Proposed legislation would tighten rules for disposal of mercury-based thermostats. Though no longer made, many households still use them. But if thrown away or burned, that mercury can get into the environment.
A new bill would require manufacturers to pay for recycling programs, and make them easy to use by the public.
Amber Meyer Smith of advocacy group Clean Wisconsin…says it would be similar to the state’s e-waste recycling program.
The early cold snap has residents cranking up their furnaces. A Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson offers a reminder to think about maintaining that furnace, to prevent a possibly fatal build-up of carbon monoxide.
News Director Ken Krall talks with Leah Van Zile.
Van Zile says chimneys should be checked to make sure critters haven't taken up residence in them and preventing good ventilation.
The state Natural Resources Board is set to decide Wednesday on a plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks. DNR officials are recommending the mostly old-growth parcel be managed with as little involvement as possible.
The agency had originally planned to do some cutting on part of the site that didn’t fit the old-growth profile. But after overwhelming public comment, the DNR changed its plan to passive management for the entire site.
Chief DNR state forester Paul Delong says he doesn’t know whether the Natural Resources Board will approve the recommendation.
A motorcyclist is charged in the drunk driving death of another biker during last month's Harley-Davidson Fall Ride at Tomahawk. 50-year-old Lynette Haman Elkhorn is due in Oneida County Circuit Court November 18th. She's charged with two felony counts of causing homicide by drunk driving, and with a prohibited blood alcohol content. Sheriff's officials said Haman's motorcycle turned left in the path of an oncoming bike at an intersection north of Tomahawk on September 13th.
A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.
Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.
Many communities in the Northwoods are descended from eastern European immigrants.
Those with a Czech background may be familiar with the traditional pasties called kolaches. WXPR Contributor Jessica Samuelson wanted to hold onto that piece of cultural history, so she went to visit her grandmother, Alice Klimesh.
Homes prices in some northern counties are not quite keeping pace with the rest of the state.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association says statewide, median home prices went up almost eight percent in the first three quarters of this year. But in Forest County, prices dropped almost 40 percent.
Dave Clark, economist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association, says don’t panic. Statistics in the northern part of the state tend to be more volatile. There’s a smaller dataset and a wider mix of the types of homes that sell from year to year.