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It's early in the project stages and it has already ruffled some feathers........
American Transmission Company has plans for a high-voltage transmission line in western Wisconsin that would address electric system reliability issues locally and in the Midwest, provide economic savings and support renewable energy policy. The area, from the LaCrosse area to northern Dane County, is being considered as a possible corridor for the approximately 150-mile line.
Sarah Justice says negative comments like the ones they heard last week in Lafarge.......are needed ones as they try to find 2 lines over a 3700 mile area in which to place the high voltage lines.The Badger Coulee Transmission Line, if approved by state regulators, would not be in service until 2018; in fact, ATC said it does not expect to file an application for the line until 2013. Informational meetings began in fall 2010. A second round of open houses will be held this summer.
Between health insurance and retirements, the Lacrosse School District looks to save about $3.7 million next year. But reductions in state aid to the tune of $4.9 million are coming as well. So the outcome Superintendent Jerry Kember?A one million dollar hole.
But Kember says that million dollars may not stay around for awhile. There are a couple of solutions according to Kember.There are some funds in coffers that have yet to be used.
Kember also says that the savings in benefits are a one time tool........and the district won't be in that situation a year from now as reducing budgets is a one time deal and the district will be in a budget cutting mode once again
Jow Gow is going no where. Seriously. He's staying here. The UW-L Chancellor let his students and staff know via email today that he is no longer a candidate for a position at a university in New York.
Gow had applied for the position of president of State University of New York at New Paltz.
Gow stated that while the college is a wonderful school and the people there are outstanding... that departing for New Paltz right now wouldn't be a good move. Gow says he feels he has been effective at UW-L and doesn't think he could be any more effective at that institution.
A 55 year old registered nurse from Tomah won't be dispersing pills at the Tomah Memorial Hospital any time soon. That's because Dinna Peth was busted for stealing and using drugs while working for the hospital.
Peth was arrested in March 2010, and was charged with 75 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Yesterday, Peth was sentenced to a year in the Monroe County Jail and 10 years probation. Peth must also pay around $20 thousand in restitution.
She pleaded guilty in November 2010 to 20 counts, and the remaining 55 counts were dismissed.
Chancellor Joe Gow says UW- La Crosse is facing around $5-6 million dollars in cuts. The entire UW-system.....$250 million in cuts. That's deep says Gow.
The chancellor also says Governor Walker's savings tools will not completely offset the decrease in state aid. This means UW-L will have to reevaluate the possibility of cutting programs and faculty and furthermore, possibly eliminate vacant positions.
UW-Madison will be able to increase tuition to possibly offset most of the cuts, while UW-La Crosse can only increase tuition by five point five percent.....something Gow says they are looking at.