Madison Commons Media Digest, October 24, 2021

COVID-19

Madison schools see 39 new COVID-19 cases, 152 quarantines over past week, Scott Girard, Capital Times, October 20. Madison and Dane County

Federal aid helps Madison budget in short term, Abigail Becker, CT, October 21. Madison and Dane County consider focused effort to address surge of gun violence, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, October 20. Madison police get 2 federal grants totaling $250,000-plus for community-oriented policing, Jeff Richgels, WSJ, October 20. Dane County to consider additional $23 million for jail project, Abigail Becker, CT, October 20.

The sun sets over a vast oak prairie on the Valley View segment of the Ice Age Trail.

Ice Age Trail grows with donation to buy more land

Private foundation will match public contributions to conserve historic treasure

A private Milwaukee foundation announced it will match up to $400,000 in donations that members of the public make to the Ice Age Trail Alliance to support the nonprofit's effort to preserve segments of the Ice Age Trail. The pledge from the Paul Fleckenstein Trust will jump-start efforts by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, a nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to create, support and protect the many segments of the Ice Age Trail, to conserve land in the Madison area and move closer to its goal of purchasing 500 miles of trail connectors that are still privately owned. “We rely on public funding to acquire land,” said Kevin Thusius, the alliance’s director of land conservation. It is difficult for the group to compete with land bidders who have cash in hand. Public money allows the alliance to immediately acquire land up front when it finds a property for sale and later cover those costs with funds from the government and donations.

Kettle Black Kitchen, Workforce Shortage

‘Incredibly difficult’: Statewide workforce shortage challenges Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood restaurants

Business owners struggle to keep doors open as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Kettle Black Kitchen is sandwiched between a coffee shop and a hair salon in the heart of Dudgeon-Monroe. Through the large window at the back of the restaurant, owner Brian Hamilton’s cherry red face is visible as he furiously mops the linoleum floor, a pot of parsnips bubbling on the stove beside him. A “Help Wanted” sign hangs in the front window. Hamilton’s restaurant is not the only Monroe Street establishment searching for staff members. Located just a few blocks away from the UW–Madison campus, the neighborhood’s row of restaurants is peppered with similar signs.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 17, 2021

Madison and Dane County

Madison police see success in summer crime-reducing strategies–with one exception, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, October 16. Dane County Board oks tentative new map for voting districts, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, October 15. Madison crisis-response program seeing 'smooth rollout,' with 37 calls in 5-plus-weeks, Chris Rickert, WSJ, October 13. COVID-19

Madison School District sees drop in new COVID cases and quarantines in past week, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, October 13. Another Wisconsin parent sues over school's lack of COVID-19 protocols, Associated Press, October 12.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 10, 2021

COVID-19

Hospitals overcrowded with COVID, but Sen. Ron Johnson says it's just like flu, Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Oct. 9. Temporary booster vaccination clinic opening Tuesday at Alliant Energy Center, Jeff Richgels, Wisconsin State Journal, October 7. Madison School District sees dozens of new COVID-19 cases and quarantines in past week, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, October 7. Public Health extends indoor mask mandate to prevent COVID-19 spread, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, October 4.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 3, 2021

Top Story

Wisconsin surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths, Lucas Robinson, Wisconsin State Journal, October 2. COVID-19

81 new positives, 474 new quarantines in Madison School District over past week, Scott Girard, Capital Times, September 29. COVID cases, quarantines continue to tick upward in the Madison School District, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, September 29. COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all Madison schools teachers and staff by Nov. 1, Molly DeVore, WSJ, September 28.