The Bulletin: What Happened

• Director Mike Matzdorff tells the Pulse that he wrapped up three final days of shooting for Feed the Fish in Los Angeles Monday, March 16. He’ll be editing the film for the next few months and hopes to have it completed and ready for release around Labor Day.

• In his new budget proposal, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle proposed eliminating the tax incentives for film production that went into effect last year. Filmmakers say that without the incentives films, such as Feed the Fish, Public Enemies, and Project Solitude, would not have come to Wisconsin.

• Roll Call, an influential Web site that monitors action in Washington D.C., ranks Wisconsin 13th in its latest ranking of states that have the most clout in Congress. California is far and away the number one state, with 1,343 points (Wisconsin had 434), followed by New York (775) and Texas (770). Illinois ranks 10th. See the full list at

• Dale Williams, Baileys Harbor Town Supervisor, resigned from the board Wednesday, March 11 due to a conflict of interest that arose when he won a bid to do sewer and storm sewer work for the town.

Williams bid on about $75,000 worth of work, he said, and was awarded roughly half of it. State statute says town supervisors are only allowed to do up to $15,000 worth of work for the town.

• Sturgeon Bay received federal stimulus dollars to finish resurfacing Michigan St. from the bridge to 4th Ave. The city is now considering how to re-route downtown traffic while the work is being done. One plan would turn downtown streets into two-ways for the duration of the work, including 3rd and 4th Avenues and possibly other streets. Though not a perfect trial run, Alderman Ben Meyer said it would give the city a look at what two-way streets would be like long-term.

• The Steel Bridge SongFest has not yet decided on where the concert will be based this June. Businesses are not enthusiastic about a street festival, and a suggestion to base the festival on the west side of the Michigan St. Bridge has been floated that would use Sawyer Park and other grounds.

• At the March 17 city council meeting, Sturgeon Bay Alderman Steve Mann suggested the city tax cyclists and require that bikes be registered and licensed by the city. Mann also suggested bikers provide proof of insurance. Mann said such action could provide revenue for the city.

• Egg Harbor received bids from contractors for its marina reconstruction ranging from $4.7 million to $6.2 million. The village board will choose an option March 26. The bids did not include the cost of work done upland on the shore or for finger piers. The village has pushed back the date for its referendum on the project to May.

• Gibraltar’s boys basketball team posted its first winning season since 1996-97, going 12-11 and reaching the regional final for the first time since 1996. They lost to eventual state tournament qualifier Menasha St. Mary’s 65 – 45.

• Gibraltar senior forward Kelly Smethurst led all Door County boys basketball players in scoring and finished sixth in the Packerland Conference, averaging 11.8 ppg.

Smethurst and teammate Sam Forkert were named to the Packerland All-Conference 2nd Team. They were joined by fellow Door County players James Heroux of Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay’s Simon Rabas and Alex Bailey, and Southern Door’s Alex Tassoul.