Master Transportation Plan Gets a Makeover

In a wave of bike helmets and Velcro gloves, over 70 cyclists pedaled to a public forum hosted by the City of Omaha Planning Department. The two hour presentation discussed a proposed revision of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan.

The cling of bike shoe clips and rattling car keys could be heard as motorists, walkers, bus riders and others filled 250 seats in the Scott Conference Center....

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Fremont Builds Anti-Immigrant Defense Fund to $1.1 million

by Lindsey Peterson

The City of Fremont is budgeting for another year of judicial sparring in the case of its illegal immigration ordinance. Passed and then soon halted last summer, the ordinance aims to punish those renting to and hiring illegal immigrants. Now tied up in U.S. District Court, the city is currently being represented by Kansas Secretary of State and Federation for American...

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Common Sense Adds to Truancy Law

It’s a plan that builds on an older plan. Last year, LB 800 was signed into law. That enacted sweeping reforms in truancy prevention and juvenile justice – if a child was truant for more than 20 days of the school year, the county attorney would get involved, and the parents and children might find themselves in court or facing fines. That led to an influx of truancy cases that county attorneys...

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Inviting Nebraska Dreams

by Lindsey Peterson

Crete, located in southeast Nebraska, is a town not unlike many other rural towns. It faces an increasing immigration population and a burdened education system. And, like others, it’s scrambling to find ways to handle an influx of students and parents who don’t speak the language.

What does make Crete different is the lack of picket lines, protests and media coverage....

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Omaha Cycling Getting Up to Speed

Balancing breakfast is always easier when you’ve got to bicycle to work. Pounding down the “Works” breakfast at Radial Cafe is a recipe for disaster while summiting the hills in Omaha. It is not easy to be sick on a bicycle, particularly when maneuvering through rush hour traffic.

Why cycle? Control your portions, save on gas, get those calves swollen and be the sweaty envy of your co-workers...

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Shedding light on city development: Early success with online involvement tool EngageOmaha.com

Last Saturday I stood in line at the farmer’s market, while a woman beside me clicked the tiny keys on her phone with the fervor of a child opening a gift. Interested in her eagerness, I snuck a glance. She was “tweeting” a plug for the new crop of yellow squash. Within minutes, her phone was beeping like a car alarm, nearly as brash and startling.

This is the world of social media, where...

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Zoning Board of Appeals votes on Emerging Terrain’s grain elevator banners Thursday

An essential Omaha public art staple, the continuation of the Emerging Terrain Grain Elevator banners along Interstate 80 near downtown will be voted on June 16 by the Zoning Board of Appeals. The first 13 banners went up last fall, and 12 additional one will be added on the topic of “Transport(ation),” which Emerging Terrain is soliciting designs for now. They were not approved at a...

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A new commitment to historic South Omaha

South Omaha has always been the home of industry and immigrants. The languages change, the residents keep coming from new and different locations, the jobs are constantly evolving but the neighborhood itself has always been Omaha’s melting pot. It’s defined by two things: hope and hard work. That’s why they come and that’s what they do. And while South Omaha has displayed a remarkable...

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Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some ... more »


A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year ... more »


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and ... more »


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's ... more »