Onalaska Man In Coma After Florida Boating Accident
Jason Baldner is in a coma, according to Bill Weber of La Crosse, who's speaking for the Baldner family. Jason was a passenger on a boat that crashed into a seawall at Cape Coral, Florida. Former Onalaska resident Jason Williams was driving the boat, and he's also in the hospital along with another passenger. Weber says Jason Baldner's parents and other relatives are in Florida to be with him. Jason Baldner is head of '4-1-1 Technologies' in the La Crosse area, and he's former president of Kitchen Solvers.
Property Tax Fight Will Continue With More Money
For years, a fight has gone on between the city of La Crosse and Gundersen-Lutheran. It's a fight over computer equipment. The medical center says the computers it uses in medical equipment should be property tax exempt under state law. The city says, no. The legal fight over the exemption has been going on since 2002. The case is currently under appeal in Dane county circuit court. The city council this week will get asked to approve more money to keep the legal battle going. The city has spent about 85 thousand dollars so far fighting Gundersen's tax exempt claims.
One Dead in Rollover Crash
A woman dies in a one car crash in Vernon county. 21 year old Brittany Leigh Shaw - James died last night when she lost control of her car going around a curve on Hwy. 56 in the town of Harmony. The Illinois woman was wearing a seatbelt when cops found her car overturned in a field. The sheriff's department says Shaw - James had friends and relatives around Viroqua and Richland Center. This is the 4th traffic fatality this year in Vernon county.
(Nearly the Final) Plastics Recycling Vote Tonight
It's not the final vote tonight. But the whole La Crosse city council will weigh in on whether to approve a plastics recycling contract with the city's garbage contractor. Council member Jai Johnson has been the chief advocate for the recycling ordinance. She says cost was the biggest hurdle. But that's been trimmed back from over fifty thousand a year to about 28 thousand. Further offset by how much plastics get recycled. Johnson says the city saves sixty dollars tipping fee per ton of plastics that get recycled. She estimates that at about 12 thousand dollars per year.The plastics recycling program would begin June first.
Report on Medical Chopper Crash Not Finished, Two Years Later
Two years after a medical helicopter crashed north of La Crosse, killing three people aboard, the cause of the wreck still has not been determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board filed a factual summary about the accident months ago, but has not issued a final report. Three men were on the chopper...a doctor, a nurse, and the pilot. The Med Flight medical director, Dr. Ryan Wubben, says he still thinks about the crash every day, but the accident does not 'define' Med Flight as an agency. The company's helicopters now include night vision equipment that they didn't have the night of the crash.