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We are seeking public assistance in locating Joseph “Joe” Anaya, age 34.  He  is wanted on multiple felony warrants, including sexual assault of a child and possession of a controlled substance.


Joseph Michael “Joe” Anaya is 5’7, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 


Anyone with information may contact any law enforcement agency.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Sheriff’s Office text-a-tip program at, or Scotts Bluff County Crime Stoppers at 308-632-STOP (7867). 

Here are the unofficial election results for Scottsbluff County.

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested an Oregon man and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana and 60 pounds of other THC products during a traffic stop near Lodgepole on Interstate 80.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. MDT, a trooper observed an eastbound Dodge Caravan driving with expired registration near mile marker 79 on I-80. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed 309 pounds of marijuana, 46 pounds of THC edible products, 14 pounds of THC shatter, 80 grams of THC syrup, and 2,000 THC vape cartridges. The street value of the illegal products is estimated at more than $1,000,000.

The driver, Ryan Kirk, 33, of Medford, Oregon, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Kirk was lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.


In the spirit of Christmas, all Menards home improvement stores are proudly serving as a toy drive drop site. We’re excited to participate in this wonderful opportunity to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children in the community! We’ll have a drop box near the exit door to collect new and unwrapped presents from now through mid-December.


HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) —HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 78-year-old Hastings man died in a collision west of Hastings.

John "Jack" Osborne (OZ'-burn) was the younger brother of former Nebraska congressman and football coach Tom Osborne.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says Jack Osborne was headed south on a county road Sunday around 7:50 p.m. when he didn't halt at a stop sign and collided with a westbound vehicle on U.S. Highway 6.

Authorities say the other driver, 19-year-old Dariana Burr, of Juniata, wasn't seriously injured.

John "Jack" Osborne (OZ'-burn) was the younger brother of former Nebraska congressman and football coach Tom Osborne.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says Jack Osborne was headed south on a county road Sunday around 7:50 p.m. when he didn't halt at a stop sign and collided with a westbound vehicle on U.S. Highway 6.

Authorities say the other driver, 19-year-old Dariana Burr, of Juniata, wasn't seriously injured.


OCTOBER 24, 2018 (WASHINGTON D.C.)  — Nebraska State Trooper Sam Mortensen was honored today by President Donald Trump as part of an event to highlight the many efforts made around the nation to combat opioid abuse. The event, titled “A Year of Historic Action to Combat the Opioid Crisis,” was held this afternoon in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C.

During the event, President Donald Trump singled out Trooper Mortensen for his role in making one of the largest fentanyl seizures in United States history earlier this year.

“In April, Trooper Mortensen seized 118 pounds of fentanyl, enough lethal doses to kill 26 million people,” said President Trump. “Is that even believable? Can you even imagine? Trooper Mortensen, that was a job well done.”

The President then invited Trooper Mortensen to the podium to speak, an honor Mortensen was not expecting. Mortensen took the opportunity to express his gratitude for the honor, and also to praise the efforts of law enforcement officers across the nation working tirelessly to keep their communities safe.

“Every day, there is a lot of people out there that are doing what I did. They’re doing it day in and day out,” said Trooper Mortensen. “And there’s a lot of people that came before me that taught me how to do this job. On behalf of them, on behalf of myself, and on behalf of my family, thank you for having me here.”

The President also used the event as a venue to sign legislation recently passed by Congress. The bi-partisan bill addresses multiple facets of the opioid crisis and received support from all five members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation.

Since September of 2017, NSP has seized more than 176 pounds of fentanyl during traffic stops or investigative operations. According to DEA figures, that amount could kill nearly 39 million people. Troopers have also seized more than 40 pounds of heroin in 2018, the highest yearly figure in at least a decade, and more than 2,000 dosage units of illegally possessed prescription drugs.

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Scottsbluff.The WyoBraska GIVES is powered by TheOregon Trail Community Foundation, with special thanks and gratitude to the title sponsor: The Holliday Family of Companies.

After five days and discovering fifteen “Treasure Destinations,” there has been a winner of the “Treasure Your Community” Treasure Hunt. Kelly Kiraly of Gering, found the Treasure Chest Friday morning buried in the yard just outside of the Holliday Family of Companies building, the Title Sponsor of the WyoBraska Gives. Kelly won $1,000 for her efforts in navigating her way through fifteen “Treasure Destinations,” covering ground from Bayard to Morrill.

Over one hundred people participated in the initial kickoff of the Treasure Hunt beginning Monday, October 15, 2018. As the week progressed, it became more intense and focused on the twenty-three people who remained in the hunt.

The Treasure Hunt was designed to illustrate and educate what the Oregon Trail Community Foundation has done for our Valley for the past 40 years. Most participants remarked that they learned so much about our area, discovering places they never knew existed. Some of the “Treasures” that were featured include the Japanese Hall, the new Monument Dog Park, The Horse Creek Treaty monument, the “Trails Home” sculpture that is owned by the OTCF and located in the foyer of the Gering Civic Center, and the Spotted Tail Wetlands Kiosk north of Mitchell, which is part of the Platte River Basin project.

Kirk Hayes, Marketing Director for the Title Sponsor, the Holliday Family of Companies, says that “every participant I spoke with said it was a great experience and they learned a bunch about our community and businesses. Great event.”

“This has been such a fun week getting to know this great group of Treasure Hunters and watching them discover all the many wonderful things the Oregon Trail Community Foundation has been a part of in our Valley. This was Becky Horne’s idea, who is the event coordinator of the WyoBraska Gives. I have to say, it sounded a bit involved and chaotic, and I was a bit skeptical how we would pull it off with just the two of us. But it was exactly what we needed to kick off the WyoBraska GIVES for our community, and we were able to accomplish this event with the help of the great folks at JG Elliott, and of course, our Title Sponsor, The Holliday Family of Companies, who donated the prize money and other treasures in the treasure chest,” says Cathy McDaniel, OTCF Executive Administrator.  


30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th


$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.


OCTOBER 17, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), working with the Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff Police Department, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, and Monument Prevention Coalition, has conducted alcohol inspections in Scotts Bluff County. The inspections were held on Saturday, October 13.

A total of 66 businesses were inspected. Two of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor. The overall compliance rate was 97 percent.

The businesses which sold alcohol to a minor were:

Goonies Sports Bar & Grill – Gering

Rosita’s – Scottsbluff


A business that fails the inspections is referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

The Nebraska State Patrol and partner law enforcement agencies conduct these inspections across Nebraska in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth.


(Bayard, NE)   October 2, 2018 - The Pumpkin Patch at BEFarm, is excited to Partner with Festival of Hope.

The Pumpkin Patch at BEFarm is once again “growing PINK pumpkins for the 2018 Season,” said Morrill County Farmer Billy Estes.   Estes is excited to be collaborating with the Festival of Hope to raise funds to support local cancer patients.   50% of all Pink Pumpkins sales will be donated to Festival of Hope, hoping to raise up to $5,000.00. Most importantly, it is a good way to support a cause that helps cancer patients who live in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming. As well as donations to the Festival of Hope, $1.00 from every pink pumpkin sold will also go to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.

The Estes Family grows pink pumpkins in honor of their Grandmother Charlene Rhoades, whom they lost to cancer in 2015, and to Billy’s Mother, Karla, whom is a two-time cancer survivor.   

Estes is not alone in his quest to brighten up the fall fruit for a cause. Another 10 or so farmers in Nebraska have bought the seeds, dubbed “porcelain doll", to make their crops blush. While this initiative has a very deliberate goal, the seed were actually discovered by accident. A Colorado farmer spotted the light pink hue several years ago and spent five years cultivating it to become what it is today.

Pink Pumpkins can be purchased starting this Saturday & Sunday directly from BEFarm, which is near Bayard, NE.  Pink Pumpkins range in price from $10.00 each.  The farm also has 59 other varieties of Pumpkins & squash for purchase, as well as a “FARM YARD” ($5 Admission) which includes;  Hay Pyramid with 20ft Slide, Duck Races, Pumpkin Sling Shots, Pumpkin Bowling, and Pumpkin Tables Games.

New this year at the Pumpkin Patch at BE Farm is the 1st annual Harvest Fair & Market.   Oct 6 & 7.   Join us either day for a different selection of local vendors & food at the patch as well as a paint & cider class Oct 6th at 1 & 3:30pm.   Visit for more info or find us on Facebook.

We invite you harvest memories with you family as you roam our farm.  The Pumpkin Patch at BEFarm hours are going to be starting on the Oct 6th and every Saturday & Sunday from 10am-6pm until the end of October, weather permitting. 

•           The Festival of Hope is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help cancer patients who live in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming with non-medical expenses as they relate to their cancer care and treatment. There is a sincere interest by the Festival of Hope to help those applicants who qualify for assistance.

•           The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created in 2012 to help in the fight against breast cancer. Through the foundation, America’s pumpkin growers have pledged to give a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

 •          The Pumpkin Patch at BEFarm was officially started in 2016 with 6 acres, but Billy has been growing around ¼ -½ acre of pumpkins since he was 15, perfecting the art of growing pumpkins. BEFarms believes in growing all-natural. All pumpkins are hand planted and weeded from certified organic seeds with no chemicals or fertilizers being used on the farm.

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