Ambitious expansion project set to bring giraffes, tigers to Children’s Zoo

By CORY MATTESON Lincoln Journal Star: Lincoln Children’s Zoo-goers, let’s get right to it. Once the zoo’s most-ambitious expansion to date is completed — 2019 is the stated goal — you’re getting giraffes, tigers, spider monkeys, a lot more parking and an entrance that’s open all year. The $16 million project is the result of a fundraising campaign that the zoo’s executive director, John Chapo, said began quietly about a year ago and went very public Wednesday morning. Children and teachers from two schools joined other Lincoln residents, the governor, the mayor, the LPS superintendent and Larry the Cable Guy at an unveiling of what more the zoo will soon offer. “More animals, more first-hand interactions and more ‘Love Your Zoo,’” Chapo said. The Children’s Zoo is adding 10 acres to its 8.8-acre spread — plenty of neck room for giraffes, as well as a place for children (and adults) to safely feed them. […]

City Council pledges not to use property tax windfall in next year’s budget

By NANCY HICKS, Lincoln Journal Star: The Lincoln City Council says it will not use the windfall created by the revaluation of residential property to increase city spending next fiscal year. The council, on a 6-1 vote, Monday approved a windfall-related resolution by Councilman Roy Christensen that puts the council on record as willing to live with the already approved two-year budget. That would mean a reduction in the city’s tax rate for next year. Only Councilwoman Jane Raybould voted against the resolution, saying she wanted more time to get information and numbers. “I don’t think it is reasonable to make decisions without having all the numbers,” she said. But other council members pointed out the windfall resolution is about intent, not specific numbers. The resolution deals only with spending, said Councilman Trent Fellers. This budget, which is the second year of the two-year budget, was set last summer, he […]

Lincoln Police Union endorses Roy Christensen’s bid for re-election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 16, 2017 Lincoln Police Union endorses Roy Christensen’s bid for re-election  Lincoln – Today the Lincoln Police Union endorsed Roy Christensen in his re-election bid to the Lincoln City Council. “During my four years on the City Council I have made public safety a priority and I’ve fought to put more police officers on Lincoln streets and in our neighborhoods. I’m extremely grateful to receive the endorsement of the Lincoln Police Union and their members who work every day to keep our neighborhoods and our families safe” said Christensen, who was elected to an at-large seat on the council in 2013. “As Lincoln’s population has grown, the number of police has not kept up. I fought to add four police officers during the last budget cycle and if re-elected I’ll continue to advocate for more police.” “Roy is a current City Councilman and is a proven […]

Roy Christensen announces council re-election bid

From the Lincoln Journal Star: Roy Christensen, 57, has filed for re-election to the Lincoln City Council, saying he wants to continue fighting to cut property taxes and improving Lincoln’s quality of life. “For four years I’ve focused on cutting property taxes and setting spending priorities while working to improve the quality of life for Lincoln families and seniors,” said Christensen, in a news release announcing his re-election bid. Christensen was elected to an at-large seat on the council in 2013. “Along the way I’ve challenged the status quo, asked tough questions, and fought for greater transparency at city hall,” Christensen said in the news release. During his time on the council, Christensen spearheaded the effort to add more police, promoted compressed natural gas StarTran buses that will save the city $1.3 million over the next 15 years, and worked to fast-track approval of the $16 million expansion to the […]

Christensen tops council returns; Carroll squeaks in

April 09, 2013 11:55 pm By NANCY HICKS / Lincoln Journal Star Two political novices led the pack and the lone incumbent barely advanced in Tuesday’s City Council primary. Roy Christensen, an audiologist who owns a hearing center, was the top vote-getter in the final count. Meg Mikolajczyk, a young attorney with no political experience and a hard-to-pronounce last name, was a close second. Christensen credited his top placing to a strong campaign — “knocking on a lot of doors and listening to people.” Christensen, who spent primary night celebrating his 31st wedding anniversary, said he visited with a lot of groups, listening and learning what is important to people. Mikolajczyk (pronounced mike-o-lie-check), a late entry to the race, raised the least amount of money of the traditional candidates, around $6,000, and was not expected to place in the top four. The Democrats recruited her in late February after Roger […]

Roy Christensen is City Council candidate

By Nancy Hicks, Lincoln Journal Star Roy Christensen, a small-business owner and community volunteer, has announced he will be a candidate for the Lincoln City Council in the spring 2013 city elections. “Lincoln’s families and small businesses need a strong voice on the city council and someone who listens,” said Christensen, owner of Christensen Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, in a news release announcing his candidacy. Christensen said he would “hold the line on taxes, prioritize city spending, invest in roads and public safety, and fight to attract and retain good-paying jobs.” The 53-year-old Republican applied for the open seat recently vacated by Adam Hornung. Council members decided they would appoint someone who would not be running for election in the spring. Christensen will formally kick off his campaign early next year, and will be vying for one of three at-large council seats that will be part of the spring […]

Audiologist Christensen Announces Bid for Council

Lincoln businessman Roy Christensen is the latest candidate in the running for City Council. In an exclusive interview with KFOR News, Christensen says Lincoln’s families and small businesses need a strong voice and listener on the council. He points out the recent construction boom as one of the success stories for future city growth and Lincoln is doing well economically. Christensen also tells KFOR News job growth and keeping young adults here are key to the city’s future. As the city grows, Christensen says one thing the council needs to take a look at are the possibility of increasing staffing levels with police and fire and rescue. Christensen owns an audiology business and has lived in Lincoln for 16 years. Christensen joins at least two other candidates along with incumbent Gene Carroll in the Council race for the upcoming spring elections. Read more: