Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

Natalie came to the station in 2013.  She moved to the Northwoods from Providence, Rhode Island where she worked at Rhode Island Public Radio.  She studied Environmental Studies at Brown University, and learned radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. 

As Community Features Editor, Natalie spends time reporting, interviewing, and working with volunteer contributors.  She also hosts All Things Considered on Friday afternoons. 

When she's not rushing to and from an interview, she enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, and skiing to survive the winter.

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Areas Closed to Public Access
5:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Mine Opponents Plan Snowshoe Hike In 'Forbidden Zone'

A group of people are planning a snowshoe hike through the Penokee Range this weekend that crosses land closed to the public because of mining-related activity. 

The hike meets Sunday at the site of the Harvest Camp, or HELP Village on Moorepark Road in the town of Anderson in Iron County. 

Village spokesperson Paul DeMain says the area should be open to the public despite a company’s plans for an iron mine there. 

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Natural Resources
5:21 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Threatened Bat Rule Could Give Loggers More Flexibility

The USFWS is considering federal protections for the northern long-eared bat.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing new protections for the northern long-eared bat that would give more freedom to the logging industry.

The federal agency wanted to list the bat as endangered after white nose syndrome decimated populations in some areas.  But it’s been getting a lot of feedback from the public in favor of a less-restrictive threatened listing. 

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Metabolic Increases Start Before Signs of Disease
9:51 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Research Suggests White Nose Syndrome Takes Early Foothold in Bats

New research suggests white nose syndrome is affecting bat metabolism well before outward signs of the disease appear.
Credit Marvin Moriarty / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A recent study takes a closer look at how the deadly white nose syndrome affects bats.

Scientists know the fungal disease kills bats by disrupting their hibernation, which makes the bats run out of valuable energy stores. 

David Blehert from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wildlife Health Center in Madison says scientists have now measured increases in bats’ metabolic rates earlier than expected. 

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Possible First ATV Trail in State Wildlife Area
9:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Planning Process Begins For Woodboro Lakes

The Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is primarily early successional aspen forest, and also contains a number of kettle lakes.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public are getting a chance to voice what they’d like to see longterm on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area in Oneida County.  About 40 people attended a public information session Tuesday night. 

Controversy over a local club’s proposal for what could be the first ATV trail through a state Wildlife Area has been folded into a larger master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.  It will likely dictate where and if motorized use is allowed. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker
4:23 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former NOW Leader To Speak About Growing Inequalities In U.S.

A former leader of the National Organization for Women is speaking in the in Northwoods next week.

Judy Goldsmith was President of NOW in the 1980s, and most recently served as Campus Dean and CEO of UW Fond du Lac.

During her time at NOW, Goldsmith worked with Coretta Scott King to organize a commemorative March on Washington in the 1980s…in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic march in 1963.

Her talk scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr Day is titled “Red, White and Broke: Escalating Inequality in America.” 

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Kenosha Casino Deadline Approaches
4:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Menominee, Potawatomi Tribes At Odds Interpreting BIA Decision

The Menominee tribe says its proposal for a Kenosha casino is getting closer to reality, now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an amendment between the state and the Forest County Potawatomi. 

But the Potawatomi say the state could still owe the tribe money if the Kenosha casino moves forward.  

The amendment would have put the state and the Menominee tribe on the hook to make up any Potawatomi losses as a result of a new casino in nearby Kenosha. 

Gary Besaw is Chair of the Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority. 

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Looking Back on Earthquake Aftermath
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Five Years Later, Analyzing Relief in Haiti

A earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale wracked Haiti five years ago, January 12, 2010.
Credit UN Photo/Logan Abassi / United Nations Development Programme

Monday marks five years since a massive earthquake in Haiti.

We’re going to talk with Northwoods native Kate Zambon, a graduate student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She recently produced an episode for the school’s 3620 Podcast… that takes a look at the legacy left behind by the swell of relief efforts in Haiti.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Zambon about the project.  

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Hoping to Reach More Scientists, Partners
5:31 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Forest Research Farm Seeks Experimental Forest Designation

The Harshaw Forest Research Farm has been used for research on biofuels and the impact of climate change factors on tree health.
Credit US Forest Service

A U.S. Forest Service research farm near Rhinelander is hoping to join a national network of experimental forests.  

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Lowest in Years
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Natural Gas Prices Fall In Time For Peak Heating Season

Natural gas customers are likely to pay less this winter, thanks to falling prices.
Credit http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gas_meter.JPG

Gasoline prices aren’t the only ones falling. Natural gas prices are also dropping.

Residential rates are about thirty percent lower this January than they were last year.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says it depends on how much you use, but you’ll likely see a lower bill. 

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No Foul Play Suspected
2:32 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Details Emerge After Presque Isle Death

A woman found dead in Presque Isle on Friday was walking a neighbor’s dog home the night that she died.

After leaving her residence behind the Townhouse Store Thursday night, 61-year-old Corinne Gerster did not return home. 

Her body was found the next morning with some marks and injuries, and her clothing had been torn off. 

Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath says the man she was living with is not under investigation. 

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