State Budget Recommendations Could Benefit Door County

As Wisconsin’s joint finance committee continues work on a new two-year state budget, several of its recommendations, if retained, will benefit Door County. State Representative Joel Kitchens says he is pleased to see the committee has agreed to allocate funding for building the Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park. Kitchens and State Senator Frank Lasee had asked that half the cost of the project be … Continue reading

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Clean Water Access Bill Introduced by Representative Kitchens

A “clean water access” bill, sponsored by State Representative Joel Kitchens and State Senator Rob Cowles, has been introduced in the state legislature. In a statement released Thursday, Kitchens said the legislation will provide relief and access to clean water, a basic right that most of us take for granted. He said the karst geo-region of Wisconsin is characterized by shallow soils over limestone bedrock … Continue reading

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State Representative Joel Kitchens Listening Sessions Monday

State Representative Joel Kitchens will be holding two listening sessions in the first assembly district Monday. The Sturgeon Bay Republican says the mission of the series is to connect with constituents to discuss issues and concerns that directly impact people in a three county area. The Door County meeting is at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library from 11:15AM to 1PM. The other listening session is … Continue reading

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Earlier School Start Date could Harm Tourism Industry

The tourism industry in Door County is perfectly happy with a state statute that requires public schools to start after September 1st. However, proposed legislation in Madison could change the school start status. Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications and PR at the Door County Visitor Bureau, says many believe that repealing the current school start date legislation will harm the local tourism economy. Jarosh says … Continue reading

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Kitchens Planning More Listening Sessions During Budget Process

State Representative Joel Kitchens recently held listening sessions in Door and Kewaunee Counties. The Sturgeon Bay Republican says the meetings can sometimes be contentious, but he appreciates the feedback he receives during the sessions… Kitchens says the budget process will undoubtedly lead to future interaction with constituents… Those who’d like to ask questions of State Representative Joel Kitchens can do so Monday morning when he … Continue reading

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Kitchens Comments on Water Quality Issues in Door & Kewaunee Counties

The problem of contaminated wells due to animal waste in Door and Kewaunee Counties is well documented. How to find a permanent fix is being addressed on several levels. State Representative Joel Kitchens says he understands the frustration that some people may have, but initiatives are underway that could help. Kitchens says the state has launched a plan that would bring digesters to Kewaunee County… … Continue reading

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Candidate Forum for 1st Assembly October 12th

As we inch closer to election day on Tuesday, November 8th, office-holders, challengers and their surrogates are doing their best to get voters to listen to their message. Candidates for assembly in the first district will have a ready made opportunity to do so on Wednesday, October 12th during a forum conducted by the League of Women Voters of Door County. Doctor Joel Kitchens, a … Continue reading

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Representative Kitchens Looking for Solutions to Groundwater Problems

With the current legislative session all but over in Madison, the pace for many state senators and representatives has started to slow down. State Representative Joel Kitchens is hoping to use the time available to get some answers to questions related to groundwater problems in the district… Kitchens says he wants to see specific answers, not just a “once size fits all” solution… State Representative … Continue reading

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Listening Session on Washington Island for 1st Assembly District

State Representative Joel Kitchens is continuing his series of listening sessions in Door & Kewaunee Counties with a session on Washington Island next week. The event will be held at the Danish Mill on Tuesday, September 8th, from 1-3PM. Kitchens says the mission of the listening sessions is to connect with constituents to discuss issues and concerns that directly impact the First Assembly District. The … Continue reading

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State Representative Joel Kitchens Schedules Listening Sessions

As we reported last week, State Representative Joel Kitchens has scheduled four listening sessions in the near future to hear from constituents about matters of local and statewide interest… Kitchens says, depending on the topic, the rhetoric can become heated… In Door County, the listening sessions with State Representative Joel Kitchens will be on Tuesday, August 25th, at the Gibraltar Town Hall from 10AM to … Continue reading

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