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2015 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

February

  • Lincoln Ready for State Tournament Visitors — 2/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said those attending the state high school basketball championships will see first-hand the continued development of the West Haymarket and other new improvements across the City. The girls tournament is March 5 through 7, and the boys tournament is March 12 through 14. For the second year, some preliminary games and all championship games will be played at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers to Perform at 2015 Uncle Sam Jam — 2/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, rising stars on the regional and national music scene, will perform at Uncle Sam Jam 2015, the City's official Independence Day celebration. The event will be held Friday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. The Zambelli Fireworks display is set to begin at 10 p.m. and will be choreographed to a recorded musical soundtrack.
  • LinGro Compost Available for Sale — 2/26
    City Solid Waste Operations officials today announced that LinGro compost is now available.
  • Tree Removal to Close Westbound Lanes of Capitol Parkway — 2/24
    Both westbound lanes of Capitol Parkway from 27th to Randolph streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 for tree removal operations. The detour route is north on 27th Street and west on Randolph.
  • Roper Park Stream Stability Project Starts This Week — 2/24

    Work will begin this week to stabilize portions of the eroding stream banks along Lynn Creek in Roper Park southwest of Superior Street and I-180. The work will occur in two phases:

    • Work from Superior Street to the parking area at 3rd and Fairfield streets is scheduled to start this week and finish this summer.
    • Work from the parking area at 3rd and Fairfield streets to I-180 is tentatively scheduled to start in fall 2016 and finish in spring 2017.
  • Tree Removal Part of Billy Wolff Trail Renovation — 2/23
    Beginning Wednesday, February 25, the Parks and Recreation Department will remove 25 trees on Capitol Parkway to prepare for the renovation of the Billy Wolff Trail this spring. The trees are on the north side of Capitol Parkway from Randolph to 27th streets. The 29 new trees planted along the trail last year will not be affected, and additional trees will be planted when construction is complete.
  • Fans to "Experience a Green Arena" at Upcoming Husker Games — 2/20
    Fans attending Saturday's Nebraska men's basketball game against Iowa and Tuesday's women's basketball game against Minnesota will be a part of a special "Experience a Green Arena" promotion at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Mom's Night Out at the Library to Feature Art Journaling — 2/20
    Lincoln City Libraries' next "Mom's Night Out" event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 27 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. Beginning at 7 p.m., participants are invited to try Art Journaling, the process of creatively arranging color, words and images on a page. No experience is necessary. Craft supplies will be provided, but attendees are invited to bring their own creative materials and experiment.
  • Still Time to Nominate a Book for One Book - One Lincoln — 2/20

    You have just a few more days to nominate a book to be considered for the 2015 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, February 23. Books can be nominated online at lincolnlibraries.org or by filling out nomination form at any Lincoln City Libraries location.

  • Refinancing Bonds Saves Millions for Taxpayers — 2/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said historically low interest rates and the City's high bond ratings are leading to millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since 2011, the City has saved $17.5 million by refinancing bonds. At its meeting Monday, the City Council will consider two more bond issues for savings of an additional $1.7 million.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for February 27 — 2/18
    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, February 27. The event is by appointment only.
  • Two Lanes Closed on South Street From 27th Street to 29th Street — 2/17

    A water main break caused by a contractor has forced the closure of both westbound lanes on South Street from 27th Street to 29th Street. Traffic will be maintained in both directions using the two south lanes.

    The repair work is expected to keep the lanes closed for two or three days.

  • Pothole Surge Winds Down — 2/13
    Public Works and Utilities officials today said crews expect to complete major pothole repair today. On Thursday, another 2,878 potholes were repaired for a four-day total of 11,559. They used about 166 tons of material. About 60 workers have been repairing potholes this week, but that number will return to the normal staffing levels of 15 to 20 on Monday. Crews have been working 10-hour days since Monday when Mayor Beutler directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair and issued an emergency declaration, allowing mandatory overtime.
  • Pothole Total Reaches 8,681 — 2/11
    City pothole repair crews filled another 3,258 potholes Wednesday for a three-day total of 8,681. Crews have been working 10-hour days since Monday when Mayor Beutler directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair and issued an emergency declaration. The Public Works and Utilities Department deployed 58 workers today. Over the three-day pothole surge, crews have used about 131 tons of material. Crews will begin another 10-hour day at 7 a.m. Thursday.
  • Ames Reading Series to Feature Local Broadcasters — 2/11
    Leta Powell Drake and Ron Hull will be the featured readers for the 210th program in the John H. Ames Reading Series Sunday, February 15. The program, sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, begins at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, third floor of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Pothole Crews Fill 5,423 Potholes in Two Days — 2/10

    Mayor Chris Beutler said City pothole repair crews filled another 3,681 potholes across the City today, for a total of 5,423 since Monday morning.

    The Mayor directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair this week, and his emergency declaration Monday allows for mandatory overtime. The Public Works and Utilities Department deployed 50 workers Monday and 58 workers today, and crews worked 10-hour shifts both days. They used about 85 tons of material over the two days. Crews will begin another 10-hour day at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

  • City Deploys Additional Crews for Second Pothole Repair Surge — 2/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler has directed the Public Works and Utilities Department to shift resources to increase pothole repair in the City. About 50 City employees are repairing potholes today, more than double the 15 to 20 employees normally assigned to repair. Public Works and Utilities officials say repairs will take two to three days, with crews working 10-hour shifts. This is the City's second pothole surge this winter. The first at the end of December resulted in the repair of more than 2,000 potholes.
  • Mayor to Present January Award of Excellence — 2/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Fire Equipment Mechanic Robert Poe, a 15-year veteran of the Logistics Division in Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). 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.
  • Parking Bans End at 5 p.m. Today — 2/6
    The residential parking ban, snow emergency parking ban and snow removal district parking ban will all expire at 5 p.m. today. Until then, parking continues to be banned on the odd sides of residential streets as crews continue to plow in those areas this afternoon.
  • Abraham Lincoln Celebration to Feature New Play Direct From Springfield Museum — 2/5
    Lincoln will be the first city outside of Springfield, Illinois to present a new play produced in honor of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's death. "The Last Full Measure," which opened in November at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, will be the featured event at the City's 15th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Sunday, February 22 at Southwest High School, 7001 South 14th Street.
  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 2/2
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to Investigator David Wiggins, Jr. with the Technical Investigations Unit of the Police Department. 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.

January

  • Technology Help Available at Libraries — 1/30
    Those who need help with basic computer skills are encouraged to participate in a new technology assistance program at Lincoln City Libraries (LCL). "Tuesday Tech Time" will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bennett Martin Library beginning February 10.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Celebrate African-American History Month — 1/30
    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 and the Malone Community Center to recognize the significant role of African-Americans in our nation's history.
  • Public Invited to Learn About Re-Use of Landfill Property — 1/28
    The public is invited to a community meeting Tuesday, February 3 to learn about the City's proposed plan to re-use portions of the North 48th St. Landfill facility property. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center, 3140 Sumner St. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mom's Night Out at the Library to Feature Zumba — 1/26
    Lincoln City Libraries' next "Mom's Night Out" event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 30 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. The event will feature an hour-long Zumba class lead by Jessica Dinger, beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Library's Storytime to Highlight Dental Health — 1/26
    Lincoln City Libraries is partnering with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and Ameritas to focus on dental health for February's preschool storytime program. Staff from LLCHD Dental Health and Nutrition Services and Ameritas will attend storytime to provide information about dental care.
  • Nominations Sought for 2015 One Book - One Lincoln — 1/26
    The public is invited to help kick off the 14th year of Lincoln City Libraries' One Book - One Lincoln program by nominating a great book. The selection committee will look for books that are of general interest to adults and young adults, address universal themes of life and spark thoughtful discussion.
  • City Independence Day Celebration Set for July 3 — 1/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Friday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, July 4.
  • Old Cheney Open to Traffic Today — 1/23
    Old Cheney Road from 70th to 82nd streets will reopen about 1 p.m. today. The major improvement project upgraded the two-lane rural street to a four-lane urban street with turn lanes, curbs and gutters.
  • Nominations Sought for 2015 Gerald Henderson Award — 1/23
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the annual Civil Rights Conference Wednesday, April 29 at the Holiday Inn Downtown.
  • Measles Case Identified in Lancaster County — 1/22
    Officials with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today said one case of measles (Rubeola) has been identified in Lancaster County. Officials say the local case is a pre-school aged child who had received an initial measles immunization several years earlier. While the child is no longer contagious, the source of the exposure is still being investigated. No schools or child cares are connected to this case, and it does not appear to be connected to the recent case in the Omaha-Blair area.
  • Public Asked to Help Find Stolen Truck — 1/22

    A large City utility truck was stolen about noon today from Lincoln Water System (LWS), 2021 N. 27th St. (27th and Fair streets). The vehicle is a white Ford F550 with LWS markings. A crane and other equipment are mounted on the front bumper. The license plate number is 30282, and the truck is marked on the hood as vehicle #122031.

    Anyone who sees the vehicle or who has information on its location is asked to contact the Lincoln Police Department's non-emergency number at 402-441-6000.

  • Public Invited to Nature Center's Sandhill Crane Viewing Tour — 1/14
    Registration is now open for the Pioneers Park Nature Center's trip to central Nebraska for a guided viewing tour of the Sandhill crane migration. The tour begins at noon, Thursday, March 19 at the Wild Bird Habitat Store, 56th and Highway 2, and returns at 11 p.m. to the same location.
  • NWU Sports Network to Televise Basketball Doubleheaders — 1/13
    The NWU Sports Network (formerly 21 SPORTS) will televise three Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Prairie Wolves basketball doubleheaders in January and February on a tape-delayed basis.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.. The fun and educational family event is sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, the Wild Bird Habitat Stores, Wachiska Audubon and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
  • Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Decrease in 2014 — 1/13
    The percentage of businesses that sold tobacco to minors during compliance checks decreased from 12.6 percent in 2013 to 7.9 percent in 2014. The compliance checks are conducted by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) using youth volunteers. Of the 302 attempts by minors to purchase tobacco products, 24 resulted in a sale.
  • Mayor to Present November Award of Excellence — 1/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Carrie Kimbrough, a Library Service Associate at Lincoln City Libraries. 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.
  • Portion of "N" Street to Close for Joint City-LES Project — 1/9
    "N" Street from 20th to 21st streets will close Monday, January 12 for work on a joint City of Lincoln - Lincoln Electric System (LES) project. The LES portion of the project is the construction of a duct bank for electrical service lines from the new LES substation at 21st and "N" streets.
  • Musician Andy Strain to Perform at Libraries — 1/9
    California musician Andy Strain, a former member of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO), will give two free performances of "The Bremen Town Musicians" at Lincoln City Libraries next week.
  • Tree Recycling Collection Ends Sunday — 1/9
    The City of Lincoln's annual tree recycling program will end Sunday, January 11. The trees will then be ground into wood chips, and the wood chip mulch will be available at no charge to Lincoln residents beginning Monday, January 19 at Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 South Folsom Court, during normal business hours. The mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • VITA Program Offers Free Tax Assistance — 1/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that community funders have contributed more than $37,000 so far to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in the Lincoln area. The program provides free tax preparation services to qualified low- to moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Damaged Water Line Results in Brief Localized Pressure Loss — 1/8
    p>Lincoln Water System (LWS) officials report that a contractor hit a private water service line today on S.W. 40th south of "O" Street, causing the City's water system to briefly lose pressure in two areas south of West "A" Street:

    • The area bounded by Coddington, S.W. 36th Street, West "A" Street and West Van Dorn
    • An area on South Folsom between West Calvert and West Pioneers
  • City Seeks Input on Proposed Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — 1/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is seeking public input on how a permanent hazardous waste collection and disposal facility would be used by households and small businesses.
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena is First Arena in Nation to Offer Mamava Lactation Suite — 1/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler today helped cut the ribbon on the Bryan Health Nursing Nook for breastfeeding mothers and their babies at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The free-standing kiosk produced by Mamava of Vermont is the first in the nation to be placed in a public arena. It is sponsored by Bryan Health and the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA).
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations — 1/2
    The deadline for nominations for the 37th annual Mayor's Arts Awards has been extended to Monday, January 12. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Lied Center. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
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