Nebraska lawmakers pause to take in total solar eclipse

    Governor Pete Ricketts watches the total solar eclipse from Alliance. (Nebraska Governor's Office)

    Nebraska lawmakers stopped with the rest of the country Monday to view the total solar eclipse.

    Governor Pete Ricketts took in the event at Carhenge, near Alliance.

    “Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly today to keep our roads and viewing areas safe during the eclipse,” said Governor Ricketts. “The partnerships between state and local law enforcement, the Tourism Commission, Game and Parks, and several state agencies—together with Nebraska’s hospitable communities—helped make today’s eclipse an enjoyable event for all who came out to witness it.”

    Congressman Adrian Smith was home in Gering, where he watched from Five Rocks Amphitheater.

    Smith tweeted, “Thank you to @NEStatePatrol and local law enforcement for directing traffic smoothly and safely across the state for #eclipse2017.”

    Senator Deb Fischer also took to Twitter, saying, “Today we saw a breathtaking moment in the NE skies.”

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