According to their agenda for tonight, the Special Committee (to Resolve Space and Site Needs) – or SC(tRSaSN) – will be discussing site ocation (as opposed to size, cost, etc.) and perhaps even vote on the item. If you feel strongly about where the new courthouse/jail is gonna get constructed, this is the time to talk about it. Tonight. 6:30pm. Room 2550 County Courthouse.
Checking over the Eau Claire City Council agenda, we noticed a proposal to raise the council’s annual salary by 1,000 smackeroos. They make $3,000 a year right now, so they’d go up $4,000 (the council president gets an extra $600). WEAU.com quotes councilman Brandon Buchanan:
Seems to me that the proposed increase is fair, but as everyone and their big fat dog will point out, the timing is pretty bad. Hutchinson is laying off a ton of workers, the city is plowing snow less often (the horror), and things generally feel like the end of the world economy-wise.
Quite a nice lineup at the Stones Throw on Saturday. According to local music blog Peer Validated, Small Cities “sound like David Bazan and Low blowing apart your hollow construct of reality.” Laarks is a band that features current and former members of Amateur Love, Land of Talk, Echo Bravo, The Soft Rocks, Laughing Bell, and Sic Transit Gloria. Wars of 1812 (pictured) will be filling for O' Israel. Wars’ latest album can be described as “one part Wilco, one part Spoon, and one part harsh Wisconsin weather all combined to produce a warm winter quilt of a record, with a cool tint of alt-country twang beneath its warm, drawn-out pop melodies.” The show is only 3 bucks and it starts at 10pm.
Also on Saturday: Winter Farmer's Market, Clothing Event Sale, Constellations, Myths, and Legends, Santa Claus in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Valley Symphony: Christmas Pops!, Cook-Rutledge Mansion Christmas Tour, Crush/Predator Flag Football Event, Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos, Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance, Chippewa Valley Symphony Holiday Concert, Danville and Friends, Final 2008 Waterfront Show: Fat Maw Rooney, Mors Mortis Machinatio, Tommy Bentz Band.
If you’re looking for something to liven up your afternoon (because the cocaine and Jell-O shots have lost their luster), check out the game Snow Storm. Snow removal has never been so delightful! It’s also never been a time-wasting, web-based challenge where your keyboard’s arrow keys control a tiny snowplow that shoves digital snow around a fake parking lot – from the comfort of your heated house. Which is why it’s awesome.
From the Bridge to Wonderland Parade in Downtown Chippewa Falls, on Dec. 6. More parade pics here.
And more from Jen the photographer right here.
Poisoning Must Stop
Ninth-Ward People Highly Indignant Over This Malicious Work
– Eau Claire Weekly Telegram | Dec. 8, 1905
A Ninth Ward resident writes that George Meriman’s shepherd dog and Chas Benner’s valuable water spaniel and other dogs and cats in the Ninth Ward have been poisoned; that two persons are suspected of having “gone into the business of poisoning dogs and cats;” that “they can’t compete for the president’s prize who is a great advocate of children and domestic animals; and are too morally depraved to keep domestic animals or too stingy to pay a dog tax and are jealous of their neighbors who do.”
Chad's Take: The article had potential
I really thought this article had some great potential. It started with the bizarre accusation that someone was poisoning dogs and cats in the Ninth Ward of Eau Claire. At this point I was all ears and ready to find out just who was behind these terrible acts, then the article went completely berserk. The writer lost me when they brought up plots of jealously over an animal tax and the competition for the president’s prize. By the end of the short article I had absolutely no idea what was causing the deaths of the animals. If you did follow this story and want to do some community animal protection patrols of the Ninth Ward, it mostly includes the area surrounding Luther Hospital.
Keep an eye out ...
So there’s this band that’s supposed be singing on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (12/11), and the singer’s apparently from Eau Claire. Not sure on the name. Maybe you’ve heard of the band: “Bon Iver?” The name is Italian or something. Before the band, this senator from Arizona named John McCain (whose name sounds really, really familiar) is going to be interviewed.
Oh, breaking news! Not only is Bon Iver’s singer from Eau Claire, but some other band members are also from the Chippewa Valley: Mike Noyce and Sean Carey. So that’s cool. You should check it out. Unless this "Senator McCain" character runs really long or Letterman tries to shove in even more whacky Conan-esque rip-off sketches, Bon Iver should be the musical guest.
Caught this little gem over on WQOW.com. Charles Vance of Eau Claire cheated an old lady out of $88,000 and now he has to go to a class:
Judging by the mug shot, the lady was bamboozled by Jack Nicholson, circa 1992. Seriously, a "Managing Your Money" course? People who cheat old people out of money should be punished harder. (Photo from WQOW.)