Eagle River police report a pedestrian fatality Friday afternoon.
Police Chief Mark VanderBloomen reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old man was westbound on East Pine Street or Highway 70. At the intersection with South Second Street, his vehicle struck and 87 year old woman crossing East Pine Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened just before 4 p.m.
Eagle River police and Vilas county authorities are investigating the fatality. Names will be released when relatives are notified.
With little fanfare, the town board in Minocqua passed it's 2014 budget Thursday evening.
WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim about the budget which will remain frozen for another year. Oneida county helped November 12 by restoring funding for the Minocqua police dispatch.
The levy was set at $3.6 million dollars and the mill rate at $2.48 per thousand.
The Rhinelander High School English teacher that is now facing drug and theft charges will not be back in the classroom. That’s according to District Administrator Kelli Jacobi. 35-year-old Joshua Juergens has been suspended from all school activities.
The Rhinelander District Library Board has agreed to cut hours to make up a budget shortfall.
This fall, Director Ed Hughes told the Rhinelander city council his budget was overdrawn because of an error made concerning employee health insurance last year. With the city and supporting towns experiencing tight fiscal times, they rejected an increase to cover the loss.
Hughes says the library board agreed to not fill a vacant position and cut hours...
The mixed economic news reflects on figures given to the Oneida county board on delinquent taxes and foreclosures.
County Treasurer Kris Osterman said the number of tax delinquencies last year were down which usually shows people have enough money to pay their taxes. But other parts of her report showed tough times...
"....we had the same foreclosures this year as we had last year. We finished foreclosing on 24 properties which is a record ever since I've been here, we've never had that many properties...."
As money gets tighter at the local level, governments are wrestling with balancing their budgets. The Oneida County Board passed a 2014 budget that saw an unexpected windfall give some space to reduce budget cuts.