Wednesday, the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin released a report saying Minnesota residents are paying far less in premiums under the Affordable Care Act. Rhinelander and Wausau are two cities the report compared to Minnesota communities.
Citizen Action's Robert Kraig told the media during a conference call his group could find two reasons why the higher rates are being offered....
That’s good news for a group of young bears that spent most of the year at a wildlife rehab center. They finally have the chance to be released back into the wild. As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, that release is also good news for the bears’ caretakers…who finally have a chance to get some rest.
Bear release day dawns cloudy and damp. Just east of busy traffic on Highway 47, Mark Naniot has rounded up interns and a small crew of volunteers.
The bill was authored by State Senator Tom Tiffany and Assembly Represenative Joan Ballweg. The bill would limit the powers of local governments to regulate placement of non-metallic mines. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, whose district includes some of the frac mines, said the issue relates to local control...
Eleven Assembly members from both parties came to Rhinelander Wednesday to learn more of the challenges facing rural schools. Ken Krall reports area school leaders had much to say.
The Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools first heard from Rhinelander Superintendent Kelli Jacobi who outlined Rhinelander's history, including cutting $11 million from the budget and closing five buildings, including 4 schools in the past ten years. She says a combination of factors are providing local schools with increasing problems, not the least of which is the drop in state aids...
Presque Isle’s Van Vliet Hemlocks will become a State Natural Area. And the mostly old-growth parcel will be managed with as little interference as possible. The state Natural Resources Board voted today to approve the DNR’s recommendation to passively manage the entire area.
Tom Olson President of the group Friends of the Van Vliet spoke at the meeting, citing widespread public support for letting the hemlock parcel manage itself.
The daughter of the owners and former bookkeeper for Aqualand Manufacturing in Woodruff has struck a plea bargain concerning multiple charges of theft from a business setting and tax fraud.
46 year old Lisa Saykally was alleged to have taken more than $500,000 from the firm. In Oneida county court Tuesday, Saykally agreed to plead no contest to six felony embezzlement counts and one count of tax fraud. Judge Patrick O'Melia agreed to dismiss six other counts and found her guilty. He ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for January 9.
The Vilas County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night approved a budget for 2014 that calls for a small increase in the property tax rate. Vilas county has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state. The increase will amount to $8 per $100,000 of valuation. The budget is a compromise….in order to maintain a county services, provide for a number of important projects, and maintain a healthy fund balance.
The DNR has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. That zone includes most of Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties, and portions of Lincoln and Langlade counties.
Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in all other zones.
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.