La Crosse mayor thinks it's an unnecessary proposal
Let's start with the premise that it is good for our democracy if a larger number of people turn out to vote. That's why it is good that Wisconsin lawmakers...
So far we have heard the nation is on track to witness the worst outbreak of West Nile Virus ever. But La Crosse County Vecotor Control Agent, Dave Geske, says as people are aware of the old virus......here comes the new.
While it is unclear why this year has been harder hit than others, many think it is possibly because of the weather. It is possible that the mild winter and the hot summer also increase the number of mosquitoes, which spread the virus. Only one bird has been found in our county with the virus so far.
One dead bird with West Nile Virus has been found in La Crosse County. But who actually goes and gets the bird for study?
Amy Gab-Ril-Ska with Animal Control says after they retrieve the birds found, they send them off for sampling. She advises if you find a dead bird, to cover it up with a trash can or plastic bin...and call animal control.
A La Crosse company specializing in lake health is suddenly on the other end of a microscope. Aquatic Engineering and the village of Lake Delton is under investigation by the state department of Ag. Aquatic engineering is the company that dumped five hundred gallons of blue dye into Lake Delton last month in order to temporarily hide a distasteful water color apparently caused by an algae bloom. Neither the village or Aquatic Engineering got a permit for the dye job but the company says it didn't need one because the dye is not a pesticide or toxic in any way. The village paid about thirty thousand dollars to turn its lake blue for a few weeks.
Individuals who want to teach in Wisconsin schools may be able to do so without traditional certification. State Superintendent Tony Evers says that a new equivalency license will allow those with at least three years of teaching experience in a private setting or in a childcare facility to get into the public school system. La Crosse Schools Superintendent, Randy Nelson, likes the new approach.
Candidates would be required to pass a performance based assessment. Governor Walker addressed the new plan with enthusiasm saying it will help get qualified teachers into high need areas.
Western Technical College will present voters with a $79.8
facilities referendum on the November 6th election ballot. Prior to that, the college will be hosting information sessions around the district. The first session will be held Wednesday, August 29th at the Lunda Center on Western's La Crosse campus. And President, Lee Rasch, says he expects finances to be a hot topic.
The referendum will be presented to voters in the Western Technical College district, which covers all or part of 11 counties, including Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon.
The League of Women Voters takes issue with the state attorney general’s effort to restore the voter ID law in time for the November elections. League Director, Andrea Kaminski, says their campign will continue.
Kaminski said Van Hollen is simply trying to restore an unconstitutional law which will make it extremely difficult or impossible for many qualified Wisconsin citizens to vote. Van Hollen has said the appellate courts are acting too slowly.
The latest from city hall in La Crosse: not taking your money. At least not yet. The city appears headed to a second year of holding off on a planned sewer rate increase. No need for the money, says water utility manager Mark Johnson, since he has money to work on current projects
The city has two planned sewage rate increases left in a three year plan.
After more than two months, the investigation of two high-ranking city hall employees in La Crosse has yet to be wrapped up. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community development administrator, Lianna Kisken were escorted from city hall at the end of May and have remained on administrative leave since. The city's human resources department confirms for us this week that the two are still being investigated but hasn't said for what. Both continue to draw about six thousand dollars a month in salary while on leave.