City Council Members Looking for Vacancy Impacts
Smoke Ban at One Week
After one week, you might understand if the state of Wisconsin was still in a transition mode under the state's new indoor workplace smoking ban. Actually, Smokefree Wisconsin's Maureen Busalacchi says things are going pretty well. Even at bars. Busalacchi says that non-smokers are venturing out and exploring taverns that would have avoided before because of the smoke. Busalacchi contends that any business bars are losing now by going non-smoking, they'll more than make up for later. But, she admits, there just might be some bars that don't survive having the state go non-smoking indoors.
Smoking Tickets Minimal So Far in La Crosse
So far in La Crosse, if you've collected a ticket for smoking indoors, count yourself among the very, very unlucky. Police say they've written just four tickets to those violationg Wisconsin's new indoor workplace smoking ban. The tickets are 164 dollars. Those tickets were written to individuals smoking in just two establishments, police say; The Helm and Del's Bar. Both of those were given warnings. The law requires businesses get warned before being cited for allowing smoking indoors.
No One Hurt in Standoff
No injuries but the man involved in a standoff with LaCrosse cops remains in the hospital. At about 8:30 Saturday night police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on the 12 hundred block on 16th street. When cops tried to enter the homeowner fired his gun. Police got geared up with bulletproof vests and high powered rifles before creating a perimeter around the south side LaCrosse home. After holing himself up in his house for about five hours the man surrendered himself to police. Cops say they can't release the name of the guy behind the standoff because he's checked into the hospital. Neighbors say he's a nice guy and serves as a local firefighter.
How to Respond to Oil Spill?
What can you do to show how upset you are about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? A number of people are organizing protests and boycotts aimed at the company responsible for the ongoing leak. LaCrosse county sustainability coordinator Nick Nichols feels it's ill advised to boycott BP gas stations. Instead he suggests cutting back on consumption altogether. Nichols points out that gas and oil prices are down because the demand has also gone down. He suggests taking a bike ride and combining your trips to save on gas. Which means more money in your pocket.