Don't be salty

We're only a few weeks away from the primary election!

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Don't be salty
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Good morning, Madison!

And happy February.

We're only a few weeks away from the primary election and today is the last day to register by mail and online.

Even if you miss today's registration deadline, you still have until Feb. 17 to register at your municipal clerk’s office. You can also register in person at the polls on Feb. 21.

Not sure if you're registered? You can check that here.

This primary will determine which candidates advance to the April election. All Madison ballots will include candidates for state supreme court justice and mayor. There are eight City Council seats with primaries, too.

— Hayley

The Snow Emergency Zone is the downtown isthmus area and surrounding neighborhoods.

💸 How to avoid parking tickets this winter.

😎 MMSD summer school teachers will make $40 an hour.

  • The Madison School Board voted Monday to increase the wages of summer school teachers from $28 an hour to $40 an hour for this year's summer term.
  • Why the change? Last summer, roughly 700 hundred students were unenrolled from summer programming due to a staffing shortage. The district wants to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
  • According to Cap Times, the one-time wage increase will cost the district about $700,000, which was already built into the budget.
Road salts end up in our waterways, making area lakes less habitable for vulnerable species and our drinking water saltier. Photos via City of Madison

🧂 Chill with all the salt.

💟 Two local organizations are looking for help.

  • Porchlight: The local nonprofit works to reduce homelessness in Dane County. With the dropping temperatures, Porchlight has a growing need for winter coats and gear, especially in men's sizes large and up. You can drop off items at their shelter (2002 Zeier Rd.) daily from 4-8:30 p.m.
  • Free Bikes 4 Kidz: The local organization has received more than 2,500 requests for bikes but only has about 1,400 on hand. If you have a bike that's collecting dust in the garage, consider donating. Bicycles can be dropped off at the Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison workshop (354 Coyier Ln.) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Interested in local volunteer opportunities? We've got you covered.
THERE IS NO PLANET B. Global climate change protest demonstration strike - No Planet B - 09-20-2019
Photo by Markus Spiske / Unsplash

🌡️ Your lunchtime read: How Wisconsin TV news is tackling climate change in weather reports.

  • Via WPR: "Bob Lindmeier knew how to report the weather. When the studio lights and cameras turned on, the longtime meteorologist felt ready to help Wisconsinites prepare for the day or days ahead — pleasant skies or pending storms.

    After about 20 years on the job, however, Lindmeier noticed more unusual weather events and more concern among climate scientists. He also saw a growing disconnect between what his viewers knew about climate change and how they felt about it.

    Informing people about climate change could be a public service. But he was nervous."
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Meet Madison’s First Female Snow Plow Driver

While most of us are sleeping, plow drivers across the city are at work. Like choreographed dancers, they all set about their routes, often working up to 16-hour days in some of the worst conditions, all to clear the way for us. So life can go on as usual.

Meet Margaret Kraege, the first female snow plow driver for the City of Madison.

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