Wisconsin producers have until November 20, 2010 to sign up for 2011 Non-insured Assistance Program coverage for perennial crops. This deadline applies to perennial crops such as apples, wild rice, huckleberries, peaches, plums, asparagus, currants, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears, cherries, honey, and maple sap, which are not covered under Federal crop insurance.
Crops must be covered by crop insurance or NAP to be eligible for the 2008 Farm Bill Disaster Programs such as the Supplemental Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.
The November 20 deadline also applies to persons who have a 2010 policy and need to renew their coverage for 2011.
La Crosse cops got themselves a bit of a two-fer this week-end. Police say just after bar-time on Saturday, they pulled over a guy who'd knocked over a traffic signal in the median at Rose and Clinton street on the northside. 42 year-old La Crosse guy. He blew a .17 and picked up his first OWI. Not 20 minutes later, while a squad was parked near the downed light pole with emergency lights on, car drives over it and keeps on going. Another cop pulls that guy over. He's also drunk, and has half of a bottle of whiskey in the back seat. 20 year-old from Fountain City. Pretty solidly drunk but seemed pretty honest, too; told the officer that he was simply too drunk to do the field tests. Clearly the case; he vomited in the squad on the way to jail.
Another return trip to jail for Indra Book. Book is the 22 year-old La Crosse woman convicted three years ago in the death of her newborn daughter. She put the infant in a plastic cooler and left her out with the garbage. Book's been on probation since July and has been arrested a couple of times since then for probation violations; once for attacking her boyfriend and once for drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana. Police arrested Book again yesterday at her job. Again for drinking but also for curfew violations.
Dogs, cats and other animals at the Coulee Region Humane Society will benefit from an upcoming live TV telethon produced by UW-La Crosse communication studies students.
The 12th annual Coulee Region Humane Society Telethon will air from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, on KQEG-TV Channel 23, Charter Cable Channel 5, Digital 989 and UW-L campus channel 6. Rick Wilson, KQEG TV-23, and Katie Cerniglia and Kacey Persson, a UW-L communication studies majors, will host the show. Guests during the three-hour event will include owners of pets adopted from the society, pet therapy specialists, dog trainers and society advocates. The phone number to pledge during the telecast is 608.785.8379.
Along with money, donations of towels, sheets, soap, bleach, office and animal supplies or other items that could be used at the humane society are sought. Donations for the society’s general fund may be dropped off at the studio, 205 Wing Technology Center, during the telethon, or arrangements may be made by calling Professor Pat Turner at 608.785.8369. Checks should be made payable to the Coulee Region Humane Society. Monetary donations or goods can also be dropped off at Coulee Region Human Society, 911 Critter Court, Onalaska.
Give-aways during the telethon include: a $600 Mississippi River Rentals vacation package, a $299 guitar from Dave’s Guitar Shop, and a $437 studio session from The Studio on Main.
The telethon originated in 1999 when UW-L student Kristen Lloyd decided to produce a live TV telethon instead of writing a traditional research paper. The student-produced telethon is sponsored by UW-L’s Communication Studies Department and campus TV station WMCM, in conjunction with Charter Communications and KQEG-TV23. Last year’s telethon raised more than $8,000 in money and supplies.
A convicted hit-and-run driver from La Crosse is stuck in a legal "Catch-22"...
Rhonda Boardman cannot qualify for an earned release from prison until she has served three years for contributing to the 2008 traffic death of pedestrian Billy Harter. Her sentence is exactly four years. The catch, according to La Crosse D-A Tim Gruenke, is that Boardman can't be released if she has only a year or less left to serve in prison. So, her only hope for earned release is for her date of eligibility to be moved ahead. Gruenke says the defense request to have Boardman qualify sooner will be heard in court on November 29th.