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Forest Management Controversy
1:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

New Plan for Van Vliets Goes Up For Approval

Controversy over a plan for active management in the Van Vliets has prompted the DNR to change its recommendation.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The DNR is changing its tune on a management plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  The agency plans to take a hands-off approach to the 400-acre stand of mostly old growth trees.

Officials had originally proposed to actively manage a section of the forest that didn’t fit the profile of the rest of the site: meaning some trees would be cut in hopes of speeding the process of old growth development.

But community outcry appears to have changed the DNR’s mind.  DNR Chief State Forester Paul DeLong says officials received dozens of letters.

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Reason uncertain
11:49 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Gas Prices Spike In Northwoods

Gregg Laskoski
Credit gasbuddy.com

Gas prices had dropped to $3.31 per gallon this week, then Wednesday the price rapidly spiked to $3.49 per gallon in Rhinelander and Eagle River, $3.39 in Minocqua, but held at $3.30 in Antigo, according to the website gasbuddy. com

Gasbuddy.com  Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says wholesale prices are to blame for the spike after a long downward trend...

 

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Succeeds Sheila Clough
3:53 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Hilt Named President at Ministry Howard Young Health Care

Monica Hilt
Credit Ministry Health Care

A Ministry Health Care leader has been given additional duties.

Monica Hilt has been named president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff. Hilt already is president of Ministry Sacred Heart-St. Mary's hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Hilt replaces Shiela Clough who resigned in August.

Hilt says she's worked for 23 years at the two hospitals she currently oversees, but the Howard Young facility is familiar to her, having worked with Sheila Clough. She says Ministry has been working toward having officers in regional positions...

 

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Forest County Land Acquisition
3:36 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

BCPL Buys 1K Acres From Plum Creek

BCPL says the land purchased from Plum Creek features a lot of hardwoods.
Credit Joshua Mayer

Plum Creek timber company is selling a thousand acres in Forest County to a state agency. BCPL – or Board of Commissioners for Public Lands - is buying the land for one and a quarter million dollars.  

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Race-Based Logos and Mascots
1:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawmakers OK Changes to Indian Mascot Rules

Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots. 

The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn’t discriminating.  The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint. 

Supporters say it makes the process more fair.  Opponents call it discrimination.

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Retraining Dogs and Cats
12:48 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Giving New Life to Difficult Pets

Oneida County Humane Society and McNaughton Correctional Facility work to retrain difficult dogs and cats.
Credit Pete Markham

Oneida County Humane Society is hosting an event to show how dogs and cats given a second chance can become good pets and maybe get adopted. 

The program is in conjunction with the McNaughton Correction Center in Lake Tomahawk. Organizer Maggie Hogan talks to News Director Ken Krall about the program.

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Tiffany says only need to sign up once
12:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Northwoods Legislator Proposes No-Call List Change

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List...

 

"...we're one of only 14 states that keeps a state list, the rest of them have moved it to the federal level and that is what we're going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no-call list..."

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Report to the county board
11:17 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Oneida County Faces Millions In Retirement Health Costs

Credit flicker.com

Oneida county has more than 8 million dollars pending in health benefits being paid to workers who have left county employment, mainly through retirement.

A county financial advisor, John Frederick, updated the county board Tuesday.

He says current accounting practices find the health care benefit must be reflected during the time the person is employed, rather than as a gratutiy after they retire...

 

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A Question of Speed
5:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Assembly Endorses 70 MPH Limit

State lawmakers in the Assembly have passed a bill allowing a higher speed limit on rural interstates.  The bill introduced by Republican Paul Tittl raises the cap on speeds to 70 miles per hour on some roads, up from 65. 

The bill says 4-lane interstates could one day have the higher limit, but only after the DOT does a one-year study of safety impacts.

Many Democrats in the state assembly complained the bill was fast-tracked to a scheduled vote.  Representative Fred Kessler of Milwaukee said key voices were missing from the bill’s public hearing.

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Filling the Gap
5:22 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

National Event Highlights Afterschool Programs

Local organizations are helping put the spotlight on the importance of afterschool programs.  Lights On Afterschool is an event happening nationwide.  Old School Arts and Learning Center is having an open house Wednesday.  Director Louise Perreault says programs are intended to keep kids from having to be home alone after school. 

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