New County Commissioner and More City Contracts: What’s Happening in Your Local Government on Oct. 26

Every week, The Reader picks out noteworthy agenda items from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Omaha City Council. Visit the county and city’s websites to view the full agendas. New county commissioner: On Friday, Roger Garcia was selected to replace the late Mike Boyle on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. He will be the county’s first Latino representative.…

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Wheeling and Dealing

Author Crash Hartless is a member of the Omaha Roller Derby, Omaha’s premier flat-track roller derby league.ORD’s mission is to promote the strength, athleticism, and independence of individuals through the sport of flat-track roller derby and to provide the skills and training necessary for participation at regional, national, and international level. All Omaha Roller Derby…

Michael D. Boyle

Douglas County Commissioner and former Omaha Mayor Mike Boyle was the quintessential Irish-American political figure. If you met him, he remembered your name the next time he saw you. He was quick with a story, often at his own expense, and could be quick to anger in defense of those who needed a defender. If…

Indigo De Souza Takes Saddle Creek to Familiar Territory

I gave up a long time ago trying to understand the strategy behind Saddle Creek Records’ roster decisions. Mad genius? Shot in the dark? Take your pick. In the label’s early days circa the late ’90s, there was no such mystery. The holy triumvirate that created the dynasty — Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive —…

Julie “Judy” Navon, Co-Founder, Benson Plant Rescue

Judy Navon is remembered by those who knew her as  “wonderful,” “passionate,” “brilliant” and “awesome.” According to a NextDoor post on Aug. 20 by her husband, Dr. David Hibler, Navon died after a battle with cancer the evening of Aug. 17. The family is planning a celebration of life in late September.  A native of…

Former Face, James Martin Davis, dies at age 75

It may have been the most memorable Face on the Barroom Floor event in the history of the Omaha Press Club. When Omaha Attorney James Martin Davis became the 97th Face on the Barroom Floor in August 2004, a record crowd of 350 attended including 220 people who stayed for dinner. It was termed “the…

Readers’ Choice 2021: BEST NIGHTLIFE & PLAY

Nominations and final voting: Based entirely on community participation, Omaha businesses are nominated as the best in their category for about eight weeks at TheReader.com beginning in January and running through the end of February. Tens of thousands of nominations inform the top nominees in each category who will appear on the final ballot. Final…