Nebraska News

Friday, August 18, 2017

Prague Volunteer Fire Department receives grants

The Prague Volunteer Fire Department will soon be putting on new bunker gear, thanks to a grant administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Prague was awarded $118,000 through the Assistance to Fireman Grant (AFG) program. According to FEMA’s website, the AFG helps firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
Wahoo Newspaper

Police treating Lincoln blast site as crime scene; homeowners in medically induced comas

Police and fire investigators are working to uncover the chain of events leading to Monday's house explosion in southeast Lincoln, including interviews, analysis of evidence, lab tests and evaluation of financial and cellphone records. Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said his agency is now heading a criminal investigation into the explosion that leveled Jim and Jeanne Jasa's home at 5601 S. 78th St. Investigators are focusing on the Jasas and their property in determining what led to the apparent natural gas explosion that authorities believe was triggered inside the home, Bliemeister said Thursday.
Columbus Telegram

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Getting Ready For The Total Solar Eclipse In Nebraska

On Monday, much of the continental U.S. will experience the first total solar eclipse in almost 100 years. Nebraska is one of the best places to see it. Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, casting its shadow across a part of the globe. But the earth is big, and much of it is covered by water: “So most of the time when once of these eclipses occur they're not at a convenient location to get to,” said Dan Claes, chair of the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While partial solar eclipses happen a few times a year, for the sun and moon to line up exactly is even less common, Claes said. And this year, we’re especially lucky. “To have it occur, basically in your own backyard, where all you have to do is waltz outside to see it, that's something very special,” Claes said. “And that can be decades and even hundreds of years from the occurrence of one to the next.”
NET Nebraska

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