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Safety Week Observance
6:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Eddy: Most Snowmobile Crashes Preventable

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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...."

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Drug counteracts heroin overdoses
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Legislator Says More EMT's Should Administer Narcan

Rep. John Nygren(R-Marinette)
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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.

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Historical Connections to Present
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

ACLU Speaker to Highlight Voting Rights

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. 

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Less Than a Quarter Vaccinated
12:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Flu Hitting Younger Adults

The Oneida County Health Department says this year's flu shot is a good match with the most common strain.
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Flu cases are rampant in Wisconsin and locally this time of year.  The state ranks as one of the lowest in the country in terms of vaccination rates. 

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says officials are seeing higher rates of incidence for young and middle aged adults.  That’s because the most common strain this year is the H1N1 swine flu.

“That strain does attack certain populations.  And as the year goes one, we will probably see another 1-2 peaks in the rates of influenza infection.”

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Part of Walleye Initiative
7:31 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Anglers Still Can Determine Where Walleyes Will Go

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Anglers are asked to go to the DNR website and fill out a form on what waters they should consider for stocking under the new "Wisconsin Walleye Initiative".

 

The state has spent $8.2 million for infrastructure improvements and $1.3 million each year for annual operating costs to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production is projected to increase 60,000 to 120,000 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016. The young walleye will be larger than previously in the hope of having more survivability to adulthood.

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Misconduct charges
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

England Agrees To Plea Bargain With State

Traci England booking photo 2012
Credit Oneida County Sheriff

Two years ago, Oneida County's Medical Examiner was arrested for allegedly keeping human tissue from autopsies to train a cadaver dog. Friday, 46 year old Traci England entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors.

England was found guilty by Judge Leon Stenz of two counts of felony Misconduct in Public Office.

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Residents and non-residents
11:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

No License Needed This Weekend To Fish In Wisconsin Waters

Ice fishing
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The state is adding another weekend of free fishing and it happens this Saturday and Sunday.

The state waives fees and allows anyone...residents and non-residents to hit the frozen water.

DNR Northern Regional Director John Gozdzialski says a free fishing weekend happens in June each year, but instead of boats, you have ice augers...

 

"...this is an opportunity to enjoy fishing but with with frozen conditions not the open water....

Gozdzialski says it's a great way to get kids involved with the outdoors.

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Faster Than Ever
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century

Vintage snowmobiles come in all stripes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands.  But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing.  

Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles?  That I had not heard of before moving to the Northwoods. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship. 

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Authored mining bill
5:51 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Tiffany Says Mining Bill Does Not Allow Lakebed Mining

State Sen. Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
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The author of Senate Bill 1, or what's known as the "mining bill" disagrees with one legislator's interpretation that mining is allowed on lakebeds and waterways.

Democrat Dana Wach's bill would make it clear that certain types of mining would not be allowed on lakebeds. He says the revised mining bill has loophole language to that effect.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst disagrees with Wach's assessment....

 

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Lakebed mining?
5:43 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bill To Close Reported Loopholes In Mining Law Authored

Rep. Dana Wachs(D-Eau Claire)
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State Democrats are introducing legislation that would close what the author says is a loophole in the new mining law that would allow mining on navigable bodies of water, like lakes.

 

Representative Dana Wachs of Eau Claire said in reading the new law, he became concerned that it would allow lakes, flowages, and reservoirs to be drained, or filled in by mining activities. His bill, called "Save Our Lakes" would explicitly prohibit this activity..

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