(AP) A recall election has been officially ordered against embattled first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after more than 900,000 signatures were collected on petitions to force a vote. The Government Accountability Board voted 5-0 Friday to order the recall against the Republican, a move that's been expected for weeks given the high number of signatures gathered between November and January. It took 540,208 signatures to trigger a recall. If a Democratic primary is necessary, it will be May 8. The actual recall vote then will be June 5. Walker was targeted for recall after he pushed through a law last year that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most state workers. There have been only two successful recalls of governors in U.S. history.
City Clerk Takes 5th District Council Nominations
Do you want to get in on city government, on the ground floor?
The La Crosse City Council has an opening. But you have to live in the 5th district, the university area, to be eligible. Eric Schmidt just resigned from that council seat this month. City clerk Teri Lehrke is accepting letters of application at her City Hall office until 5 p-m on April 23rd. The council will choose a successor to Schmidt at its May meetings, and the new member will serve until next April.
Oil Prices Just A Part Of Rising Air Fares
The steady increase in oil and gas prices this year is being felt by airline travelers as well as drivers.
From Friedman's Hobbit Travel in La Crosse, agent Dave Friedman is seeing air fares rise by about 100 dollars in a very short time. He says some of that can be blamed on lower ridership and the practice of adding charges onto a ticket.
Friedman says plane tickets might be lower if there were more competition among companies...but mergers and bankruptcies are reducing the number of active airlines.
This Month Could Be Among 10 Driest Marches in Lax
There's no snow in the forecast for La Crosse through Saturday, which means this March could rank among the least snowy ones on record.
La Crosse has received just five-tenths of an inch of snow this month, barely putting it in the bottom 10 list for the lowest amount of snowfall in March. The driest March ever in the city was just two years ago, with no snow recorded at all. Precipitation in the city since August 1st is about one-third below the normal amount for the period. But at the Alma dam in Buffalo County, moisture is almost 50 per cent below normal.
Public Works Chair Denies Marsh Transfer Limits City Use
Once the DNR gets La Crosse's marshland, the state agency wouldn't likely return it. Some have questioned the plan to transfer the city's marsh to the DNR, asking whether that will limit La Crosse's use of the marsh. City council member and public works board chair, Dick Swantz doesn't see that as a danger
The city council next month will vote on whether to follow through with a resolution from many years ago to transfer ownership of the marsh to the DNR. The council will also likely vote on whether to spend the thousands of dollars needed to make the process happen.