Boat Launch Permit Sales Exceed Expectations
It's possible, the city of La Crosse parks department may have to go back to the printers to get more boat launch permits. Depends on how many they sell in the first year of the passes. But they're a hot commodity so far. Recreation supervisor Jay Odegaard says he's sold more than five hundred since the first of the year. Impressive, considering there was ice on the river until just a few weeks ago. We asked Odegaard if that's what he expected. Not really, he says
Odegaard expects a big push for the boat launch permits once spring is more than a couple days old.
DNR Both Burns and Warns About Burning
A state agency is simultaneously warning about fires and planning to set them. The DNR has warned about the high potential for wildfires across Wisconsin so far this year. Greater, apparently, than in years past because of the lack of snow cover. But the DNR also sent out notice this week that it plans its regular prescribed burns for this spring.
The agency says without the use of prescribed burning as a management tool, Wisconsin could lose many of its native grassland, wetland, woodland plant communities. Typical burns range in size from 10 to 25 hundred acres and the DNR says they only burn when it's safe to do so. Meanwhile, the agency has responded to nearly two hundred uncontrolled wildfires so far this spring.
Wisconsin Leads Nation In Grad Rate
Wisconsin graduated more high school students in 2009 than it did in 2002 and is just shy of a 90% statewide graduation rate, according to a new national education report released this week. The La Crosse School District's Troy Harcey talked with WIZM news about the report.
The district's graduation rate is at 94%. Wisconsin's graduation rate was 89.6% in 2008, an slight increase from 84.8% in 2002.
Governor Fixes Warrens Snafu
Last year, the Department of Revenue admitted to an error that would have created a huge property tax increase for a Monroe County town's residents. Governor Scott Walker has seen to it that it won't happen. The Governor signed a bill, authored by State Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Senator Julie Lassa, that will permit the Village of Warrens to correct for an error made by the Department of Revenue in assessing the value of a TIF district. While the error would lower tax bills in the short term, the correction would result in a property tax increase of nearly 100 percent the following year. The bill permits temporary adjustments of levy limits to allow Warrens to even out tax levies over two years.
3 County Bus Route Almost Complete
So will people ride a new 3 county bus route traveling from La Crosse to Vernon to Crawford counties starting in July? Peter Fletcher, a transportation planner at the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, says from what he has heard so far......yes.
One of the routes will start in Genoa and travel along Highway 35 to Stoddard, La Crosse, and then on Highway 14 to Coon Valley, Westby and Viroqua. Another bus will follow the same route, but in the opposite direction. A third bus will begin in Viroqua, traveling down Highway 27 to Mt. Sterling, Eastman and Prairie du Chien.