A fun idea from NebraskaWines.com: now you can get a Nebraska Wine Passport, have it stamped at wineries around the state, and win prizes and goodies! See: NWGGA Passport Print PDF.
This weekend, catch the Catfish Classic at Lake McConaughy. The Ogallala event runs on Friday and Saturday. Call (308) 778-5879 for the details.
A 8-year-old alligator named Sprinkles was being illegally kept as a pet in a kiddie pool in Scottsbluff. But police and animal rescue officials working with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission “arrested” her with the owner’s OK. They quarantined her at the Scottsbluff zoo, Riverside Discovery Center. Last week they took her to the Colorado Gators Rescue Park in Mosca, Colo. Many exotic animals are illegal as pets in Nebraska. April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.
Horse racing fans had been race down the homestretch to Fonner Park in Grand Island. Live thoroughbred racing is still going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check www.fonnerpark.com.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has called for the Environmental Protection Agency to announce its new renewable fuel standard, which dictates how much ethanol must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. The standard has been delayed for two years for 2014 and six months for this year. The governor said the delay and uncertainty hamper the ethanol industry, which supports 3,000 jobs in Nebraska, including better-paid jobs in computers, robotics and economics, and has attracted $5 billion of investment. The state’s 24 ethanol plants produce 2 billion gallons a year.
A routine traffic stop last weekend on Interstate 80 in Seward County led to the seizure of nearly 227 pounds of marijuana and six arrests. Though that was one of the larger drug busts recorded, in 2012 Nebraska state troopers confiscated a total of 7,800 pounds of the drug. In 2007, a vehicle carrying one ton of marijuana worth an estimated $3 million was stopped in Omaha at I-80 and 96th Street. The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has made it a “source state” the way Mexico is a “source nation” for the drug trade, law enforcement officials said.
Comedian, author and actor Louie Anderson is returning to Norfolk June 18-19 to headline the opening session of the annual comedy festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre. He was there in 2011. Host will be Brian Kiley, the 2014 pro stand-up competition winner last year and a writer for Conan O’Brien. Comedian Brian Regan will be the Saturday night headliner.
What a cool idea: Humanities Nebraska intern Tim Lundy made a free mobile app for GooglePlay and iPhone, the Nebraska Literary Tour. You can “tour” by author or by geographical location, perhaps in tandem with an in-person visit to the memorials, if any, of the famous authors. It is loaded with biographical information, photos, excerpts and much more. There’s a map app, too. The eight authors currently featured are: Bess Streeter Aldrich, Hartley Burr Alexander, Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, Weldon Kees, Wright Morris, John G. Neihardt, and Mari Sandoz. The goal is to add two to four authors each year. The six geographic regions are west, central, northeast, southeast, Omaha and Lincoln.
Good job, Classic Car Collection on Highway 30 in Kearney. They got a story in the May issue of Motor Home magazine. Kearney is the midpoint of the Old Lincoln Highway, and you can browse through 200 classic automobiles at CCC, everything from a 1907 International Auto Buggy to a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa. The Taulborg family donated 131 of the vehicles. CCC’s upcoming event is Cruise Nite Week, July 14-19.
Veterans who will live in the 225-bed, $121 million Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home planned in Kearney will benefit from the ideas and work of University of Nebraska-Kearney students who are building model suites for the project. The construction management and interior design students were invited to build and furnish the rooms using blueprints from Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects.
Several Hall County Vietnam War Hero Flights to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., are being planned in Grand Island, starting in mid-2016. The initial fundraising activity will be a hamburger feed from 5 to 8 p.m. April 29 at the United Veterans Club. Volunteers — as well as veterans to participate! — are encouraged to attend and sign up.
With the Red-White game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the football team is back in the spotlight. One Husker-related spoof in the Omaha Press Club Show last week went viral nationally. It was a parody to “Let It Go” by KFAB radio host Scott Voorhees about missing Bo Pelini: Click Here