News

Pages

November Constitutional Amendment vote
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Voters Could Decide Fate Of State's Transportation Fund

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Sec. Mark Gottlieb
Credit WXPR

The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.

Read more
High Winter Mortality
2:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

DNR Says No Does For Hunters Up North

The deer herd suffered this winter, and the DNR wants to give it a chance to bounce back.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The DNR is proposing a buck-only hunt for most northern counties.  That’s in response to a harsh winter and high deer mortality.

DNR Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says not hunting does will give the deer herd a chance to rebound.

Read more
Poison Meant for Predators
12:22 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sowinskis Plead Guilty In Eagle Poisoning Case

The Sowinskis have pled guilty to illegal possession of a dead bald eagle.
Credit Ron Holmes / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A father and son from Sugar Camp have pled guilty in federal court to illegal possession of a dead bald eagle.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and 46-year-old Paul Sowinski were arrested last fall after authorities found mounting evidence of animal poisoning.

A DNR Warden began the investigation in May 2007 after finding a bald eagle, crow, gray squirrel and bobcat on the Sowinski property…all dead from consuming a poison called Carbofuran.  Between 2007 and 2010 officials say they found dozens of poisoned animals, including at least two bald eagles.

Read more
Natural Resources
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Planting Seeds for the Future: Trees For Tomorrow Celebrates 70 Years

Credit Trees for Tomorrow staff

 

The year is 1944. While WWII rages abroad, manufacturers at home strain to keep up the supply of resources. Nine paper and utility companies in northern Wisconsin look at the felled forests around them and decide to form an organization to ensure that there will still be resources for the future.

Read more
Woodstock and Beyond
4:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Like Living in Your Imagination: Hendrix's Coat Evokes 1960s Memories

Ray Quicksilver, sporting the coat given to him by Jimi Hendrix.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This is the story of a special coat that currently resides in the Northwoods.  

It’s a long burgundy, double-breasted coat once worn by both John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.  It’s now owned by Rhinelander resident Ray Quicksilver.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Quicksilver to hear how Hendrix came to give him the coat.  It all started when Quicksilver’s father sent him to live with a relative in California…which landed him right in the middle of the countercultural movement of the 1960s.    

Read more
Infrastructure upgrade
5:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Lower Property Insurance Rates Likely In Rhinelander

Credit openclipart.org

Rhinelander residents should be seeing lower rates on property insurance thanks to upgrades in the city's infrastructure.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says an independent agency rates municipalities on things like fire protection.

Oborn says the scale is up to 9. Rhinelander had been rated at a 5, but the rating dropped to a 3. The lower the rating, the better....

Read more
Returns to Northwoods
5:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Volunteer Says Arkansas Tornado "like a bomb went off"

Vilonia, Arkansas tornado
Credit Virginia Millwood-commons.wikimedia.org

What she saw in Arkansas was sobering.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer Carol Miller of Rhinelander has returned home after helping out in the Little Rock area earlier this month. A wave of tornados struck the south in late April, causing massive damage, deaths and injuries. Miller is a registered nurse and helped at hospitals where survivors and families relayed tragic stories...

Read more
Hoping to Draw Community Members
4:21 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Camp Birchrock Says It's Back on Track

A summer camp outside of Rhinelander is hoping a spring clean-up day will help get the word out that things are back up and running.

Camp Birchrock has been in the community since the 1940s.  But it faced a 2011 scandal when its director was ousted for placing illegal cameras at the camp and stealing from the organization.

Treasurer Jim Rice says new leadership is in place.

Read more
Died in Mosul, Iraq 2004
3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Law Enforcement Memorial Dedicated To Stephen Martin

Dedicated to Stephen G. Martin
Credit WXPR

A law enforcement memorial was dedicated Wednesday(5/14) at the Rhinelander Police Department, specifically remembering the life of fallen Rhinelander police Sergeant Stephen Martin.

Sergeant Martin was a veteran member of city police. He was also a sergeant in the 330th Military Police Detachment of the Army Reserve.. On June, 24, 2004, Martin and others stopped a suicide bomber trying to destroy a police training facility. Martin was critically injured and died a week later.

Mayor Dick Johns honored Martin's duty...

Read more
Verifying information
4:50 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

OC Deputies Contacting Registered Sex Offenders

Oneida County Law Enforcement Center
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Sheriff's deputies are stopping by each registered sex offender to make sure offenders are compliant with the state program.

Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the deputies will make sure the information on state file is correct in the Sex Offender Verification Program....

 

"....deputies are going to be assigned to each offender on the registry. They will make personal contact with them to make sure the information is correct, such as where they are living, where they are working, that kind of information...."

Read more

Pages