Ash Borer Spreads To Trempealeau County
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.
Vote On Hollywood Theater Sign To Raise Money For Remodel
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.
City Parking Board Wants To End Special Winter Parking Zone
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.
Bangor Post Office Re-opening Set For August 25th
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.
Lakeview On County Agenda Tonight
La Crosse county needs to decide whether to spend on improving infrastructure in the current Lakeview Health center or build a facility that would be more cost efficient and better able to adapt to client needs. County Administrator, Steve O'Malley.
He says it would take an estimated $12 million to $13 million just to restore the building to its 1970s state and a three building facility would cost about $31.6 million, but would be eligible for Medicaid funds both for construction and operating costs. The board meets tonight.