November and December is a big time for shopping. It’s also a critical time for people who need assistance. The Rhinelander Salvation Army is seeking bell-ringers to stand outside big stores and collect donations.
WXPR’s Ken Krall sat down with coordinator Kim Swisher.
Swisher says 86 cents out of every dollar goes to help needy families in Rhinelander.
The deadline is approaching for Oneida county non-profits to get some free volunteer help.
Each year Leadership Oneida County needs projects from non-profits. The effort is jointly sponsored by UW-Extension and Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. This year 16 professionals are learning about the business, education, medical, media and other aspects of Oneida county life with an eye toward finding a new generation of leaders here.
Chamber Director Lara Reed says they need at least five more non-profits to submit entries to have enough for the prospects...
Statewide, three hunters have died this year after they fell out of treestands. A DNR leader says most injuries and fatalities are preventable.
Jon King is DNR Hunter Education Administrator. He says for a purchased stand, take the time to read all the directions. He says setting it up alone is not advised...
"....we encouraging using the buddy system. Take somebody with you while you do this. When you're climbing in a tree stand and it's not attached to the tree, it could fall over on you and end up injuring you...."
More of us are flying from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
Airport Director Joe Brauer says the switch to the Delta-connect airline SkyWest has improved the number of passengers flying out of Rhinelander...
"...through the first ten months of the year we're running about a 53 percent load factor. We started out slow in the first quarter. We had a very strong summer where (the number of passengers) were running in the high eighties..."
A wildlife rehabilitator is hoping to pin down the extent of salmonella sickness in birds.
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is planning to train citizen scientists to notice and report cases of salmonella in birds. Executive Director Sharon Reilly says the center got dozens of calls this spring reporting sick or dead birds…where salmonella sounded like the culprit.
One mining specialist is questioning whether a proposed iron mine in the Penokee range has enough social support to go forward.
John Coleman is an environmental section leader at Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, a group that helps enforce tribal treaty rights in Wisconsin. Coleman has worked primarily on mining issues since 1994, when a mine proposed near Crandon faced tribal opposition.
Coleman thinks state regulators aren’t as tough as they were in the nineties.
This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management. Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health.
WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone. He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.
Waller will be joined by wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen at Science on Tap…Wednesday night at the Minocqua Brewing Company.
A key fundraiser for the Northwoods homeless shelter happens this Saturday.
The annual "Soup For Shelter" supports the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and the shelter, Frederick Place, in Rhinelander. The shelter is used by persons from Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Forest and Langlade counties.
Director Tammy Modic says the event nourishes everyone involved...