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Many travel great distances to breed here
4:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Still Uncertain Why Birds Migrate

Tachycineta bicolor or Tree Swallow
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Next, we hear from DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters". Today he explores why birds bother at all to return to the Northwoods.

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UW annual study
5:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Some Northwood Counties Rank Low in Population Health

Credit UW Population Health Institute

Rural areas continue to lag behind other Wisconsin counties in overall wellness. That is one aspect of a  2014 County Health Rankings report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Researcher Kate Konkle says this is the fifth year the report has been released. Konkle talked with Ken Krall about some of the findings. She says a variety of things lead to a healthy population including education, community safety, smoking, housing, diet and exercise.

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At one point 6,000 without power
5:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Power Restored To Much Of Northwoods

Credit Dave Pape--en.wikipedia.org

   The situation has dramatically improved for thousands of WPS customers in the Northwoods without power.

WPS spokesperson Leah VanZile has an update...

 

"...we've made tremendous improvement in restoring power throughout the Northwoods due to additional crews we had come up this morning working through the day to restore power. We're looking for full restoration for all areas by this evening...."

 

VanZile tells us much of the region had outages...

 

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Asking for Treatment as State
3:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Potawatomi Seek EPA Approval for Water Quality Authority

Wolf River, Langlade County
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The Forest County Potawatomi Community is taking a first step towards controlling water quality on its reservation. The Wisconsin DNR is looking for public input on the proposal.

The tribe has applied to the EPA for treatment as state.  Which means it would have authority to uphold water quality standards on the reservation.  Potawatomi spokesperson George Ermert says to do that the tribe must prove that is has the resources to manage water quality. 

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Students Learn from Tradition
4:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Building a Canoe to Preserve Culture

Jessica Samuelson WXPR News

Culture, in my own personal definition is ‘life as we know it,’ but it is also life as it once was long ago before you or I or even our parents walked the earth.  Although I am not of Native American descent, I have spent the last 18 months as a Tribal AmeriCorps Program member serving the Lac du Flambeau grade school. Part of my service there involves working closely with the Envision program. I think it would be best if Ariana, a seventh-grader in the program described it for you in her own words.

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Conservation Congress meetings
6:11 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Anglers Favor More Trolling

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Wisconsin anglers could use motor-boats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings. The D-N-R announced the results this week of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties. At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62-percent of the nearly 59-hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question. It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.

Kari-Lee Zimmerman is the DNR's Conservation Congress Liason....

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Intersection of Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers
6:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves New Boat Landing

Wisconsin River
Credit Joshua Mayer

A contractor to build a new Rhinelander boat launch has been approved. The city council this week accepted the bid of Janke General Contractors to develop the Boyce Drive landing at the site of the former DNR ranger station. The landing will be at the intersection of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.

Committee chair Sherri Belliveau says it won't cost as much as first thought...

 

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No mining in Forestry Districts
5:59 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Survey To Sample OC Opinion On Piers, Boathouses

Pier at Pelican Lake
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Oneida county residents will get a survey in a few weeks to give their thoughts on rules concerning boathouses and piers. At a meeting Wednesday, the same committee said they wouldn't add language to code that would allow mining in forest areas.

Supervisor Billy Fried has expressed a view that Oneida county should not have it's own rules over piers, deferring to the more lax DNR rules. He says the rules make it difficult to place piers. He also objects to the Oneida county rules where investigations are prompted by complaints...

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Jury verdict in Bucki case
5:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Bucki Found Guilty; Large Drug Bust Near Rhinelander

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Two crime-related stories for April 16:

A jury in Lincoln county has found 50 year old Mark Bucki guilty of killing his wife and hiding her body last year.

Bucki was arrested May 13, 2013 after his wife's body was found in a swamp in Taylor county. Anita Bucki had disappeared several days before.

The 1st degree homicide verdict requires a minimum of life in prison.

A sentencing date was not set.

In Oneida county, A large drug bust near Rhinelander has led to the arrest of four persons for alleged methamphetamine use, production and distribution.

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Presentations and Activities
4:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Youth Summit Focuses on Sustainability

In spite of the snow, students from across the state gathered at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven on Wednesday.  The Youth Summit featured environmental project presentations and activities. 

High school and middle schoolers gave presentations on topics ranging from threats to coral reefs to recycling and how to raise crickets.   

One student presented on how to make biodiesel as an alternative fuel. 

“First you mix the heat, with the lye – 5 grams of lye, you need to use powdered lye instead of liquid lye…”

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