We have a pretty poor track record of helping our nation's veterans. That's why a proposed change in how veterans services are offered in Wisconsin is a bad idea. Currently,...
The emerald ash borer continues to spread north through the La Crosse area...
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Ag Department discovered the trapping of an adult ash borer at Trempealeau, in Perrot State Park. The tree-killing beetle has previously been found in La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford County...and has reached 13 Wisconsin counties in all. State experts say some, but not all, ash trees will have to be removed from the park to prevent the ash borer from spreading.
AARP was hoping that social security and Medicare would have a more prominent role in discussions leading up to the presidential election. Consider it a hope fulfilled. With Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan getting picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, talk over the entitlement programs will be unavoidable, says Lisa Lamkins with Wisconsin AARP
Lamkins hopes the presidential candidates will take the time to give voters specifics about their plans for the futures of social security and medicare.
A lot of changes coming in the next few years to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. And Chancellor Joe Gow says, with some new buildings coming, they couldn't wait any longer.
The largest project coming is replacing a 1960s-era science hall. The project, costing $82 million, would be a new, four-story facility including teaching and research labs and associated support spaces. Gow anticipates hiring an architect in 2013 to start working on a final design. Construction for phase I would likely begin in 2015. The state-of-the-art facility replaces Cowley Hall.
La Crosse Gun Club trapshooting competitions at the La Crosse River marsh from 1932 to 1963 left behind lead shot, which sank into the muddy waters. A year ago, 4 professors from UW-L started looking into the lead that was left behind. The result?
Now, they have recieved a $60 thousand U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant which will help the researchers further investigate the lead in the river marsh and partner to educate the community about the marsh ecosystem.
What to do with the aging Lakeview Health Center in West Salem will be brought back to the La Crosse County Board next month. County Administrator, Steve O'Malley, says some outside help may be coming in.
He says they will stay in the health center business but want some solid direction as to whether they should build smaller buildings to replace the aging center.
A lot of money is pouring into Wisconsin for the upcoming senate race. The national Senate campaign committees plan to spend a combined $10 million on the race. UW-L Political Scientist, Joe Heim, says it’s another sign of how significant the Tommy Thompson-Tammy Baldwin contest could be, in determining whether Republicans can win the majority in that chamber in November.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said it was adding over $ 2.5 million to its pot, for a total of $5.2 million in support of Tammy Baldwin’s candidacy. The Republican campaign committee has committed $5 million to try and help Tommy Thompson win.
By this time next year, the Hollywood Theater in La Crosse could be back in business.
New owner Phil Addis is moving along with extensive repairs to the 76-year-old movie theater. Addis tells us his top priority now is to fix the badly damaged, leaking roof. Another priority...fund-raising. Addis has posted five different colored versions of a new Hollywood sign on line, and is asking people to donate money as they cast votes for their favorite choice. The 42-foot-high sign would resemble one that stood above the Hollywood when it opened in 1936.
The wait is almost over in Bangor...
Customers of the Bangor Post Office will be able to use that downtown building again on August 25th. The post office was closed on short notice seven months ago because of mold and mildew problems. But the building owner has removed the mildew and mold, and made other improvements. Because of the closing, postal services in Bangor had to be moved to a grocery store outside downtown.
One more attempt to end that winter parking experiment in the university neighborhood...
La Crosse's Parking Utility Board is urging the city council to 'dissolve' the special winter rules around U-W-L, and go back to alternate side parking. The idea of increasing parking fines in that area has been proposed, but council chair Audrey Kader says that's not fair to everyone in town.
University students are hoping the special zone can stay in effect one more winter, despite evidence that most people in the zone don't move their cars when told to do so.