Our cover features Josh Hanshaw, executive director of Habitat for Humanity’s Lincoln/Lancaster County chapter, standing in front of build No. 150, which was dedicated last August. It’s one of 154 homes that Habitat volunteers have built for 720 area residents in the last 30 years.
Hanshaw says that in 2018, Habitat plans to build six new homes, complete four home-repair projects and move a new family into a refreshed home that was deeded back to the organization.
It all started with a then-Lincoln Journal article, published in 1988, about the lack of affordable housing in our community. The article spurred a group of citizens to meet and form the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
To read about how the local chapter has made homeownership possible for low-income Lincoln families for three decades, including comments from a current Habitat homeowner who now works at the local Habitat office, watch for our cover story titled "Habitat for Humanity-Lincoln: 30 years of making homeownership possible," coming soon to this website. The printed L Magazine comes out Jan. 25. Zach Tuttle Photography provided this month’s cover photo.
Need a break from winter?
Despite the undeniable comforts of home, especially during cold winter months, now is the time of year when winter gets long for Lincoln residents. With spring still two months away, many of us are itching for a trip to a warmer climate. In this issue, Jim Winnerman features Sedona, Arizona. He says “Red Rock Fever” has called him back 18 straight winters to Sedona’s milder temperatures, single-digit humidity and spectacular red rock formations surrounding the high desert town (4,423 feet).
Each year, 3 million visitors travel to Sedona to hike, mountain bike, enjoy a Jeep tour into the wilderness, golf or play tennis among the red rocks; or to take a biplane, scenic train ride or hot-air balloon adventure. For less-active tourists, short, paved trails lead to Native American ruins, scenic overlooks and several national monuments. See more in the story "Discover Sedona's Red Rock Country in the winter," to be posted soon on this website.
If you’re looking for a shorter road-trip diversion, consider the historic Pony Express Museum at Gothenburg – a three-hour trip west of Lincoln. Some 158 years after its heyday, the former station, which was moved from its original location on the Upper 96 Ranch and opened at Ehman Park and Arboretum in Gothenburg in the 1950s, continues to be a tourist destination.
Matt Weiss, the museum’s curator, says the institution attracts 45,000 people a year, including visitors from over 40 nations. Inside, visitors find several interesting exhibits, including pictures and histories of riders. See more our story titled "Pony Express Museum in Gothenburg remains a visitor destination after 158 years" – also coming soon to this website.
I appreciate your ideas
I’d like to know what kinds of stories you want to see and any other suggestions you have for L Magazine. Please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 402-473-2644. As always, I appreciate your “Likes” and comments on the L Magazine Facebook page as well.