The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a lottery for deer permits allowing hunters into the Platte River Recreation Access lands in the central Platte valley.

The lottery in early October will allow 56 hunters to hunt deer on designated access lands on Nov. 16-19.

Applications are limited to one per person and can be mailed or delivered in person to the Game and Parks service center in Kearney through 5 p.m. Sept. 30. You can apply for three areas, but if successful will only be allowed to hunt one of the areas. Winners will be will be notified by Oct. 20 and need the appropriate deer permit and habitat stamp in order to hunt.

The access lands are closed from Oct. 9 to Nov. 15. For more information and a map, visit platteaccess.org, call 308-865-5338 or email ngpc.platteaccess@nebraska.gov.

Health alert still in place for Bluestem: A health alert remains in effect for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in the lake during water quality testing. Visitors to the lake should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Dog owners are urged to keep pets out of the water and not allow them to ingest lake water.

Noncontact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are safe.

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