Omaha, NE – Save Rosenblatt Chairman Jason Smith says the public's response to renovation plans has been very positive. The group introduced renovation plans two months ago with a price tag of about $60 million. Smith says the proposed Rosenblatt renovations are also among the top ballpark options being explored by Mayor Mike Fahey's Stadium Oversight Committee. That committee is also said to be considering two sites for a new ballpark that'll host the College World Series. An announcement could happen next month.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Interim Police Chief is Eric Buske, a 23-year veteran of the Police Department who most recently was the officer in command at Westroads December fifth. Buske says he'll apply for the permanent position of Chief. Mayor Mike Fahey says an internal search will be conducted in the coming months to select a new Police Chief. Fahey says he's confident in the Police Department's leadership and knows a new chief can be found from within.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Democrats are trying something new this year--they plan to caucus February Ninth to choose a Presidential candidate. Communications Director Eric Fought says party officials decided on a caucus ahead of the May primary because they wanted Democrats' voices to be heard. Fought says the State Democratic Party isn't backing a particular candidate at this point.
Omaha, NE – The 2007 Tree of Lights campaign goal was $2.6 million. On December 26, the Salvation Army reported it was still $300,000 short of that goal, and appealed for donations. A last-minute fund-raising surge pushed the donation amount to just over $2.7 million. Public Relations and Communications Director Susan Eustice says the Salvation Army is very pleased to have reached the goal, which they weren't anticipating. The funds go toward administering 20 social service programs that benefits thousands of Omaha metro area residents.