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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Western Nebraska, Part 2

Dr. Hank Bounds walks near the Scotts Bluff National Monument after leaving the Farm and Ranch Museum on April 15, 2015 in Gering, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


George Schlothauer, left. Nancy Haney, second from left, Dr. Hank Bounds and Charlie Fenster, right, watch a short film about Nebraska at the Farm and Ranch Museum on April 15, 2015 in Gering, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Dr. Hank Bounds peers into a microscope to look at Sugarbeet aphids at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center on April 15, 2015 in Scottsbluff, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Dr. Hank Bounds speaks at an assembly to Gering High School students on April 15, 2015 at Gering High School  in Gering, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Dr. Hank Bounds, center, visits the Trailside Museum of Natural History, which houses the "Clash of the Titans" exhibit, fossils of two large bull mammoths whose tusks locked together during battle, on April 15, 2015 in Fort Robinson State Park. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Dr. Hank Bounds is encouraged by his tour guides to hop on a tractor at the Nebraska at the Farm and Ranch Museum on April 15, 2015 in Gering, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Dr. Hank Bounds visits the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center feedlot on April 15, 2015 in Scottsbluff, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Students Wyatt Helton, left, Tacory Spencer, second from left, Robert Jackson, and Myesha Dickens, right, play pool at the Chadron State College Student Center on April 15, 2015 in Chadron, Neb. Dr. Hank Bounds is spending his first week as president touring Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Wayne Evans repairs fencing with his dog Kade on April 15, 2015 off of US Route 20, the Bridges to Buttes Byway, near Merriman Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Wayne Evans repairs fencing with his dog Kade on April 15, 2015 off of US Route 20, the Bridges to Buttes Byway, near Merriman Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Wayne Evans repairs fencing with his dog Kade on April 15, 2015 off of US Route 20, the Bridges to Buttes Byway, near Merriman Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The landscape at Fort Robinson State Park on April 15, 2015. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Antelope walk through the Sandhills on April 15, 2015 off of Nebraska Highway 71 north of Scottsbluff, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Antelope walk through the Sandhills on April 15, 2015 off of Nebraska Highway 71 north of Scottsbluff, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Scenery at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge on April 15, 2015 in Valentine, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Bison graze at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge on April 15, 2015 in Valentine, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Bison graze at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge on April 15, 2015 in Valentine, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


A prairie dog sticks his head up at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge on April 15, 2015 in Valentine, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Motorcyclists ride past as the sun sets on the Scotts Bluff National Monument on April 14, 2015 in  Scottsbluff, Neb.  SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The landscape of the Sandhills on April 15, 2015 off of Nebraska Highway 71 north of Scottsbluff, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Brandon Flores, left, and Wade Morgan, right, owner of Morgan's, chat on April 14, 2015 in Ellsworth, Neb. The shop sells hunting and fishing gear as well as clothing and provisions. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The Sandhills can be see through a ranch sign on April 15, 2015 off of US Route 20, the Bridges to Buttes Byway, near Merriman Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Western Nebraska, Part 1

About a month ago I was able to take my first trip out to see western Nebraska for a quick assignment about an out of service oil shaft that may be used to dispose of salt water byproduct from fracking in Mitchell, Neb.

I drove the 500 miles there on March 17, shot the oil well at dusk and drove back the next day. It was an exhausting but beautiful drive, once I was several hours in I'll admit, and I was excited to see some new places.


I visited a few of the "predictable" sites including Front Street, a recreated western old town, Carhenge, an imitation of Stonehenge built of cars, and Chimney Rock, a prominent geological monument for the pioneers as they explored the west, but I also checked out some small towns off the beaten path. Western Nebraska can feel like an entirely different state because of the landscape and some of the smaller towns truly feel frozen in time.


A man walks in front of Front Street on March 17, 2015 in Ogallala, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The multicolored Lazy U Motel pictured on March 17, 2015 in Broadwater, Nebraska. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Chimney Rock pictured on March 17, 2015 in Bayard, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


A car sits in a field on March 18, 2015 in Bayard, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Carhenge pictured on March 18, 2015 in Alliance, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The view from the Scott Lookout Tower  in the Nebraska National Forest on March 18, 2015 in Halsey, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Skulls hang on the fence in Lewellen, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

This oil well head pictured on March 17, 2015 on an out-of-service oil shaft on rangeland about 14 miles north of Mitchell, Nebraska marks where a Colorado oil company would like to create a disposal well for saltwater that is the byproduct of oil production. The proposal has alarmed many local people opposed to the size and nature of the project. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The area surrounding wellhead on an out-of-service oil shaft on rangeland about 14 miles north of Mitchell, Nebraska marks where a Colorado oil company would like to create a disposal well for saltwater that is the byproduct of oil production. The proposal has alarmed many local people opposed to the size and nature of the project. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Monday, April 20, 2015

April

Aniya Nero, 3, and Miya Nero, 15, right, play in the yard near Newport and N. 24th St. on  April 1, 2015 in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Aniya Nero, 3, left, and Miya Nero, 15, right, play in the yard near Newport and N. 24th St. on April 1, 2015 in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Karen and Adam Basye's daughter Koraline, 2, plays on their new swing set on March 31, 2015 in Omaha, Neb. The Basye family used a portion of their tax refund to purchase the playground. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Community Garden Manager Ali Clark collects water to water the potatoes as they are planted in straw bales at City Sprouts' Decatur Urban Farm on April 13, 2015 in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Water droplets gather on a potato as they are planted in straw bales at City Sprouts' Decatur Urban Farm on April 13, 2015 in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Students Hanan Alharthy, left, Martha Alnofli, second from left, Hasnaa Aldouhani, center, and Marwa Alzadjali, right, celebrate during the Holi Festival of Colors on April 12, 2015 in the Pep Bowl of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The event was run by the  UNO Indian Student Association. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Monica Casey celebrates during the Holi Festival of Colors on April 12, 2015 in the Pep Bowl of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The event was run by the  UNO Indian Student Association. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Students including Ramesjh Danuwar, second from left, and Bina Ranjit, center, celebrate during the Holi Festival of Colors on April 12, 2015 in the Pep Bowl of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The event was run by the UNO Indian Student Association. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Sheila Sadofsky knits a purple scarf outside her home with curlers in her hair on April 10, 2015 near Cass St. and 49th St. in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Steve McKern looks up at the Woodmen tower for a portrait near the LED lights that point up to the Woodmen Tower on April 6, 2015 Omaha, Neb. The tower will be lit green for earth day. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


City Sprouts Community Garden pictured on April 13, 2015 in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Millard South plays Omaha Westside in baseball on April 7, 2015 at Westside in Omaha, Neb. Westside beat Millard South 5-4. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Andy McAvin yells to the screen as UNO fans watch the UNO hockey team play in the Frozen Four on April 9, 2015 at Aksarben Cinema in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

March

Lawyer Paul Deck, who will turn 100-years-old on Sunday, March 29, works in his office on March 26, 2015 in Sioux City, IA. Deck is still a practicing lawyer and works with his sons grandsons at Deck & Deck LLP. He lives with his wife Marie of over 70 years. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Lawyer Paul Deck, who will turn 100-years-old on Sunday, March 29, leaves his office to walk several blocks to his car as part of his normal daily routine on March 26, 2015 in Sioux City, IA. Deck is still a practicing lawyer and works with his sons grandsons at Deck & Deck LLP. He lives with his wife Marie of over 70 years. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Bart Kennedy goes up for a basket during boys basketball practice on March 10, 2015 in Winnebago, Neb. The team will compete in Class D State Tournament this week. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Children cross the street after school outside Winnebago Public Schools on March 10, 2015 in Winnebago, Neb. The team will compete in Class D State Tournament this week. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Players order pizza after practice at the Rock River Grill on March 10, 2015 in Winnebago, Neb. The team will compete in the State Tournament this week. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Panthers cheerleader Maddie Hansen watches play during over time during the Bancroft-Rosalie vs. Exeter-Milligan Class D-2 Championship game on March 14, 2015 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Monte McGary (3), center, falls after an attempted basket while Noah Fant (25) goes for the rebound against Willaim Schenken (5), right, during the Omaha South vs. Creighton Prep Class A Championship game on March 14, 2015 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 People walk into the CenturyLink Center before the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon basketball game on March 20, 2015 during the second round of the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins (20) dunks the ball during the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon basketball game on March 20, 2015 during the second round of the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Creighton Prep's Tyson Smiley (2) takes a selfie as he celebrates their win over Omaha South during the Omaha South vs. Creighton Prep Class A Championship game on March 14, 2015 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The Coastal Carolina band plays during the first half of the Costal Carolina vs. Wisconsin basketball game on March 20, 2015 during the second round of the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Wisconsin's Brandon Koenig (24) grabs the ball in front of a Coastal Carolina player during the second half of the Costal Carolina vs. Wisconsin basketball game on March 20, 2015 during the second round of the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Josh Gasser left, talks to a reporter while Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky conducts interviews from his locker in the Wisconsin locker room on March 21, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Carlene "Kelly" Miller pictured on a road near N. 48th St. and 75 with her car "Sport" on March 23, 2015 in Omaha. Miller drove across the country for 27 days on a solo road trip adventure. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Palmer, Nebraska farmer Neil Wegner brings in his corn to the Green Plains Inc. ethanol plant pictured on March 25, 2015 in Central City, Neb. The plant handles grain, extracts corn oil, produces ethanol and makes cattle feed with the leftovers. The products are shipped locally and exported around the country. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


A deer peers through the trees at Hummel Park Nature Center on March 24, 2015 in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Lawyer Paul Deck, who will turn 100-years-old on Sunday, March 29, leaves his office to walk several blocks to his car as part of his normal daily routine on March 26, 2015 in Sioux City, IA. Deck is still a practicing lawyer and works with his sons grandsons at Deck & Deck LLP. He lives with his wife Marie of over 70 years. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD