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latino commission seeks adobe houses in scottsbluff county

Are there any adobe houses left in Scotts Bluff County? Help us with the search.

The Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Latino American Commission are looking for examples of this Mexican-American tradition brought to Nebraska.

A local effort to locate adobes still standing is being led by Chabella Guzman of Scottsbluff, a Commissioner of the Nebraska Latino American Commission.  

For more information contact: Bob Puschendorf of the Nebraska State Historical Society, 402-471-4769 or or Jasel Cantu of the Latino American Commission, 402-471-2791 or

hispanic heritage month event

The 9th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration took place on Friday, October 9, at the Capitol Building in Lincoln, Neb.

The Commemoration, hosted by the Nebraska Latino American Commission (NLAC) was sponsored by McDonald’s, Southeast Community College, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and Humanities Nebraska, began with a ceremony in the Capitol second floor Rotunda at 3:30 p.m. The event observes Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Nebraska and recognizes students and community leaders for their role in helping the Latino population.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts presented the State Proclamation observing Hispanic Heritage Month in Nebraska. He also spoke of how students can give back to their communities. Chris Beutler, Mayor of the City of Lincoln, also presented a City Proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month within Lincoln and shared how Latinos are a large part of the population and have improved the city.

Six Nebraska students, two organizations and three community leaders were honored at this year’s Commemoration. NLAC Director Dr. Lazaro Spindola served as emcee. The Keynote Speaker was Nita Gonzales, daughter of Latino civil rights leader Corky Gonzales from Denver. Nita is the current director of Escuela Tlatelolco in Denver, a school that focuses on Latino students and includes a Mexican-American Studies curriculum. She is also an education and Chicano rights activist who was honored by President Obama as a Leader for Change at the White House.

This year was the fourth Commemoration where award recipients were nominated by the public. Sanchez presented the four awards: Senator John McCollister (District 20) and former Senator Jeremy Nordquist (District 7) received the Humanitarian Award for their introduction and support of LB 623; the Inspiration Award was given to Luis Sotelo of Lexington for his school and community leadership; the Organization Award was given Madison Public Schools for initiatives to help their Latino student population; and Scottsbluff's Our Lady of Guadalupe Church received the Event Award for their Annual Fiesta, which has been bringing the community together and celebrating Mexican culture for over 40 years.

The event concluded with the recognition of the winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest, which was open to all students in grades 6 to 12.

Essay Contest Winners

The six Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Winners essays are available below, the first place winners read their essay to the audience on Oct. 9. 

The High School winners are:
First Place: Hillary Carrillo of Lexington High School Essay
Second Place: Pamela Cante of Lincoln’s North Star High School Essay
Third Place: Martin Lagunas Nava of Omaha’s Bryan Senior High School Essay

The Middle School winners are:
First Place: Noah Randolph of Omaha’s Brownell-Talbot Middle School Essay
Second Place: Divith Rajagopal of Lincoln’s Lux Middle School Essay
Third Place: Yair Garcia of Schuyler Middle School Essay


The State of Nebraska Governor's Office has released a list of current and upcoming openings on Boards and Commissions that are appointed by the Governor.

If interested, please complete the online application prior to the end of the month of their deadlines. Upcoming Deadlines:

November 2015:

  1. Abstractors Board of Examiners
  2. Board of Barber Examiners
  3. Dairy Industry Development Board
  4. EPSCoR/ IDEA Committee
  5. Commission on Public Advocacy
  6. Board of Public Roads Classifications & Standards


December 2015:

  1. Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  2. Crime Commission
  3. Early Childhood Education Endowment
  4. Educational, Health & Social Services Finance Authority
  5. Election Commissioners
  6. Enhanced Wireless 911 Advisory Board
  7. State Fair Board
  8. Historical Society Board
  9. Investment Council
  10. Governor's Council to Keep Nebraska Beautiful

For a printer-friendly copy, click here. For a list of Board positions that are open due to resignations or unfilled positions, click here. To apply for a position, click here.

If you have questions about requirements for any of the Boards or Commissions listed please contact Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-1971 or email:

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