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The revival of the Hollywood Theater in La Crosse could take a couple of years...but the process is taking small steps ahead.
Attorney and businessman Phil Addis first toured the vacant theater three months ago after buying it at auction. Now, he's been able to find which light fixtures are working, including some of the neon and Art Deco fixtures in the lobby. Addis also has been shopping for new theater seats. He thinks the theater could hold about 600 modern seats, compared to the thousand or so that were removed from the Hollywood years ago.
Burning any combustible materials outdoors in the Town of Bergen or Village of Stoddard is prohibited. The risk for wildfires in these areas is very high and there's little relief in sight in the near future with the current weather pattern. Until conditions significantly improve, this ban will be in place.
That applies to burn piles and burn barrels; all campfires unless in developed camping areas disposing any matches, ashes, charcoal briquettes, or any burning materials into the outdoors; and all fireworks. Remember to dispose of any cigars, cigarettes, or pipes in a designated receptacle.
The Town of Bergen And Village of Stoddard on conjunction this the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department will issue a Burning Ban when the Current Fire Danger reaches "Very High" (orange) or "Extreme" (red) These levels are set by the Forestry Department from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses.
Xcel Energy says we're getting close to peaking the power grid. Hot temperatures have forced some to crank up their air conditioners and some leave them on all night. Brian Elwood of Xcel Energy.
Elwood says we only had a three day stretch last year where the power grid was dinged....with at least 3 more days of the high temps to go...he says this could get interesting.
A Tomah man, who several witnesses said will basically do anything to get sex from women, was in a Monroe County courtroom Monday. 53 year old Mark Clay listened as Judge Todd Ziegler read off 29 counts against the man. 18 of them dealing with prostitution. The others dealing with threats, battery and drug dealing.
Prosecutors contend that over the past couple of years, Clay would offer women around Tomah sex in exchange for cash, drugs and alcohol. Police also found in his apartment, over 40 pairs of used women's underwear, that they claim Clay purchased from women in bars for up to $40 a pair. They were found in bags that were labeled with the woman's name and date he got them. Naked pictures were also found of area women, some Clay apparently paid them to take. It all came to a climax when Clay was arrested for assaulting a bartender in a bathroom at a Tomah bar recently. He's free on a cash bond.
Every local government is looking for ways to come up with additional revenue. Car fires are a place to start. The West Salem fire district could add a five hundred dollar car fire fee, pending a vote by the West Salem village board tonight. Village administrator Theresa Schnitzler says firefighters don't like the fee because they fear people won't call about a car fire until it's too late
The towns of Barre and Hamilton have already approved the fee.