On Veterans Day, we remember the service of veterans from many wars.
Walter Wendt served six and a half years in the Navy in World War II. He was onboard the ship the Helena when it was hit by a torpedo during the attack on Pearl Harbor. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with 95-year-old Wendt at his neighbor’s home in McNaughton, Wisconsin.
Oneida County Sheriff’s office wants to put people on the alert for text messages that falsely appear to be from local banks.
The Sheriff’s department received two separate reports this week…of text messages warning of an approaching card limit. Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier says the messages asked for card and pin numbers, and appeared to be coming from two Rhinelander credit unions.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe of Ojibwe is urging Governor Scott Walker not to sign a bill making it harder to change race-based school mascots. The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate. The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed.
Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory.
Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says the proposed rule changes encourage destructive stereotypes of Native people.
A wildlife rehabilitator is hoping to pin down the extent of salmonella sickness in birds.
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is planning to train citizen scientists to notice and report cases of salmonella in birds. Executive Director Sharon Reilly says the center got dozens of calls this spring reporting sick or dead birds…where salmonella sounded like the culprit.
One mining specialist is questioning whether a proposed iron mine in the Penokee range has enough social support to go forward.
John Coleman is an environmental section leader at Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, a group that helps enforce tribal treaty rights in Wisconsin. Coleman has worked primarily on mining issues since 1994, when a mine proposed near Crandon faced tribal opposition.
Coleman thinks state regulators aren’t as tough as they were in the nineties.
This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management. Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health.
WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone. He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.
Waller will be joined by wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen at Science on Tap…Wednesday night at the Minocqua Brewing Company.