Western District Board OKs Vote To Fund Facilities Plan
Western Technical College's District Board has approved a resolution authorizing the college to place a public referendum on the November 6th ballot. Voters in 11 counties will be asked to approve a $79.8 million facilities referendum to fund six proposed capital facilities projects at Western.
Along with upgraded curriculum, improved scheduling, and increased energy efficiency, the goal of the facility improvements is to allow the college to increase capacity and better serve a growing and diverse student population.
The referendum will require approval of voters in all or part of 11 counties including Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon.
Schaffer To Have Trial Instead Of Plea In Double Murder
A plea hearing in a decade-old murder case has been cancelled in Monroe County...
The D-A's office in Sparta tells us that the attorney for Larry Schaffer has called off the hearing for a negotiated plea which was set for Tuesday morning. That means Schaffer will go ahead with a trial in August for the 2002 murders of Kale Kvistad and Connie de George. Police believe Schaffer shot the couple after a drug-related robbery. He was charged with the murders about 18 months ago.
Sparta Man Still Needs Lawyer
A Sparta man, who was charged with vehicular homicide for a 2009 drunk driving crash that killed his brother, was back in a Monroe County courtroom this morning. 26 year old Jason Schodeberg was arrested 2 weeks ago for allegedly driving drunk and crashing a vehicle July 26th, 2009 on Highway 33 near Cashton. His brother, 30 year old Glenn Schodeberg of Leon, was found pinned beneath it. He was dead at the scene.
Schodeberg is still waiting for the county to appoint him an attorney. At the time of the accident, investigators could not determine who was driving the vehicle.
Adopt A City Tree
The La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry department is asking that that residents adopt a tree or trees in your neighborhood during this very dry time by watering them each day for a short period of time. Any extra watering attention given to the trees will help relieve drought stress.
Signs of drought stress are the leaves turning yellow or brown and falling off the tree. This will start in the middle or at the top of the leaf mass.
The most advantageous method of watering these trees and shrubs is to let your garden hose trickle at the base of the tree. Do this for 4-5 hours each time, twice a week, until we receive some substantial rain.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.
Local Stray Cat Population Still High
In her 8 years as Executive Director of the Coulee Region Humane Society, Heather Schmid says she has seen the stray dog population go way down. As for cats? Well.....that's still another story.
She says education on the matter has gotten better over the years....but it will take the entire community to become educated on the dog adn cat populations to keep them down. Schmid's last day at the Humane Society is tomorrow.