5:06 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Jazz on the Green kicks off tonight

Mike Gurciullo and His Las Vegas Lab Band

Mike Gurciullo and His Las Vegas Lab Band open the 2012 Jazz on the Green Series tonight at Turner Park.

Gurciullo is originally from Omaha, and spent more than a decade in Las Vegas as an entertainer.  Gurciullo played lead jazz/trumpet in the Wayne Newton Orchestra for four years.  

He says he and his band play classic standard arrangements of out of print or unpublished songs as well as original arrangements.  Gurciullo says he and his band will be brining a bit of Las Vegas to Omaha tonight.

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9:07 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Douglas County Board approves 2012-13 budget

Douglas County Commissioners have approved a $325 million 2012-13 budget.

The county’s new fiscal year began July first. The new fiscal year budget contains no tax increase and keeps the budgets of most offices flat.

Finance Director Joe Lorenz says it’s a responsible and aggressive spending plan, but achievable.

The county’s General Fund budget grew 2.1 percent compared to last fiscal year’s plan. Lorenz says cost increases in the Election Commission and Environmental Services offices increased, but it was offset by additional revenue.

8:59 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Four finalists chosen for Omaha Police Chief

The city of Omaha has announced the four finalists for Police Chief.

A nationwide search for Police Chief candidates was conducted following the retirement of Alex Hayes. Two finalists are from within the department. One is Captain Gregory Gonzalez. He’s Southwest Precinct Commander and an Acting Deputy Chief.

The other is Deputy Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, who oversees the Uniform Patrol Bureau operations and budget.

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5:06 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Film Streams Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Rachel Jacobson at Ruth Sokolof Theater
Leo Adam Biga

Ruth Sokolof Theatre had its grand opening on July 27, 2007 and Film Streams is currently celebrating its 5th Anniversary.

Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says Film Streams has come a long way in five years, further than she expected.  She says the overwhelming community support has allowed Film Streams to present all sorts of programs.  Jacobson says the theatre shows about 150 films per year, and has offered many screenings in collaboration with community partners. 

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1:42 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Douglas County voters to decide on consolidation of two offices

Douglas County voters will decide in November whether the Assessor and Register of Deeds offices should be consolidated.

County Commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of a proposal to merge those offices. It’ll go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

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10:45 am
Mon July 9, 2012

CIty Council negotiating team, Fire Management Team reach tentative agreement

Members of Omaha’s Fire Management Team will contribute more to the pension system and be on the city’s health care plan under a tentative agreement.

The Omaha City Council announced Friday that a tentative agreement was reached with the union representing the four-member Fire Management Team. It includes Chief Mike McDonnell and three Assistant Chiefs.

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9:35 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Douglas County Board to vote Tuesday on 2012-13 budget

The Douglas County Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday morning on a $325 million 2012-13 budget.

The county’s new budget year began July first. The budget contains no property tax increase. It's a three-point-two percent larger overall budget than last year's.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on a plan to merge the Register of Deeds and Assessors’ offices.

The county board meets at 9am Tuesday.

8:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Campaign seeks to find Omaha's unique attractions, events

The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to hear what places are most popular with residents and tourists.

Through the end of this month, the CVB is accepting videos for what’s called the “Welcome to the Weekend” campaign. Spokeswoman Deb Ward says the goal is to get the community involved in promoting Omaha’s attractions.

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12:50 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Omaha Creative Week begins August 31st

City officials hope the business and entrepreneurial communities will join arts organizations in this year’s Omaha Creative Week.

The third Creative Week begins August 31st. Right now, planned events include discussions on arts and social change, a film festival for movies made using smartphones, and an open rehearsal at Opera Omaha.

Mayor Jim Suttle says Creative Week celebrates innovations and ideas. “It’s what has made our city great and what will continue to make Omaha one of the most vibrant and unique cities in the nation.”

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8:11 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Douglas County asking for the public's help to design a new official seal

Douglas County is looking for a new official county seal, and Commissioners want the public's help to design it.

A contest is underway through August 15. Douglas County residents who participate are asked to design a county seal that includes the name and “1854,” the year the county was incorporated.

Commissioner Pam Tusa says right now, Douglas County has five unofficial county seals, but no background as to their origin or meaning.