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4:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Electronic Deer Registration Could Hurt Tavern Business, Owners Argue

A proposed switch to electronic deer registration has some business owners up in arms.
Credit Ken Thomas

The state Natural Resources Board will consider new rules tomorrow for how the state handles deer registration.  But some tavern owners are complaining the rules will hurt business.       

      

The governor’s so-called deer czar James Kroll has recommended a switch to registering deer online or by phone, instead of in person like at a gas station or bar. 

Steve Moran owns Moran’s Landing in Nokomis.  He says registration brings in a sizable portion of business during deer season. 

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Affects two county departments
3:37 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Rejects Offers To Buy WPS Building

Three proposals to purchase the former WPS building near the Oneida county courthouse by a Rhinelander businessman were rejected by the county board Tuesday, but it might not be the end of bargaining. That rejection also had a bearing on the location of two county departments.

Mike Boyd's offers included Oneida county paying to use some of the office space he would construct. One of the options was to locate the county UW- Extension and possibly Land and Water Conservation departments in the new building.

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Merit pay among proposals
3:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Oneida Co. Board Considers New Employee Pay Plan

Oneida county courthouse
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The Oneida County Board heard the first run through of a potential comprehensive change how the county pays most of its employees.

Consultant Charles Carlson outlined a plan using private market factors...among other considerations... in determining a median wage scale. It also sets up pay based on performance for department heads rather than just time served, and finding a way to bring Oneida county closer to state average on benefit costs, most notably health insurance.

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Better-Suited for Northwoods Conditions
3:45 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Never Too Early to Plan for Native Flowers, Grasses, Trees

Black-eyed susans are one of a variety of native species encouraged by Iron County natural resources officials.
Credit Jack W. Pearce

It’s still the middle of winter - but for some gardeners it’s not too early to look ahead to spring.  

The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department runs a program to promote native plants for gardens and yards.  The program includes a mid-winter sale, where gardeners can pre-order native varieties for pick-up in May or June.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to the department’s Heather Palmquist about the native plants program.  

Palmquist says native plants are well-suited for Northwoods growing conditions. 

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Focus on Drunk Driving
12:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Richards Joins Open A.G. Race

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced he won't run for another term. With the first open race since 2002, a number of candidates are entering the race.

One candidate is legislator and lawyer, Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee. Richards has been in the legislature for 14 years.

One key issue to him is strengthening Wisconsin's drunk driving laws.

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'single-stream' use grows
7:15 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Recycling Numbers Growing In Wisconsin

Where your can of soda goes
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Wisconsin continues to be among the leaders in recycling.

DNR Recycling Coordinator Cynthia Moore says the demand for recycled products continues to rise...

 

"....this material has real value...I think some people are really surprised that(recycled material) has value on the global market and the local market..."

She says one reason for growing recycling is the process has been made easier....

 

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Safety Week Observance
6:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Eddy: Most Snowmobile Crashes Preventable

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With the World Championship Snowmobile Derby ending Sunday in Eagle River, many enthusiasts are in the Northwoods to enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in years. This is also International Snowmobile Safety Week.

DNR Snowmobile Administrator Warden Gary Eddy says with busy trails, always keep in mind safety...

 

"....some of the traditional complaints we have out there when it is busy are snowmobilers cutting corners, not staying on the right side of the trail, speeding and just overall reckless operation...."

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Drug counteracts heroin overdoses
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Legislator Says More EMT's Should Administer Narcan

Rep. John Nygren(R-Marinette)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

State Representative John Nygren of Marinette nearly lost his daughter to a heroin overdose in 2009. The state Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved  measures making it easier for emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses. 

The bills also enable callers to remain anonymous when calling in an overdose to medical personnel. Nygren talked to Ken Krall about how this move will save lives.

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Historical Connections to Present
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

ACLU Speaker to Highlight Voting Rights

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  A representative from the Wisconsin Chapter of the ACLU is here in the Northwoods.  Youth and Program Director Emilio De Torre is speaking tonight at the Woodruff Community Center.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to him about how the voting rights struggle of the 1960s plays out today. 

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Less Than a Quarter Vaccinated
12:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Flu Hitting Younger Adults

The Oneida County Health Department says this year's flu shot is a good match with the most common strain.
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

Flu cases are rampant in Wisconsin and locally this time of year.  The state ranks as one of the lowest in the country in terms of vaccination rates. 

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says officials are seeing higher rates of incidence for young and middle aged adults.  That’s because the most common strain this year is the H1N1 swine flu.

“That strain does attack certain populations.  And as the year goes one, we will probably see another 1-2 peaks in the rates of influenza infection.”

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