High PFAS toxin levels found in Starkweather Creek sediment [by Truax Field ANG base]

The Cap Times  |  24 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow Original Article  Starkweather Creek Watershed Map    “Test results of PFAS in troubled Starkweather Creek sediment show high levels for one of the more toxic varieties of the chemical group. [per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances] The results add to concerns about PFAS pollution in the creek, […]

Rolling protest of F-35s coming to Madison ‘amplifies voices’ around State Capitol

Wisconsin State Journal  |  18 April 2020  |  Howard Hardee   Original Article  A cacophony of cars horns filled the air around the state Capitol on Saturday afternoon as a caravan of protesters registered their dissatisfaction last week’s decision to base a squadron of F-35 fighter jets in Madison.   It was the latest protest […]

Air Force picks Truax for F-35 base; Madison opponents consider legal response

The Cap Times  |  15 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow   original article  While the U.S. Air Force cleared the final bureaucratic hurdle Wednesday to bring a squadron of F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field, opponents say they might take to the courts to stop the move. “We have retained some attorneys a while ago […]

Madison chosen for F-35 mission; Truax to get first jets in 2023

Wisconsin State Journal  |  15 April 2020  |  Chris Hubbach    Madison chosen for F-35 mission; Truax to get first jets in 2023 Madison has been chosen to host a squadron of F-35 fighter jets. The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that it will send the new jets to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th […]

‘We have just begun:’ Opponents of militarism proclaim

Northside News   |  15 April  2020  |   Oona Mackesey-Green   Original Article   U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson announced Wednesday morning that the U.S. Air Force had selected Truax Field in Madison as the site for squadron of F-35 fighter jets. The announcement follows months of local opposition to the F-35s from residents who live near Truax […]

Carla D. Raushenbush: Struggling to understand Baldwin’s support for F-35s

The Cap Time  |  10 April 2020  |  Carla D. Raushenbush     Dear Editor: Dear Sen. Tammy Baldwin, I hope this finds you well! I am fine, staying at home during the pandemic.   I am angry and despairing over your continuing support of F-35s in Madison. Trying to understand, I have researched and […]

DNR : National Guard not complying with laws

Wisconsin State Journal  |  2 April 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article  F-35 opponents challenge environmental review; DNR says National Guard not complying with pollution laws “Attorneys for a group opposed to basing F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field say the Air Force’s review of environmental impacts is deficient and are calling for additional […]

Release: Safe Skies Sends Petition to Air Force

Contact: Steven Klafka, (608) 255-5030  This past Thursday, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin sent Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force, and Wisconsin government officials a petition signed by more than 2,000 residents opposed to the beddown of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field in Madison. “In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we think it […]

Boswell: These Jets Will Harm the People & the Pollution Needs to Be Cleaned Up

Dear Madison Alders, Please vote in favor of the Common Council resolution being consider this evening: “Responding to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Air National Guard F-35A Operational Beddown.” You have all heard the obvious reasons to support this resolution, enumerated in its third paragraph: the impact the F-35 project will have in […]

Janet Parker: Mayor Rhodes-Conway has taken the right stance on F-35s

The Cap Times  |  9 April 2020  |  Janet Parker, guest columnist The Air Force may make a decision on where to base the F-35 fighter planes as soon as this week. Last week, our City Council went on record with strong opposition to basing F-35s at Truax Field here in Madison. The vote to […]