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Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, and other outlets.

Photo: Example of a hardwood swamp, Eric Epstein, DNR

Court upholds decision to deny permit to fill rare wetland by timber company

By: - December 17, 2021

An appeals court decision Thursday on the fate of a 16.5 acre area of untouched, rare Wisconsin wetland affirms a previous court’s ruling invalidating a wetland-fill permit, issued to the company Meteor Timber. The particular area of wetland in question has been designated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as an “imperiled” white pine […]

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First Lady Biden visits Children’s Hospital, Waukesha parade memorial

By: - December 16, 2021

First Lady of the United States Jill Biden visited Wisconsin Wednesday, along with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. While she spoke about vaccines and the importance of taking steps to beat back the pandemic, the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy cast a long shadow over the First Lady’s visit. “Some of this […]

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6: In this satellite handout image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the entry of a large area of low pressure, from the Polar Vortex, into the Northern U.S. January 6, 2014. The weather system is bringing dangerously cold temperatures not seen in half of the continental United States in about 20 years. It is expected to move northward back over Canada toward the end of the week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Wisconsin braces for severe weather

By: - December 15, 2021

On Wednesday, in  mid-December, the temperature in Milwaukee was about 61 degrees. In Madison, it was slightly warmer at 64 degrees, and with an accompanying warning of high winds. In fact, the temperatures in Milwaukee and Madison are some of the highest ever recorded during the month of December in the two cities. Meanwhile, snow […]

Feeding and baiting ban for deer enacted in Eau Claire, Jackson, Clark counties

By: - December 15, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been notified that a farm-raised deer in Eau Claire County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The notification came from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. As a result, a ban on feeding and baiting of deer has been placed over a 10 […]

Milwaukee Common Council upholds mayoral veto of aldermanic map

By: - December 15, 2021

The Milwaukee Common Council has voted unanimously to sustain Mayor Tom Barrett’s veto of the aldermanic map approved by the Council in late November. Barrett vetoed the map in early December.  The immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera sent a letter to Barrett requesting that he veto the map. Voces argued that it would […]

wolf hunt

$10,000 reward offered for information on wolf poaching

By: - December 15, 2021

Animal Wellness Action is offering a $10,000 reward for information which leads to the successful prosecution of people who’ve illegally poached wolves in Wisconsin. The group says it is, “alarmed by internet chatter for self-described wolf hunters boasting that they will take matters into their own hands and kill wolves, absent any state authorization to […]

Voces de la Frontera gather alongside allies in Milwaukee for a massive May Day march from the Hispanic and Latinx south-side, to the federal courthouse downtown. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Activists and families fight to keep immigration reform in Build Back Better

By: - December 14, 2021

Democratic Party offices in six Wisconsin cities experienced simultaneous demonstrations Monday evening, organized by the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera. It’s the latest move by the group to keep up pressure on Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives to ensure that immigration reform stays in the Build Back Better reconciliation bill. […]

Menominee River with bridge over it

Concerns raised on damage to Menomonee River from 400 gallon oil spill

By: - December 14, 2021

Assessments of the damage from  a 400 gallon oil spill in Milwaukee County are continuing both by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local environmental groups. The spill originated in the Komatu Mining Corp. facility in the area of West Milwaukee. The DNR told Wisconsin Examiner that it “was notified of a petroleum sheen […]

Protesters hold a march for Jay Anderson Jr., on the 300th day of protest in the Milwaukee area. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Special prosecutors selected to review Jay Anderson police shooting

By: - December 9, 2021

Two special prosecutors have been appointed by Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Glenn Yamahiro in the John Doe proceedings to determine if former Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah should be charged for fatally shooting Jay Anderson Jr. six times in a parked car in 2016. The news came Wednesday morning, more than four months after Yamahiro’s July […]

Bill introduced to reduce and standardize jail phone call costs

By: - December 8, 2021

A group of legislators are calling for Wisconsin to move away from charging people incarcerated within county jails high rates for phone calls. In some counties, individuals may pay up to $14 for a 15-minute local phone call to their loved ones. Rep. Samba Baldeh (D-Madison) introduced the initiative Wednesday in the Capitol, alongside several […]

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm (Photo courtesy of Milwaukee County)

GOP calls for DA Chisholm to be fired echo legislative debates on Milwaukee

By: - December 7, 2021

A group of 14 Republican Wisconsin senators and state representatives are calling for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to be removed from office. In a Dec. 6 letter to Gov. Tony Evers, the group of GOP legislators pointed to the Waukesha Christmas Parade, citing the tragedy as just cause to fire Chisholm, who has […]

Hundreds march in Milwaukee for the Day Without Immigrants protest. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Voces de la Frontera gets requested mayoral veto of Milwaukee redistricting maps

By: - December 6, 2021

Mayor Tom Barrett has vetoed the Common Council’s redistricting maps, expressing concerns about the organization of districts on Milwaukee’s south side. “I want to be clear that my veto is not a repudiation of the overall redistricting work done by the Common Council,” said Barrett in a statement. “I appreciate the hard work of Alderman […]