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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gering Native Wins World Title

Gering native Dean Gorsuch won his second world title in Steer Wrestling this year.  Dean is the national spokesperson for a great local company out of Alliance, Nebraska - Vitalix, Inc.

Congratulations Dean, from all of us at Hale Multimedia and!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jeremiah House Ministry

Let's begin by giving God the credit.  What an incredible honor it is to serve Him through feeding the people!

We hosted our 12th annual Jeremiah House Thanksgiving Dinner Tuesday evening November 16th, 2010 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Dozens of volunteers from several area churches came together to serve more than 200 meals to the JHouse community and their families.

This year we had a very special 'Magic Show' delivered by Pastor Mike of Sharp's Corner from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  He put on a great show while delivering a strong message of salvation.   We are blessed to be serving the Lakota people side by side with servants like Pastor Mike!

We also want to thank the wonderful student leaders that continue to serve with us from Frontier Scool of the Bible out of LaGrange, Wyoming.  They have been so faithful and willing to serve year round year after year.  Thank you Mr. Koester and everyone at FSB!

Special thanks also to Melody Leafgreen.  She has been our Kitchen Director from day 1.  She does an incredible work coordinating our supporting churches each week.  Currently we have volunteers from Bethel Baptist, Plymouth Congregational, Scottsbluff Zion, Grace Chapel, Lakota Lutheran, Hope Congregational Bayard, Frontier School of the Bible and others from time to time.  Thank you to everyone who serves with us!

Blessings to all,

Brian Hale

Jeremiah House Director

308 220-8260 

Location : 1812 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361,
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

10 Biggest Website Mistakes

By Sandi Smith

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, your website is presenting your company's image and message to prospective clients all over the world. With this phenomenal reach, you want to make sure your best image and best message are coming across.

Perhaps your website is not generating the interest you'd like it to and you'd like to find out why. Maybe you're just getting started in your new business and know you need a website, but don't know where to start. Possibly your website is doing great, and you'd simply like to take it to the next level.

Whether creating a new site or updating your existing site, here are some common pitfalls to avoid.

1. Unprofessional writing. It's easy to get so wrapped up in the web design portion of a website and forget about the words that go on the pages. Maybe the web designer does the design but not the writing. You might even find yourself writing the content at the last minute. Good writing is far more important than bling, and great copy from a professional copywriter will get your phone ringing.

2. Looking like all the other sites out there. Your business has something unique and different to offer its customers. Is that evident on your website? If not, you could be attracting the wrong type of customers, or worse, none at all.

When you hire a Webmaster, you'll want to make sure that s/he will design your site for you and your customers and not for himself/herself.

Your website will shine when it emulates your company's personality.

3. Not maximizing the eight seconds you have. web visitors - your potential prospects - will give you only eight seconds to wow them. Do you have your best stuff at the top of your home page? I mean the really good stuff, not just the stuff your mom is proud of!

You'll want to capture the attention of potential customers using the item that brings out the best in you. It might be a great tag line, a killer testimonial, a big award, a blue chip client list, or the like.

4. No credibility. Can web visitors check out your reputation on the web? You'll want to make sure your website comes as close as possible to feeling like a warm, personal visit with you. Do this by posting content that is designed to build your credibility.

As an example, this can include content that shows you have a track record of success: testimonials, case studies of current clients, and a client list.

If you have been mentioned in the press, include a press page on your website that lists the newspapers, magazines, radio talk shows, and other places where you've been mentioned.

5. No way to capture interested leads. People warm up slowly. Your web visitors might be interested in you but are not quite ready to call you or buy anything yet.

You'll want a way to keep track of these warm leads who will be ready to buy a few months down the road when they've gotten to know you better. There are several ways to gather leads from your website, depending on what you're willing to offer them. One method that is completely ineffective for capturing leads is to ask for information on your contact page. Just don't do it!

6. Not marketing your site. If you've spent all your money doing everything right, but you don't market your site, you may not get any visitors.

You'll need to spend at least a little time marketing your site through offline and online methods. For example, add your web-site name to the bottom of every email that you send. You can do this automatically by modifying the signature file in your email software.

You may also want to delve into the more advanced fields of search engine marketing and optimization.

7. Under construction. Many people's pet peeves is to click on a page and see an "under construction" message. It's inconsiderate of people's time to lead them down a dead-end alley, plus your website screams the message, "This person can't finish what they start." I'm sure that's not the message you wish to send.

8. Too much bling. In the name of being cute, many websites display obnoxious moving parts, flashing signs, or vacuous videos. Did you know most people hate that stuff?

Bling doesn't impress clients, except in three cases: kids' sites, sites that sell luxury items, and entertainment sites. If you have one of those sites, then you need bling. Limited bling is OK, timeless style is better, and meaningful, benefits-filled content is best.

9. Nonworking links, typos, or other mistakes. A site filled with errors tells people that its owner probably makes a lot of mistakes when delivering services. Even if the message is compelling, the red flag is there for people to see. People's intuition will tell them not to do business with you. A quick and thorough testing of the site will avoid this pitfall.

10. No goals. A lot of people come to me saying, "I want a website." I ask them, "What do you want it to do?" And they don't really know.

It's important to think about what you want your website to accomplish because that goal should be integral to the design of the site. The best sites lead their visitors to a certain outcome that is beneficial for both themselves and their customers.

When you can overcome these 10 common problems, your website can start to become a powerful and effective marketing tool for your business.

About the Author: Since 1993, Sandi Smith has helped individuals grow their businesses and live their dreams. She has made her clients millions by sharing her marketing methods, her entrepreneurial formula, and her millionaire mindset. Visit her website at

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Entrepreneurs - 5 Things You Must Do

By Joshua Black

If you are an entrepreneur there are a few critical tasks that you need to turn into a daily habit in order for your business to keep moving in a positive direction and to make you money. Read on to find out those key items and how you can add them to your daily routine.

Entrepreneurs have to wear many hats when a business is just starting. Many things need to be delegated to others in order for the business to run smoothly and there are a few things that you must do yourself. If you can create a habit of performing these 5 things every day, some for just a few minutes, then you will see your business grow right alongside your dreams:

1. Plan for the future a few minutes each day. Assume that your product has stopped selling all of a sudden. What direction will you take your company next? What new income stream can you add? This is a time for day dreaming and recording notes in preparation for the future. You don't necessarily have to take action on these items, but you need to think about them daily in order to bring out the golden ideas.

2. Work on your marketing in some aspect every day to get new customers. If your prospective customers don't know about you they won't buy from you. Work on getting your message out every day even if it is just for a few minutes.

3. Work on closing a sale every single day.  Whether you are doing this online, on the phone, through the mail, or face-to-face you need to be selling every day. Without the close of a sale there is no business. This is not something that you can delegate all the way. even if you have a sales force you need to be out there looking for deals.

4. Develop or strengthen your business network. You need to join or create a business network where you can help others and they can help you back. This is a great place to get free customers through referrals and an excellent mentoring opportunity using the mastermind principle.

5. Contact your current customers. Don't ever forget about the people that have already purchased from you. These are your best customers. They already like what you have to sell and they don't cost anything to acquire. Contact your current customers frequently, even if you are just saying hello. They need to know what you have to offer and they need to know you are still breathing. They won't seek you out. You must go to them.

About the Author: Joshua Black is an on-line infopreneur, marketing consultant, small business owner and copywriter dedicated to helping the bootstrapping small business owner succeed. Visit his flagship resource site for entrepreneurs at for the free Underdog Millionaire Wealth Pack: including 5 FREE e-books and daily wealth building tips for the bootstrapping small business owner- in the areas of sales, marketing, motivation, product creation and more.

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5 Questions To Ask Your Customers

By Deborah A Taylor

If you seem to be throwing lots of time and money at advertising with dismal results then these five questions could save you money and build customer loyalty.

Most business owners steer away from asking their customers what they really think about their products or services for fear that they may find fault. This is a "bury your head in the sand" mentality that limits your potential and your opportunities to stay ahead of your competition.

How do I know this? Because I have worked with dozens of small businesses, and most of them have never asked their customers what they think. When I work with businesses, one of the first things I do is call some of their customers because if the product or service is not up to scratch, bringing in more customers will do more damage than good.

So here's my top five questions and why you need to ask these.

1. How did you hear about us?
It is important to understand what marketing channels are working for you. If the majority of your new customers are coming from word of mouth referrals, create opportunities for more referrals. Don't spend your hard-earned cash on advertising to people who don't know and love you.

2. What was your main reason for choosing us?

I am constantly reminded that price is not the main reason people choose to do business with you. Consistently across the 70 industry sectors I have surveyed, trust that you can provide the right product or service is the No. 1 reason. But there are others and you need to know the reasons why customers choose you, because this is essential to your communication with existing and potential customers.

3. What is one thing we do really well for you?

This question gives you clues about why you are better than your competitors--and this creates opportunity to exploit your strong points in your marketing. Customers will tell you why you are better than the guy down the road. Your job is to make sure that you keep delivering well on your strengths.

4. Is there anything we could we do better?

This is the number one reason why business owners don't do customer surveys, yet this is vital information that you need to know. You need to know where the gaps are so you can plug them. Don't allow your weaknesses to be your competitors' advantage.

5. On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to refer a friend or colleague to us, where 1 is not likely at all and 10 is extremely likely?

Those of you who are familiar with net promoter score will know that a customer who scores 9 or 10 is a strong referral source. You also want to ask them why they have given you this score so that you can understand what is important to your best customers and be sure that you continue to meet their expectations.
So there you have it. With the answers to these questions, you can create marketing plans that have a balance of strategies for attracting new customers as well as retaining existing ones. You will know what areas you need to work on and what you need to constantly keep on top of to avoid losing customers.

As I mentioned before, I have conducted dozens of surveys for my customers, and it has been very rare that a customer's customer does not want to participate. Any feedback about your business is great. It is not about you but what you can do for your customers to have a sustainable business.

About the Author: Debbie Taylor works with small and medium sized businesses to transform their business results. Her expertise is in marketing, business planning and sales and she has worked with clients in over 70 different industry sectors. You can find out more about Debbie, her business services and the results she has achieved for clients at

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The FenceMaster Trailer

The Prairie Star: Montana Ag Newspaper

New ATV trailer FenceMaster goes through rough country, carries tools, spraying system

Monday, September 27, 2010 12:48 PM MDT

The FenceMaster is a versatile Montana designed and built trailer that helps producers get more out of their ATVs. Photo courtesy of Tom Spika.  

Building fence in rugged country just got a whole lot easier; so did checking and doctoring livestock, spraying hard to reach areas, and a lot of other jobs. The reason is a new ATV trailer capable of carrying a day’s worth of fencing materials, tools, medicines and more.

The FenceMaster is a four-foot wide aluminum and poly trailer built on tandem axles. Compact and maneuverable it has a 1,500 pound payload capacity. Spika Welding and Manufacturing, of Lewis-town, Mont., designed and manufactures the innovative trailer.

“We called all of our production people and all of our engineers. We said, ‘let’s figure out what we can do, what we are good AT, and what we know,” Spika said.

The crew at Spika knows agriculture and they know fencing. They designed the FenceMaster to carry a full day of fencing supplies. It has three rotating wire spools on the back and self-closing staple and post clip bins.

"It pretty much is ideal for fencing", says Tim Crabtree of Denton, who should know...he spends the majority of his time building fence.

"Everything you could want for making fencing faster and easier is there in the design.”

That is because SPIKA went the extra mile. After they came up with the initial design they built a prototype then asked ranchers, fence contractors, and implement dealers to come in and evaluate the trailer.

“We asked them what they liked and didn’t like about the trailer,” Spika said. The result is a fine-tuned workhorse. Their trailer organizes supplies and can be pulled behind an ATV over rough terrain or down a freeway at 70 miles per hour. The FenceMaster is freeway stable and comes equipped with lights and all necessary features to be licensed and street legal - a great solution for stockmen who must travel to pastures several miles apart.

Crabtree is thrilled. “I knew as soon as I saw it that it was just what I needed. It will save me a ton of work carrying posts and wire where my pickup can't get. Four-wheelers are cheaper to operate and a lot handier, but they just can't carry much by themselves."

Spika also said the trailer is safer.

“When you have to use a four-wheeler for fencing you strap a handful of steel posts to the rack, tie a fence stretcher across the handle bars, bungi-cord on a roll of wire and try to go. It’s dangerous and can get top heavy that way. You also loose stuff halfway down the trail yet there are places with fences that you just can’t get a pickup to easily. This trailer is designed to go almost anywhere an ATV can go and you can take enough supplies to cover several miles of fence repair. There’s no going back to get something else. You have everything right there with you,” he explained.

The FenceMaster retails for $4,995 which may give some producers initial sticker shock but Spika said once they see what the trailer is designed to do, they realize it has tremendous value and versatility and get excited to own one.

“When you think about contracting $8,000 for a mile of fence or investing $14,000 in a post drive, the cost of the FenceMaster is more justifiable,” he said.

The whole concept of the trailer is to expand the capability of the ATV’s most producers already own. Available accessory packages, such as the hydraulic power pack allows producers to run hydraulic post hole diggers, tampers or other hydraulic equipment far from a power source.

“It’s far more versatile and handy than trying to run that equipment off a skid steer.” Skid steer's hydraulic systems have to be modified and most people don’t want to mess with that, he explained.

The power pack kit is equipped with a 9-horsepower Honda engine that attaches to the back deck. You get up close to where you need to work, start up the engine and plug in whatever tool you have.

Spika explained that the trailer can be positioned close to where you need the power so long hydraulic lines aren’t needed. Also, it’s far easier to get on and off a four-wheeler to move than into and out of a skid steer, especially a hundred times a day.

The weatherproof trailer is also great for calving season. A calf rack can be secured to the trailer and multiple storage compartments make it easy to carry calving tools, ear tags, medical supplies, even record books.

“It is great for checking your herds. If you’re out in the field with this and you see a calf with scours, you have the medicine and syringes right with you. If a cow is having difficulty calving, you have your calf puller and ob chains right there. You can even weigh the calf and carry your record books so you can record that information right in the field. You have all this capability where you need it, not back in the barn,” Spika explained.

There is also a powerful spraying system accessory kit, complete with a 110-gallon tank. The pump can run up to 300 psi, deliver four gallons per minute and spray vertically as tall as a 35-foot tree. A boom-less nozzle bar can cover a 30-foot swath for range or cropland weed treatment or liquid fertilizer application in places where regular sprayers cannot go.

Four-wheelers are a vital tool in agriculture. The trailer expands the ability of the four-wheeler.

“This is really another important tool, an implement like a tractor, and has been built to work hard and last for years,” explained Spika.

The design allows producers to keep all their tools and supplies in one place, ready to go. If cows get out, “you just hook it up to your four-wheeler, run out to get the cows in, and have what you need to fix the fence right with you. You don’t have to return home to find and retrieve the tools and supplies. It’s all ready,” he said. Whether it’s taking out salt or protein blocks, using it as a parts and tool cart during haying or harvest or just general farm work, the FenceMaster helps producers master more than fence work.

“The more they think about it, the more they see where it will be justifying itself almost every day. It's kind of like a skid steer; once you have one, you don't know how you ever got along without one," said Tryg Williams, Spika's sales rep for the northwestern region.

“This is an investment that makes sense,” Spika said. “Producers will use it for so many different operations that it will become extremely valuable. They will soon feel lost without it.”

Spika will have a FenceMaster trailer and accessories on display at the NILE. Producers will be able to see how it works and what the FenceMaster can do for them. Ag and livestock equipment, implement and ATV dealers in Great Falls, Havre, Lewistown, Geraldine, Fort Ben-ton, Roundup, Billings, Butte, Missoula and Kalispell are already handling the FenceMaster with more being added weekly.

For more information, stop by their booth at the NILE, contact Spika at 888-915-5678, or through their Web site at

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Recovery Church

I am embarking on a new venture this evening... doing something I've done hundreds of times, but tonight it becomes official.  I have my church's blessing to start a new church at the Jeremiah House on saturday nights focusing on helping others to recover from the mindset of alcoholism and homelessness.  I was once there.  I remember exactly what kept me alive and turned my life around...  I will give my testimony in person to anyone who wants to hear about the incredible power of Jesus Christ anytime.  Come as you are tonight and each Sat. Night at 7pm.  Corner of 12th ave and 12th street in Scottsbluff.  Jeremiah House Director Brian Hale.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Designer Water Bottles

Are you looking for designer water bottles by Rive?  We really enjoyed working with the great people behind Rive LLC and highly recommend you check out their BPA Free Glass Designer Water Bottles!

We designed a site for them at

Their new official site is

Some of you may find that our old site comes up higher in the search rankings than does their new website.  This is not uncommon and is a great example of the search popularity of websites we build and optimize for our customers.

If you would like to know more about how we can give your website an advantage over your competition, give us a call or contact us online!

Brian Hale
Hale Multimedia LLC
800 783-1103

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Social Marketing Companies

The time has come that businesses need to take a serious look at hiring a professional to help them with Social Marketing.

Call (308) 632-4653 or (308) 220-8260 or toll free 800 783-1103. We will help you understand how Internet Marketing, specifically Social Marketing can give your business a huge advantage over your competition. Visit today and browse our portfolio, our products, our service... and then contact us. Let's see just how much more business we can generate for you! Give me a call or stop by.


Brian Hale
Hale Multimedia LLC
2013 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Chuck Wagon Church

I dug this up on the internet somewhere... What a blessing it is to have the Chuck Wagon Church right here in Scottsbluff! We know so many people you have fed. What a blessing you are to the community. Thank you Pastor Al!

Now here's a letter I found on the internet from Pastor Al ;


Dear Friends of Chuck Wagon Church

Time to report in on what the Lord has accomplished over the summer. Last year we sent 45 kids to camp. This year we sent 54. The best part of this equation is that last year we had only two from Pine Ridge. This year that figure was 19. For the first time ever we did a camp exclusively for the Reservation kids. Seven or eight gave their hearts to the Lord, and nearly all dedicated themselves to getting their family saved, and praying for their family and friends. There is a sense in which the old Passover still applies. They had to take a lamb for each house and the lamb was sacrificed for the family. Someone in the family has to intercede and witness to the family. Has to be the lamb for the house. I told them the true story of a woman I knew who was saved when she was only eight years old. Her family wasn’t Christians, and she had no church upbringing. She had no idea about prayer or how it worked, she just knew she was saved and that her family needed to be saved. She would go home and go upstairs to her room, open the window, lean out and yell up at God. (That was her method of praying.) “God, save my mom and dad.! Save My brothers and sisters! Save my neighbors!) Needless to say God answered her prayers. In her teens she began bible studies, and gathered in the neighbors. When the group got to 20 or 30 she would enlist a preacher. By this method she started seventeen churches. I told them that someone had to be the one to pray, and lead them to Jesus. The next night I had a rapper from Denver sing and give his testimony. He had been a major druggie, and had gotten so bad that he thought he was dying. Satan appeared to him and demons were trying to drag him down to hell. He was screaming, and trying to break away, but couldn’t. He saw Jesus and that scared him even worse because he knew Jesus wasn’t pleased with the way he was living. But he cried out to Jesus and Jesus saved him. His twin brother was also a druggie, and he began to pray and witness to him and to his family. He now ministers to others. He told the kids the same thing that I had the night before. You have to pray for your families and witness to them. You have to be the messenger of Jesus to them. He had the children lift their hands and pray for their families. Almost every child had both hands up praying for their families. Here is a neat follow up on that same story. We dropped two of the children off in the country because they lived out of town. A man happened to be visiting when they arrived home and told us this story. He said the little guy came into the house raised his hands and said “Praise the Lord!” Went over to the CD player took out what they were playing and put in his Christian rap CD and said “We’re going to listen to Christian music.” We are now planning a rap concert in two high schools on the reservation, one at Pine Ridge and one at Allen. We are hoping the teens will attend because of the testimony of the teens who went to camp. Thank you for all your help. We did all this at no cost to any of the children.

Had a guy fresh out of prison that needed food and a place to stay. People referred him to our church, and we talked a bit. He had no religious background, but wanted to get right with God, and get his life straight. We prayed together for his salvation. Then I got him some food and got him a place to stay while he looked for a job. The dinner count has gone up this past month to around 95 each Saturday. The Sunday count is still over 200. I think October will start our 11th year. It is amazing to me that we have probably fed over 150,000 free meals, and gave out enough boxed food to feed an additional 24,000 people without taking an offering, and without government help. That is the Lord! All our needs are being met, and the Lord doesn’t seem to be affected by the sluggish economy.

Again, my thanks to you for your gifts, and I ask God to bless you richly for all you have done, and all you are doing, and all you will do.

We have a teen living with us and are scheduled for our first parent teacher meeting in nearly a quarter of a century. I sort of slipped into the twenty First Century through the back door having lived on a farm most of my life. I am familiar with teeth of all kinds and could give a good guess at a horses age by looking at its teeth. I’ve eaten berries of every description, and raised gardens and done construction, but lately have found out that a blackberry is not edible, blue tooth is not a disease, and I-Pods are not used in construction or found in a garden. This does tend to make a person a little apprehensive when you realize you are part of a triangle ( teacher, student, parent) responsible for some lads educational progress. How he came to be at our house is a story that started nine years ago when he was only eight. Harry and I were going door to door calling on people. We stopped at a house where there was an old man and old woman and the old man’s middle aged daughter. The old man was sitting head down slobbering on his shirt. The old woman was almost blind, and the daughter was suffering from kidney failure. The house was mess, and filthy. Food and older food was on the table among a mixture of parakeet droppings, and used bird seed. Cigarettes and ashes filled ash trays and tin cans. We talked to them and prayed with them and led them to Christ. They started coming to church except for the old man. He went into the hospital and hovered near death for several weeks. We and the church continued to pray for him. He recovered and became a regular church attendee. He quit slobbering got his mind back and attended until he went into the veterans home four or so years later. The old lady became so special to all of us that we still talk about her respectfully to this day. She would come up after services and say, “May I have the list of prayer requests?” I said, “Blanche, you can’t see well enough to even read this list, and my writing is so bad you couldn’t read it if you could see.” She said, “Oh, I don’t read it, I just hold it up to God and pray over it. He knows what’s on it.” She would take that list week after week. The daughter, Vivian, was on dialysis and was weak a lot of the time, but she helped us do puppet programs and was very faithful to do all she could. In addition she went to her neighbors and invited them to church. It was she who invited the eight year old Ben to church. She died a few months before her father, Ralph, but when I went to visit her at her home, it was clean, her bible was open on the table, and Christian music was playing on the radio. (She didn’t know I was coming or I might have expected that.)
Ben was from a dysfunctional family with a history of drug abuse and alcoholism. He came to church and gave his heart to the Lord. He always helped in any way he could. He helped my wife with the children’s church and still does. He helped serve in the kitchen, and still does. Recently one of his brothers died from alcohol at age 24. Ben couldn’t even inform his mother because they had not heard from her in years, and had no idea where she lived, or if she lived. He said this, “If it hadn’t been for Vivian, I don’t know where I’d be today.” If there is a lesson in all this, its that if someone blind and someone dying can find a way to serve God and make a difference in a life, then surely we can do something.
When the boy’s father and stepmother moved away, he wanted to stay here and finish school. His sister who also came to church was the first in a family totaling fourteen to finish High School. Ben will be the second. When they first came to church they were both failing every class. Now he is a B plus student and plans to go to college. There were many weeks when he was the sole support of his family. He went to school, worked full time at Taco Bell, and slept when he could. Many times he would get home after 1:30 A.M. It is hard to imagine a family where income is more important than education, and the head of the house would put the burden of supporting the family on a sixteen year old. Sometimes it is humorous. For instance, we had a storm, and it knocked out our electricity for a while. When everything went black, he immediately asked if we had paid the electric bill.
We feel privileged to be able to help him. Maybe we can finish up what Vivian started.

Thanks again for all you do!
Sincerely! Al


We will continue to pray for you and your wonderful ministry Al!
Brian Hale

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Scotts Bluff County Police Scanner

Hale Multimedia LLC is the leading web technology firm out of Scottsbluff Nebraska that recently created an online streaming feed of the Scotts Bluff County Police and Fire Scanners by partnering up with

After just 3 full days since we launched our facebook page, we're up to 270 'fans'and we have had over 30 simultaneous listeners! A few more and we will make it into Radio Reference's TOP 50 Scanners in the U.S.!!

LISTEN IN on the Scotts Bluff County Police, Fire and City Scanners LIVE ONLINE right now...

If YOU need any help or just have questions about anything WEB related, including Social Marketing on the Web, give us a call toll free 800 783-1103 or locally 308 632-4653. We are located on Broadway in Scottsbluff at 2013, just south of Broadway Office Supply.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Benefits of Hosting with Us

The first few things are fairly standard, but keep reading because there are several benefits of hosting with us that most other website providers simply cannot provide...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Interesting New Info on 'Mosque'

AP Exclusive: Backers of NY mosque appear divided, investor says he may sell if price is right

Published September 08, 2010

Associated Press

NEW YORK – The group of Muslims planning to build a 13-story Islamic center and mosque near ground zero appears plagued by divisions that raise questions about the future of the project, with one major investor saying he is prepared to sell some or all of the site if the price is right.

Hisham Elzanaty, an Egyptian-born businessman who says he provided a majority of the financing to gain control over the two buildings where the center would be built, told The Associated Press this week that while he supports the concept, he needs to turn a profit.

He said one of the buildings is worth millions if it is redeveloped, and he intends to seize the opportunity. He said he would like to see the other building turned into a mosque, but if his community doesn't come forward with enough cash for him to break even, he will turn it over to someone else.

"I'm a businessman. This was a mere business transaction for me," said Elzanaty, a U.S. citizen who has lived on Long Island for decades, owns medical clinics in New York City and invests in real estate on the side.

Representatives of some of the project's backers said they have just started trying to raise the estimated $100 million needed to build the center and the millions more required to run it.

Elzanaty said his real estate partnership, which paid $4.8 million for half the site last year, has already received offers three times that much to sell that parcel.

"Develop it, raze it, sell it," he said. "If someone wants to give me 18 or 20 million dollars today, it's all theirs."

A spokesman for the developer leading the investment team declined to confirm Elzanaty's claim that he has a majority stake in the partnership, or comment on whether he needs approval from the rest of the group to decide the fate of the two buildings.

Dealing with potential conflicts among investors is but one of the challenges facing the group trying to organize the center.

The concept was first broached publicly late last year by a group of backers that included Feisal Abdul Rauf, an imam who leads a small Manhattan mosque not far from the World Trade Center, his wife, Daisy Khan, who heads a Muslim nonprofit group, and a real estate investor who is a member of Rauf's congregation, Sharif El-Gamal.

Together, they outlined a plan to demolish a pair of linked buildings and replace them with a tower that would hold a theater, a health club, a performing arts center, a culinary school and a mosque.

Since then, though, it has been difficult to determine who is in control. The key players in the development are represented by different publicity firms and different lawyers, and have varying agendas and no consistent message.

Rauf left the U.S. just as controversy over the plan was becoming explosive. His first significant public comments in months came in a letter published Wednesday in The New York Times in which he referred to the center as the Cordoba House — a name that had been abandoned by other backers weeks ago in favor of the moniker Park51, which reflects the project's address.

Rauf also said for the first time that the center would also include separate prayer spaces for Christians, Jews and people of other faiths.

"I do not underestimate the challenges that will be involved in bringing our work to completion," he wrote, adding that construction has yet to begin. "I know there will be interest in our financing, and so we will clearly identify all of our financial backers."

Sharif El-Gamal, who had emerged as the public face of the project in Rauf's absence, has declined most interview requests, leaving critics free to speculate about who is behind the center.

In his few public statements over the past few weeks, he has portrayed himself, rather than Rauf, as the key force behind the proposed center, and created a new nonprofit group to raise the estimated $100 million needed for construction.

Yet it is unclear how much authority he has to set the project's agenda.

In one typical episode in late August, a guest imam scheduled to oversee Friday prayers at the site of the planned center invited reporters throughout New York City to come hear him speak. When they arrived, they were met by an exasperated El-Gamal, who instructed police to keep the media out, saying the invitation was unauthorized.

Until late last week, El-Gamal had declined to identify any of the eight investors involved in his real estate partnership, or say whether any had a controlling interest. Real estate partnerships in New York are generally not required to disclose their membership to the public. On Friday, he acknowledged for the first time in response to media inquiries that Elzanaty was a major contributor.

After speaking with Elzanaty on Tuesday, the AP contacted El-Gamal's spokesman, Larry Kopp, to see if he could confirm Elzanaty's statements that he is the principal investor in the project and has the final say over what happens to the real estate. Kopp said El-Gamal wouldn't comment on the ownership issues.

The business transactions surrounding the project are complicated.

Half the site is owned by the real estate partnership that includes Elzanaty and is managed by El-Gamal, according to city property records. The other half is owned by the utility Consolidated Edison, but controlled through a long-term lease that another real estate entity purchased for $700,000 last year. Elzanaty said he put up all of that money and thus controls the lease, which allows its holder to tear down the building and construct something new.

Elzanaty said that while he would love to see the entire site become a center that would replace the sometimes shabby places downtown where Muslims pray now, the project can't come at the expense of his investment.

As for the criticism that it would be inappropriate to build any Muslim house of worship so close to the trade center site, where victims of Islamic terrorists died, Elzanaty said he strongly disagreed.

"There is a public opinion that says no, but if you say no, you are defeated by the fanatics," he said.

Elzanaty added that he believed that his own parents were victims of terrorism.

His mother and father were passengers on an EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. U.S. officials ruled that the co-pilot deliberately steered the plane into the sea. No group claimed responsibility for the crash, and investigators have discounted the possibility of terrorism. Egypt has claimed that mechanical failure caused the crash.

Still, Elzanaty said it is hurtful that some critics of the mosque project have accused him of secretly sympathizing with terrorists, given his personal loss.

Some of those detractors have pointed to a donation that he made in 1999 to the Holy Land Foundation, which was later indicted on charges of contributing money to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Five leaders of the foundation were recently convicted of illegally supporting Hamas.

Elzanaty said he believed his donation was being used to support Palestinian orphans, and noted that the U.S. government had the foundation on its list of IRS-approved charities until 2001.

"America is my country," he said, "and I will never do anything to hurt it."


Wow! I don't remember any of the networks telling us this much info on exactly who has the money and how it ties them to Hamas (circumstantialy as it appears, right?) Another thing, did I hear Rauf say for the first time that it's going to be for Christians, Jews and people of other faith? If so, cool!! ... and Elzanaty the Developer said "If someone wants to give me 18 or 20 million dollars today, it's all theirs." Let's just pray that someone with good intentions buys it up! It sounds like an excellent investment to me, for a very popular piece of real estate! If I had $20 Million I would buy it today, wouldn't you?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Minatare Loses Opener

Jim Headley, The Gering Citizen
Hitchcock County Falcons 60  Minatare Indians 37

Minatare, Nebraska - The Minatare Indians under the direction of their first year head coach fell Friday afternoon to the speedy Hitchcock County Falcons.  Hitchcock County is located in the southwestern part of Nebraska between Benkelman and McCook.

Several times throughout the game Minatare mounted a comeback but could never get it closer than 11.  The Indians did show both toughness on Defense and the ability to go deep.  One of the highlights was a beautiful bomb in the near endzone that the Minatare receiver did a fantastic job of keeping his focus and coming down with it over the defender.

The Indians play host to Loup County, Nebraska next week (Sep 10, 2010)

The photo above is of Jim Headley of The Gering Citizen Newspaper (taken by Brian Hale).  Look for Jim and staff to be everywhere covering high school sports in western Nebraska with The Gering Citizen's commitment to the local community! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wildfire in the Wildcats : Sep 1, 2010

Gering Citizen Newspaper 
BREAKING NEWS : A wildfire has broken out in the Wildcat Hill four miles south and seven miles west of Gering. The fire was started by lightening Monday night and State of Nebraska crews thought they had it out Tuesday. The fire kicked up this morning. We have images from the scene by Jim Headley. Fire crews from Scotts Bluff County Rural and Gering are having a hard time reaching the hillside where the fire is burning. The wind is picking up too!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Have you been promised page 1 on Google?

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