Blasts nibble at Platte ice jam
February 22, 1966: It was “like being in another world,” a national guardsman said. It was a bitter cold, moon-like world of jagged ice and gnarled logs, floating down the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers. Radio operators from the nearby National Guard Camp at Ashland called it the “icecap.” The jam was at least 1,500 feet long, according to the men who were trying to blast it apart. Crews took another 100-foot bite out of the jam.
1938: A committee of five to direct a citywide campaign for payment of delinquent taxes would be appointed within the next two days by Mayor Dan Butler. The mayor was directed to make the selections at the conclusion of a two-hour meeting of county, city and school officials with real estate and taxpayers’ organization leaders, who two weeks prior projected the tax collection drive in the interest of financially distressed local government agencies.
1991: The Nebraska Legislature gave final approval to a bill that would require Nebraska colleges to ignore an NCAA rule on scholarships. The vote came despite concerns from some state senators that it could get the Nebraska football program in trouble. Legislative Bill 69, sent to Gov. Ben Nelson on a 32-10 vote, would bar Nebraska colleges from enforcing a National Collegiate Athletic Association rule that requires student athletes to forfeit need-based state or federal financial aid. The bill, which would not take effect until June 1992, was intended to prod the NCAA into changing its rule, said State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, sponsor of the bill.
2006: The feud between Papillion and Sarpy County over an Omaha Steaks distribution center being built along Interstate 80 continued to boil. The Papillion City Council passed a resolution urging the Sarpy County Board to authorize “all necessary legal action” to rescind building permits for the center, which was already under construction. Sarpy County Board President Tim Schram called Papillion’s resolution “unfortunate.”