Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Look to the Sun

two solar energy projects could dawn in region

by Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley may be poised to become a hotbed of solar energy, and not just among sun worshippers reveling in the long-awaited summer weather. True, the two solar energy proposals on the drawing board locally don’t necessarily make for a ...

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Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Going National

Eau Claire is aiming to be named one of America’s best cities

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On the gridiron or any other field of athletic competition, All-Americans are the elite. These players have been recognized as possessing qualities that put them ahead of their peers, making them champions to be admired – even envied – across ...

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Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Gaming History

Chippewa Valley Museum collaborates with Stout program for an interactive experience

The wealth of resources the Chippewa Valley’s universities provide to the area is evident in some ways – speakers and concerts, employment, economic impacts – but sometimes it’s easy to forget. When the community and university come together ...

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Issue #254 May 15, 2014

Back to the Garden

community gardens a growing trend in Eau Claire

by Briana Bryant

Community gardens are literally sprouting up everywhere (pun intended). There are six community gardens already flourishing in Eau Claire – quite a few for the city’s size. Two are kids’ gardens used for educational purposes by UW-Extension ...

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Issue #253 May 1, 2014

River Users Rejoice

EC City Council OKs plan for river overlook, trail

by Tom Giffey

Eau Clairians will have a new way to enjoy the view of – and get to and from – the Chippewa River near Water Street as early as this summer. The Eau Claire City Council voted nearly unanimously April 22 to OK plans by the Water Street Business ...

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Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Living Up

exploring loft apartments in downtown Eau Claire

by Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Exposed brick walls. Architectural elements from a 1950s dental office. Big windows and high ceilings. A small patio that looks over the city ...

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Issue #252 April 17, 2014

Confluence Must Take Dual Path

backers must gain state support, finish local deals

by Tom Giffey

Supporters of the Confluence Project didn’t have long to celebrate their victories in two April 1 referendums before getting back to work. Now their efforts are aimed at ensuring the project clears a number of local hurdles while simultaneously ...

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Issue #252 April 17, 2014

Ramp It Up

city ponders new parking facility on post office site

by Tom Giffey

Continued development in the Phoenix Park neighborhood will soon put a pinch on parking in the area, so the city of Eau Claire is developing plans to build a 520-space parking ramp near North Barstow Street. On April 7 ...

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Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Oxbow Music Fest Postponed

by V1 Staff

You may remember reading last fall about the possibility of a two-day music festival to take place next September in Carson Park. The Oxbow Music & Arts Festival, proposed by Wisconsin native (and Austin, Texas, music promoter) Nick Barbian ...

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Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Council Coalesces

body to oversee Confluence Center formed

by Tom Giffey

Even as the public debate over the two Confluence Project referendums raged, a small group was quietly meeting to make plans for how the proposed downtown performing arts center would be operated. The Confluence Council Task Force, which was ...

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Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Kincaid Gets Another Term

Eau Claire City Council president defeats challenger Lewis

by V1 Staff

Eau Claire residents decided April 1 that they didn’t want a change at the top: City voters gave City Council President Kerry Kincaid a lopsided victory over challenger Monica Lewis. According to preliminary totals, Kincaid defeated Lewis ...

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Issue #251 April 3, 2014

CONFLUENCE WINS BIG

city voters reject a second referendum; county voters OK contribution to project

by Tom Giffey, photos by V1 Staff

With two victories under their belt in the April 1 election, supporters of the Confluence Project are now preparing to take their message of community support for the ambitious endeavor to policymakers in Madison ...

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