Outdoor notes: Oglala Lakota storyteller featured at Ponca State Park event

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oglala Lakota storyteller Jerome Kills Small will be featured in a program July 7 at Ponca State Park.

Kills Small will entertain with iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends) that were passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. The event is at 4 p.m. at the Resource and Education Center. A potluck dinner will follow.

The event is made possible by Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

A park entry permit is required.


Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer in full swing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding water lovers to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating.

Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete a boating safety course and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska.

Game and Parks offers three options for taking boating safety courses. They are:

— Option A – six-hour classroom course followed by proctored exam;

— Option B – home-study course in which students can download study materials before attending a three-hour review and proctored exam;

— Option C – online course for a fee of $29.95.

Classroom courses are scheduled at locations throughout the state in the coming months. To find a schedule of course offerings, as well as other boating information, visit boatsafenebraska.org. The course schedule and registration information may be found in the “boater education” section.

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