Mar 15, 2017

Due to the snowstorm impacting travel nationwide, the concert scheduled for Thursday, March 16 featuring Samite is cancelled.  A reschedule date is pending.

A member of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission takes exception with comments about the commission presented by a former member.

In an interview with WXPR, Judge Robert Kinney said he would be addressing at a League of Women Voters of the Northwoods meeting  what he felt was a reversal of Wisconsin's tradition of open and transparent government. Kinney resigned from the Commission late last year. Bobby Mikul

Lakes groups and governments in Vilas county are again hoping a reconsideration of a position taken in January to adopt shoreland zoning changes mandated in the last state budget.

The state has mandated counties not have shoreland regulations stronger than DNR rules, which are considered less stringent than former county rules. The Vilas County Board in January unanimously approved its version of state-mandated changes.

U.S. Senate

The budget cut hasn't formally been announced, but already Congressional members from both sides of the aisle are opposed to a rumored 97 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. 

Baldwin outlines what she is hearing...

".....what we are hearing right now is President Trump's budget will include a 97 percent cut in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and that is in my opinion, just plain wrong...."

Northwoods United Way

The Northwoods United Way is asking for proposals for 2018 funding in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

The Northwoods United Way helps fund agencies that provide programming in providing basic needs and self sufficiency, promoting health, healing and crisis intervention and strengthening children, youth and families.

Director Nancy Sattler says currently funded agencies and potential new recipients go through the process the same way...

Courtesy: Wisconsin DNR

Those bigger stocked walleyes are nearing 'keep' stage.

The DNR stocked a record number of extended growth walleye fingerlings in key Wisconsin waters in 2016. Fish from the initial year of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are expected to begin reaching harvest size this year. The legislature allocated extra money beginning in 2013 to stock larger walleye fingerlings with an eye toward higher survivability in waters where walleye populations had dropped.

DNR fisheries culture section chief, Dave Giehtbrock says large numbers of fish are being stocked...

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This strange winter is coming to a close, and even with the recent cold snap, it's time to get the fishing shacks off the ice.

DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz of Woodruff says Wednesday , March 15 for Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters is the removal date, and Sunday, March 19 for waters north of Highway 64 and inland waters.

"....they need to remove their permanent shacks by then, but say an angler wants to take their shacks out during the day and then remove it, they can do that, but the more permanent shacks need to be removed...."

People who help those with problems related to gambling are gathering later this month for their annual meeting and a state leader says there are warning signs your gambling has become harmful.

Rose Gruber is Director of the Green Bay-based Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. They educate and promote understanding of problem gambling and the disorder of compulsive gambling. Gruber says it's estimated more than 330,000 people in Wisconsin have a gambling problem.

She says there is a signal that a person's gambling habits have changed....

 A Rhinelander man was arrested Saturday night for firing shots at an apartment complex in the Town of Pelican.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office reports the call came in just before midnight. When authorities arrived on scene, deputies identified the shooter as 46-year-old Steven Fletcher.

Officials say the preliminary investigation shows Fletcher allegedly was trying to shoot someone in the apartment complex.

No one was hurt and the investigation is ongoing.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers campaigned in Rhinelander Friday and stopped by the WXPR studios.

Evers is seeking a third term as the state's school leader and is challenged Whitnall Administrator Lowell Holtz. Evers says a teacher shortage arose out of the demonization of public employees resulting from the ACT 10 public bargaining changes, and will have long time negative results in rural Wisconsin.


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Public Meetings Set For Lac Vieux Desert Walleye Changes

Two public meetings, set for April 4 and 6, are being held in Vilas County to get public input on a multi-agency plan to address declining walleye numbers in Lac Vieux Desert. on the Michigan-Wisconsin border near Land O' Lakes. The 4,300 acre flowage has experienced a dramatic decline in walleye abundance and recruitment over the past decade. DNR fisheries supervisor in Woodruff, Steve Gilbert, says little natural reproduction has occurred in the last 10 years, leaving adult walleye...

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