Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda is a Sports Broadcasting Journalism major who hopped on the short flight from Chicago to hone his trade at the University of Missouri. He hopes to cover a meaningful moment or two in his future career.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has appointed a new deputy director of resource management. The Department of Conservation named Mike Hubbard as the new deputy director this week.

Hubbard began work at the department in 1999 and will transition from his current position as division chief of the Resource Science division.

The race for Columbia’s 2nd Ward Council Member sees two former opponents meet again.

Incumbent Michael Trapp and challenger Paul Love participated in a public forum at Daniel Boone Regional Library yesterday to discuss the upcoming election.


Columbia businesses are on alert for a phone scammer. The caller impersonates city utility employees and demands immediate payments for utility bills over the phone.

Brianne Vaught is a representative for Ameren Missouri. She says it’s important to never divulge personal information.

Columbia faces a shortage of public safety officers after losing 140 officers in the past five years, according to the fiscal year budgets.

Council member Matt Pitzer wants to change that by starting a Public Safety Recruiting and Retention Initiative.


Sustainability and the environment are on the agenda for a local task force this year.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning met for the first time Tuesday to establish environmental goals for 2018. The Task Force is designed to advise city council and the mayor on policies that will help protect the Columbia environment.


Forty refurbished computers will find new homes in Columbia this Saturday.

The City of Columbia partnered with the Voluntary Action Center and the Downtown Optimist Club to deliver the computers to low-income families as part of the Homes for Computers Program. The City of Columbia established this program in 2003 to assist families with children in the public-school system.

  The City of Columbia Commission on Human Rights met yesterday to review the possible addition of new protected categories. Protected categories shield citizens from being discriminated against for reasons such as race, religion and sexual orientation. The commission agreed to send a memo to City Council proposing up to six new categories, including receipt of government assistance and refugee status.

 

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City Council Member Matt Pitzer will meet with citizens of Columbia’s 5th Ward Wednesday night to discuss what comes next for the Vision Zero Program.

Vision Zero is a transportation strategy designed to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in Columbia by 2030. This is the final in a series of meetings in each city’s six wards. The city began to implement Vision Zero in 2016.

Pitzer says that these town hall meeting will inform future changes.