CHIPPEWA FALLS — The lack of snow in November and December allowed area highway departments to see significant savings this winter. Eau Claire County highway commissioner Jon Johnson said the county budgets $800,000 annually for snow removal, but the 2017 account finished with about $260,000 remaining. “It’s extremely nice to have that surplus — it will help us fix roads in the summer,” Johnson said. Johnson noted there have been recent bad winters, where the
You know you’ve found a good friend when they agree to go star watching with you at midnight on a Wednesday. I was ecstatic when Facebook alerted me earlier this month of the upcoming Geminid meteor shower, an annual celestial occurrence that presents itself in December. I asked my friend and fellow reporter here at the Leader-Telegram, Andee Erickson, to accompany me someplace away from city lights the night of Dec. 13 and she easily agreed. Star watching is a favorite activity of mine.
One blustery night last winter, I found myself sitting in the driver’s seat of my little red car with my forehead resting on the steering wheel in defeat. It was about 1 a.m., and my car was stuck smack in the center of Wisconsin Street in downtown Eau Claire. City plows hadn’t yet cleared the road to my then-house, and shin-deep devil snow smothered the street as far as my tired eyes could see. Exhausted after a bartending shift, I gave myself a quick pep talk and circled back to