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Floodplain plan to allow UNL expansion
BY JOSH FUNK
After more than 1,200 public
meetings over the last four years,
the Antelope Valley Plan to
reshape downtown Lincoln and
City Campus is ready for approval.
The $225 million, 20-year plan
will redirect the bulk of traffic
around City Campus on a new six
lane road while alleviating flood
concerns along Antelope Creek.
University of Nebraska
Lincoln officials adopted the
Antelope Valley Han into the cam
pus master plan in 1998, and they
are looking forward to its advan
“We’re very excited about this
and it will benefit our university,”
said John Benson, UNL director of
institutional research and plan
Benson said after the project is
completed, the university will be
able to expand into the area
between Vine, R, 17th and 19th
streets, which was off limits as part
of the 100-year floodplain.
The 100-year floodplain is the
area that could potentially flood in
"This is one area where we can
expand within the campus,”
Benson said. “If we’re going to
grow in research activities, we’ll
Another benefit will be the
reduction of traffic. Through-traf
fic will be routed around campus
along the new six-lane road, and
16th and 17th streets will be
reserved for local traffic, Benson
Last week, the Lincoln
Lancaster County Planning com
mission unanimously endorsed
the plan and cleared the way for
an Oct. 30 public hearing before
the city council.
If die city adopts the Antelope
Valley Plan as part of its compre
hensive plan, final design work
can begin almost immediately,
said project manager Roger
Figard, who is also city engineer
for public works and utilities.
Throughout the development
of the Antelope Valley Plan, city
officials sought as much public
input as possible, Figard said.
From elements of four main
alternatives identified in 1997, city
officials and community mem
bers fashioned the current plan,
“The goal has been consensus
building," Figard said. "Consensus
doesn’t mean 100 percent (agree
ment), but I believe this is a com
munity plan and as a package, it is
the best series of solutions.”
This summer, the city com
pleted its environmental impact
study for the Antelope Valley Plan
in preparation for the final round
The Antelope Valley Plan
would create a six-lane road along
19th Street from K to Q streets. The
road would then snake east
between the Beadle Center and
Malone Center and come back
west along an expanded Antelope
Much of the land along
Antelope Creek is in the 100-year
floodplain where new construc
tion is restricted. The expanded
, creek would be able to contain
most of the floodwaters within the
Photos draw chaser to eye of storm
■Photographer Warren Faidley
shows his work and warns of
the dangers of storm-chasing.
BY USA BEHRNS
Contrary to the movie
Twister, seven tornadoes don’t
often erupt in the afternoon, stop
for a dinner break and then
regain full force for an evening
With 14 years of chasing
storms under his belt, Warren
Faidley, a full-time storm chaser
and photojoumalist, addressed
this fiction and showcased his
talent Tuesday evening in the
Nebraska Union Auditorium.
Faidley’s photographs of
storms have been featured on the
cover of Life magazine, used on
Hollywood movie sets and graced
the cover of the Twister movie
To shoot his pictures, Faidley
often finds himself in the eye of
“There were times when
being in the middle of the storm
was almost the end of me,” he
joked. “But I still got the shot.”
Faidley’s first photo was a
shot of a lightning bolt from 400
feet away. As he captured the first
bolt, a second nearly killed him.
But he survived, the picture
turned out, and Faidley’s career
was launched after the photo was
published in Life magazine.
Contrary to popular belief,
being a storm chaser isn’t a full
time job, Faidley said. Everyone
who chaSes storms has another
Each storm takes on its own
personality, which is one of the
reasons he accepts the challenge
of being a storm chaser.
But storms aren’t always as
exciting as they’re made out to be,
“Chasing is about 99 percent
boredom” while waiting for a
storm to develop, Faidley said.
Faidley showed slides of his
photography, which includes tor
nadoes, hurricanes and hail
Faidley stressed the dangers
of being caught out in a storm.
Storm chasing is becoming a
popular hobby, but Faidley
offered his cardinal rule: “Always
have an escape route, and never
underestimate a storm,” he said.
With Faidley’s book in tow,
Brad Burke, a junior broadcasting
and former meteorology major,
was one of the self-professed
Faidley fans to take in the event.
Racial-profile resolution signed
BY JOSH FUNK
Four state law enforcement
organizations joined the governor
in signing a resolution against
racial profiling and discrimina
The resolution was intended
to reinforce existing policies and
send a message that discrimina
tion in law enforcement will not
be tolerated, Gov. Mike Johanns
said in a statement.
The Nebraska Sheriffs
Association, the Police Chiefs
Association of Nebraska, the
Police Officers Association of
Nebraska and the State Troopers
Association of Nebraska signed
the non-binding resolution.
“This is something that those
of us in law enforcement feel
strongly about," Lincoln Police
ChiefTom Casady said. “TWo peo
ple of different races driving 10
miles over the limit are equally
likely to be pulled over.”
The effort was applauded by
the Nebraska Mexican American
Commission, the Nebraska
Commission on Indian Affairs
and the Urban League of
American Civil Liberties
Union lawyer Amy Miller said she
welcomed the resolution but it
needed to be backed with action.
"We’re starting to acknowl
edge the problem. (This message)
needs to filter down to individual
officers, and I’m not sure a procla
mation is enough to do it,” Miller
said. The ACLU has a couple of
racial-profiling cases pending in
Nebraska, Miller said.
Casady said his department
has received complaints of racial
profiling but said the complaints
did not have merit
Even though racial profiling
has become a popular topic for
politicians, there has not been
much research to determine the
scope or nature of the problem.
Miller said that several states -
either voluntarily or at the court’s
order - have started keeping
records of every traffic stop, even
when no tickets were issued, to
determine if people are being
stopped on the basis of race or
other discriminatory factors.
Nebraska State Patrol Col.
Tom Nesbitt said in a statement: “I
think it’s very important for the
public to understand how seri
ously we take the subject of racial
The Associated Press con
tributed to this report.
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"Faidley is one of my idols,"
Burke said. "I do amateur pho
tography work myself and work
with local spotting teams.”
Freshman theater major Lori
Jensen said she thought storm
chasing sounded interesting and
admired Faidley’s dedication.
“It’s incredible how he seems
to have everything down to a sci
ence,” Jensen said.
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