Government

ACT 10 changes process
2:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Oneida County Employee Pay System Adopted

Oneida county courthouse
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By a vote of 18-0, the Oneida County Board changed the way they compensate employees.

Following the enactment of ACT 10, governments have been formulating new pay approaches after collective bargaining for most public unions was eliminated. Oneida County contracted with consultant Charles Carlson, who suggested pay scales built on market value and performance, rather than a time served basis. The adopted system enacts a new step system for non-supervisory jobs and performance based pay for supervisors. It does put caps on some pay levels.

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Referendum vote for AV-W
5:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Primary Election Day In Wisconsin

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It's primary election day across the state. A few county and town races are on ballots. The most noteworthy vote comes in the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school district.

The school board is asking voters to approve $975,000 over three years. The district recently paid off an $800,000 building debt. Officials say that repayment will nearly offset the referendum request.

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Rhinelander man chairs state party
12:41 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Libertarian Party Launches Outreach For Candidates

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A Rhinelander man is the state Libertarian Party chairman. They launched a campaign today in Madison to provide a political alternative.

Paul Ehlers ran in 2012 for the state 12 District Senate seat. In the role as state Libertarian Party chair he says they're reaching out to many groups who have felt ...what he describes...as the heavy hand of government... ... called the "Liberty Coalition"...

 

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Slick roads
4:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Seven Injured In Two Vilas County Crashes

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Seven people have been injured in two separate traffic crashes in Vilas county. Both were reported Friday morning.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 a.m. on Highway 70 near Eagle River. The Vilas Sheriff's office reports three people were injured and taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

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Not considered
1:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Deduction For Propane Cost Killed In Legislature

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
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A Northwoods legislator is upset the Republican majority in the Assembly ignored an amendment she proposed to help people heating with propane. The amendment asked to send a bit of the budget surplus to provide a direct income tax deduction for every dollar spent in excess of two dollars per gallon of propane.

Ashland Democrat Janet Bewley says many of the downstate legislators don't have an idea so many people heat with propane..

 

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Under investigation
1:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Crash West Of Rhinelander Kills One

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One person died, two others injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 10 a.m. to a crash involving a passenger car and a van on Highway 8 and Shady Rest Road in the Town of Woodboro.

One person died at the scene and two others were transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

Several emergency response groups were at the scene. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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Multiple issues defined in speech
3:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Of The Tribes Highlights Differences, Goals

Menominee Nation Chairperson Laurie Boivin(left)
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The new leader of the Menominee Nation told Wisconsin lawmakers that while deep differences exist on many issues, including the environment, cooperation is the goal.

While not directly addressing a proposed Kenosha casino by the Menominee Tribe....which is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community... Chairwoman Laurie Boivin says dialog with the state concerning gambling compacts is positive for both sides...

 

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Department of Social Services
2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Propane Help For Lower-Income Residents Offered

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Business has been brisk at the Oneida County Department of Social Services office as they try to get relief to qualifying persons heating with propane.

Support Programs Supervisor Amy Mayo says people who think they qualify for financial help paying for propane should see them..

 

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Before the state Assembly
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill Sets Up Procedures To Keep Guns Away From Domestic Violence Suspects

A pro-peace sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd at the U.N. in New York.
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A bill...authored by state Assembly Republicans ... would establish a clear method for people served with domestic violence injunctions to surrender their weapons. Current law requires people to surrender their weapons if an injunction is approved by a judge, but the method to do the surrender has been ambiguous.

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Oneida county
8:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Sowinski Farms Fined $100,000 For Poisoning Eagles, Animals

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A father-and-son who run a large Oneida county potato farm will pay 100-thousand dollars in restitution, for the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles and 70 other wild animals.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and his 46-year-old son Paul of Sugar Camp have made a plea deal on federal charges of illegal bald eagle possession. They'll have separate plea hearings on May 8th before Magistrate Stephen Crocker in Madison. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil said wildlife poisoning cases are extremely rare. He has only prosecuted one-or-two of them in the last 30 years.

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