Latest Joe Orso Stories

2008-07-20 03:00:24

By Joe Orso, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 20--One of the challenges of reporting on the environment is that nature doesn't speak like we do. You can't quote a leaf. You can't ask a bluebird to relate the experience of flight. You can spend a day with soil, but it just sits there and says nothing about its existence. Still, nature has stories. Like us, its inhabitants have been planted, born, stood in rain. But for those of us who can't hear those stories, who spend more time standing...

2008-06-25 03:02:28

By Joe Orso, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jun. 25--A new alliance between workers and environmentalists seeks to create green jobs in Wisconsin and across the nation. "Doing what's good for the environment has worked out to be what's good for the economy as well," said Ryan Schryver, energy policy specialist for Clean Wisconsin, at a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The meeting was part of a "Green Jobs for America" campaign, a project of the United...

2008-06-23 03:00:14

By Joe Orso, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jun. 23--When disasters such as two floods in the past year strike a region, finding out which relief organization is going to do what, where, when and for whom can get confusing. Enter the Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster -- or VOAD -- made up of volunteer organizations with a state presence such as Lutheran Social Services and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Through the umbrella organization, member groups coordinate...

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'