Businesses pass compliance checks

Tobacco Free Colfax County and Back to BASICs coalitions, in cooperation with the Schuyler Police Department, performed tobacco and alcohol compliance checks Dec. 15 in Schuyler.

Of the eight businesses checked, none sold tobacco to a minor. Alcohol compliance checks were also conducted with a 100 percent compliance rate at six businesses.

For these checks, cooperating minors use their own identification and make no attempt to look over the legal age of 18 or 21.

The following businesses were checked: Fuel Mart, Dollar General, Didier’s Grocery, Chona’s Restaurant, Family Dollar, Parkview One Stop, Deano’s, San Miguels and Casey’s.

Back to BASICs/Tobacco Free Colfax County is a collaborative effort that works to keep youth from engaging in activities involving tobacco, drugs and alcohol. The organization is sponsored by East Central District Health Department with funds provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program and Region 4 Behavioral Health System.

Loup sets rates for 2018

COLUMBUS — Loup Public Power District’s retail customers will see a slight increase in their electric bills beginning in February.

The average cost for residential customers will increase by 0.5 percent.

While the bills for most customers will increase slightly during the winter months, the average electricity cost will decrease during the summer for those with average energy usage.

These changes are based on the results of a retail cost of service and rate design study reviewed and approved by the Loup Public Power District Board of Directors at its Thursday meeting.

The board analyzed the purchased power costs from Nebraska Public Power District, which is Loup's wholesale power supplier. Although NPPD’s overall costs to Loup did not change, the costs are shifting from the summer to the winter months. This initiated the need for a change in Loup’s winter and summer retail rates.

The increase for an average residential customer during the winter months equates to $2.58 per month, or 2 percent. The decrease for an average residential customer during the summer months equates to $3.23 per month, or 2.5 percent. Commercial and industrial customers will see similar changes.

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