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What took place last Tuesday at the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District Board of Directors meeting was eerily similar to an LENRD board meeting back in 2016. The hot button issue at both meetings: dams. Last week it was a study to determine if a series of dams would help reduce flood da…

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. We can’t help but think Congressman Don Bacon and Sen. Deb Fischer feel they’re in that corner after voting to support the infrastructure bill that narrowly passed through the house last week.

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Troubling news came from the Nebraska Department of Revenue last week, courtesy of reporting by the Omaha World-Herald.

One never knows who you might find on a country road in Cuming County. Monday afternoon when I ventured out to find a possible harvest photo it was Robert Koenig from Elkhorn, who I spotted walking on River Road a couple of miles east of Indian Trails Golf Course.

After writing for several weeks about budgets, taxes, levies and levees, this week I’m switching gears. Sports is what got me into this business and, quite frankly, is what I’d rather be writing about each week. So, here goes...

Elsewhere on this page, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts shares some success stories about what has been done to reduce property taxes. He has every right and good reasons to do so.

A couple of people this week inquired about an editor’s note that we included last week about the paper not being able to use some State Fair photos because they were copyrighted.

It’s just one of those days you always remember where you were when it happened.

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed District 16 Sen. Ben Hansen’s LB644 – often referred to as “the postcard bill.” The bill makes Nebraska the third state to adopt a Truth in Taxation law, which requires direct notification of property taxpayers, by mail, about proposals for local pro…

A little good news for communities similar in size to West Point: A January survey of about 1,050 students in 17 small Nebraska communities found 64% of 7th-through 12th-graders prefer small-town life.

Another school year begins Monday for most schools in the area, so now is a good time to tell our readers and parents of school children that the Nebraska Press Association (NPA) is taking a big step to encourage young children to read. NPA has entered into a publishing partnership with Kid …

Just sitting here listening to more news about the delta variant of COVID and wishing this could just all be over. But it’s not that simple, and it won’t be over until people everywhere take the virus more seriously.

It hit me this week that it was five years ago this month I was one of the too many who had cancer on their mind and in their body. I don’t consider any cancer to be minor, but what I had to go through was minor compared to so many others.

Pathways to Tomorrow (P2T) put another feather in its cap. This week it was announced that P2T has been selected as the Nebraska Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) Outstanding Secondary Program of 2021.

Let’s not get the cart too far ahead of the horse... We’ve had some comments about “why all the rush to build a new swimming pool in West Point?” Truth be told, no one has said West Point is getting a new pool anytime soon. There’s a lot of work yet to be done, including finding a way to pay…

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal is a double-edged sword. His current proposal comes with a $2.3 trillion price tag and that sticker shock has lawmakers looking for ways to compromise and cut some of the cost.

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It’s that time of year when schools and communities say goodbye to seniors and when our state’s lawmakers begin to wind down another legislative session.

Recently, I found myself in a truck with some seasoned mushroom hunters. And not just any mushrooms. We were looking for morels. I had first heard the name of these particular mushrooms about five years ago when some friends excitedly mentioned going hunting for them.

Nebraska lawmakers last week advanced from general file a bill intended to shift the cost of school bonds away from owners of farm and ranch land.

Elsewhere on this week’s View Point page is a column about Sunshine Week written by Ken Paulson, Director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State. His thoughts are good ones at this time in our nation when there are cases of more governments doing business behind closed doors.

It was interesting Monday when a press release arrived saying that 22 governors – including Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts – oppose the new standard in President Joe Biden’s stimulus bill for how federal funds would be allocated to states.

So much news to comment on yet so little time and space to make it happen... As noted in a West Point News front page story last week, the Nebraska Legislature heard testimony on a bill, LB310, that aims to cut state inheritance tax rates while increasing the amount of property value that is…

Nebraska lawmakers last week heard testimony on more election-related bills, all of which deserve the public’s attention. Or stance on three of the bills that were heard:

Rest assured a lot of county officials across Nebraska will be following a legislative hearing tomorrow morning (Thursday) dealing with a proposed change to the state’s inheritance tax law.

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I’m still sifting through the hundreds of bills that were introduced this legislative session in Nebraska, but here’s one I know I can support: a bill to allow more cities and villages to lower maximum speed limits.

Two weeks ago, we shared our opinion on this page that we felt negotiations between the City of West Point and Cuming County Agricultural Society would have been better handled in open session pertaining to the city acquiring land for an easement it needs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Nebraska citizens rely on sound governmental decision-making. One of the sound decisions has been a decades-old rule designed to promote transparency and accountability by allowing the media to cover executive sessions of legislative committees.

The possible rule change for media access to legislative committee executive sessions has no bearing on the laws that govern executive sessions of local government boards. They are governed by the state’s open meeting laws.

It became apparent last week that negotiations between the City of West Point and Cuming County Agricultural Society involving property aren’t going smoothly. It’s time to hit the reset button and get this matter resolved.

If anyone thinks that what happened last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol is the last we’ve seen of this insurrection, think again.

It’s not unusual for the West Point News’ editor to find his way into many local and area government meetings. And he can attest that another frequent attendee is outgoing Cuming County Board of Supervisor John Ross.

It’s been a heck of a couple months here at the West Point News, and that’s putting it mildly. We’re very much looking forward to 2021 and hoping COVID-19 is left behind.

Since it is better to give than receive, and this is the season for giving, here are just a few ideas to consider as we near the end of 2020.

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