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Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution

Governor Tony Everrs
January 20, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order and Emergency Order establishing a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement, respectively, as the state continues to expand vaccination distribution across the state.

Jeff Smith - Saving our Democracy

State Senator  Jeff Smith
January 20, 2021

Now is the time when our government should be focusing on our COVID-19 recovery. Wisconsin leaders should be fixing the unemployment insurance crisis, working on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and expanding broadband access for every rural household. This is what I’d rather spend my time on. Sadly, other issues have overshadowed the essential work that should be happening because our nation is as divided as it’s ever been.

 

Presidential Inauguration

Joe Biden 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

January 20, 2021

Please join us in welcoming in a new administration - Thank you to C-Span for the live stream of the inauguration.

Environmental Review Of The City Of Eau Claire Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

January 19, 2021

The City of Eau Claire is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The project primarily includes the replacement of lead service lines throughout the City of Eau Claire.

DNR To Host Online Listening Sessions Jan. 20 Regarding PFAS Investigation In Marinette, Peshtigo And Surrounding Communities

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding online listening sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 to seek public input on PFAS contamination in Marinette, Peshtigo and surrounding communities. The meeting is the 12th in a series of 14 meetings the DNR will host for area residents.

Special DNR meeting on the wolf hunt

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet virtually on Friday for a Special Meeting to discuss the next steps to establish a wolf hunt in Wisconsin in 2021.

Vaccine for 65 and up Dunn County residents

65 and Over Vaccine Availability in Dunn County

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this morning that COVID-19 vaccine will be available for people 65 years and older starting on January 25. The 65 and over residents will be eligible under the new guidelines for Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout in the state. 

I spoke to Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher today about the effect of this announcement on Dunn County residents, and how this will all work out.

How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos

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January 19, 2021

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Hospitals and clinics across the country are canceling vaccine appointments because the Trump administration tells states how many doses they’ll receive only one week at a time, making it all but impossible to plan a comprehensive vaccination campaign.

Wisconsin DHS Vaccine Q&A

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/19/2021

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin DHS will hold a Vaccine Q&A session today at 1:30 PM. We expect this session to cover information about the new expansion of vaccine availability to all Wisconsin residents over age 65. 

Today the state is reporting 42 more deaths due to COVID-19, so DHS is emphasizing again that we need to continue to follow good practices to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Wisconsin Seniors over 65 eligible for vaccine on Jan 25

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January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that all Wisconsin residents over the age of 65 will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting on Jan. 25. This is a major change in policy from the formerly proposed plan for phase 1b which was intended to cover people over age 70.

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum 2021

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Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum

January 18, 2021

The eight candidates for the school board of the Menomonie Area have accepted an invitation from League of Woman Voters – Greater Chippewa Valley, in partnership with the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, to participate in an online candidate forum on Tuesday, February 2, 7 to 9 pm.

The primary election will be February 16, where voters will vote for three candidates. The top six vote getters will go on to the general election on April 6, where the three winners will be selected.

Andrea Palm leaving Wisconsin DHS for Biden administration

Karen Timberlake
January 18, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden is continuing to fill out his cabinet appointees, and that he is appointing Wisconsin DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm as Deputy-Secretary of the federal Department of Health Services. Palm will leave the state DHS on Jan. 20.

Dunn County COVID-19 update

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January 17, 2021

This is this week's COVID-19 update from Dunn County, with Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher. Every week KT answers your questions and gives you information about the status of the virus (and now administering the vaccine) in Dunn County.

Chippewa Valley Martin Luther King Remembrance Celebration to be Held Virtually

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January 16, 2021

The Chippewa Valley 2021 Martin Luther King Remembrance Celebration will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday, January 18. This virtual event will be live-streamed on Perigon and Facebook Live on the King Remembrance Program for Eau Claire WI Facebook page. This event will include history, learning, and trainings, culminating in a Conversation about Race and Racism at 5:00 p.m. and a musical tribute at 7:00 p.m.

Governor announces 1B vaccine rollout, extends mask order for 60 days

Governor Tony Evers

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/15/2021

January 15, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services held a Media Update at 1:30 PM today. The video is available here. 

Melanie Johnson on PFAS Action Plan

HEAT Presentation 01/13/2021 Melanie Johnson

January 14, 2021

Melanie Johnson of the Wisconsin DNR did a presentation on 1/13/2021 about the new PFAS action plan and the problems with PFAS contamination in Wisconsin. The slide deck from the presentation is attached below.

Catching up with Luginbilled

A discussion with Jodie Arnold and Tyler Haas about the Luginbilled podcast series.

January 14, 2021

We recently about the latest installment in the Joe Luginbill story and the reporting on it done in the.

Live stream of impeachment hearing

U.S. House: Debate on Impeachment Resolution Against President Trump

January 13, 2021

This is a live stream of the impeachment debate and vote that is taking place in the US House today. The House is debating the second impeachment for President Donald Trump.

Wisconsin detects new fast-spreading COVID-19 variant

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January 13, 2021

On January 12 the Wisconsin Department of Health Services discovered the presence of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Senate modifies Assembly COVID-19 bill - Governor urges passage

Governor Tony Evers
January 12, 2021

In today's Senate session more changes were made to the Assembly's proposed COVID-19 billl, removing many of the items that Democrats and some Republicans in the legislature objected to. The modified bill is now going back to the state Assembly.

Gone are the bans on mandatory vaccines for employment, supermajority votes of school boards and other issues that would cripple local health authorities, and prohibitions of the closing of churches. 

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