A worthy candidate Sarah Harless is a product of public school education and a pupil we can be proud of. Raised by a single mom, Sarah learned the value of hard work at an early age and has worked hard to earn every achievement. After mentorship by a law school student in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and through volunteering at a domestic violence shelter, Sarah chose to go to law school to help people in the toughest, most fragile times of their lives. It’s evident that’s
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: Chippewa Falls second-graders made a big splash this week that could last a lifetime. Thanks to funding from the Community Foundation of Chippewa County, 64 students from Parkview Elementary School were able to walk across the street to take swimming lessons at the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA in Chippewa Falls. Students who seldom, if
5 years ago — 2013 UW-Eau Claire defeats Oswego State 5-3 in Lake Placid, N.Y., to win the program’s first NCAA Division III men’s hockey championship. 10 years ago — 2008 Brian Butch scores 12 points to lead No. 8-ranked Wisconsin to a 61-48 victory over Illinois to win the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament title. 20 years ago — 1998 Police investigate thefts from up to 1,000 mailboxes throughout the area. 35 years ago — 1983 Fire destroys the
Australia got it right Australia’s new gun laws in 1996, passed after a shooting rampage: • Banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns. • Set up 28-day waiting periods. • Conducted thorough background checks. • Instituted a mandatory buyback program for newly banned weapons. • Required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners. • Required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the
5 years ago — 2013 A majority of the funding for a Chippewa Valley Technical College fire and paramedic training center projected to cost between $1.5 and $2 million will be provided by the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation and the technical college’s foundation. 10 years ago — 2008 Gasoline prices hit a record high of $3.30 a gallon. 20 years ago — 1998 Statistics show convicts in the state of Wisconsin are being paroled sooner than in the 1980s despite tougher
Prison rosters need reduction I was surprised to see no mention of Senate Bill 54 in March 8’s Leader-Telegram article highlighting bills the state Senate will take up on March 20. The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill, which will make revoking probation mandatory for people who are charged (but not convicted) with a new crime. The Assembly looked at the 600 additional people who would be returning to the system each year and added a provision for a $350 million new
Kudos to the Eau Claire City Council for tabling a vote Tuesday night on an effort to amend the local Public Good Order ordinance. Jenessa Stromberger, assistant city attorney, drafted the measure, which is intended to help combat excessive drinking. The ordinance would allow law enforcement to issue citations that could cost offenders $295. “It provides officers a tool that they really don’t have right now,” said Stromberger in a recent story by the Leader-Telegram’s
5 years ago — 2013 Carthage College student and Jim Falls native Tim Knoepke is in the Vatican City crowd when Pope Francis is revealed as the new pontiff. 10 years ago — 2008 Altoona rallies from a 19-point deficit but falls to Monroe 49-47 in the Division II semifinals of the WIAA state girls basketball tournament in Madison. 20 years ago — 1998 An estimated crowd of 1,250 people packs a Green Bay church in a memorial service for former Green Bay Packer Ray Nitschke.
In opposition to new bylaws Dunn Energy Cooperative members face a collection of proposed bylaws changes that significantly erode rights of current members and echo practices of predatory financial institutions. One bylaws change would remove the board member residency requirement for the first time in the co-op’s history. Might an absentee business owner of a factory, CAFO or mine make energy decisions differently than a resident owner who lives with those decisions? This change,
5 years ago — 2013 Software company JAMF pledges $500,000 to the Confluence Project, a proposed community arts center in downtown Eau Claire. 10 years ago — 2008 A committee will study whether UW-Eau Claire should have a mascot. 20 years ago — 1998 Gov. Tommy Thompson expresses some doubt about whether a private prison will be built in Stanley. 35 years ago — 1983 A project to halt erosion on the Lake Wissota island is postponed for a year.