Government

Heated exchange at meeting
7:55 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Rhinelander Council Ok's Mayor Meeting Pay

Mayor Dick Johns at Rhinelander Brewing event
Credit rhinelanderbrewery.com

The Rhinelander city council last night fixed a loophole regarding the mayor's pay. It got a little heated.

The mayor gets a thousand dollars a month, plus paid for committee meetings. But a loophole in the pay regimen found the mayor runs the city council meetings, but doesn't get paid for them.

Three of eight councilmembers voted not to allow the extra pay including Alex Young, saying other employees have been asked to sacrifice...

 

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Career Development Focus
3:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

High School Jobs Program Lands Grant

AT&T presented the $30,000 check to students and teachers at Rhinelander High School.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander High School is getting a grant to fund a career training program.  

AT&T is donating $30,000 to fund the Jobs for America’s Graduates – or JAG—program. 

Regional JAG coordinator Sandy Sobek Leslie says it’s a national career development program, aimed especially at students who are at risk for not graduating.

“We try to integrate right into the school day, so the kids are in our classrooms as part of their curriculum that they’re already involved in. So we find our way into homerooms, or advisories.”

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Reworked health coverage
4:30 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

A Deficit To A Surplus In Three Lakes

Three Lakes Town Chair Stella Westfall
Credit ruralins.com

Sharp pencils have produced a surplus from an initial budget deficit in Three Lakes.

Town chair Stella Westfall said in the early work they were about $143,000 dollars over budget. But she says staff and department heads found a way to turn that around...

 

"...they just did a great job and made recommendations to decrease our expenses. The department heads really tried to be efficient...bottom line is instead of this $143,000 deficit, we ended up with a $34,000 surplus...."

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New fire truck
3:59 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Rhinelander Gets BCPL Loans

ABX
Credit abx-films.com

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands have approved two State Trust Fund Loans for nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for Rhinelander.

Board Executive Secretary Tia Nelson outlines the loans...

 

"...the board approved $4.7 million dollars in lending to communities across the state. Two of those loans were for the city of Rhinlander. One is to purchase a new fire engine while the other is to do mitigation for the site prep for the ABX facility...."

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Search warrant Wednesday
2:32 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Bond Set For RHS Teacher Over Drugs, Theft

Joshua Juergens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Bond has been set for a Rhinelander teacher arrested after a search warrant at his residence turned up alleged stolen property, prescription drugs and a marijuana grow.

35 year old Joshua Juergens is charged with two felony counts of marijuana manufacturing and delivery, two misdemeanor theft charges from another case, along with having illegal pills and paraphernalia. Wednesday deputies executed a search warrant, finding items alleged to belong to the school district and drugs.

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November 9-11
2:50 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Fees Waived In National Forests For Veterans Weekend

The changing seasons in the Chequamegon-Nicolet NF
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

This is the fourth year the Forest Service is waiving fees says spokesperson David Melancon...

 

"....we've been waiving fees for Veterans Day and a couple other major holidays for many years now and it's basically one way for the Forest Service to say thank you to our veterans..."

The fees are also waived for non-veterans.

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Texting and Scamming
1:14 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Misleading Text Messages May Claim to be From Your Bank

New scams may catch unlucky users via text message.
Credit Alton via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Texting.jpg

Oneida County Sheriff’s office wants to put people on the alert for text messages that falsely appear to be from local banks.  

The Sheriff’s department received two separate reports this week…of text messages warning of an approaching card limit.  Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier says the messages asked for card and pin numbers, and appeared to be coming from two Rhinelander credit unions. 

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U.S. Grand Jury indictment
8:23 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Northwoods Postal Worker Charged

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A St. Germain postal worker is facing charges concerning alleged mail theft.

A federal grand jury in Madison returned an indictment against 26 year old Katie Dassow . She's charged with removing articles contained in a letter intended to be conveyed by mail, while a U.S. Postal Service employee. The indictment alleges that she committed the theft from a piece of mail on June 8, 2013.

If convicted, Dassow faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

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Tribes Condemn Race-Based Mascots
4:46 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mascot Bill Could Strain State-Tribal Relations

The Lac du Flambeau tribe of Ojibwe is urging Governor Scott Walker not to sign a bill making it harder to change race-based school mascots.  The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate.  The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed.  

Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says the proposed rule changes encourage destructive stereotypes of Native people.

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Strong bookings for the holidays
3:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

More Passengers Flying From ROCA

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
Credit fly-rhi.org

More of us are flying from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says the switch to the Delta-connect airline SkyWest has improved the number of passengers flying out of Rhinelander...

 

"...through the first ten months of the year we're running about a 53 percent load factor. We started out slow in the first quarter. We had a very strong summer where (the number of passengers) were running in the high eighties..."

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