The Nebraska Breakfast was started in 1943 by U.S. Senator Hugh Butler. It is the oldest ongoing gathering of its kind on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Nebraska Breakfast, and this year’s host is Third District Rep. Adrian Smith . Each year the delegation alternates member office hosts.
One of the 16 dates this year was last Wednesday (July 12) and a group of 19 people that included Hitchcock County Commissioners Paul Nichols and Scott McDonald, Good Life Marina owner Dawna Vap, and Good Life Marina and Red Willow Lake trailer owners made the trip to Washington D.C. for the Nebraska Breakfast.
The group met with the Nebraska delegation that included Congressman Adrian Smith, U.S Senator Deb Fischer, and U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts to talk about the ongoing efforts to keep the Bureau of Reclamation from forcing the removal of the trailers at Swanson And Hugh Butler Lakes. The group also had individual meetings set up with the Nebraska’s delegation after the breakfast.
Vap said the meetings went well with Rep. Smith and Senators Fischer and Ricketts indicating their willingness to write and sponsor Congresional Legislation to transfer the federal property on which the trailers are located at the lakes to Hitchcock and Frontier County for management. “It’s a positive step forward for us,” said Vap. The land transfer process will take time. In the meantime, Vap said, they are working with the Bureau of Reclamation on a new lease contract. Vap said it was a quick trip as the group flew to Washington on Tuesday and came home on Wednesday.