Jan 13, 2020 3:13 PM

State mulls limits on visitors at 2 western Nebraska parks

Posted Jan 13, 2020 3:13 PM

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is considering limiting the number of visitors at Lake McConaughy and adjacent Lake Ogallala.

The commission says the high number of visitors in 2018 and 2019 stretched public safety, basic sanitation services, shower facilities, campgrounds and parking areas in both western Nebraska recreation areas.

Proposed actions would be subject to approval of the commission and would go into effect before Memorial Day.

A public open house to discuss the changes is scheduled to run from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center and Water Interpretive Center.

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Nebraska bill would give tax break for hiring felons

Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure before lawmakers that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend.

Supporters say the bill would encourage employers to take a risk on potential employees whose criminal records limit their job prospects, although it’s not yet clear how they’ll cover the cost of the proposed tax deduction.

The measure by Sen. Justin Wayne, of Omaha, would allow companies to deduct 65% of the wages paid to workers with a felony conviction during their first year of employment.