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Tourism, official designations fill county’s agenda
January 15, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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GERING—The February issue of True West magazine is now on the newsstands, and featured in eighth place on its 2015 Top Western Towns is Scottsbluff-Gering and surrounding areas.
Brenda Leisy, director of the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau, handed out copies to county commissioners during the board’s Monday meeting.

“We’re listed on page 81,” Leisy said. “Durango, Colo. and Pinedale, Wyo. are also featured, so once visitors get into the area, it’s an easy drive over to see us. We might get more traffic just because of our proximity to other attractions.”

She added it’s exciting to see the picture of the top of Scotts Bluff National Monument featured in the issue. “The article is nice. It talks about the monument and the Oregon Trail, so the information is very useful. It also mentions some of our off-the-beaten-path attractions, such as Robidoux Trading Post. Anyone interested in history and the pioneers will find this useful when planning a trip this summer.”

n Commissioners also appointed four of Leisy’s recommendations to serve on the tourism board. Representing the lodging industry are Glen Lussetto and Shannon Brunner. Anne James, director of the Riverside Discovery Center, will also serve, as will new member Dave Wolfe.

“Dave has an interest in agri-tourism, which is big right now,” Leisy said. “Two examples I always use are Victory Hill Farm north of Scottsbluff and BeeHaven Roadside Farm near Harrisburg. I’d also like to see another winery start up in the area, because they draw a lot of tourists.”

Leisy said she received six high quality applicants for the tourism board. The other two candidates have been contacted about serving on one of the bureau’s various committees. “We want to keep the other two people involved because they have a lot to offer,” she said.

In other action during their annual reorganization meeting, commissioners re-elected Mark Masterton as board chairmen for the 15th year. Steve Stratton was elected as vice chairman. And the board approved the Gering Citizen to publish its delinquent tax list in February.
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