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Wolves and Other Species
9:34 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Wildlife Conferences Bring Valuable Conversation

The Midwest has been hosting a lot of wildlife biologists lately.  The International Wolf Symposium was held this past weekend in Duluth, Minnesota.  A week earlier, the Wildlife Society held its annual conference in Milwaukee. DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland was at both.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with MacFarland to hear about the conference highlights.  

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Some opposition at public hearing
7:51 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Rhinelander Allows Up To Four Chickens

Example of a backyard coop
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Rhinelander has joined at least two other area communities in allowing small numbers of chickens, but the approval has restrictions.

Jen Van Order asked the city a few months ago to change laws to allow up to 4 hens, no roosters in confined space. She has worked with city officials on the proposal. During a hearing at last night's council meeting, she says hens are less loud than barking dogs and, she says, cleaner. Property owners would need a special permit...

 

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Deer Strategy
5:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

DNR Seeks Public Input on Deer Management

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Changes are coming to deer management in Wisconsin.  

The DNR is holding a series of meetings in the next few weeks to get public input the rules package that sums up those changes.  Officials are also taking comments through an online survey that launches today. 

The DNR’s Eric Lobner says the rules package comes out of the Deer Trustee Report and public comment taken earlier in the year. 

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Spreading the Word
5:12 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Health Officials Call For Yearly Mammograms

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

  Public health officials are urging women over the age of 50 to get an annual mammogram.  Vilas County Public Health Nurse Pam Pederson says the breast x-ray can help catch early signs of cancer.

“Breast cancer if detected early is very treatable.  If they do these yearly exams, chances are we’re gonna catch it in a early stage, and be able to treat it and save lives.” 

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Natural Resources
5:02 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Opening Day for Wolf Hunting

This year marks Wisconsin's second wolf harvest season.
Credit Herbert Lange

Wolf hunting season opens Tuesday.  

About 2500 people have been awarded permits to harvest a wolf.  The DNR most recently reported fewer than half of those have actually purchased their licenses.  But DNR Carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland says that’s nothing unusual.

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Talking About Deer Management
4:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Online Deer Chat Today

The DNR is taking input on its Deer Trustee Report implementation plan.
Credit Ken Thomas

The DNR is gathering public input on proposed changes to deer management.  

It’s holding an online chat today  at noon on implementing the Deer Trustee Report.  Spokesperson Jennifer Pelej says this is the next step in the process of collecting feedback that began in March. 

“And we want to continue to keep the doors open with the public.  So this is just a tool for us to connect with people who might have questions about the process or the rules package.”

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Colorado Volunteer Returns Home to Rhinelander

A Rhinelander volunteer working on Colorado disaster relief has returned home.  Carol Miller traveled to northern Colorado after heavy flooding put the area into crisis.  For 17 days she supervised nurses at a Red Cross disaster relief center in Denver.  She says a lot of the work was preventative.  But they did encounter more serious conditions, and numerous cases of altitude sickness.

“When I first arrived there it was pretty intense, because we had a lot of shelters open.  So just keeping the people healthy in those shelters and well cared for.”

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Update changes in law
4:47 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Meeting on Wisconsin's Iron Mining Law Called

Iron ore pellets
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The Oneida County Clean Waters Action group is hosting a meeting to discuss environmental changes in Wisconsin's Act 1 Iron Mining Law.

Spokesperson Karl Fate says the changes in the iron mining law enacted by the legislature resulted in confusion....

 

"....we had requests from people to have a briefing on the iron mining law. There were so many changes made with that bill that it's rather mind-boggling to try to sort through it to figure out what exactly happened..."

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Q & A session
8:11 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Public Information Meeting Tuesday On Obamacare

St. Augustine's Church in Rhinelander is hosting a public information meeting on the Affordable Care Act Tuesday

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin will field questions about how the plan...sometimes known as ObamaCare.... at St. Augustine's Guild Hall on Pelham Street in Rhinelander Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Beginning October 1, the public could begin making choices regarding the Wisconsin Health Exchanges. Kane will discuss the mechanics of the plan and those sponsoring the event say it is not designed to debate the pros and cons of the law.

Government
6:25 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Victim Identified In Price County Drowning

Price county authorities have identified the victim in a Wednesday drowning.

Sheriff Brian S. Schmidt reports 76 year old Thomas Hollar of Manitowoc was reported missing on Letourneau Lake in the town of Flambeau.

Hollar's body was recovered by divers on Thursday.

The investigation into Hollar's death continues.

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