Omaha, NE – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored a team of five from the United States Strategic Command and its Joint Functional Component Command for Space with an Administrator Award in October.
Award-winner US Air Force Major Duane Bird is Space Situational Awareness Officer. He says the team created a method to provide positional data on 1,100 active satellites and about 22,000 trackable pieces of space debris. The team runs algorithms to predict the future positions of both.
Omaha, NE – Carlos Morales was named Omaha's Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, last fall.
Morales was the guest speaker at last months' Omaha Press Club forum. He discussed the City of Omaha's recent designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. He said Omaha currently has about 90 miles of biking trails but there are plans to increase that number.
Morales said the city is looking at ways to leverage local dollars to ensure that more trails are built. He said new study will begin in early to late January.
Omaha, NE – The Durham Museum's Christmas at Union Station celebration kicked off last weekend with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The festivities continue Friday with the museum's annual Ethnic Holiday Festival. Shawna Forsberg, Director of Marketing and PR for the museum, says the event is educational for children and gives them the opportunity to see how other cultures celebrate the holidays.
Omaha, NE – A wager between Omaha and Council Bluffs' Mayors means a new Habitat for Humanity house will be built in north Omaha.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan wagered on last week's so-called "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa. If Iowa won, Mayor Suttle would help build a Habitat house in Council Bluffs. Since Nebraska won, it'll be Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan working with Habitat volunteers in Omaha to build a house at 38th and Seward Streets.
Omaha, NE – The 2011 Live Well Omaha Health Summit takes place Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
Kerri Peterson is the Executive Director for Live Well Omaha. She says the purpose of the summit is to update people on the latest health data for Douglas County, health trends and the work that's happening to make Omaha a healthier city.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army offers more than 20 programs that help people through points of crisis in their lives.
Susan Eustice is the Director of Public Relations for the Salvation Army in Omaha. She says one of these programs is called Peer Support Services. The one-year-old program matches mentors to participants who are struggling with mental health issues.