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Valentine Game and Parks Maintenance Office to Close

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has opted not to renew its lease for the Valentine Maintenance office. The office, located at 420 E. 1st St. in Valentine, will close immediately. Game and Parks plans to move the office to Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area southwest of Valentine. Parks Division offices will be temporarily moved to the Valentine Fish Hatchery. Personnel from the Valentine Maintenance office are responsible for operation and maintenance of Game and Parks facilities at …

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North Platte’s Pavelka, Rowland Win State High School Fishing Title

LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of the North Platte Bass Bosses caught a five-fish limit weighing 9.86 pounds to capture the Nebraska High School Fishing Championship on July 25 at Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton. The winning team’s largest bass weighed 2.35 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator. Rees Cudaback and Eli Leggett of the Millard North Mustangs took second place with three fishing weighing 5.84 pounds. Zane Leibhart and Brent Bergman of …

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$5 Fridays Coming to Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will offer special shooting rates at the indoor shooting park each Friday in July and August. The center will offer shooting for $5 per half hour per lane all day on Fridays. The special is designed for those who have their own equipment. Additionally, the outdoor education center will offer rifle rental and 25 rounds of ammunition for $5 on Fridays. The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education …

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August Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August: Aug. 1 – Squirrel season opens Aug. 1 – Grand opening of Danish Alps State Recreation Area (SRA), Hubbard, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-632-4109 Aug. 1 – Discover the Real Missouri River, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 402-857-3373 Aug. 1 – State Games of America Adventure Race, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Platte River SP, Schramm Park SRA, sga2015.com Aug. …

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Living History Scheduled Aug. 1-2 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) on Aug. 1-2. Rooms in the fort will be open for viewing from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and interpreters in period clothing will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various skills and crafts of that time period. Demonstrations will include the trades of blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, as well as crafts such as quilting, spinning and …

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Bighorn Sheep Lottery Permit Applications Close on Aug. 7

LINCOLN – Nebraska residents may apply for a bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 7. One lottery permit will be issued in 2015. Residents who will be at least 12 years of age by the opening day of the bighorn sheep season may apply. Residents may apply once per calendar year and may receive one permit per lifetime. The nonrefundable application fee is $25. Nonresidents are not eligible. Applications must be received in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Lincoln …

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Campfire Christmas in July at Indian Cave State Park on July 25

LINCOLN – Families who come to Indian Cave State Park on July 25 will have another chance to celebrate the holidays with the second annual Campfire Christmas in July. Several events for all members of the family are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Campers will decorate their campsites for a chance to win free camping. There will be a Yule Log Quest, Outdoor Vendor and Craft Market, tree decorating, ceramic Christmas ornament painting, visit from Santa Claus, horse-drawn …

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Public Meeting in Kearney to Discuss Tree Removal

LINCOLN – A public meeting will be held in Kearney on July 29 to discuss invasive tree removal for upland game bird and other game management on Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area. The meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the Environmental Resource Center Building in Yanney Heritage Park, located at 2020 W. 11th St. Discussion will focus on removal of invasive eastern red cedar trees and grey dogwood to benefit bobwhite quail, deer, turkey and other wildlife species.

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Danish Alps SRA Grand Opening Is Aug. 1

LINCOLN – Enjoy a day of family fun Aug. 1 at the grand opening of Nebraska’s newest state recreation area – Danish Alps SRA in northeast Nebraska. Activities scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. include a fishing clinic, kayaking, boat tours, naturalist activities, hayrack rides and fish-shocking demonstrations. A ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. and refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m. Danish Alps SRA includes 520 acres of park land and 219-acre Kramper Reservoir. The …

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Health Advisory Lifted at Sutherland Reservoir

LINCOLN – A health advisory has been lifted at Sutherland Reservoir near Sutherland. Earlier this month, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) detected elevated levels of toxic algae at the lake. As a precaution, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission closed the lake to swimming and advised visitors to avoid ingesting water and to keep pets out of the water. All other activities were unaffected. Testing earlier this week by the DEQ indicated that algae levels had returned to …

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