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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sanctuary for the Herd

John Carroll and Chad Wegener are caretakers of the largest herd of San Clemente Island goats in the world, but it almost didn’t happen. The goats weren’t native to the island and threatened the wildlife that was. The U.S. Navy planned to eliminate the population by shooting them from a helicopter, but an animal rights group stepped in at the last minute. Today, nearly one third of the world’s population of the goats reside in Gretna, Nebraska at Willow Valley Farms. The farm is owned and operated by Carroll and Wegener who are dedicated to conserving what is left of the species.

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Chad Wegener looks up as a goat steps on him to reach a branch at Willow Valley Farms on August 9, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


John Carroll, left, and Chad Wegener, right, walk their goats at Willow Valley Farms on July 19, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Chad Wegener takes a break while feeding goats at Willow Valley Farms on August 2, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Chad Wegener loads bales of alfalfa for the goats into his truck and at Willow Valley Farms on August 2, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Goats graze at Willow Valley Farms on August 9, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Chad Wegener, left, and John Carroll, right, unload feed at Willow Valley Farms on August 2, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


John Carroll feeds chickens at Willow Valley Farms on August 2, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


A goat nibbles on Chad Wegener's hat at Willow Valley Farms on July 19, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Goats graze at Willow Valley Farms on July 19, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Goat skulls lay in the grass at Willow Valley Farms on August 2, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Chad Wegener, left, and John Carroll, right, make blackberry jam in their home at Willow Valley Farms on August 10, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.


Chad Wegener, left, finishes chores at Willow Valley Farms on August 9, 2016 in Gretna, Neb.

Sanctuary for the Herd

Leo: Owning his world


Leo Pluhacek suffers from epilepsy and has overcome many roadblocks in order to become independent. Leo has dealt with unpredictable seizures that have made it difficult to drive, go to school and find work with his service dog, Tony. He is working to move out of his parents home and have a place of his own. You can read more about Leo here.

Leo Pluhacek helps his father Mark Pluhacek in the garden at his restaurant Marks Bistro on May 12, 2015 in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek attends a Domesti-PUPS training event shortly after he gets his new service dog Tony on October 18, 2014 at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln.


Leo Pluhacek hangs out in his bedroom on November 14, 2014 at his home in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek and his father Mark Pluhacek work on renovations for their upstairs attic on January 7, 2015 at their home in Omaha. They hope to transform the attic into an apartment for Leo until he moves out of the house and gets a place to call his own.


Leo Pluhacek, right, attends his second day of class on December 4, 2014 at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. He missed his first day of the class because he had a seizure the morning before school.


Hours after losing his job, Leo Pluhacek looks online for job openings on May 12, 2015 at his home in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek, right, and his father Mark Pluhacek, left,work on renovations for their upstairs attic on January 7, 2015 at their home in Omaha. They hope to transform the attic into an apartment for Leo until he moves out of the house to find a place he can call his own

Leo Pluhacek goes on a hayride as he attends an outing with Young Adults with Epilepsy, a group he founded, on August 15, 2015 at  Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch in Omaha. 


Leo Pluhacek and coworker Shelby Burton work security at the ConAgra ice rink on December 22, 2014 in Omaha.


 Leo Pluhacek, right, is congratulated by his mother Kristin Pluhacek, second from right, and father Mark Pluhacek, left, at his college graduation from Metropolitan Community College on May 19, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek has his Vagus nerve stimulation assessed on November 19, 2014 at UNMC in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek, left, and his father Mark Pluhacek, right, leave the house to buy Christmas presents for Kristin Pluhacek on December 22, 2014 in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek, right, goes bowling with his friend Andrew Fish, left, on August 11, 2015 at Maplewood Lanes in Omaha.


Leo Pluhacek, left, and Brooke Lawlor, right, attend an outing with Young Adults with Epilepsy, a group he founded, on August 15, 2015 at Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch in Omaha.


Mark Pluhacek, left, Leo Pluhacek, center, and Kristin Pluhacek, right, hang artwork in Leo's new attic apartment on November 17, 2015 their home in Omaha


Leo Pluhacek goes to his first day of work as a Park Maintenance Worker with the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation department on March 07, 2016 at Hansom Park in Omaha. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer

Ezequiel Vazquez, left, Sergio Vazquez, 13, center, and Alina Vazquez, 8, right, ride horses near S. 23rd St. and i St. following the Cinco de Mayo Omaha Parade on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Omaha. Dancers, organizations, politicians and other groups marched down 24th St. in South Omaha.


Samantha Contreras lays in her dress before the Cinco de Mayo Pageant on May 6, 2016 in South Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Arizona players play hot potato during a rain delay before the Oklahoma State vs. Arizona baseball game on Monday, June 20, 2016 at TD Ameritrade Park at the College World Series in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Introductions begin on Monday, June 27, 2016 during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Marianne Smejkal places her hand over her heart before the National Anthem during the Ralston's Independence Day parade on Monday, July  4, 2016 in Ralston. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Laurel Feller of FlightMotion Studios performs during the "Under The Big Top" post prom party on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Millard South High School in Millard. The event included inflatable activities, food, aerialists and elaborate decorations. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Kayla Taormina, left, and Julia Hakes, right, pose for a friend to take a photo during the "Under The Big Top" post prom party on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Millard South High School in Millard. The event included inflatable activities, food, aerialists and elaborate decorations. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Elkhorn South's Michael Xiques (31) runs in a touchdown during the 7x7 State Championship football tournament on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


People walk through the concourse during the TCU vs. Coastal Carolina baseball game at the College World Series on Friday, June 24, 2016 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Millard West's Mallory Broady (20) adjusts her sock during the Millard North vs. Millard West Metro Girls Soccer semi-finals on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Bergquist Stadium in Omaha.  SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Omaha Central's Hayden Hill (17), left, makes a catch over North Platte's Kaden Langemeier (6), right, during the 7x7 State Championship football tournament on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Coastal Carolina celebrates following their win during the Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina championship game of the College World Series on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Joe Bartolomei, at bat, swings after Tom Owens, center, throws a pitch during the Dundee Wiffle Ball Classic on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Kelly home in Dundee. The wiffle ball tournament has been gong on for eight years. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Abby Perez takes a drink of water during the 7x7 State Championship football tournament on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Marvin Caspers rings the bell at St. John church on Thursday, July  2016 in Auburn, Neb. There are several Lutheran churches active in Southeast Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Maya DiRado stands at the medal ceremony for the 200 IM on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Kyle White waits to compete in the men's 50 freestyle during the Omaha Cup on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD




People get in line before the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Pam Maxwell, left, and her husband Chip Maxwell, right, prepare to take the podium before he concedes at the watch party for candidate Chip Maxwell on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11924 Arbor St. in Omaha. Maxwell conceded to Don Bacon. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Paralympian Cheri Madsen works out on the track at Nebraska City High School in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Madsen will race at the Paralympic Games this summer in Rio. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Paralympian Cheri Madsen clutches her shoulders as it begins to rain at her home in Union, Nebraska. Madsen will race at the Paralympic Games this summer in Rio. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Ehdeh Htoo, center, with Ywa Eh Paw on her lap, cares for children of parents in the ESL class on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Yates Community Center in Omaha. The center teaches ESL Classes and sewing classes, and has an early childhood center among other services for refugees, immigrants and community members. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Zac Zacarola, environmental chemist, goes through procedure for monitoring out, verifying that he didn't pick up contamination in a radiologcal controlled area, on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, Neb. The station operates the largest single unit electrical generator in Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Xavier Murphy, 14, left, and Delano Tabron, 14, right, try to stay cool as they play Pokemon Go on Thursday, July 21, 2016 near Fort St. and N. 47th St. in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Lilliana Winston, 4, splashes in the kiddie pool on Saturday, June 18, 2016 near Marcy St. and S. 25th St. in Omaha. the Temperatures continue above the 90's in the metro area. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD