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2014 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

April

  • 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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