at

A challenger has jumped into the contest for Nebraska’s U.S Senate seat now held by first-term Republican Ben Sasse.

Democrat and David City native Chris Janicek, now a cake bakery owner in Omaha, made a stop in Scottsbluff on a statewide listening tour.

As part of his statewide listening tour, Janicek will be at El Torito Grill, 512 W. 27th St. in Scottsbluff on Sept. 19 from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to drop by for a free buffet and share their ideas and vision for the future.

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Members of the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee were in Scottsbluff Wednesday to hear from the public about the operation of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Chairman for the listening session was State Sen. Dan Hughes, whose LR 142 calls for an interim study of the Game and Parks Commission under the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Committee of the Legislature.

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The Scotts Bluff County Commissioners have settled, to the tune of $150,000, a claim with a former assistant director of the county’s detention center.

During the board’s Sept. 16 meeting, the Scotts Bluff County Board of Commissioners voted to settle what the agenda called “threatened litigation.” The Star-Herald requested documentation regarding the settlement agreement at Monday’s meeting, but the terms of the settlement weren’t released until Tuesday.

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During a light agenda for Scotts Bluff County Commissioners, Extension Educator Gary Stone brought the board up to date on a couple of busy months at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

The extension center was also involved in hosting several meetings with the Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District and producers that were impacted by the ditch collapse that left farmers in the Panhandle and in eastern Wyoming without water at the height of the growing season.

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With phase one construction almost completed, city staff and volunteers descended on the Gering Civic Plaza early Wednesday morning to place shrubs, flowers and trees. It the latest phase of an idea that began years ago to build a downtown space for use as a wide variety of activities.

The design for the space was developed in 2018 by Chrissy Land, Community Forestry Specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Forest Service IANR.

Grief can be a paralyzing emotion, a loss that can keep people stuck in place. But there is a way forward.

Over the next 13 weeks, Monument Bible Church in Scottsbluff is sponsoring GriefShare, a support group for those dealing the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend.

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