Nebraska lawmakers mull alcohol problems in Whiteclay

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking at the alcohol problems in the Panhandle town of Whiteclay.

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission director Hobert Rupe encouraged lawmakers Friday to look at the “alcohol impact zones” in places like Washington and Tennessee.

Such areas are established through local and state partnerships to restrict the sale of certain types of beer and wine.

The hearing focused largely on Whiteclay, a town blamed for rampant alcohol abuse and bootlegging on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The town, which has fewer than two dozen residents, borders Pine Ridge and sits two miles south of the reservation’s main village.

Ellsworth Sen. LeRoy Louden, whose district includes Whiteclay, suggested restrictions on the times beer stores in Whiteclay can be open.

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