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Eagle-viewing facilities closed to the public

Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 1:32 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - It is a decision being made according to Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District officials to “protect the safety and health of the public, and employees.”

For the first time since 1988, the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is not opening its eagle-viewing facilities to the public. Central is blaming the decision on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central normally opens the Johnson No. 2 Hydroplant southeast of Lexington and a freestanding building on the shore of Lake Ogallala to provide eagle-watching opportunities to the public.

Central has been providing eagle-viewing opportunities at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam since 1990.

The facilities are typically open from about the last week of December through late February. Central hopes the facilities can be open next winter.

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