2008 Audio Archives
December 30, 2008: The challenges of caregiving from 4 perspectives. Barbara Manzo is caregiver to her grandchildren. Lisa Wells is the Family Caregiver Coordinator for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. Paula Gibson is Chair of the Chippewa Valley Caregiving Alliance. Regional Planner/Program Consultant for AgeAdvantAge, Inc., Dianne Rhein shares what it's like to go from being a caregiver to receiving care as she goes through chemotherapy treatments.
December 29, 2008: The future survival of newspapers and broadcast media -- who's paying attention and who isn't. Guests include Editor of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Don Huebscher; Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, John Lavine. He's a former member of the UW Board of Regents and was editor/publisher of the Chippewa Herald-Telegram. Speaking for the younger generation is Trevor Kupfer, journalism grad who's now Special Projects Editor for Volume One magazine in Eau Claire.
December 23, 2008: Snowshoeing, a walk, bike ride, visit to a museum, concert or outdoor fun - all things the Executive Director of the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association says we can do to improve our qualify of life without spending much. The center is located in the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. Debra Johnson joins volunteer Chuck Card to offer some perspective and we hear from special guest... SANTA.
December 22, 2008: Spiritual perspectives on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions from Chippewa Valley residents. Guests include former St. Paul Pioneer Press religion reporter and now Methodist seminary student and part-time Chippewa Valley pastor, Steve Scott; psychiatrist, Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed, member of the Islamic Center and Mosque in Altoona; Emeritus UW-Eau Claire professor, Mort Sipress who was President of Temple Sholom Synagogue in Eau Claire for 17 years.
December 16, 2008: A lack of funds to buy rice for needy Hmong families was solved quickly as the Eau Claire community scrambled to fix the problem. More on food challenges and how the Hmong are doing in western Wisconsin. Guests include Interim Executive Director of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Yong Kay Moua; Assistant director of Multi-cultural Affairs at UW-Eau Claire, Charles Vue; and UW-Extension family living educator, Julie Keown-Bomar whose background is in Hmong studies. She helped put together one of the first Hmong cookbooks that's just been released.
December 15, 2008: The old Polk County jail has been converted to a homeless shelter that filled up as soon as it was remodeled. Problems with alcohol and illegal drugs like meth affect residents who have strict rules. Guests include the Salvation Army's Duana Bremer, who oversees the new Serenity Home as well as Grace Place in Somerset. She joins Tim Steele whose circumstances brought him to Serenity Home. Tammy DeMar lived at Grace Place until she could get on her feet and now works there.
December 9, 2008:The West Side Outside focuses on the discovery of invasive carp - especially the jumping silver carp in the Mississippi River and on complaints about the deer harvest numbers. Joining Northland Adventures' Dave Carlson and the Leader Telegram's Joe Knight will be DNR fisheries specialist, Ron Benjamin in LaCrosse, and DNR's wildlife biologist, Keith Warnke in Madison.
December 8, 2008:Western Wisconsin businesses have a new way to attract talent to the region. The SMARTT Network is an online, anonymous, searchable database of people with needed skills who might be interested in moving back to where they were educated. Guests include Executive Director of the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Brian Doudna; Regional Economist with the Dept. of Workforce Development, Scott Hodek; and President of Realityworks, Inc., Timm Boettcher.
December 2, 2008:The technical school perspective on future workers in tough economic times - how does a jail literacy program turn tax users into taxpayers. Funding for that program is up in the air. Guests include Chippewa Valley Technical College Dean of Students Margo Keys; Vice President of Education Joe Hegge; and Jail Instructor John Joadwine.
December 1, 2008: Wisconsin's drinking habits contribute to addiction and challenges for those providing treatment and jail space. Perspectives from Tom Fuchs, Director of the L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls. He's worked in Minnesota and provides insight into how that state does things differently.
November 25, 2008:Stress and burnout in the health care field. Researcher Jonathan Halbesleben is assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at UW-Eau Claire where he teaches courses in human resources management. He is the editor of The Handbook of Stress and Burnout in Health Care and the author of a forthcoming guide to managing stress for health care administrators.
November 24, 2008: Legislators start the process of sorting out the state's priorities now that the election is over and democrats gained control of both the Assembly and Senate. Guests include Senator Pat Kreitlow-D of Chippewa Falls and Representative Scott Suder-R of Abbottsford.
November 18, 2008: Why are so many horses being abandoned or abused? Some blunt answers from Sandra Gilbert, Executive Director of Refuge Farms Horse Rescue and Sanctuary in Spring Valley. Also Nancy Frank from Ridgeland - founder of Pets and Wellness for Seniors or PAWS.
November 17, 2008: Improving classroom instruction is the goal of UW-Eau Claire's new Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. Guests include chemistry professor Bob Eierman, Interim Director of CETL; psychology professor April Bleske-Rechek; English teacher Beth Preston-Simon; and senior psychology major Kelsey Michels.
November 11, 2008: Veterans Day - Chippewa Valley veterans talk about their experiences. World War II vet Roy Campbell was the only man to serve the whole war with the National Guard's B Company. He wrote about it in Kindling for the Devil's Fires, Journals of an Infantryman; Bruce Dybvik served as a Communication Technician in Vietnam; Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bolstad, U.S. Army, is a Professor of Military Science at UW-Stout and served in Afghanistan, South Korea and during the Cold War.
November 10, 2008: The support available for 680 military families as the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin National Guard prepares for deployment in February. Guests include Anne Vaver, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry (1-128) Family Readiness
Group coordinator. She is a civilian volunteer. Captain Dan Walsh is Officer In Charge of the Rear Detachment for the 1-128 - both are based in Eau Claire.
November 4, 2008: The West Side Outside program includes a discussion of the spirit of deer hunting. Regular guests include Dave Carlson, host of Northland Adventures and Joe Knight, outdoors writer for the Leader Telegram; also we talk to Rob Wegner, author of "Classic Deer Camps" who combines poetry and hunting. Sean Strom, DNR Wildlife Toxicologist explains the hazards of lead ammunition.
November 3, 2008: How important is western Wisconsin this election? Analysis from UW-Eau Claire History professor Jim Oberly and UWEC Political Science professor Geoff Peterson who study elections and historical patterns.
October 28, 2008: The final fall election forum features candidates from the 10th Senate district that's next to the Minnesota border. Senator Sheila Harsdorf-R and Alison Page-D are both from River Falls.
October 27, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 93rd Assembly district. Representative Jeff Smith-D and Darcy Fields-R, both from Eau Claire.
October 21, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 68th Assembly district. Representative Terry Moulton-R from Chippewa Falls and Kristen Dexter-D from Altoona.
October 20, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 92nd Assembly district. Those running for this open seat held by retiring Representative Terry Musser-R are Dan Hellman-R from Sparta and Mark Radcliffe-D from Black River Falls.
October 14, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 91st Assembly district. This is an open seat held by retiring Representative Barbara Gronemus-D. Guests include Chris Danou-D from Trempealeau, Dave Hegenbarth-R from Galesville, and Paul Beseler-I from Ettrick. We did not hear from Ted Burleson-L from Fountain City for this program.
October 13, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 69th Assembly district. Representative Scott Suder-R from Abbotsford and Tim Swiggum-D from Owen.
October 7, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 29th Assembly district -- Representative John Murtha-R from Baldwin and Chris Buckel-D from Hammond. We did not hear from Craig Mohn-L from Woodville for this program.
October 6, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 28th Assembly district. Representative Ann Hraychuck-D from Balsam Lake and Kent Muschinske-R from Dresser.
September 30, 2008: Our election forum features candidates from the 30th Assembly district. Representative Kitty Rhoades-R and Sarah Bruch-D, both from Hudson.
September 29, 2008: This fall election forum features candidates from the 87th Assembly district. Representative Mary Williams-R from Medford and Judy Reas-D from Park Falls.
September 23, 2008:The fall election forums begin with candidates in an interesting contest in the 67th Assembly District. Incumbent Representative Jeff Wood from Bloomer decided to leave the republican party and run as an independent. But republicans found a candidate, Don Moga-R from Jim Falls who will be on the ballot after a successful, primary election write-in campaign.
September 22, 2008: The proposed new Eau Claire County jail is back to square one after opposition put the current plan to build in jeopardy. Now a new 15-member committee has been formed to evaluate the options. Guests include the Committee Chair, Colleen Bates and Vice Chair, Will Fantle. For more information go to www.co.eau-claire.wi.us/Construction.htm
September 16, 2008: How does a city develop its downtown so that businesses and shoppers are drawn there? Perspectives from Mike Schatz, Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.; Geoff Moeding is the developer of the Phoenix Parkside Neighborhood. Lorraine Dixon is owner of Cadeaux and a winner of the Jump-Start Downtown competition. For the website go to: www.downtown-eauclaire.com/
September 15, 2008: How will community television stations fare on cable networks and what you need to know to be ready for DTV. Guests include Joel Desprez, Executive Director of Community Television; and Andrew Felix, Promotions and Creative Services Manager at WEAU-TV. He hosts WEAU's Technology Spot, Friday at 10 a.m.
September 9, 2008:The West Side Outside focuses on fall hunting, and confusion over which roads into national forests will be closed. Guests include the Leader Telegram's Getting Out editor, Joe Knight and producer/host of the TV program Northland Adventures, Dave Carlson. Joining them is Kris Belling with the Department of Natural Resources Western Region Wildlife Management Supervisor and Tony Erba, Deputy Forest Supervisor in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
September 8, 2008: This primary election forum features 2 democratic candidates in the 29th Assembly District. Chris Buckel from Hammond will face L. John Peters from Menomonie in the September 9th primary. One of them will face Representative John Murtha-R in November.
September 2, 2008: This primary election forum features 2 republican candidates in the 93rd Assembly District. They include Darcy Fields of Eau Claire who will face John Scheiss of Eau Claire in the September 9th primary. One of them will face Representative Jeff Smith-D in November.
August 26, 2008:This primary election forum features 2 republican candidates in the 91st Assembly District. David Anderson from Whitehall will face Dave Hegenbarth from Galesville in the September 9 election. The seat has been held by retiring Representative Bobbie Gronemus-D.
August 25, 2008:The second hour with 3 democratic candidates running in the 91st Assembly district includes Marge Baecker from Independence, Remy Ceci from Pepin and James Kraft from Durand. The seat has been held by retiring Representative Bobbie Gronemus-D.
August 25, 2008:A two-hour program with 6 democratic candidates in the 91st Assembly District. This hour includes Steve Boe from Taylor, Chris Danou from Trempealeau and John Kimmel from Arcadia. The seat has been held by retiring Representative Bobbie Gronemus-D.
August 19, 2008: A primary election forum with democrats Curtis Miller from Sparta and Mark Radcliffe from Black River Falls in the 92nd Assembly District. One of them will face Dan Hellman-R from Onalaska in November. This seat has been held by retiring Representative Terry Musser-R.
August 18, 2008: This primary election forum features democrats J. Suzanne Murphy from Westboro and Judy Reas from Park Falls in the 87th Assembly district. One of them will face Representative Mary Williams-R from Medford in November.
August 12, 2008: Primary election forums for western Wisconsin begin with republicans in the 30th Assembly district -- Rep. Kitty Rhoades from Hudson and Bob Hughes from River Falls. One of them will face Sarah Bruch from Hudson.
August 11, 2008: One in four Eau Claire county residents is considered poor or low income. To find solutions a Changemakers' Summit August 15th and another one September 30th are pulling people together to tackle the problem. Guests include Catherine Emmanuellle, a displaced homemaker experiencing poverty as a single mom and university student; Julie Keown-Bomar is a UW-Extension Family Living Educator; Nancy Coffey is Chair of the Poverty Work Group in Eau Claire and Barb Arnold helped write the Clear Vision strategic plan for the City of Eau Claire.
August 5, 2008: Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire has committed 10% of its food budget to buying some local food. It's all part of the Chippewa Valley Buy Local Consortium that received a grant to hire a coordinator. Guests include Rick Beckler, Director of Hospitality Services at Sacred Heart; Rich Purdy is President of the 12 county River Country RC&D and Julie Maro co-owns Coon Creek Family farm in Mondovi which sells products to Sacred Heart.
August 4, 2008: Hunger - those who don't know where their next meal will come from appreciate the Community Table in Eau Claire. The homeless, those with/without a job or those with mental illness make up the hundreds who partake each week. The Table has to move and needs help as rent is going from a dollar a year to $2,500 a month. Guests include Director, Nadine Jentzsch, Co-President of the Board, Laurie Bieze and Community Table users, musician Daniel Korn and artist Justin Dancing Hawk.
July 29, 2008: The efforts of hundreds over the past year to determine what the Greater Eau Claire community should look like in 2020 has culminated in the new Clear Vision Eau Claire report. Key members of strategic planning committees join us. Craig Carlson is co-chair of the Quality of Life Committee; Brent Hafele is co-chair of the Health Committee and Jeremy Gragert co-chaired the Transportation Committee.
July 28, 2008: Jails - most wish they weren't necessary but they fill up anyway and need replacement. That's the crossroads Eau Claire county is at. Some want more emphasis on alternatives to incarceration. Guests include Maureen Slauson, Eau Claire County board member and former high school counselor. Joining her is Captain of the Eau Claire County Jail, Dan Bresina.
July 22, 2008: The September primary candidates are now official. We have some analysis of upcoming elections in western Wisconsin from reporters Rod Stetzer with the Chippewa Herald, Eric Lindquist with the Leader Telegram and Brady Bautch with Rivertowns Publications. Joining them is UW-Eau Claire Emeritus professor of political science, Mort Sipress.
July 21, 2008: The Eau Claire Baseball History Committee has plans to add to the plaza around the Hank Aaron statue in Eau Claire. 3 new groups of players will be recognized in a "Hall of Fame" manner. Find out who they are. Guests include committee members Mark Olsen, Phil Fieber, Jason Christopherson, author of "Baseball in Eau Claire", and Lou Kassera, the radio "Voice of the Eau Claire Braves" from 1955-1960.
July 15, 2008: How long can universities continue to take budget cuts before core programs are affected? UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich explains the universities new Strategic Plan. He says much criticized administrative budgets include things like preparedness training for a potential campus shooting as well as required education programs that focus on problem drinking by students.
July 14, 2008: More people are biking, kayaking and canoeing. The West Side Outside journeys outdoors with regulars Joe Knight, Getting Out writer for the Leader Telegram and Dave Carlson, host and producer of the TV program Northland Adventures. Joining them are Dan Sauter, owner of Anybody's Bike Shop in Eau Claire and Paige Olson-Lackey, co-owner of Kinni-Creek Lodge and Outfitters in River Falls. Thanks to WPR's Regional Manager in LaCrosse, John Gaddo for audio of Lake Superior's shoreline.
July 8, 2008: Helping teachers understand the cultural differences of students of color might cut down the number of students who are placed in special education. UW-Eau Claire has a grant to help current and prospective classroom teachers improve their cultural competency. UWEC Associate Dean of Teacher Education, Dwight C. Watson is author of the 3 year grant and our guest.
July 7, 2008: The first Northwest Wisconsin Sustainable Energy Fair is in Rusk County. Organizer Cader Olive lives at the Full Circle Natural Awareness and Learning Center near Glen Flora. Joining him on the program are his son, Weylin Olive who's employed in an urban setting and wants to focus on sustainable living. Zeus Stark is owner of Next Step Energy in Eau Claire.
July 1, 2008:The National Disaster Relief Fund of the Red Cross is out of money. How does that affect the Chippewa Valley when disaster strikes? Kyl Kriegl is Executive Director of the 12-county Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Red Cross. John Lee is Emergency Services Director.
June 30, 2008: A new smoking ban is in effect in the City of Eau Claire as of July 1. Eau Claire City-County Health Department director, Richard Thoune explains the rule and any wrinkles. So does unhappy bar owner, Norman Dodge who owns the Do Dodge Inn.
June 24, 2008: With international attention on the price of oil, a western Wisconsin group wants local governments to start thinking about how to do business with less reliance on oil. Members of the West Wisconsin Peak Oil Alliance explain their mission. UW-Stout professor Bob Salt is Chair of the group. Peter Kilde is a member and is Executive Director of West Cap, a community action agency. The Peak Oil website they use is at:
June 23, 2008:The new part of Family Care is designed to expand work options for people with disabilities. Our guest is Tim Sheehan, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living in Menomonie. He is on the state wide Managed Care and Employment Task Force that's replacing the current 'sub-minimum wage in a segregated environment' situation with 'integrated employment' at a competitive wage. Tim works in an integrated workplace with the use of a wheelchair.
June 17, 2008: The historic price of corn has ethanol producers wondering what the future holds. A renewable energy alternatives discussion with Bob Sather, Chairman of the Board of Ace Ethanol in Stanley; Andrew Dane is a Community Development Agent with UW-Extension in Barron and Chippewa Counties; Tim Baye is a UW-Extension Professor of Business Development, specializing in renewable energy.
June 16, 2008: The Westside Outside - northern Wisconsin tourism perspective with Harold Treeland, co-owner of Treeland Resorts; live update from Jay Thurston, the 75 year old who's on a 486 mile canoe trip down the Wisconsin River; bear specialist Mike Gappa explains new numbers that show bear population is twice previous numbers. Treeland says bears are regular visitors. Joining them are regulars Joe Knight with the Leader Telegram and Dave Carlson with the television program, Northland Adventures.
June 10, 2008: Are too many people going to jail in Eau Claire county? A national assessment of the situation is in the hands of the Criminal Justice Collaborating Council. Guests include Reserve Judge Tom Barland and Gena Jarr, Regional Chief for the Northwestern Region of the Dept. of Correction's Division of Community Corrections - both are members of the Council. Paul Kaldjian is a UW-Eau Claire professor of Geography whose students created maps for a jail site.
June 9, 2008: Party leaders can be harsh on members of the legislature. Some western Wisconsin lawmakers who've each served more than 25 years are not running this fall. Representatives Terry Musser-R from Black River Falls and Representative Bobbie Gronemus-D from Whitehall talk about why. Also an update on flooding in west central Wisconsin.
June 3, 2008: What can regional people do help find peace between Israel and Palestine? Two of them recently went to both countries with the Interfaith Peace-Builders. Cathy Sultan and Jason Hicks from Eau Claire talk about their two-week trip around the conflict zone. Re-broadcast from April 29, 2008.
June 2, 2008: Does the lower Chippewa River have untapped economic value or is it meant to be left alone and protected. Author and Mississippi River rat Ken Salwey is among the 7 guests. Re-broadcast from April 8, 2008.
May 27, 2008:The challenges of providing and funding a safe place for young people to learn and grow. Guests include: Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Sara Antonson; Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Barron County; Ryan Scheel; 6th grader Myranda from Rice Lake and Eau Claire high school junior, Alex.
May 20, 2008: Regional lawmakers talk about the state budget and other issues. Senator Kathleen Vinehout-D from Alma and Representative Jeff Wood-R from Chippewa Falls are the guests.
May 19, 2008: Horseradish and the challenge of manufacturing in western Wisconsin with Pat Lehman, Plant Manager at Silver Springs Gardens; Frank Borg, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center at UW-Stout; UW-Eau Claire Economics Professor, Tom Kemp; and Joni Geroux, Marketing and conference planner for NWMOC's May 21 conference. Web site is http://nwmoc.uwstout.edu
May 13, 2008: The desire to live in a "green" community has some cities looking at "The Natural Step" approach to sustainable living. Guests include Kelly Cain, Director of the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development and the Mayor of River Falls, Don Richards. Website: http://www.uwrf.edu/sustain/
May 12, 2008: The West Side Outside features the economic and philosophical benefits of fishing plus a few energy saving tips for the outdoors. Guests include Joe Knight, the Leader Telegram's Outdoors writer and Dave Carlson, host and producer of Northland Adventures. Also Dennis Vanden Bloomen, a DNR angler education instructor who teaches people with disabilities how to fish and Dave Reit who has started a fishing club for kids.
May 6, 2008: Campus counselors are concerned about a rise in depression and the number of those who've "seriously considered attempting suicide". Guests include Alice Reilly-Myklebust, Director of Student Health Services at UW-River Falls; Jennifer Elsesser is a Student Health Counselor at UWRF; Dick Trende is Director of Public Safety at UWRF; Bill Platz, M.D. is a psychiatrist at the River Falls Medical Clinic; John Achter is Director of the Counseling Center at UW-Stout.
May 5, 2008: A new UW-Eau Claire study looks at the complication of friendships between men and women. Psychology Professor April Bleske-Rechek pioneered research that suggests sexual attraction plays a role in friendships that often leads to trouble. Religion and politics play key roles in relationship longevity. Joining are UWEC psychology majors Cierra Mickey, Jon Baker and Sarah Tillman.
April 29, 2008: What can regional people do help find peace between Israel and Palestine? Two of them recently went to both countries with the Interfaith Peace-Builders. Cathy Sultan and Jason Hicks from Eau Claire talk about their two-week trip around the conflict zone.
April 28, 2008: Q & A with regional lawmakers. Guests include Representative Terry Moulton-R from Chippewa Falls and Representative Ann Hraychuck-D from Balsam Lake.
April 22, 2008: On Earth Day we take an in-depth look at learning through nature with students from the Wildlands School, headquartered at Beaver Creek Reserve. The Augusta charter school for grades 7-12 is now three years old. Guests include Science teacher, Liz Seubert; High school senior, Mike Kortness; Middle school students Esau Casetta, Erin Arneson and Dan Wiersgalla; and parent, Page Wiersgalla.
April 21, 2008: What's happening in a college classroom when prospective teachers in a methods class call it a fantastic experience? Guests from UW-Eau Claire explain why it makes sense for education professors to team teach students from different subject areas at the same time. The university is the first in the state to do this. Guests include UWEC education professors, Sue McIntyre, Mickey Kolis and Deborah Pattee; Sarah Larson is a Music Education major and Brendon Hertz is an English Education major.
April 15, 2008: Not only is the sky not falling but it's one of the best times in history to buy a home in western Wisconsin says Tom Mihajlov, Executive in residence in UW-Eau Claire's Department of Accounting and Finance. He's also the former president of S & C Bank in Eau Claire.
April 14, 2008: Wolves, deer and forests - issues before the evening's Conservation Congress meetings around the state. The West Side-Outside guests include the Eau Claire Leader Telegram's outdoors writer, Joe Knight; Northland Adventures producer and host, Dave Carlson; Doug Burrows, Conservation Congress delegate; Alice Droske, volunteer carnivore tracker for the DNR; Jess Edberg with the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.
April 8, 2008: Does the lower Chippewa River have untapped economic value or is it meant to be left alone and protected. Author and Mississippi River rat Ken Salwey is among the 7 guests.
April 7, 2008: The 40th Anniversary of the St. Croix River's designation as a Wild and Scenic river. Guests include river historian Jim Harrison; St. Croix Riverway Park Ranger, Dale Cox; Wisconsin DNR West Central Region Lakes Specialist, Buzz Sorge.
April 1, 2008: Will your favorite plants survive under several feet of snow in western Wisconsin? Pierce and St. Croix County Horticulturist Diana Alfuth gets us ready for the mystery of spring. Why is gardening the number one form of recreation and such a healing force? She also talks about when to rake a squishy yard, why treat crab grass differently than quack grass and what about weeds in the asparagus and iris patch.
March 31, 2008: Where women in business turn for help in western Wisconsin. Guests include Renee Walz, Director of Business Development for Western Dairyland Community Action Agency; Karman Briggs is E-Commerce Site Manager for Western Dairyland; Kay Van de Loo owns 2 businesses in Eau Claire; and for perspective on Western Dairyland's beginnings during the 1964 War on Poverty, Communication Director, Dale Karls joins us.
March 25, 2008: Voters April 1 will decide whether to put an end to the way Governors can veto parts of a budget bill. The so-called "Frankenstein veto" allows stringing random letters and words together to create new sentences that can change program funding. Guests include author of the legislation, Senator Sheila Harsdorf-R from River Falls; Senator Pat Kreitlow-D from Chippewa Falls; and Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Mort Sipress. We'll also get reaction to the Senate's approval of a budget repair bill.
March 24, 2008: The proposed smoking ban for Eau Claire. If adopted the city would become the third in Wisconsin to ban smoking in all city taverns and other workplaces. Guests include City Council President, Dave Adler; co-author of the proposal and city council member, Dave Duax; David Lamb is Board Chair of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 305 and manager of the VFW post bar.
March 18, 2008: The new BadgerCare Plus program is designed to provide health insurance for all children and certain other groups. There's been lots of confusion about how the program works and what it costs. Guests include Pat Perkins, a Health Benefit Specialist with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. Linda Struck is Employment and Economic Resource Team Supervisor for Eau Claire County. Mike Rust is a child advocate and manager in Polk County for ABC for Rural Health.
March 17, 2008: The West Side Outside with the Leader Telegram's Joe Knight and Northland Adventures producer and host, Dave Carlson. Fishing and dogsledding stories. Plus the latest on Chronic Wasting Disease management hearings. Stanley resident, Al Brown is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group on CWD.
March 11, 2008: The angst behind funding schools - is there a better way? Tim Sivertson is Elk Mound School Board President and he's also President of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards - Region 4. Kerry Jacobson is superintendent of the Osseo-Fairchild School District. Tom Beebe is Executive Director of Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.
March 10, 2008: Should more universities and technical colleges outsource student e-mail to private companies such as Google and Microsoft? Former Chippewa Valley Technical College trustee, Jim Kreilich says yes. Other guests include Bruce Mathew, Director of Computing at Western Technical College in LaCrosse. Craig Mey is Director of Learning and Technology Services at UW-Eau Claire. Aaron Brewster is student Chair of the Information Technology Commission at UWEC. William Larsen is with WatchGuard Technologies in Menomonie.
March 4, 2008:Insight into the philosophy behind a western Wisconsin polytechnic university. UW-Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen does a first year evaluation. Joining him is Forrest Schultz, chairman of Stout's polytechnic steering committee and chairman of the chemistry department.
March 3, 2008: The philosophy of living "Life to the Fullest" espoused by Rev. John Heagle, Co-founder of Therapy and Renewal Associates in Portland, Oregon. He's the keynote speaker at Senior American's Day March 18th in Eau Claire. He was the former pastor at St. Patrick's Parish in Eau Claire. Amy Segerstrom is with Sacred Heart Hospital's Healing Place and the Ink Spillers Writers Group. Diane Rhein has been on the Senior Americans Day committee for 20 years - she's the Regional Planner for Age Advantage, Area Agency on Aging in Eau Claire.
February 26, 2008: (Repeated from 10/01/2007) Those with a mental illness know the challenges of overcoming its stigma. Guests are from The Wellness Shack in Eau Claire - an advocacy group for people in mental health recovery. President Omar Nelson, board member Nora Bates and Grassroots Empowerment Project spokesperson Carmen Cerna have a frank discussion about their own personal experience with mental illness and why a recovery program can be life saving. Re-broadcast from 10-1-07.
February 25, 2008: (Repeated from 02/25/2007) Negro League Baseball. Dennis Biddle says he played with the league. He's written about it in "Secrets of the Negro Baseball League: As Told by Dennis Biddle". Eau Claire Professor Mark Clark is an avid baseball fan and author; Jason Christopherson is a member of the Eau Claire Baseball History Committee and author of "Baseball in Eau Claire." Re-broadcast from 2-12-07.
February 19, 2008: Primary election day - some history behind our state's process with UW-Eau Claire History Professor Jim Oberly and Emeritus Journalism Professor Henry Lippold.
February 12, 2008: Wisconsin's Presidential primary is a week away. Will young people get involved? What are older people saying? Perspectives from UW-Stout history and government professor Alec Kirby. Tom Burton and Bobbie Hamill are with UW-Eau Claire's College Republicans. Independent voter Adam Raddatz is a UW-Stout student. Merrill resident Melissa Schroeder is a Democratic National Committee super delegate.
February 11, 2008: The West Side Outside - a couple of those planning to ski the 35th American Birkebeiner share their love for winter sports. Guests include the Leader Telegram's Joe Knight; Northland Adventures host and producer Dave Carlson. Retired forestry professor John Kotar has skied all 34 Birkie races and recalls stories from many of them. Chris Hennum is composer of the Birkie Fever music.
February 5, 2008: Regional lawmakers continue the discussion of how to get ready for a downturn in Wisconsin's economy. Topics include a budget repair bill, renewable fuels and other issues. Guests are Senator Pat Kreitlow-D from Chippewa Falls and Representative Scott Suder-R from Abbottsford who's a member of the Joint Committee on Finance.
February 4, 2008: Lawmakers spell out their goals for the few remaining days they'll be in session before campaign season. Guests include Rep. Jeff Smith-D from Eau Claire, Rep. Jeff Wood-R from Chippewa Falls. Rep. Jon Richards-D from Milwaukee, Assistant Minority Leader.
January 29, 2008: How vulnerable is your business to Internet intrusions such as spam, botnets and possible business interruption? An internet security conference is coming up Feb. 7-8 in Rice Lake. Guests include CEO and President of DCS Netlink in Rice Lake. Bill Larsen is a Sales Engineer in Menomonie for the North Central region of Watchguard Technologies. Michael Berman is Chief Technology Officer with Catbird Networks in Scotts Valley, CA. Conference link is http://intersec.dcsnetlink.com/
January 28, 2008: Who's managing health and long term care for the frail elderly and physically disabled adults in western and northwestern Wisconsin? Public or private organizations? Guests include Director of Development for the 5-county Community Health Partnership in Eau Claire, Paul Cook; Rick Sommerfeld is Developmental Disabilities Coordinator for CHP; Dave Rynders is Chippewa County's Director of the Department of Human Services; John McMahon is Development Director for the 11-county Northwest Family Care Collaborative in Spooner.
January 22, 2008: Ethics in journalism. WEAU-TV's News Director just resigned over a disagreement with station management about whether the news department should be required to run medical stories featuring Sacred Heart Hospital staff. Glen Mabie joins us as does UW-Eau Claire Emeritus Journalism Professor, David Gordon; UWEC Emeritus Journalism Professor, Henry Lippold; Editorial Page Editor for the Leader Telegram and President of the Western Wisconsin Press Club, Tom Giffey. Leader Telegram reporter, Julian Emerson joins for a segment.
January 15, 2008: The West Side Outside with Leader Telegram Outdoors reporter Joe Knight and Northland Adventures host and producer, Dave Carlson. Discussion includes why some are ignoring the new fish bait rules and should Eau Claire county ban trapping in some areas because some pets are getting caught in traps. Joining the program is John Olson, Wildlife Ecologist and specialist in trapping with the Department of Natural Resources in Ashland.
January 14, 2008: The pros and cons of collective bargaining for UW system faculty and staff. A bill to allow it is in the State Senate. Guests include co-sponsor Senator Kathleen Vinehout; Russ Stanton is Director of Government Relations in Minnesota for the InterFaculty Organization (IFO) and he's a former lawmaker; Bill Steffenhagen is President of the Academic Staff Professionals Representation organization or ASPRO; Rick Richmond from UW-Eau Claire serves on the state board of the Association of UW Professionals or TAUWP.
January 8, 2008: The new President of the Chippewa Valley Technical College, Bruce Barker outlines his vision for CVTC. Senator Sheila Harsdorf-R from River Falls is on for a segment to explain her re-drafted bill to change the way technical schools are funded.
January 7, 2008: How western Wisconsin companies can convince the Government to be a customer. Guests are working with the Wisconsin Procurement Institute. Aina Vilumsen is Director; Frank Borg is Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center at UW-Stout; Paul Wenaas is Program Manager for government contracts at Extrusion Dies Industries in Chippewa Falls; Dane Deutsch is CEO and President of DCS Netlink in Rice Lake. (Edited because of host's cough.) January 10th conference details at http://www.wispro.org/
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