DNR Both Burns and Warns About Burning
A state agency is simultaneously warning about fires and planning to set them. The DNR has warned about the high potential for wildfires across Wisconsin so far this year. Greater, apparently, than in years past because of the lack of snow cover. But the DNR also sent out notice this week that it plans its regular prescribed burns for this spring.
The agency says without the use of prescribed burning as a management tool, Wisconsin could lose many of its native grassland, wetland, woodland plant communities. Typical burns range in size from 10 to 25 hundred acres and the DNR says they only burn when it's safe to do so. Meanwhile, the agency has responded to nearly two hundred uncontrolled wildfires so far this spring.
Governor Fixes Warrens Snafu
Last year, the Department of Revenue admitted to an error that would have created a huge property tax increase for a Monroe County town's residents. Governor Scott Walker has seen to it that it won't happen. The Governor signed a bill, authored by State Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Senator Julie Lassa, that will permit the Village of Warrens to correct for an error made by the Department of Revenue in assessing the value of a TIF district. While the error would lower tax bills in the short term, the correction would result in a property tax increase of nearly 100 percent the following year. The bill permits temporary adjustments of levy limits to allow Warrens to even out tax levies over two years.
3 County Bus Route Almost Complete
So will people ride a new 3 county bus route traveling from La Crosse to Vernon to Crawford counties starting in July? Peter Fletcher, a transportation planner at the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, says from what he has heard so far......yes.
One of the routes will start in Genoa and travel along Highway 35 to Stoddard, La Crosse, and then on Highway 14 to Coon Valley, Westby and Viroqua. Another bus will follow the same route, but in the opposite direction. A third bus will begin in Viroqua, traveling down Highway 27 to Mt. Sterling, Eastman and Prairie du Chien.
Wisconsin Leads Nation In Grad Rate
Wisconsin graduated more high school students in 2009 than it did in 2002 and is just shy of a 90% statewide graduation rate, according to a new national education report released this week. The La Crosse School District's Troy Harcey talked with WIZM news about the report.
The district's graduation rate is at 94%. Wisconsin's graduation rate was 89.6% in 2008, an slight increase from 84.8% in 2002.
Local Service Agencies Work Together To Fight Child Abuse
Unemployment, lack of education, having a single parent in a home...
All of those conditions can be factors leading to child abuse. And two family service agencies in La Crosse are working together on a program to deal with those risk factors. Mike Boehm, the CEO of the Family and Children's Center, says only about one-third of the local families that could use those services can get access to them now.
The "Partnership for Families" also includes the Parenting Place on Green Bay Street in La Crosse. The project will help those organizations visit the homes of families where children could face abuse.