Three proposals to purchase the former WPS building near the Oneida county courthouse by a Rhinelander businessman were rejected by the county board Tuesday, but it might not be the end of bargaining. That rejection also had a bearing on the location of two county departments.
Mike Boyd's offers included Oneida county paying to use some of the office space he would construct. One of the options was to locate the county UW- Extension and possibly Land and Water Conservation departments in the new building.
The Oneida County Board heard the first run through of a potential comprehensive change how the county pays most of its employees.
Consultant Charles Carlson outlined a plan using private market factors...among other considerations... in determining a median wage scale. It also sets up pay based on performance for department heads rather than just time served, and finding a way to bring Oneida county closer to state average on benefit costs, most notably health insurance.
It’s still the middle of winter - but for some gardeners it’s not too early to look ahead to spring.
The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department runs a program to promote native plants for gardens and yards. The program includes a mid-winter sale, where gardeners can pre-order native varieties for pick-up in May or June. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to the department’s Heather Palmquist about the native plants program.
Palmquist says native plants are well-suited for Northwoods growing conditions.
With the World Championship Snowmobile Derby ending Sunday in Eagle River, many enthusiasts are in the Northwoods to enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in years. This is also International Snowmobile Safety Week.
DNR Snowmobile Administrator Warden Gary Eddy says with busy trails, always keep in mind safety...
"....some of the traditional complaints we have out there when it is busy are snowmobilers cutting corners, not staying on the right side of the trail, speeding and just overall reckless operation...."
State Representative John Nygren of Marinette nearly lost his daughter to a heroin overdose in 2009. The state Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved measures making it easier for emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.
The bills also enable callers to remain anonymous when calling in an overdose to medical personnel. Nygren talked to Ken Krall about how this move will save lives.
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A representative from the Wisconsin Chapter of the ACLU is here in the Northwoods. Youth and Program Director Emilio De Torre is speaking tonight at the Woodruff Community Center. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to him about how the voting rights struggle of the 1960s plays out today.