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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Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Questioning the Locals | Chue Xiong

get to know your neighbors, one question at a time

by V1 Staff

Chue Xiong hadn’t been out of school for many years himself when he mounted a successful campaign last spring to be elected to the Eau Claire school board. “There are a few motivators,” Xiong says when asked about why he ran for office ...

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Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Native Land

Ho-Chunk, UWEC partnership will create cultural learning community

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Going away to college can be disruptive for any student, and that’s especially true for Native American young people who may be leaving tight-knit tribal communities to live within mainstream American culture for the first time. UW-Eau Claire ...

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Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Meet the Candidates: Kincaid & Lewis

Monica Lewis is challenging Kerry Kincaid for Eau Claire City Council president. Here’s who they are and what they think.

by V1 Staff

Autumn elections – the ones we use to pick presidents, senators, governors, and the like – tend to get all the electoral love. But during springtime there are critical elections as well. While races for local offices don’t get nearly as much ...

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Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Not Taken for Granted

tourism agency gives groups their due via grant program

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Marisa Wojcik

Here’s one more reason to make Eau Claire your entertainment and culture destination. The minute you spend filling out a Visit Eau Claire survey at a local event could turn into moolah for local nonprofits and volunteer groups. Visit Eau Claire ...

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Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Raising Their Voices

pro-Confluence group opens office, calls for debate

by Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

Under the projected image of a clock counting down the days until the April 1 election, a group created to rally support for the Confluence Project opened a campaign office in downtown Eau Claire Friday. Voices for Growth, a nonpartisan ...

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