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2014 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

September

  • City Dividend for Utility Ownership Changes — 9/29
    The City dividend collected by the Lincoln Electric System (LES) has changed for fiscal year 2014-15, which began September 1. The dividend is a payment to the City for its ownership of LES, and it was established in 2011 by a City ordinance. The current dividend payment is equivalent to a 2.4 percent of total net assets.
  • New Pay-by-Phone System for Parking Meters Gives Drivers More Flexibility — 9/26
    About 1,500 people have now used the new option to pay for parking at meters by phone. City Parking Services recently implemented the PassportParking service at 2,400 meters downtown and in the Haymarket.
  • Task Force to Participate in Multi-Agency Training in Kansas — 9/26
    Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), will conduct a 36-hour joint training exercise Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5 near Salina, Kansas. The realistic full-scale USAR exercise will simulate the aftermath of an F5 tornado touching down in Salina.
  • Mayor Supports Actions of Indian Center, Calls on Fans to Help Maintain Safety — 9/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler today praised the Indian Center for its action to prevent further problems with tailgating on its property at 10th Street and Military Road. He also called on Husker fans to help law enforcement officials maintain a fun and safe atmosphere on football game days. Indian Center officials announced yesterday that no alcohol or drugs will be allowed for Saturday's tailgate party, and no one will be allowed into the area without purchasing a parking space and entering in a vehicle.
  • Volunteers Needed for Coastal Cleanup Saturday — 9/23
    Volunteers and volunteer groups are needed to help clean up litter and other debris from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Roper Park, 3rd and Superior streets. The effort is part of the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide volunteer project designed to remove trash from ocean beaches, lake shores, riversides and other waterways.
  • Legends/JPA Joint Statement — 9/23
    Legends Sales and Marketing, LLC and the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency reached a settlement agreement for the fees owed to Legends for naming rights sponsorship services it provided in relation to the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • LPD Reaccredited as "Gold Standard" Agency — 9/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler recognized the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) for receiving its eighth national accreditation and for being honored as a Gold Standard agency. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) developed the review process to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement service delivery.
  • Mayor Urges Public to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day September 27 — 9/19

    Mayor Chris Beutler urged the public to drop off leftover or unwanted medications at local retailers on Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, September 27. Eleven retailers are participating in the free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

    • Russ's Market, 1550 S. Coddington Ave.
    • Walgreens stores at 1404 Superior St.; 2502 N. 48th St.; 8300 Northern Lights Dr.; 1701 South St.; 2600 S. 48th St.; and 4000 S. 70th St.
    • The Pharmacy, 1221 N Cotner Blvd.
    • Hy-Vee, 5010 "O" St.
    • Shopko, 6845 S. 27th St.
    • Four Star Drug, 13851 Guildford St., Waverly
  • Read to a Dog Program Starts September 22 — 9/19
    The public is invited to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog.
  • All West Haymarket Garages Now Open — 9/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that all the new parking garages in the West Haymarket area are now open. The Green 2 parking garage at 530 "P" Street has been completed and will be available for Saturday's Husker football game against Miami.
  • Section of West "A" to Close Monday for Sewer Work — 9/12
    Beginning Monday, West "A" Street will close to through traffic from S. Coddington to S.W. 40th St. for sanitary sewer work. The roadway is expected to reopen Friday, September 19.
  • Public Invited to Attend Meeting and Take Survey on Bike Share Program — 9/10

    The public is invited to share their thoughts about a potential city bike share system in two ways:

    • Attend a meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 18 in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th Street. Kären Haley, Executive Director at Indianapolis Cultural Trail, will present background information on bike share programs and answer questions.
    • Take a survey and view an interactive map at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: bike share survey).
  • Home Visitation Program Achieves National Accreditation — 9/9
    Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced this week that the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and CEDARS Youth Services achieved accreditation in the Healthy Families America (HFA) model of home visitation. The program is aimed at reducing the risks for child abuse and neglect in Lancaster County. The LLCHD-CEDARS program is the first of its kind to achieve accreditation in Nebraska.
  • NWU Sports Network Announces Nebraska Wesleyan Football Telecast Schedule — 9/9
    For the eleventh year, the NWU Sports Network (formerly 21 SPORTS) will carry all Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Prairie Wolves home football games this season and the October 5 game at Doane on a tape-delayed basis. The NWU Sports Network is part of the educational access channel on Time Warner Cable channel 80.
  • Gallery Alley to Become Safe and Inviting Pedestrian Passage — 9/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said improvements to a Haymarket alley will make it a safer and more inviting pedestrian connection between new developments south of "O" Street and the Haymarket and West Haymarket areas. What is now called Gallery Alley runs from "O" to "P" streets just east of 7th Street. The south end is the City's new Lumberworks Garage, and the north end is between the Burkholder Project and the Creamery Building.
  • Recycling Grants Available — 9/5
    The City Public Works and Utilities Department today announced that $40,000 in grant funding is available for projects or programs serving Lincoln and Lancaster County that reduce the amount of solid waste material taken to the landfill. Non-profit organizations, schools, political jurisdictions and businesses are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 31.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Latex Paint Exchange Events September 13 — 9/5
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at Lincoln Industries, 600 West "E" St. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
  • City's New Well Will Prevent Drought Shortages — 9/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler said the new well recently installed in the Platte River wellfield will help ensure that residents will have a reliable water supply, even during periods of drought. The City's third "horizontal" well, which became operational in July, is one of the 10 largest in the nation. It produces more than 20 million gallons per day (MGD) during normal river conditions. Under the same conditions, the City's 40 "vertical" wells together produce about 75 MGD. The two existing horizontal wells built in 1990 together produce about 35 MGD.
  • "The Light Between Oceans" Selected for One Book - One Lincoln — 9/2
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced that "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman has been selected from among three finalists as the featured novel for the 2014 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.

August

  • City-County Food Bank Drive a Success — 8/29
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Lancaster County Commission Chair Larry Hudkins today commended City and County employees for donating $20,344 and more than 5,051 pounds of food and personal items to the Food Bank for Lincoln. Food Bank Director Scott Young said the annual City-County Food Bank Drive is a key part of the annual Campaign Against Hunger.
  • Mayor Proposes Immediate Action on Public Safety Improvements — 8/28
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City cannot afford to wait on proposed public safety improvements and outlined a plan of action to move forward on the issue.
  • Gaylor Baird Proposes Expansion of Public Safety Bond Issue — 8/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today urged the City Council to move forward on City Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird's amendment to the proposed public safety bond issue. The bond issue, as originally proposed, would provide $29.5 million to fund modernization of the City's 911 radio system and to build two new replacement fire stations. Gaylor Baird proposes to expand the bond issue to build two new additional fire stations.
  • Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic — 8/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln is ready to welcome Husker football fans with new entertainment and parking options downtown and in the West Haymarket area. The first of the Huskers' seven home games starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 30 against Florida Atlantic.
  • Council to Hold Public Hearing on Transfer of Cable Franchise — 8/21
    The Lincoln City Council will hold a public hearing Monday, August 25 on a request to transfer the current cable television franchise held by Time Warner Cable to Comcast. The public hearing is part of the Council's regular meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Parks Grant to Fund AmeriCorps Positions — 8/21
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation is now taking applications for positions with the "Youth on the Move" AmeriCorps program. The Department has received funding for 15 full-time members for the 2014-15 grant year. The "Youth on the Move" program provides services to at-risk youth to help get them engaged in school, inspire them to give back to their community and teach them how to make healthy life choices.
  • Open House Set for N. 10th Street Bridge Replacement Project — 8/18
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, August 21 on the proposed project to replace the existing N. 10th Street bridge over Salt Creek. The informational meeting is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Indian Center, 1100 Military Road.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for August 23 — 8/15
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 23 at Veyance Technologies, 4021 N. 56th St. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
  • Mayor Proposes Bond Issue to Improve Public Safety — 8/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler is proposing a $29.5 million bond issue to fund modernization of the City's 911 radio system and to build two new replacement fire stations. If the City Council approves, the bond issue would be on the November 4 general election ballot. A public hearing on the resolution is set for the August 25 City Council meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • LFR Awarded $1.3 Million to Replace Self Contained Breathing Apparatus — 8/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has been awarded a federal grant of more than $1.3 million to replace all the department's Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The equipment makes it possible for firefighters to work in environments that are immediately dangerous to life and health, such as fires with high heat and smoke, hazardous materials incidents with noxious chemicals and confined spaces with low oxygen levels.
  • Workshop Set for Future Use of North 48th Street Landfill Property — 8/13
    The public is invited to a community workshop Thursday, August 21 to discuss options to reuse portions of the North 48th Street Landfill property. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center, 3140 Sumner St. The City is considering mostly recreational uses for the property, including bicycle sports, cross country running, bird watching, hiking and various shooting sports.
  • Mayor to Present June Award of Excellence — 8/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for June to Officers Steve Berry and Dustin Lind from the Center Team of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Flags to Be Flown at Half Staff in Honor of Staff Sgt. Prange — 8/7
    Governor Dave Heineman has granted the request of Mayor Chris Beutler for flags to be flown at half staff in Lincoln Friday, August 8 until sunset in honor of Army Staff Sergeant Benjamin G. Prange of Hickman.

July

  • Mayor Announces Developer for Major West Haymarket Project — 7/31
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that the City has selected the Journey Senior Living Development Team (JSLDT) to build a $19.4 million, eight-story building on the west and north sides of the new Lumberworks garage at "O" and Canopy streets. The development will include 100 senior housing units, 10,000 square feet of retail space and 8,000 square feet of office space.
  • Public Urged to "Fight the Bite" — 7/31
    Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) officials say no human cases of West Nile Disease have been reported in Lancaster County so far this year. But they encourage residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites during late summer, the time when the risk of contracting the disease is highest.
  • 33rd Street Project to Close More Streets, Lanes — 7/30
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, August 1, motorists will encounter additional street and lane closures in the area of N. 33rd and "O" streets for the installation of fiber optic infrastructure as part of the ongoing 33rd Street project.
  • Williams Library to Close Wednesday — 7/29
    Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl St., will be closed Wednesday, July 30 due to building maintenance at Arnold Elementary School, which houses the library.
  • Projects on "O" Street Result in Street and Lane Closures — 7/28
    Motorists can expect lane closures along two areas of East "O" Street over the next week.
  • Parks and Rec to Host "FUNdamental Healthy Me" Summer Camp Play Days — 7/28
    Over 400 "FUNdamental Healthy Me" summer day campers will participate in the third annual Lincoln Parks and Recreation Play Days at Woods Park, 33rd and "J" streets. The kindergarten through fourth-grade Play Day is Wednesday, July 30, and the mid-level Play Day is Wednesday, August 6. Both events begin with swimming activities at 10:30 a.m.
  • Compromise Will Add Two Police Officers — 7/24
    The Beutler Administration and the Lincoln City Council today announced they have reached a compromise on the City's 2014-16 budget that will add two police officers over the biennium and maintain funding for new positions in the Parks and Recreation Department. The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will add one officer in 2014-15 and a second one in 2015-16 using savings from LPD's current and past budgets.
  • Residents Encouraged to Protect Pets From Heat — 7/22
    With high temperatures and humidity forecasted for the next few days, the public is reminded to stay alert to the dangers of leaving dogs and other pets in a vehicle or without proper shade and fresh water.
  • Mayor to Present May Award of Excellence — 7/21
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Police Officer Luke Bonkiewicz of the Lincoln Police Department's (LPD) Southeast Team. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Mayor Proposes Joint Police and Fire Station for Southeast Lincoln — 7/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he is adding $323,000 to his 2014-16 City budget to increase public safety by starting a fund for a joint facility in southeast Lincoln for the Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Fire and Rescue. The Mayor said the City Budget Office made a "very rare" coding error in the final budget compilation that makes available $48,000 in 2014-15 and $275,000 annually after that. He disclosed the error to the City Council today, along with its intended use.
  • "O" Street Sidewalk and Lane Closures at Centennial Mall to Shift Monday — 7/17
    Beginning Monday, July 21, the sidewalk and lane closures at "O" Street and Centennial Mall will switch from the south half of the intersection to the north half. At that time, traffic will shift to the newly constructed north half, with one lane open in each direction. The east-west pedestrian crossing will also move to the north side of "O" Street.
  • Libraries to Host Hampstead Stage Company Performances — 7/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two free performances by the Hampstead Stage Company, a theater company for young audiences.
  • Agenda Set for Wednesday's Public Hearing on Cable TV Service — 7/14
    The Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board has released its agenda for the public hearing on Time Warner Cable service Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The session is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street, but the hearing will be extended past 7 p.m. if necessary to accommodate all testimony.
  • Landlords Invited to Free Fire Safety Training — 7/14
    Landlords in Lincoln and Lancaster County are invited to register for a free Fire Safe Landlord Training workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. The event will be at Paul Davis Restoration, 3641 S. 6th St., which is sponsoring the event with Farm Bureau Financial Services.
  • Mayor's Budget Calls for Restored City Services — 7/13
    After years of deep cuts, Mayor Chris Beutler said his budget for the 2014-2016 biennium will allow the City to restore important services and programs. He said the City's economic success is resulting in higher property and sales tax revenues, which make up 71 percent of City revenue.
  • Street Work in 84th and "O" Area to Result in Closures — 7/11
    Maintenance work on "O" Street in the area of 84th Street will result in lane closures beginning next week and total street closures over the two following weekends.
  • Public Invited to Groundbreaking for Final Phase of Jamaica North Trail — 7/9
    The public is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking for the final phase of the Jamaica North Trail in southwest Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 at 4th and "A" streets. The trail will be 8.5 miles long when completed and is named for its starting point, the historic Jamaica town site south of Saltillo Road.
  • "O" Street Work May Cause Traffic Delays — 7/8
    Maintenance work on "O" Street from 45th Street to Wedgewood Drive may cause traffic delays for motorists for the rest of July and early August. The contractor will be pressure cleaning and sealing the concrete surface of the roadway. Single lane closures will be required with most of the work done during the late evening and overnight hours to help minimize traffic disruptions.
  • 10th Street Bridge Repair Starts Tuesday — 7/3
    Beginning Tuesday, 10th Street will close to all traffic from north of "T" Street to south of Charleston Street for bridge repair. Cramer and Associates, the project contractor, will be working on the two expansion joints on the 10th Street Bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks near 10th Street and Charleston Street.
  • Public Hearing on Cable TV Service Set for July 16 — 7/3
    The Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board will hold a public hearing on Time Warner Cable service from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street. The City is conducting a performance evaluation as part of a request to transfer the City cable television franchise agreement from Time Warner to Comcast Corporation. Time Warner has a non-exclusive franchise agreement with the City of Lincoln.
  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Fireworks Smoke — 7/1
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory for people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions like COPD due to high levels of smoke from fireworks.
  • "P" Street Reduced to One Lane During Some July Days — 7/1
    During the weeks of July 7, 14 and 21, traffic on "P" Street from 11th Street to Centennial Mall will be reduced to one lane of traffic during daytime, off-peak hours. The lane restrictions are expected to take place Mondays through Wednesdays of those weeks. The closures will allow for asphalt patching and the installation of permanent pavement markings as part of the streetscape project.

June

  • Williams Library to Close Monday and Tuesday — 6/27
    Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl St., will be closed Monday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 1 due to building maintenance at Arnold Elementary School, which houses the library.
  • Night Lane Closures Continue on Cornhusker Hwy. — 6/27
    Pavement repairs will close lanes on Cornhusker Highway overnight beginning Sunday, June 29. Lanes of Cornhusker Highway will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from 47th to 49th streets. The intersection of 48th and Cornhusker is included in the project area.
  • Public Asked to Clean Up Fireworks Debris — 6/27
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) asks residents to properly dispose of fireworks debris following private and public Independence Day celebrations. Officials recommend allowing used fireworks to sit for several minutes and using water to make sure they are completely extinguished. A metal bucket or a bucket with sand or water can be used as a temporary trash can. Cooled fireworks can be placed in regular trash for disposal.
  • Lane Closure to Begin Monday at Intersection of Centennial Mall and "O" Street — 6/26
    The continuing renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall will result in sidewalk and lane closures at the "O" Street intersection beginning Monday, June 30. The north half of the intersection will close on that date, and traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the south half. When work on the north half is completed, the south half will close with traffic restricted to one lane in each direction on the north half. The project is expected to take about 35 to 40 days, weather permitting.
  • Volunteers Needed for Oak Lake Cleanup July 5 — 6/26
    Volunteers are needed to help clean up fireworks debris and other trash at the fourth annual Oak Lake Park Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The event is sponsored by the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department, the City Parks and Recreation Department, EcoStores Nebraska and Ayars & Ayars. The City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration is July 3 at Oak Lake Park.
  • "Uncle Sam Jam 2014" Features Wheezetones, Kids' Games and Zambelli Fireworks — 6/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park Thursday, July 3. Activities will begin at 1 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.
  • Water Quality Report Available Online — 6/20
    The 2013 Water Quality Report for the City of Lincoln is now available. The annual report is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and includes important information about the source and quality of Lincoln's drinking water. No drinking water violations occurred during 2013.
  • Library Releases List of "Top 100 Novels for Youth" — 6/19
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has released its list of the "Top 100 Novels for Youth."
  • New Ordinance Addresses Problem Properties — 6/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said passage of a new ordinance to address vacant, neglected residential buildings will continue the City's work to improve all neighborhoods. The proposed ordinance adds a registration requirement, fees and penalties to the process for dealing with problem properties.
  • Open House Planned on Wedgewood Lake Maintenance Project and Access Route — 6/19
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, June 24 about a maintenance project for Wedgewood Lake, a private lake located a few blocks south of "O" Street at about 75th Street. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in media room 302 at East High School, 1000 S. 70th Street. Participants are asked to use the south front doors by the flagpole. The open house is sponsored by the Wedgewood Manor Lake Association in cooperation with City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS).
  • Public Invited to Open House at SCC's Education Square — 6/18
    The City of Lincoln and the Greater Lincoln Workforce Investment Board invite the public to a community open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Southeast Community College's Education Square, 1111 "O" Street, second floor. The open house will feature the American Job Center, formerly called the One Stop Career Center. The Center is operated by the City's Urban Development Department and moved to Education Square last fall.
  • Library Video Targets New Users in Six Languages — 6/13
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has produced new videos in six languages as part of the American Library Association's "The American Dream Starts @ your library" program. The videos introduce new users to the library in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • New CNG Buses Are Cleaner, Cheaper and Safer — 6/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler and StarTran officials today celebrated the arrival of five new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be less expensive to operate and better for the environment. StarTran plans to add eight more CNG buses and 11 CNG handi-vans over the next two years.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for June 20 — 6/13
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Union College, 52nd Street and Cooper Avenue. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
  • Lincoln and Omaha Mayors and City Councils to Meet — 6/10
    The City of Lincoln will host a meeting Thursday, June 12 of Mayor Chris Beutler, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and members of the Lincoln and Omaha City Councils.
  • Improvement Project on Superior to Restrict Traffic Beginning Monday — 6/6
    Beginning Monday, June 9, improvements to intersections along Superior Streets will restrict traffic, causing congestion during peak morning and afternoon commutes. Construction will take place at the intersections of Superior with 21st Street, 24th Street, 27th Street and Bair Avenue as well as the intersection at 27th Street and King Lane.
  • KLLBC Announces Results of Cleanliness Survey & Winners of Cleanest High School — 6/6
    Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB), a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), today announced the results of two efforts.
  • Project to Close Streets in Area of 8th and 9th Streets and Park Avenue — 6/6
    Street closures will begin Monday, June 9 in the area of 8th Street, 9th Street and Park Avenue for the relocation of a sanitary sewer main and the replacement of a storm drainage line.
  • Night Lane Closures Begin on Cornhusker Hwy. Sunday — 6/6
    Asphalt overlay work will close lanes on Cornhusker Highway overnight beginning Sunday, June 8. Lanes of Cornhusker Highway will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from 31st Street Circle to 48th Street and 11th to 19th streets. Lanes will also be closed on 11th Street from Saunders Avenue to Cornhusker. The work is scheduled to be completed by June 16, weather permitting.
  • Parks Grant to Fund Fitness and Nutrition Program — 6/6
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation has received a $30,000 grant to help increase access to healthy foods when school is not in session and to improve opportunities for physical activity.
  • Night Lane Closures Begin on "O" Street Tonight — 6/4
    Pavement repairs on "O" Street from 43rd to 45th streets will close lanes from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights beginning tonight. The work is expected to be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting. During construction, one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.
  • Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment — 6/4
    A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive June 8 to examine all aspects of Lincoln Emergency Communications Center's policy, procedures, management and operations. The team's verification that the Center meets CALEA's high standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation.
  • Public Invited to "Beer, Brats and Bees" at Nature Center — 6/4
    The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center invite the public to a fund-raiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 Coddington Ave. "Beer, Brats and Bees" will include dinner, music by Synkope, an evening stroll through the Nature Center trails, and a presentation on the importance of bees.

May

  • Leadership Lincoln to Handle Lease of City's Arena Suite — 5/30
    Leadership Lincoln will handle all applications to lease the City's suite at Pinnacle Bank Arena beginning June 1.
  • Williams Library to Close Friday and Saturday — 5/29
    Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl St., will be closed Friday and Saturday for water system maintenance. The library is located in Arnold Elementary School.
  • "Civic Hacking" Event Set for Saturday — 5/29
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to support the National Day of Civic Hacking by participating in an event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The City is a partner in the event, which provides an opportunity for government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and individuals to work together to tackle community challenges through technology.
  • Paint Issue Closes Highlands Pool Until June 9 — 5/28
    A problem with the paint has created safety issues and forced the immediate closure of the Highlands Pool, 5511 N.W. 12th Street. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the paint is prematurely flaking off or "chalking." When swimmers are in the pool the water becomes cloudy, making it difficult for lifeguards to monitor the safety of swimmers.
  • Lincoln Named "Playful City" — 5/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln is the first city in Nebraska to be named a "Playful City." Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by Humana Foundation in partnership with KaBOOM! The program honors communities that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities.
  • Finalists Announced for 2014 One Book - One Lincoln — 5/26
    Lincoln City Libraries today announced the top three finalists for its 2014 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. The program, which began in Lincoln in 2002, encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time.
  • Health Department Awarded Two NET Grants — 5/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) has awarded two grants totaling $303,281 to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). The Community-Driven Toxics Reduction Program was awarded $149,265 to help develop a facility for year-round hazardous waste recycling and disposal. The Nebraska MEDS Disposal Program was awarded $154,016 for its work to provide convenient, safe and legal disposal options for unwanted medications.
  • Public Invited to "Planting for Pollinators" Workshop — 5/23
    The public is invited to discover ways to promote native pollinators in their gardens at a workshop Saturday, May 31 at the Pioneers Park Nature Center Auditorium. The City Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the fee is $10 per person. To register, call 402-441-7895. The first 30 people to sign up will receive a free native plant.
  • Public Pools Open Saturday — 5/22
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will open the City's nine public pools Saturday, May 24.
  • Sections of N. 33rd to Close for Rehabilitation — 5/22
    Beginning Tuesday, May 27, sections of N. 33rd Street from "P" to Holdrege streets will be closed to through traffic for rehabilitation.
  • Open House Set to Discuss Replacement of Historic Sheridan Bridges — 5/22
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, May 29 on the replacement of the historic Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard just west of 33rd Street. The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons/cafeteria area at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th St.
  • Use One Phone Number for Parks and Recreation — 5/22
    Those making phone calls to the City Parks and Recreation Department are now asked to use only the main office number at 402-441-7847. Many division phone numbers have been discontinued as part of the department's transition to an Internet-based phone system.
  • City to Administer Alarm Registration Program — 5/20
    Beginning Monday June 2, the City of Lincoln will administer the registration and billing for its alarm registration program. Since the program was adopted in the summer of 2010, much of the administration had been performed by the Public Safety Corporation, a Maryland company. With the company's four-year contract expiring soon, the City will take over the program's billing and registration duties.
  • Free Public Wi-Fi Now Available in Bill Harris Iron Horse Park — 5/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that free high-speed outdoor public Wi-Fi service is available through September 15 in the area of Bill Harris Iron Horse Park at 7th and "Q" streets in the Haymarket. The City is partnering with Ruckus Wireless on the pilot project. The network name is Lincoln_Free_WiFi.
  • Parts of S. 56th Street to Close Next Week for Repair — 5/15
    Sections of S. 56th Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next week for pavement repair. The work is necessary to maintain the roadway until the reconstruction of S. 56th Street from Old Cheney to Shadow Pines Drive begins. That project is scheduled to begin next year.
  • Mayor Announces Winners of Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by the Mayor's Water Conservation Task Force. The top two entries were submitted by Grace Akins of Morley Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on a StarTran bus board, and Braden Lackey of St. Teresa Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on billboards at various Lincoln locations.
  • Mayor Not Recommending Watering Restrictions — 5/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's water supply is 95 percent full, and he will not ask residents to follow the voluntary designated-day watering schedule at this time.
  • Library Offers Bilingual Book Group — 5/15
    Lincoln City Libraries is offering "Stories for Everybody," a bilingual book discussion group for Spanish-speaking families with elementary-age children. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on five consecutive Saturdays, May 31 through June 28 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Children Can Read to a Dog This Summer — 5/15
    Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization, are providing an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to polish their reading skills this summer. Therapy teams made up of a dog and its handler are partnered with children who can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a dog.
  • City Seeks Grant to Add Two Police Officers — 5/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will apply for a federal grant to add two police officers, allowing LPD to devote more resources to fighting gang-related crimes. The grant from the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) would pay 75 percent of the cost of salary and benefits, up to $125,000 per officer per year for three years.
  • Health Department Advises to Guard Against Tetanus — 5/13
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is advising residents who are cleaning up from the weekend storms to take precautions against tetanus. The serious disease, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It is sometimes called "lockjaw" because it can prevent a victim from opening the mouth or swallowing.
  • Library's Online Resources Unavailable During Software Upgrade — 5/13
    Due to the installation of a software upgrade, Lincoln City Libraries' online resources will not be available from about 9 p.m. tonight through mid-morning Wednesday, May 14.
  • Lane Closed on South 27th Street — 5/13
    A water main break this morning has closed the west lane of South 27th Street from Lafayette Ave. to Woodsdale Blvd. The leak has been repaired, and water service has been restored, but the lane will be closed for about two days to allow for the concrete and asphalt work to be completed. Traffic in that area has been reduced to one lane in each direction, so motorists may want to take alternate routes during peak traffic times.
  • Party in the Parks Returns to Union Plaza — 5/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler invites Lincoln families to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" 2014 by participating in Lincoln's first Party in the Parks of the season from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Union Plaza. The National Park Trust is encouraging communities to plan special events for "Kids to Parks Day" in local, state and national parks across the country.
  • Mayor Presents April Award of Excellence — 5/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Megan Ellis, an Emergency Services Dispatch Supervisor in the Communications division of the Police Department. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Public Invited to Fifth Waterfest, Public Works Day at Holmes Lake — 5/9
    The City's fifth Waterfest Saturday, June 7 will include a celebration of Public Works Day. The fun, free and educational event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Lake Park includes music from The String Beans, fishing, canoeing, educational exhibits, free refreshments (while they last) and prizes.
  • Local Haulers to Collect Shoes at Curb Next Week — 5/9
    As part of the "Greatest Shoe Drive on Earth," local waste haulers will collect donated shoes as part of their regular pick-ups May 12 through 16.
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/9
    The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) is extending the reservation deadline for the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards to Friday, May 16. The annual event will be presented the evening of Wednesday, May 28 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The awards formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Latex Paint Exchange Set for Saturday, — 5/9
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer), N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
  • The Wheezetones to Perform at 2014 Uncle Sam Jam Celebration — 5/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that The Wheezetones, a popular local classic rock and roll band, will perform at Uncle Sam Jam 2014, the City's official Independence Day celebration. The event will be held Thursday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. The Zambelli Fireworks display is set to go off at 10 p.m., and will be choreographed to a recorded musical soundtrack.
  • Confer to Retire as City Attorney — 5/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the retirement of Rod Confer as City Attorney and the appointment of Assistant City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick to fill the post. With City Council confirmation, Kirkpatrick would begin his new job June 1.
  • Open House Set for N. 33rd Street Resurfacing Project — 5/8
    The public is invited to an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 on the resurfacing project on N. 33rd Street from "P" to Holdrege streets. The meeting is in the gym at Hartley Elementary School, 730 N. 33rd St., and participants are asked to enter through the west door.
  • Parks and Recreation Receives Autism Grant for Camp Scholarships — 5/7
    The Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Program has awarded a $3,500 grant to the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. The grant will enable the department to offer scholarships for its Adaptive Recreation Camps, which include SumFun Day Camp, Art Camp and Drama Camp.
  • 70th Street Closed From Alvo Road to McCormick Drive — 5/6
    Motorists are advised that N. 70th Street from Alvo Road to McCormick Drive is closed to through traffic until May 23 for pavement repair.
  • Lincoln is Tree City USA for 37th Year — 5/6
    Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year. Lincoln also received a Tree City Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The City Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 125,000 public trees along streets and in parks.
  • City Encourages Residents to "Bike to Work, Lincoln!" — 5/5
    The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 9 through 16 Participants who commit to riding to work at least one day that week can receive valuable information and coupons (while supplies last) and will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
  • Block of 14th Street Closed for Windstream Repair — 5/5
    N. 14th Street from "O" to "P" streets was closed today after a contractor working on the "P" Street project damaged underground Windstream cables. The street has been closed in order for Windstream to make repairs.
  • Public Encouraged to Be Aware of Air Quality — 5/5
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is encouraging residents to stay informed on air quality conditions. Parents of young children, older adults and people with lung or heart disease are strongly encouraged to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) before beginning any strenuous outdoor activity.
  • Watershed Study is Topic of Open House — 5/2
    The public is invited to an open house on the South Tributaries Watershed Study from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at Roper Elementary School, 2323 S. Coddington Ave. Attendees are encouraged to park and enter on the north side of the school.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Talk, Exhibit During Holocaust Remembrance Week — 5/1
    As part of national Holocaust Remembrance Week, Holocaust survivor Lou Leviticus of Lincoln will give a presentation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street. Leviticus, Professor Emeritus of Biological Systems Engineering at UNL, will talk about his experiences during five years of war in his native Netherlands. His immediate family died in the conflict, but he managed to escape and will describe the difficulties of living through the Nazi years. Funding for his presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska.
  • Recent Changes Reduce Crashes at 14th and Superior Roundabout — 5/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said changes made since October 2013 to the roundabout at 14th and Superior streets have succeeded in reducing the number and severity of crashes at the intersection. The temporary changes at the roundabout will be made more permanent, with concrete curbing replacing temporary markings and traffic control devices. No further changes will be made at this time. The City Public Works and Utilities Department will continue to closely monitor the operation of the roundabout.

April

  • Nominations Sought for Environmental Leadership Awards — 4/28
    The City of Lincoln and Lancaster County are seeking nominations for the 2014 Environmental Leadership Awards. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated environmental stewardship and dedication to sustaining and improving our environment and public health. The awards program is intended to recognize accomplishments, increase awareness of environmental issues and encourage others to take action to better our environment.
  • Public Invited to Tour Amtrak Exhibit Train — 4/25
    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the public to tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Haymarket Amtrak Station, 277 Pinnacle Arena Drive.
  • Board of Health Award Winners Announced — 4/25
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department recognized a local physician, two local restaurants, the Lancaster County Medical Society's Health 360 Program and five individuals with Board of Health Awards. The Awards were presented at the Board of Health Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony yesterday at the Bryan Health Conference Center.
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Set for April 26 — 4/23
    The public is invited to drop off leftover or unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
  • Mayor to Present 2013 Award of Excellence — 4/21
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2013 to Caleb Whisenhunt, a StarTran Bus Operator in the Public Works and Utilities Department. Whisenhunt is being honored for preventing what could have been a serious injury to a passenger. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Evening and Overnight Road Closures Coming Monday — 4/18
    Beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, Sun Valley Boulevard, 10th and 11th streets will close during evening and overnight hours for concrete pavement and joint repairs. The streets will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday in the area bounded by I-180, Military Road and Saunders Avenue.
  • Evening Star Shuttle Will Link City Garages and Haymarket — 4/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced new options to make parking easier for those headed to Downtown, the Pinnacle Bank Arena and the West Haymarket. A new Evening Star Shuttle will take passengers on a route that includes many of the City's Park and Go garages. The shuttle will operate from 6:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through July 12. The fare is just 25 cents, but those who present a Park and Go ticket or a current bus pass may ride for free. The shuttle will run on a continuous 15-minute schedule.
  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Smoke — 4/18
    Due to high levels of smoke from agricultural burning in the Midwest, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory with concerns that the poor air quality will continue this weekend. The levels of smoke in the air this morning impacts the health of all people, but especially those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease. To avoid smoke exposure, people should stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for April 26 — 4/18
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Wal- Mart, 87th and Highway 2. The event is free of charge to Lincoln and Lancaster County residents.
  • Enrollment Builds for Lincoln Cares — 4/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the funds given by residents to two community donation programs - Lincoln Cares and 2 for Trees - continue to fund important City projects.
  • City's Federal Spending Authority Shifted to South Beltway Project — 4/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that an agreement has been reached with the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) on using $16.6 million in federal spending authority for the South Beltway project instead of lower priority needs. The agreement will go to the City Council and the Lancaster County Board for their approval.
  • Mayor Presents March Award of Excellence — 4/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Fred Ehrlich, an Equipment Operator in the Parks and Recreation Department. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Smoke — 4/11
    Due to high levels of smoke from agricultural burning in the Midwest, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory for people with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease. If the air becomes smoky, individuals with those conditions should stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Public Input Sought on Water Facilities Plan — 4/11
    The Lincoln Water System (LWS) is now updating its water facilities master plan and is seeking public input as part of the process. The master plan is updated every 10 years to help ensure a safe and adequate water supply to the City at all times. The master plan addresses water supply, treatment, distribution, operations and maintenance as well as water conservation.
  • Mayor Promotes Healthy Living and Healthy Environment — 4/10

    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to participate in four events and programs aimed at healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability:

    • Streets Alive! will close streets to vehicles Sunday, September 14 for free activities along a two-mile route from the State Capitol to Everett Elementary School, 1123 "C" Street.
    • For the first time, Lincoln's Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 12 will be at Union Plaza.
    • "The Greatest Shoe Drive on Earth" will begin at the Earth Day celebration.
    • Also kicking off at Earth Day is a new gardening initiative called "Let's Grow! Get Out and Garden."
  • Work to Begin at Centennial Mall and "P" Street — 4/7
    Beginning Monday, April 14, traffic on "P" Street from 13th Street through the Centennial Mall intersection will be shifted to one north lane as part of the streetscape project. The traffic signal at the intersection will be temporarily deactivated. Work will include the removal and replacement of all paving and sidewalks at the intersection and is expected to take 30 days.
  • Public Invited to Celebrate Arbor Day April 24 — 4/7
    The public is invited to the City's celebration of Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at Folsom Park, 2240 Herel St. Adams Elementary School second-grade students will provide entertainment for the event, and City Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation.
  • Volunteers Invited to Join Rose Garden Cleanup — 4/4
    Residents are invited to join the Public Garden Section of the Parks and Recreation Department for the annual spring cleanup Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18 at the Hamann Rose Garden, 27th and "B" streets. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., staff will demonstrate rose pruning and give information on growing roses as they lead the cleanup of hybrid tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora and shrub roses.
  • StarTran Ready for Busy Weekend — 4/4

    StarTran will participate in three events during the weekend of April 12 and 13:

    • Big Red Express shuttle service for the Nebraska spring football game, April 12
    • Stuff the Bus for Friendship Home, April 12 and 13
    • Earth Day at Union Plaza, April 12

March

  • Mayor Recognizes Impact of National Service — 3/31
    Mayor Chris Beutler is joining more than 1,500 mayors across the country to observe the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a bipartisan effort highlighting the impact of national service in tackling urban issues. The Mayor has issued a proclamation which will be presented at a free public celebration from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Aging Partners, 1005 "O" Street.
  • Open House Set for 14th and Cornhusker Safety Project — 3/31
    The public is invited to an informational open house Thursday April 10 regarding improvements at N. 14th Street and Cornhusker Highway (U.S. Highway 6). The meeting is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Educare of Lincoln, 3435 N. 14th Street, just north of Belmont Elementary School.
  • Winners Announced in City, LPS Employee Art Contest — 3/28
    Cash and scholarship awards will be presented Friday, April 4 to the winners of the National Arts Program (NAP) contest for employees of the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and their families. The artists will be recognized in a ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The 63 participants entered 100 pieces of art. No City or LPS funds were used for the contest or exhibit, and the program had no entry fee.
  • Lincoln Fire and Rescue Receives National Re-Accreditation — 3/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) for again earning International Accredited Agency status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. (CFAI). The department received its re-accreditation earlier this month at the annual conference of the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
  • New Equipment to Enhance Ambulance, EMT Safety — 3/27
    Two Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LFR) ambulances are now equipped with a system that increases safety for patients and responders. The Stryker Power-LOAD cot fastening system is ergonomically designed to reduce injuries by hydraulically lifting patients weighing up to 700 pounds and supporting the cot until the wheels are on the ground.
  • Register Now for Summer Day Camps — 3/26
    Registration is now open for the "FUNdamental Healthy Me" summer day camps offered by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. The camps for elementary and middle school children begin Tuesday, May 27.
  • Southeast Community College Recycling Site to Close — 3/26
    Due to construction, the City recycling site at 88th and "O" streets on the campus of Southeast Community College (SCC) is scheduled to close Wednesday, April 2, and it will remain closed until further notice. The construction of the new Lincoln Public Schools/SCC Career Academy will change the traffic and parking patterns on campus and requires closing the recycling site.
  • Limited Tree Removal Scheduled for "P" Street District — 3/26
    Over the next few days, contractors will remove about 15 trees along "P" Street as part of the ongoing streetscape project. The project was designed to incorporate as many existing trees as possible, but at some locations, the existing trees need to be removed to build new underground planting areas. These areas will promote the establishment and long-term sustainability of new trees to be planted after construction is completed. The Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) is relocating younger trees when possible.
  • Separation of Yard Waste Begins Last Week in March — 3/25
    Beginning Tuesday, April 1, waste haulers will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 until December 1. Residents who subscribe to separate yard waste collection must begin to separate grass and leaves from their household trash after their last waste collection in March.
  • Mayor Kicks Off "Make It Work for Lincoln" Initiative — 3/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the community to participate in the new "Make it Work for Lincoln" initiative to identify skill gaps in the City's workforce. The Lincoln chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) is spearheading the effort, which will involve surveys of employers and employees conducted by the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Labor (NDED and NDOL). The initiative was introduced to the community during a lunch program today at Bryan Health.
  • Volunteers Needed for Great American Cleanup — 3/19
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) is seeking volunteers to participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program with about four million volunteers participating in 30,000 community improvement projects in 16,500 communities across the country.
  • Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards — 3/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards, which will be presented the evening of Wednesday, May 28 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The awards formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
  • Mayor Presents February Award of Excellence — 3/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to StarTran Bus Operator Tom Hoppes. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • StarTran Offering "Safe Ride Home" March 15 — 3/7
    StarTran will provide bus service to and from the downtown area from 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15 to 2 a.m. Sunday, March 16, the weekend before St. Patrick's Day. StarTran is offering the service in cooperation with Lincoln cab companies to encourage safety and responsibility around the holiday.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for March 21 — 3/7
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals and participate in the first Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) household hazardous waste collection event of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 21. The event is by appointment only.
  • Open House Set for 66th and Fremont Safety Improvements — 3/6
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, March 13 on safety improvements planned for the intersection of 66th and Fremont streets. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria area at Pershing Elementary School, 6402 Judson Street.
  • Mayor Welcomes Basketball Tournaments to Lincoln and New Arena — 3/6
    At a news conference today at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Mayor Chris Beutler welcomed the athletes, coaches and fans coming to Lincoln for the State High School Basketball Championships over the next two weekends. For the first time, all championship games as well as some preliminary rounds will be played at the Arena. The girls tournament is today through Saturday, and the boys tournament is March 13 through 15.

February

  • Tournament Visitors Will See Changes Downtown — 2/28
    Lincoln's new Pinnacle Bank Arena will host all the high school championship basketball games as well as some preliminary rounds for the first time this year. The girls tournament is March 6 through 8, and the boys tournament is March 13 through 15. Visitors will see many changes downtown with new roads, garages, hotels and restaurants in the Haymarket and West Haymarket.
  • Chief Information Officer Receives National Recognition — 2/27
    Government Technology magazine has named Steve Henderson, the Chief Information Officer for the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County, as one of its "2014 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers."
  • Illegal Youth Tobacco Sales Rise in 2013 — 2/27
    The percentage of businesses that sold tobacco to minors during compliance checks increased from 7.6 percent in 2012 to 12.6 percent in 2013. The compliance checks are conducted by the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) using youth volunteers. Of the 333 attempts by minors to purchase tobacco products, 42 resulted in a sale.
  • FEMA Approves Another Floodplain Reduction — 2/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the Antelope Creek regulatory floodplain from Holmes Lake to "A" Street will now be mostly contained in the channel. The floodplain was about 800 feet wide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a floodplain map change, which means about 120 acres and more than 430 structures will no longer be in the floodplain, and flood insurance will no longer be required for structures in the area.
  • Open House Set for Improvements to Airport Entryway Corridor — 2/25
    The public is invited to an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 on improvements to the Lincoln Airport Entryway Corridor. The project includes parts of West Adams Street, N.W. 12th Street, Cornhusker Highway and the area of 9th and 10th streets at "S" Street. The open house will be held at Country Inn and Suites, 1301 W. Bond Circle. Signs will be posted to provide directions to the meeting location.
  • Register Now for "Read to a Dog" Program — 2/21
    Registration is now open for the "Read to a Dog" program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Pre-registration is required.
  • Aging Trees to Be Removed for Mall Renovation — 2/21
    Beginning Monday, February 24, forestry crews with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will remove trees as part of the renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall. About 60 trees will be removed in the four blocks of the seven-block Mall closed to vehicular traffic - two at the north end and two at the south end. Some temporary street or lane closures may be necessary in the immediate area during the removal process.
  • Flat Stanley and the Cat in the Hat Visiting Libraries — 2/13
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites children and their parents or guardians to help welcome two popular children's book characters - Flat Stanley and The Cat in the Hat.
  • Mayor Presents January Award of Excellence — 2/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Police Officer Robert "Bobby" Norton. The award was presented at the beginning of Monday's City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Cost Sharing Offered for Water Quality Improvements — 2/12
    The City of Lincoln is offering residents in the Antelope Park Sub-Basin in central Lincoln a cost-sharing program for water quality improvements. The City will reimburse up to 75 percent of expenses (up to $2,000) for some landscape projects.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Celebrate African-American History Month — 2/7
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate African-American History Month, also known as Black History Month, throughout the month of February. LCL is working with the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and the Malone Community Center to bring recognition to the significant role of African-Americans in our nation's history.
  • Crime Rate Falls Again in 2013 — 2/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Public Safety Director Tom Casady today announced that the City's crime rate is now lower than it was in 1970. The crime statistics for calendar year 2013 show that the City's overall reported crime fell by 7.8 percent compared to 2012.
  • Storytimes to Focus on Dental Care — 2/4
    February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and Lincoln City Libraries is putting the spotlight on teeth with storytimes focusing on dental care.

January

  • NWU Sports Network to Televise Basketball Doubleheaders in February — 1/31

    The NWU Sports Network (formerly 21 SPORTS) will televise three Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Prairie Wolves basketball doubleheaders in February on a tape-delayed basis:

    • Wednesday, February 5 vs. Concordia - women's game at 6 p.m., men's game follows
    • Saturday, February 15 vs. Dordt - women's game at 2 p.m., men's game follows
    • Wednesday, February 19 vs. Doane - women's game at 6 p.m., men's game follows
  • Open House Set to Discuss Replacement of Historic Sheridan Bridges — 1/30
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, February 6 on the replacement of the historic Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard just west of 33rd Street. The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons/cafeteria area at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th St.
  • Nominations Sought for One Book - One Lincoln 2014 — 1/27
    Lincoln City Libraries is now accepting nominations for the 13th annual One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. A committee of community readers will consider all the nominations and select three finalists for a community vote.
  • Coalition of Public and Private Organizations Unveils Lincoln Vital Signs 2014 — 1/27
    Leaders of Lincoln's largest public and private charitable organizations, along with city and county officials, have released a comprehensive review of key indicators to determine current conditions and to help guide the future direction of the city.
  • Internationally Known Lincoln Portrayer Returns for City Celebration — 1/24
    One of the foremost Abraham Lincoln portrayers is returning to Lincoln for the City's 14th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Sunday, February 16 at Southwest High School, 7001 South 14th Street. Actor Fritz Klein lives in Springfield, Illinois where he performs at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Tree Recycling Results Announced — 1/22
    The City Recycling Office today announced that about 6,840 trees were deposited at seven tree recycling sites in the City. Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court, donated tree grinding services and has distributed close to 250 cubic yards of tree mulch to the public.
  • Public Invited to Open House on Storm Sewer Improvements — 1/22
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, January 30 on the proposed design of a storm drain project near 56th Street and Colfax Avenue.
  • Task Force Deployed to Omaha — 1/20
    Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), has been deployed to Omaha to assist with search operations in the wake of this morning's International Nutrition collapse.
  • JPA To Consider Transfer For Funds For Ice Facility — 1/16
    The West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) will consider a transfer of $1 million of Pinnacle Bank Arena construction contingency funds to the University of Nebraska Foundation. The funds would be the JPA's contribution to the Foundation's fund-raising efforts for the proposed Breslow Ice Facility to be built in the West Haymarket District.
  • Open House Set on Improvements to Old Cheney — 1/16
    The community is invited to an open house Thursday, January 23 on improvements to Old Cheney Road from 70th to 82nd streets. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Christian School, 5801 South 84th Street. Directional signs will be posted to guide the public to parking and meeting areas.
  • City Independence Day Celebration to Be Held July 3 — 1/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Thursday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, July 5.
  • Date Set for 30th Annual Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Lincoln — 1/13
    The 30th annual Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is set for Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. The event is being hosted by Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and the Faith Coalition of Lancaster County.
  • Mayor Presents December Award of Excellence — 1/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to Firefighter/Paramedic Damon Wirth with Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting, which starts at 3 p.m. in the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer at two branch libraries Saturday, February 8. The fun and educational family event is sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, the Wild Bird Habitat Stores, Wachiska Audubon and the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at both Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St., and Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St.
  • Public Discussion Set on Plan for City Golf Program — 1/13
    The public is invited to a community conversation regarding a sustainability plan for the City golf program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Lincoln East High School, 1000 South 70th Street. Parking will be available on the south side of the school, and those attending should use the southwest entrance. Participants will be assigned to discussion groups, and sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tree Recycling Collection Ends Sunday — 1/10
    The City of Lincoln's annual tree recycling program will end Sunday, January 12.
  • Artists Needed for 2014 Rain Barrel Art Project — 1/10
    Local artists are invited to participate in the sixth annual Artistic Rain Barrel program. This year's project is sponsored by the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. Applications are due February 7, and 25 artists will be chosen to paint rain barrels highlighting the prairie's role in water quality.
  • Nomination Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 1/8
    The deadline has been extended for nominations for the 36th annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Lied Center. The nomination deadline is now Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
  • Third Open House Planned for N.W. 48th Project — 1/8
    The public is invited to participate in the third open house for the N.W. 48th Street widening project from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street.
  • 5 CITY-TV to Air Special Program Featuring Don Gill — 1/8
    Interviews conducted by the late Don Gill are featured in a new program airing on 5 CITY-TV, the City's government access channel. The program will be aired for the first time at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 8.
  • Flu and Pertussis on the Rise in Lancaster County — 1/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is seeing increasing influenza activity and a rise in cases of pertussis or whooping cough. Officials encourage residents to remain current on immunizations, which can reduce the risk of contracting these diseases.
  • City Libraries Offer Evening and Weekend Storytime for Families — 1/3
    The entire family can enjoy crafts and stories during Lincoln City Libraries' Family Storytime. The storytime sessions support literacy by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities. Pre-registration is not required, and newcomers are always welcome.
  • West Haymarket JPA Information Now on City Website — 1/3
    With construction of Pinnacle Bank Arena completed, the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) has cancelled its contract with Thought District to host the Haymarket Now arena construction website. The public can now access JPA meeting agendas and minutes and other JPA documents at the City website, lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Gov. Heineman and Mayors Stothert & Beutler Announce Partnership — 1/2
    Today, Gov. Dave Heineman, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler announced increased and accelerated maintenance projects on state highways in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas. The Governor announced $11.5 million for roads projects in various communities, based on project readiness.
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