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 Vol. 116               No. 127                     www.wdtimes.com                          Watertown, WI 53094                           30 pages                3 sections                75 cents

                                          High gas prices threaten economy
                                                By The Associated Press                   At Mount Rushmore, only about            cent fewer people than last year are driv-   30 percent just since the beginning of
                                             With gas prices above $4 in some           37,000 people decided in March that see-   ing up and booking tours. The company        March.
                                          states, Americans are canceling spring        ing the four granite-etched presidential   is counting on international tourists to       Memorial Day is still five weeks away,
                                          break plans and rethinking summer vaca-       sculptures was worth the trip, down from   make up the rest.                            and summer doesn’t officially start for
                                          tion, and some tourist destinations are       about 43,000 a year before.                   And along the Rhode Island coast,         two months. This year, anxiety over high
                                          offering gas vouchers of as much as $50         At the Grand Canyon, a marketing         where 800,000 people a year show up to       gas prices — and whether the family
                                          to talk people out of giving up and stay-     executive for one company that offers      gawk at the opulence of Gilded Age man-      vacation will bust the family budget —
                                          ing home.                                     sweeping helicopter vistas said 10 per-    sions, it’s even worse — business is off           (Continued on back, col. 5)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Panel to
Watertown’s Britney
         KEVIN WILSON /Daily Times
                                                                                                                                                                                  start fresh
Fredrick, right, fights
for possession during
a prep girls soccer
match against Sauk
                                                                                                                                                                                  in search
Prairie Thursday at
WHS. Sauk Prairie
won 2-0.
                                                                                                                                                                                  for chief
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                                                                                                                                                                                             By Adam Tobias
      of Sports.
                                                                                                                                                                                         of the Daily Times staff
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Watertown Police and Fire
                                                                                                                                                                                   Commission has basically decided to
Also …                                                                                                                                                                             start over fresh in selecting the city’s
                                                                                                                                                                                   next fire chief.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The police and fire commission had
                                                                                                                                                                                   originally offered the open fire chief
                                                                                                                                                                                   position to Steven Beer in March, but
                                                                                                                                                                                   the assistant chief of operations for the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Fond du Lac Fire Department
                                                                                                                                                                                   declined to take the job about three
                                                                                                                                                                                   weeks ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Beer informed the police and fire
                                             Museum manager Linda Werth stands in the doorway as light filters in the new war display
                                                                                                                                              SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN/Daily Times
                                                                                                                                                                                   commission he wasn’t going to accept
                                             room, filled with objects like doughboy helmets, flags, uniforms, weapons, framed commission
                                                                                                                                                                                   the position because of the recent

                                             certificates and photographs.
                                                                                                                                                                                   police shooting in Fond du Lac that
                                                                                                                                                                                   killed one officer and wounded anoth-
                                                                                                                                                                                   er. He felt walking away from his cur-
Today is                                                                                                                                                                           rent job would not be appropriate for

Earth Day                                     Octagon House                                                                                                                        the city of Fond du Lac and the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Commission members then decided

                                              will feature new
                                                                                                                                                                                   to meet with representatives from two
         — Section 3                                                                                                                                                               outside companies to hear their hiring
Waterloo                                                                                                                                                                           practices. But the commission recent-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ly agreed to start the hiring process
              — Page 3
                                              exhibit on war                                                                                                                       over again and complete it internally,
                                                                                                                                                                                   according to commission Chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                   Steve Hepp.
                                                                                                                                                                                      “The commission has decided not
                                                 The Octagon House, Watertown’s famed eight-
NASCAR                                        sided landmark, will once more open its doors to the
                                              history-seeking public on May 1. This will be the
                                                                                                                                                                                   to use those two outside firms,” Hepp
                                                                                                                                                                                   said. “The whole process will be done
update                                        museum’s 72nd season since it formally became a
                                              museum in 1939.
                                                                                                                                                                                   with the commission just like we have
                                                                                                                                                                                   done it in the past.”
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Watertown Police and Fire
              — Page 8                           New for this year is a room set up on the third floor
                                              to pay tribute to Watertown’s many war veterans.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Commission has set a deadline of
                                                                                                                                                                                   Monday to advertise the open position
                                              Wars from the Civil War to World War II are repre-                                                                                   in all of the prospective hiring areas.
                                              sented in various displays, as well as a room which
News Briefs                                   features a display of Lincoln and one of his chief
                                                                                                                                                                                   All applications will be due on May
                                              advisers, Carl Schurz.                                                                                                                  “Once the ads go out, people who
                                                 The displays were set up by the museum’s caretak-                                                                                 wish to apply can request applications
  Plea entered                                ers Isaac and Logan Gjefle and museum manager
                                              Linda Werth.
                                                                                                                                                                                   through city hall,” Hepp said. “All the
                                                                                                                                                                                   applications will need to be back by
    in threats                                   When asked about this year’s season, Watertown
                                              Historical Society president William Jannke stated
                                                                                                                                                                                   May 31 and that’s going to allow the
                                                                                                                                                                                   commission members to pick them all
   MADISON (AP) — Not                         that, “while each year brings with it its own set of                                                                                 up on the first of June.”
guilty pleas have been                        obstacles, this year we are faced with a double-bar-                                                                                    The commission will have the
entered for a Wisconsin                       reled set of hurdles, a bad economy and high gas                                                                                     opportunity to look over the applica-
woman charged with making                     prices. Given that, this is the year tourists should                                                                                 tions individually before their meeting
death threats to Republican                   experience history in their own backyards and come                                                                                   on June 6. Members will review the
state lawmakers.                              out and see us. Our porch restoration project is final-                                                                              applications as a commission during
   Tw e n t y - s i x - y e a r - o l d       ly completed and the staff can’t wait to show off the                                                                                that June 6 meeting.
Katherine Windels stood                       newly spruced up museum.”                                                                                                               The commission will then send out
mute Thursday in Dane                            Built in 1854, the house has five stories and boasts                                                                              an invitation to the applicants on June
County Circuit Court. A                       rudimentary forms of running water, central air con-                                                                                 7 that will ask them to fill out an
court commissioner entered                    ditioning and central heating. It was a marvel for its                                                                               essay. The essays will be due back to
the pleas for her to two mis-                 time.                                                                                                                                the commission on June 24.
demeanor counts of making                        The house was designed by John Richards, a pio-
                                                                                                            The new exhibit at the Octagon House features war
                                                                                                                                              SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN/ Daily Times      Commission members are expected to
threats over a computer. She                  neer settler and the first lawyer in Jefferson County.

                                                                                                            memorabilia like this Spanish American War hel-
                                                                                                                                                                                   review those essays on June 27.
has also been charged with                    He had the home built as a belated wedding gift for                                                                                     The commission will then conduct
                                                                                                            met, a photograph of Gen. Albert F. Solliday and a
two felony counts of making                   his wife, the former Eliza Forbes.                                                                                                   oral interviews with the top applicants
bomb threats.
                                                                                                            World War I Ladies Home Defense Guard uniform
                                                 Each room in the house is set up to give visitors a                                                                               on July 7. Commission members will
   A criminal complaint                       feeling of stepping back into Watertown’s past.
                                                                                                            from 1918.
                                                                                                                                                                                   offer the position to the person they
alleges Windels threatened
                                                           (Continued on back, col. 2)                                                                                             feel will best serve the city on July 8.
to shoot the senators and
plant bombs around their                                                                                                                                                                (Continued on back, col. 6)
houses and the Capitol
because of their votes in

                                          Papers filed to recall
favor of a bill curtailing col-
lective bargaining rights for
state employees. The com-
missioner set a signature
bond on the condition that
Windels doesn’t use the
Internet for anything other
                                          3 Dems, 1 Republican
than work or school and
doesn’t visit the Capitol.
                                          Recall papers                           recall election. Naomi Cobb, the
                                                                                  main petitioner for the Darling
                                                                                  group, said there was strong sup-
 Park reopens                             previously filed                        port for the recall, despite Darling’s
                                                                                  relatively Republican district.
central Wisconsin state
                                          on 4 Republicans                            “The reason why I filed these
                                                                                  papers is because I think she is not
park has mostly reopened                                                          listening to her district,” Cobb said.
after crews repaired the                     MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin             “There are many people she is not
worst of the damage from a                recall organizers Thursday added        in touch with, has many values that
storm earlier this month.                 three Democratic state senators and     ... are not representative of the dis-
                                          one GOP senator to the list of law-     trict. I don’t think entrenched is the
   State park officials say               makers in line for recall elections
several trails and a picnic                                                       right word. I think she is out of
                                          over their opposition to or support     tune, she’s not available and she’s
area at Council Grounds                   of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s
State Park remain closed as                                                       not voting correctly.”
                                          law curtailing collective bargaining        Darling said she has heard that
they set up contracts to                  rights for public employees.
remove downed trees, but                                                          recall organizers misrepresented
                                             Committees to recall Sens. Dave      their efforts, telling people their                                                                                ASSOCIATED PRESS
the rest of the park’s other
                                                                                                                             Good Friday in the Holy Land
                                          Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin       petition was in support of her. Still,
facilities are open or will               of Conover and Robert Wirch of          she said she’s ready to face a recall
                                                                                                                             Worshippers carry wooden crosses at the Church of the Holy
open in May, depending on                 Pleasant Prairie filed the signatures
weather conditions.                                                               and isn’t afraid to present her back-

                                                                                                                             Sepulchre during the Good Friday procession and the Way of the
                                          needed with the Government              ground and record to voters.
                                          Accountability Board. All three
                                                                                                                             Cross in Jerusalem’s Old City today. Christian pilgrims from
                                                                                      Darling and three Democrats join
                                          groups had thousands more signa-        four GOP senators who have had
                                                                                                                             around the world filled the narrow cobblestone streets of
                                          tures than required to trigger a        recall petitions filed against them.

                                                                                                                             Jerusalem’s Old City today as they followed the route Jesus took on
                                          recall election.                        Petitions still are being circulated
                                             Hours later, the committee to
                                                                                                                             the way to his crucifixion.
                                                                                  against five other Democrats and
                                          recall Republican Sen. Alberta          three other Republicans. The sena-
                                          Darling of River Hills submitted        tors are being targeted for backing
                                          30,000 signatures to trigger her             (Continued on back, col. 1)

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