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State Park Summer Speaker Series Begins Friday

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A summer series of Friday night informational and entertaining programs in northwestern Nebraska’s two state parks kicks off this week. The first presentation, which is Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. near the Trading Post at Chadron State Park, will guide attendees on how best to enjoy the many popular locations managed by the National Park Service, which turns 100 years old in August. The presenter will be Dr. William Earl, a seasonal ranger for the park service. The series …

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Second Vendor Blender Set at Fort Robinson State Park

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Unique arts and crafts will be on the market during the second annual Vendor Blender at Fort Robinson State Park on Saturday, June 11. More than 30 vendors have signed up to display their products at the Buffalo Barracks and Squad Room from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The many items include essential oils, hand-made furniture and crafts, candy, beadwork, garden crafts, jewelry, photography, western art and décor, weight loss aids, and patriotic crafts. Also, many quilts that have been donated to …

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Swimming Pool Upgrades among Chadron State Park Improvements

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When Chadron State Park opens its many activities this weekend for the summer, return visitors to the swimming pool will be sure to notice improvements. The pool’s bath houses and office have been renovated with new showers, sinks, lockers, benches, countertops and paint. The upgrades not only boost the appeal of the pool, but also make it easier to use for people with disabilities. “We expect these new improvements to be popular with our visitors,” said Gregg Galbraith, park superintendent. …

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Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Inspectors Working Across the State

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LINCOLN – Boaters enjoying some of Nebraska’s major public waters may be contacted by boat inspectors this summer. Inspections will reduce the risk of aquatic invasive species (AIS) being spread across the state. Inspections will include a brief examination of the watercraft and a survey of boat operators about their recent boating activities. Participants also will be provided information on ways to prevent the spread of AIS. Inspection and survey results will be used to determine if a risk of …

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Fort Robinson Plans Celebration for Donated Quilts

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Fort Robinson State Park will celebrate the many quilters who have donated their creations to be used in the park’s lodging facilities this summer. Becky Serres, the park superintendent who is in charge of housekeeping, is planning a public tea June 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the Buffalo Soldiers Barracks just west of the park’s headquarters. The event is open to the public free of charge and the quilters have received an invitation to attend. “We received some really great …

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June Boating Safety Courses Set for Panhandle

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering its mandatory boating safety course at several locations in the Panhandle in June. Nebraska law requires any motorboat operator, including drivers of personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, born after Dec. 31, 1985, to complete one of the two types of boating safety courses and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska. Home-study format, in which participants download …

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Flooding Prompts Closure of Some Bridgeport SRA Campsites

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials are advising that about half of the campsites at Bridgeport State Recreation are closed because of flooding within the park. Gary Shoemaker, the park superintendent who manages Bridgeport SRA, said Tuesday that many of the campsites and roads in the northwest corner of the park are underwater because of the rising North Platte River. Sites on the east side remain open. Park employees will continue to monitor the situation and open the campsites as …

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Goose Lake WMA Open in Time for Memorial Day Weekend

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LINCOLN – Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located southeast of Chambers in Holt County, will reopen to public access beginning May 28. The area had been closed earlier this spring while the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission treated the lake to suppress the growth and spread of Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive plant. The Commission will monitor the plant growth at the lake throughout the spring and summer, treating the immediate boat ramp area as needed to keep it …

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Exhibition of Native American Music and Dance Set for June 18

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LINCOLN – Join in a celebration of Native American music and dance at Indian Cave State Park’s inaugural Dance of the Summer Moon event on June 18. Traditional dancers and musicians will perform throughout the day. Dance exhibitions and Native American heritage presentations will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Dance exhibitions will continue from 6 to 8 p.m., with spectators encouraged to take part. A buffalo cookout will be held all day. Host drums – a drum group …

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June Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1 – Pollinators workshop, Public Library, Norfolk, 6:30 p.m., 402-370-3374 June 1 – Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan public informational meeting, Quality Inn, Ogallala, 7 p.m., 402-471-5424 June 1-3 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Beyond …

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