News – June 11, 2016

Beaver Dam Rally Raising Opiate Drug Awareness


6/11/16 – A group combating drug addiction is holding a rally in Beaver Dam today.  Community Awareness and Recovery Environment, or C.A.R.E, is holding an event called ‘Breaking the Chains of Addiction- Living in Recovery.’  Speakers include local law enforcement members, recovery coaches, and people who have fought addiction.  C.A.R.E. Board Member Brenda Trater says the purpose of the rally is to show that addiction is a disease from which people can recover.  On WBEV’s Community Comment this week, Trater said all proceeds from the event will fund the group’s mission of bringing awareness, prevention, and education to the people of Dodge County.  C.A.R.E. formed last year after a similar Beaver Dam rally was held by the group Stop Heroin Now.  The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm at Tower Lanes Bowling Alley.


Fall River Sewer Rates Could Be On The Rise


6/11/16 – Fall River residents could be paying higher sewer costs as part of a plan recommended in a rate study. City of Columbus and Village of Fall River wastewater collection systems were combined in 2012 in a multi-million dollar regionalization project. The sewers in both communities have their wastewater treated at the Columbus plant on River Road. A city-commissioned Baker-Tilley study of the sewer utility made a series of rate-change recommendations. Two of those recommendations were to decrease the sewer rates in the Town of Elba and increase the rates for the Village of Fall River. The Fall River user rate increase would be nearly 25-percent at 50-cents per one thousand gallons of wastewater.   After a request from Village President Jeff Slotten at this week’s Columbus council meeting, officials agreed to open discussions between the city and village to review the Baker-Tilley recommendations.


Watertown Man Headed To Jail For Narcotics Theft


6/11/16 – A Watertown man was found guilty yesterday to charges he broke into two houses.  Lucas St. John pled to a felony Narcotics charge and two felony Bail Jumping counts.  Five other felonies and two misdemeanors were dismissed but read into the record.  The 20-year-old broke into his girlfriend’s grandfather’s house last September in an effort to find narcotic pills.  He could not find any so nothing was taken.  St. John then broke into his girlfriend’s mother’s home and took 23 pills from her bedroom.  As officers were arresting St. John, he admitted to stealing the pills and returned 13 of them while not mentioning the other ten.  St. John will spend four months in jail, be on probation for three years, and must stay sober at all times.


Waupun Man Accused Of Attacking Girlfriend


6/11/16 – Bond was set at $10,000 yesterday for a Waupun man accused of injuring his girlfriend.  Christopher Schuett is facing felony counts of Strangulation and False Imprisonment along with three misdemeanors.  The 27-year-old allegedly hit, choked, and kept his girlfriend from leaving her house when she tried to kick him out after an argument on Thursday.  If he is convicted, Schuett faces over 13 years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is June 16.


‘Show Us Your Hope Week’ Returns To Beaver Dam


6/11/16 – Organizers with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Beaver Dam are gearing up for next weekend’s big event.  The fundraiser will be held at the high school track beginning Friday at 4pm. To kick things off, Mayor Tom Kennedy proclaimed this to be “Show Us Your Hope Week” in Beaver Dam.  As of this week, 24 teams and over 200 participants had signed up for Relay.  They have already collected over $52,000 toward this year’s $115,000 goal.


Wisconsin Not Proceeding With Healthcare Provider Changes


6/11/16 – Wisconsin will not proceed with a plan to have profit making insurers carry out the state’s Family Care program instead of nonprofit health providers. State Health Secretary Kitty Rhoades has asked the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to drop the proposal for now, with no indication of whether it would be brought back next year. Family Care provides home health services aimed at keeping about 55,000 older and disabled residents out of nursing homes. Republicans included the change of providers for both Family Care and the related “IRIS” program in the current state budget — but it told the finance panel to come up with the nuts and bolts of the change. In a letter to lawmakers, Rhoades says she remains committed to what she calls “an integrated outcome based care model that coordinates all of an individual’s care needs.”


UW Tuition On The Rise


6/11/16 – It will cost more to apply for admission to U-W campuses, under a change approved yesterday by the university’s Board of Regents. Prospective undergraduate students would pay $60 to apply at Madison, and $50 to the state’s other four-year schools. U-W-Madison graduate students will pay up to $19 more for applications, along with those to specialized schools like the Madison law school. Officials say the increases are needed to cover higher processing costs.


UW-Extension To Offer First Degree Program


6/11/16 – The U-W Extension service will offer its first degree program under a plan approved by the Board of Regents yesterday.  The panel endorsed the idea of letting the Extension offer a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration — the first such degree since the Extension changed its mission last fall. It would let working adults pursue the degree at their own pace, under the competency based courses in the U-W’s Flexible Option Program. Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen says it would fill a major need, because business administration has the biggest postsecondary demand right now.


Impact Of Wells On Waters Will Not Be Considered


6/11/16 – The state’s environmental agency says it will no longer consider the impact of high capacity wells on other nearby waters when it decides on requests for those wells. The D-N-R announced the change yesterday.  It follows a legal opinion from Attorney General Brad Schimel, who said the agency did not have the legal authority to place certain conditions on high capacity wells even if they harm other waterways. High capacity wells for mega dairies and other facilities have grown by 54% since 2000, to more than 10,000 statewide. They’ve been blamed for reduced water levels, especially in central Wisconsin where potato farms conduct a lot of irrigation. The D-N-R has a backlog of 150 requests for wells that produce more than 100,000 gallons of water per day. State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos sought the legal opinion, with which the D-N-R says it will comply.


Two Members Added To Ethics Panel


6/11/16 – Wisconsin’s new ethics commission now has its full roster of six members. But an administrator still needs to be named, after Governor Scott Walker announced the commission’s final two appointees. Former G-O-P state senator and Waukesha judge Mac Davis is the final Republican member of the ethics panel, while former Oneida County judge Robert Kinney was named by Democrats. Twenty two people have applied for the administrator’s post. The politically appointed ethics panel, and a similar elections commission, was created as Republicans decided to do away with the non-partisan Government Accountability Board. G-A-B official Mike Haas was named the administrator of the elections commission.