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First thing Natalie Rose Kemp is going to do is get a license and go get her chickens back.
Kemp is the woman who started the drive for backyard chickens in La Crosse when she found out the ones she was keeping in her yard were there illegally. The city council now has agreed to try allowing backyard birds for two years. Kemp sees attitudes mellowing towards hens by the anti-chicken crowd in that time through responsible chicken ownership and continued community education.
La Crosse is just the latest in a list of Wisconsin cities giving approval to keeping backyard hens.
Under a new rule adopted by the La Crosse city council this week, you'll still get in trouble for carrying a bag of pot in your pants. Maybe just not as much trouble. The council has agreed to allow police to write tickets for marijuana possession. Wrong move, assistant police chief, Tom Jacobs told the council last night. The police view, he says, is that allowing for tickets sends a message that the city is softening its attitude on marijuana. That perceived attitude adjustment, Jacobs says, merely increases drug usage. Under the new ordinance, 50% of ticket revenue would go to fund DARE programs in the city.
The sign company, Olympus Media, is asking the city of La Crosse for permits to put up new electronic billboards in the city. The company will have to wait awhile even if they get the permits. The city council has passed a one year moratorium on the big LED signs in order to study how they are used. The current city ordinance covering electronic billboards require that a certain number of conventional billboards come down for every electronic one that goes up. Opponents of the signs, however, pointed to the new electronic billboard on highway 16 just outside city limits as an example for why the city shouldn't have any of the signs. They complained the billboards were just too distracting and ugly
Some folks in the Wisconsin court system won't be sorry to see an early release policy come to an end...
The Assembly has repealed early release, and sent the bill to Governor Walker. La Crosse County D-A Tim Gruenke says prosecutors, judges, and crime victims prefer to see longer sentences for many lawbreakers, and the policy passed two years ago led judges to impose longer sentences to make up for possible early release. Republican leaders in the legislature disputed claims by Democrats that releasing some prisoners early would save tax money.