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Bureau, FCID oppose NRD’s new management plan PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

The Bureau of Reclamation and the Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District (FCID) left no doubt they oppose the new Integrated Management Plan (IMP) being proposed in the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD).
During a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 17, on the new plan, both entities testified against the new plan. There was no other testimony offered during the hearing.
Aaron Thompson, area manager for the Bureau’s Nebraska-Kansas area office in McCook, presented their testimony.
Brad Edgerton, manager of FCID, delivered testimony on behalf of the irrigation district.
The new IMP being proposed focuses more on compact compliance through the reduction of depletion to stream flows than groundwater pumping reductions.
The current IMP focuses on compact compliance through a reduction in overall groundwater pumping in each of the NRDs in the Republican River Basin.
The first IMPs were developed after Kansas sued Nebraska over water use in the Republican. They called for a 20 percent reduction in groundwater pumping in the basin from the baseline years of 1998-2002.
The current IMP added another 1 percent per year reduction in pumping over the last five years. That took the reduction to 25 percent.
With the augmentation projects now in place to aid compliance efforts, the proposed IMP reduces the pumping reduction back to the 20 percent mark.
Both Thompson and Edgerton said relaxing that standard will negatively affect surface water irrigators and future stream flow.
They said the new IMP does nothing to “permit equity among water users and to optimize the beneficial use of inter-related groundwater and surface water” as prescribed by the Legislature.  
In addition to compliance guidelines, Thompson said the IMPs being considered in the basin also need to include management practices that will improve long-term surface water supplies.
Otherwise, surface water users should be compensated if they have to forego water use to allow the state to stay in compliance.
In 2013 and 2014, the state used surface water to remain in compliance with the compact. As a result, surface water irrigators lost some or all of their water in those years.
Edgerton said his farmers were “victims of decisions necessitated by over-pumping groundwater.”    
FCID has already filed suit to recover damages suffered by the loss of water those two years. Edgerton said they are leaving their options open if the proposed IMPs are adopted throughout the basin.
He warned that softening pumping standards “will put your NRD, your farmers, our irrigation district, our farmers and the state on a collision

Hogsett lands dream job at UCLA Film and TV Archive PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

Former Imperial resident Staci Hogsett is busy these days cataloguing information and film as a collections services assistant at the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles.
The Archive is one of the most renowned visual arts archives in the nation.
Hogsett, a 2007 Chase County Schools graduate, said it’s difficult to explain her job to people.
The Archive receives papers and film mainly from feature films such as silent and studio films, Hogsett said, as well as home movies and celebrities’ home movies.
“People bring them in. They don’t know what to do with them.” Movies now are digital, she explained, so people don’t know how to transfer film to another medium, or just throw it away.
“Most of what I do doesn’t involved transferring (film to another medium),” Hogsett noted. “I inventory it, and prep prints for theaters around the world. I make prints of film that other places don’t have.”
Hogsett categorizes the donated items by the title of the film while she is inventorying it.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and film studies in 2011, and went on to volunteer with the Nebraska State Historical Society.
There, she worked with ephemeral or sponsored films and  home movies. She spent much of her time caring for the collection by cleaning, repairing and creating more detailed records for items.
Hogsett moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue a Master’s degree in moving image archive studies at UCLA.
During that time she interned at Western Costume Company, where she worked with their costume archive, and at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Film Archive, where she helped inventory home movies that were on deposit from the Japanese American National Museum.
While in school Hogsett obtained a work-study position in the publicity department at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and then secured an internship at the Archive.
She received her Master’s degree in June 2015 and then joined the Collections department at the Archive.
The graduate degree program was established by the Archive in 2002 as the UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS), from which Hogsett graduated.
The program allows students to gain firsthand experience in preservation, restoration, programming, cataloging, collections processing and other duties.
“Right now I’m in an entry level job at the Archives, and I really like working there,” she said.
Hogsett lives in West LA, close to the UCLA campus.

SWNCBC offers down payment/closing cost assistance PDF Print E-mail

Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation (SWNCBC), a non-profit organization located in Grant, is leading a cooperative effort to provide down payment/closing cost assistance to first-time home buyers using funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
The housing program, referred to as Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance, will be offered in the SWNCBC five county service area which includes the following incorporated communities: Grant, Venango, Elsie, Madrid, Imperial, Wauneta, Lamar, Benkelman, Haigler, Stratton, Trenton, Culbertson, Palisade, Hayes Center and Hamlet, Nebraska. The program provides funding for families living at a moderate to low-income level. This is a “forgivable loan” at zero percent interest, with no repayment necessary as long as the family maintains the property as their primary residence for the next 10 years.
SWNCBC will offer first-time homebuyers up to $16,428 to those who qualify. The final amount of assistance given depends on the amount the lender requires and cannot exceed 20 percent of the purchase price of the home. If you have not owned a home in three years, or have experienced a life change such as divorce or being widowed, you may qualify as a first-time home buyer. SWNCBC also partners with other organizations to assist first-time home buyers.
First-time homebuyers will need to attend a Reach Affiliated Homebuyer Education Class, offered by SWNCBC. SWNCBC offers face to face classes as well as online classes through Spanish classes are also available through
SWNCBC is currently accepting applications for this program. Applications can be picked up at the SWNCBC office located at 115 W. 3rd Street in Grant or you can e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and request that an application be mailed to you. You may also call SWNCBC at 308-352-4338.
SWNCBC was formed in 1999 to serve the five county area of Perkins, Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock and Dundy counties. Its mission is to: “Create funding opportunities to improve housing and open doors for community and economic development.”
In addition to providing down payment/closing cost assistance, programs to assist homeowners in renovating their homes and home buyer education class, the organization also provides assistance in Purchase Rehabilitation Resale of homes, technical assistance to organizations developing community betterment projects and a low-interest commercial loan program to assist business start-up and expansion, as well as providing foreclosure and financial counseling. Persons interested in any of SWNCBC’s programs can contact the office at 308-352-4338, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at

Open house at Scott’s Pump Service PDF Print E-mail

A fairly new business in Imperial, Scott’s Pump Service, is planning an open house for Dec. 11 from 3-7 p.m. The public is invited for food and drink at the business at 171 Hwy. 61.
Scott’s Pump Service, owned by Scott and Stephanie Moser, opened June 1. Former businesses were located in Bridgport and Alliance.
The business provides service and repair on pumps and motors for water wells. There are two other employees besides the Mosers.

Agriculture scholarship application available PDF Print E-mail

Each year the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association awards agriculture scholarships to outstanding youth who are majoring in agriculture, ag business, horticulture or agronomy who will make a difference in the industry. This year two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college sophomores, junior or seniors attending college in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska or Wyoming who are majoring in agriculture (equine science excluded).
Students are assessed on awards and honors, college leadership and agriculture experiences as well as their leadership and agriculture involvement outside of school.
Applications are due by Dec. 1. The one page applications can be found on the website Those selected to receive the scholarship will be recognized at the 28th annual High Plains No-Till Conference held in Burlington, Colo., Feb. 2-3. Attendance at the conference is not required. For more information please contact Becky Ravenkamp, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 719-740-0715.

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