Morning Update: Monday, Oct. 25
Wolf hunt on hold
Gooooood morning, Madison!
It's officially Halloween week AND homecoming week for UW-Madison. If you're looking for things to do, we've got you covered! Sam really outdid himself in this week's events post, we've highlighted all the meetings, panels, concerts, and movie screenings (and more!) you could ask for.
Of course today's events can be found in this newsletter but be sure to check out the full post for more fun.
🐺 A Dane County judge temporarily blocked the state's wolf hunt.
- Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Frost ruled Friday the way the DNR applied Wisconsin's wolf hunt law was unconstitutional and ordered the state agency to "set a quota of zero wolves until the agency complies with its own rules," WPR reports.
- The AP reports that the judge's injunction will remain in place until the DNR implements "updated regulations on determining quotas and the number of licenses it issues and updates its wolf management plan with new wolf population goals for the state."
- Some context: The wolf hunt was set to begin Nov. 6. A 2012 law signed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker requires the state holds an annual wolf hunt when the animal isn’t listed as a federally endangered species.
🏈 An overall solid weekend for Wisconsin sports teams.
- The Badger football team beat No. 25 Purdue 30-13 Saturday. Junior running back Chez Mellusi was a standout in the game — running for 149 yards and a touchdown.
- The Badger volleyball team also had a big weekend. After beating Ohio State 3-1 Friday, the Badgers went on to play a tough match against Penn State, ultimately beating the Nittany Lions 3-2 in a comeback.
- The Packers continued their winning streak Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Green Bay team took a 24-10 win over the Washington Football Team.
- Forward Madison took a draw on Saturday, ending their playoff dreams. The team went 2-2 with FC Tucson but needed a win to advance in postseason games.
☕ Grace Coffee is leading the pack...in health code violations.
- Some context: So far, the city-county health department has inspected 564 restaurants and food retailers this year, 431 had at least one violation, with the average being four. Grace Coffee Co. first come to Madison in 2019 and has since opened six locations.
- The two restaurants with the most violations from the health department were both Grace locations, with the State Street shop racking up the most violations at 20, and the East Washington location coming in a close second with 19.
- The State Journal reports problems ranged from food safety issues —like flies on food, and raw meat being stored next to cooked items, a moldy ice machine — to lack of staff training. Former employees also spoke out about the working conditions, saying they faced harassment at work and delayed paychecks.
🛑 La Follette High School students are holding a Sexual Assault Awareness Week.
- This week Monday through Thursday, students at the school will participate in panel discussions on topics ranging from healthy relationships and consent to birth control and reporting sexual assault. On Friday, students are planning a walk-out.
- The students who put together the awareness week told the Cap Times they had been planning the event before hundreds of high schoolers walked out of East High, drawing attention to the school district's handling of matters of sexual assault and harassment.
🦌 An Elk was spotted in southern Wisconsin.
- The state DNR said hunters should take extra care this season to ensure their intended target is actually the animal they are permitted to hunt. Bull elk have been spotted roaming in southwestern and southeastern Wisconsin. In some counties, this is the first time the animal has been spotted in over a century.
🎺 WORT will host a jazz show to honor the late Joan Wildman.
- From Tone Madison: "When pianist, UW-Madison professor, composer, improviser, and experimental-music adventurer Joan Wildman died in 2020, she left behind brilliant recordings that are often very hard to track down. On Thursday, October 28 from 2 to 5 p.m., WORT-FM's Strictly Jazz Sounds show will give listeners a chance to delve into this discography alongside one of the musicians who knew Wildman best."
🔥 Your lunchtime read: What Wisconsinites can do to lower heating bills as fuel prices spike.
- From WisContext: "Households across the state have multiple options for reducing the cost of keeping their homes warm in winter, including direct assistance and incentives for weatherization and efficiency upgrades, depending on income levels."
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 54.9%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.7%
Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.
Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.
📅 Events: Multi-day
- UW Homecoming week through Saturday. Virtual and in-person events. Trivia, flamingo fundraisers, presentations, and a parade.
- Lieutenant Governor’s conference on small business. Monday and Tuesday. Classes and presentations for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Virtual. Free.
- Best of the Midwest Comedy Showcase at Comedy on State. 7:30 p.m. Thursday: $5 students, $15 regular. Friday: $18.
- Sylvan Esso at The Sylvee. Friday and Saturday shows. $35 general admission.
Monday, Oct. 25
- Madison school board meeting. Virtual. Starts at 6 p.m.
- Matt Costa and David Ramierez at High Noon Saloon. Doors 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $20.
- Daniel Donato at Memorial Union Terrace. 7 p.m. Free.
- “That Dead Men Rise Up Never (and other stories)” with Falconbridge Players. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:00 p.m. Free.