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Puts in place merit pay and caps
4:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Pay Plan Likely Going To Oneida County Board

Oneida county courthouse
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The Oneida County Board in February will consider a new way to pay employees which...among many other points.... sets in place merit pay for extra achievers and caps pay increases.

A committee this week recommended a multi-faceted change in how compensation is handled. Separate wage schedules were established for salaried and non-salaried employees. The schedules establish a market value. For management and professional staff, it sets a wage point pay beyond that achieved by extraordinary effort.

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Energy conservation grants
3:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Four Rhinelander Non-Profits Get Grants From WPS

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

The Rhinelander area was well represented among 15 northeastern Wisconsin non-profit groups getting energy-efficiency money from Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS's Energy Challenge asked non-profits to work toward energy efficiency and weatherization.

ArtStart Inc., of Rhinelander placed third overall, garnering a top $1,500 check. Others getting $1,000 awards are the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Northwoods Community Elementary School, and the Rhinelander Basketball Association.

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During Tomahawk Fall Ride
3:34 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Not Guilty Pleas In Oneida County Motorcycle Death

An Elkhorn, Wisconsin woman charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle has been bound over for trial.

50 year old Lynette Haman was arrested after a September 13, 2013 traffic incident with another motorcycist. The incident happened on Oneida county "L" and Prairie Rapids Road nine miles north of Tomahawk. Deputies say Haman was traveling south when her motorcycle veered in front of a motorcycle driven by 50 year old Benjamin Guite of Merrill. Both drivers were taken to hospitals in Marshfield and Wausau. Guite died from his injuries in Wausau.

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Illegal insurance claims
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Former Rhinelander Man Gets 10 Years For $1.3 Million Insurance Fraud

John Henricks III
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

A former Rhinelander man has been sentenced to just over 10 years in prison for using the U.S. Mail to defraud insurance companies and must repay more than a million dollars.

43 year old John Henricks III, now of Amherst, had pleaded guilty last August in federal court.

U.S. Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison determined Henricks was responsible for using his prior business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop in Rhinelander, to defraud 19 auto insurance companies out of more than $1.3 million by staging accidents and creating false work invoices.

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Must repay over $700,000
3:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

$660,000 Stolen Gets Woman 2 Years In Prison

A 46 year old former Woodruff-area woman has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in restitution and fines. She had entered guilty pleas to embezzling the money over several years from the family business where she worked.

Lisa Saykally admitted to stealing $660,000 from Aqualand Manufacturing in Woodruff over 8 years. With tax-related fines added in, the amount for repayment is $727,000.

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With All Five Senses
4:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

In the Woods: What Halfpenny Sees

Credit Natalie Jablonski

Earlier this week, we brought you a story about the state’s volunteer carnivore tracking program.  Every winter, over a hundred people volunteer to help track wolves for the Wisconsin DNR.

Today we’ll hear more from Jim Halfpenny. He says he can track anything, even a fish, but he specializes in tracking rare mammals...like wolves or grizzly bears, depending on location.  Halfpenny lives in Montana, but every winter he visits Wisconsin to teach a workshop on animal tracking and wolf ecology.    

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski tagged along on a walk in the snowy woods.  

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New Year's Day bar altercation
4:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Autopsy Shows Fractured Sternum Caused Man's Death

Credit WXPR

An autopsy on a Rhinelander man who died early New Year's Day after an altercation has been released.

48 year old James R. Tanner died in the ambulance outside Sackett's bar on Brown Street in Rhinelander. Police Chief Michael Steffes said minutes before Tanner had allegedly thrown a punch at 62 year old John A. Klucarich. Chief Steffes says a disc jockey at bar, 59 year old Gregory Dryden, allegedly grabbed Tanner and directed him toward the bar then put him on the floor. Klucarich received less serious injuries.

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Signing Up For Care
4:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Helping With Insurance Enrollment

A health insurance sign-up session was fully booked Wednesday in Rhinelander.  Application counselors from Bridge Clinic in Wausau were on hand to walk people through the process of enrolling in the online exchange. 

Though a fickle internet connection was a frustration, at mid-day AyLee Her said he’d already helped three people sign up. 

“We are gonna be on the clock every hour.  So we’re hoping we don’t have any technical issues.  We should be able to get individuals enrolled within that hour and go on to the next individual.”

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Single-Stream Recycling
4:04 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

New Recycling Sorter Opens in Eagle River

Single-stream recycling may become more common, now that a new sorting facility has opened in Eagle River.
Credit Michael Cote

Recycling may be getting easier, for some in the Northwoods.  Eagle River Waste and Recycling has completed a new sorting facility, that separates different kinds of recyclable materials.

Jenni Raats is the company’s account manager.  She says customers in Eagle River…won’t have to sort their recyclables any longer.

“We’ve made recycling so much easier for all our customers.  You can take all materials, glass, plastic, tin, aluminum, paper, cardboard – even small kitchen appliances, toasters and things like that.  Put them all loosely in one container.”

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Tuesday stop in Rhinelander
2:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Burke Says Walker Hasn't Created More Jobs

Democrat Mary Burke
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The only declared Democrat running for Governor stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday to deliver the message that she can defeat  incumbent Republican Scott Walker.

Mary Burke is the former Commerce Secretary under then Governor Jim Doyle and was an executive with Trek Bicycle from Waterloo, a company founded by her father.

Burke outlined a number of stances including, what she would have done differently to balance the state budget...

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