Nov 30, 2019 6:37 PM

Road closures throughout panhandle

Posted Nov 30, 2019 6:37 PM

By Chris O. Ford

District Operations Manager

NDOT – District 5 – Gering

9 a.m. UPDATE Dec. 1: We are going to open the following highways:


I-80 is now open both directions from Wyoming to Iowa

Hwy 19 is open

Hwy 92 is open

Hwy 250 is open

Hwy 27 is open

Hwy 2 is ipen

Hwy 87 is open

Hwy 20 is open from Crawford east


Still closed in the panhandle is:

Hwy 71 from Colorado to South Dakota

Hwy 30 from Wyoming to Big Springs

Hwy 20 from Wyoming to Harrison

Hwy 29 Mitchell to Harrison

Hwy 88 from Bridgeport to Wyoming

I-80 Open to eastbound traffic only - from Sidney east.

All of highway 26 is open.

All of highway 385 is open.

L62A is open


We are working on opening drifts and removing stranded vehicles. Once that is accomplished we will open more segments.


All roadways have some ice pack – but it has been treated with deicing chemicals.

3:30 p.m. UPDATE: Due to blizzard conditions we are closing ALL HIGHWAYS IN THE PANHANDLE OF NEBRASKA.  The winds are blowing 40 to 60 mph causing zero visibility at times.  DO NOT TRAVEL! We do not anticipate opening these roads until mid-morning tomorrow. Please advise people to stay home.

As of 11:30 am the following roads are CLOSED in the Nebraska Panhandle:


-I-80 from Big Springs to the Wyoming line

-Hwy 30 from Big Springs (Hwy 138 jct.) to the Wyoming line

-Hwy 88 from Bridgeport to the Wyoming line

-Hwy 71 from Kimball to Scottsbluff

-Hwy 71 from Scottsbluff to the Jct. of Hwy 2 (Lawn Church)

-Hwy 385 from Bridgeport to Sidney

-Hwy 20 from Harrison to the Wyoming line

-Hwy 29 from Mitchell to Harrison

Continue Reading Panhandle Post
Nov 30, 2019 6:37 PM
Man sentenced to prison for taking $231K from older rancher

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming court officials have sentenced a man four to eight years in prison after he spent more than $230,000 belonging to a rancher he considered family.

The Gillette News Record reported Wednesday that 52-year-old Harvey Bethea pleaded guilty in August to exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Officials say Bethea was also sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of probation, fined more than $3,000 and required to pay back the money.

Authorities say Bethea spent $231,255 belonging to Donny York, who is in his 80s.

Authorities say Bethea was accused of using the money to pay for livestock never purchased, a laptop, medical bills and a fur coat between April 2016 and April 2017.

His attorney Nick Carter asked for probation saying Bethea has health issues and no criminal record.