Much was debated in Congress about mandatory across the board budget cuts called sequestration. The impacts the federal sequester made in areas such as air traffic controllers and military bands were widely reported, but the cuts are having an impact on meals delivered to senior citizens.
Ken Krall talks with Dianne Jacobson, the Director of the Oneida County Department on Aging about tough times for the Senior Nutrition Program.
Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson. More information is available at the office in Rhinelander.
We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.
But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption. It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.
The mixed economic news reflects on figures given to the Oneida county board on delinquent taxes and foreclosures.
County Treasurer Kris Osterman said the number of tax delinquencies last year were down which usually shows people have enough money to pay their taxes. But other parts of her report showed tough times...
"....we had the same foreclosures this year as we had last year. We finished foreclosing on 24 properties which is a record ever since I've been here, we've never had that many properties...."
As money gets tighter at the local level, governments are wrestling with balancing their budgets. The Oneida County Board passed a 2014 budget that saw an unexpected windfall give some space to reduce budget cuts.
A bill changing the approval process for high capacity wells has passed a Senate committee. Some environmental groups are up in arms.
The bill limits the DNR’s powers in reviewing commercial wells that pump over 100,000 gallons per day. For example a property with a well on it could be sold without having to get a new well permit. And applications not acted upon within 65 days would get approved by default.