Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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Asking for More Logs
6:01 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Too Little Logging For Lumber?

Local sawmills argue there aren't enough logs being harvested in northern Wisconsin.
Credit Mike Belch

Some lumber mills in northern Wisconsin say low timber harvests from the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are jeopardizing their businesses.  

Sue Pukall of Arbor Vitae’s Pukall Lumber says the company is sometimes forced to buy logs hauled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which costs about $200 extra per truckload.

“Ideally we should be able to source all the logs that we need within a 50-75 mile radius of our mill.  So when we have to go up into the UP, that’s obviously a lot further than 75 miles.”

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Investigation Still In Progress
6:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Missing Woman's Remains Found; Cause of Death TBD

Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest.  Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.

“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains.  So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”

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Water Worries
6:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Well Drilling Regulations Up for Committee Hearing

A proposed state Senate bill would change the approval process for commercial wells.
Credit Klimek Bros Well Drilling

A bill limiting the DNR’s power over high capacity wells is up for a hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday.  

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Public Access Controversy
6:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Managed Forest Exception Tabled For Now, But Still In the Works

Credit Mark Sadowski

A state lawmaker says he’ll keep working on a bill that would allow Gogebic Taconite to restrict public access to the site of a proposed iron mine.  Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program.  

After pulling the legislation from the Senate calendar, Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says he’ll make revisions in hopes of getting the votes he needs.

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A Pesky Problem
4:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Mosquito Madness, Even in Autumn?

Wisconsin is home to more than 50 varieties of mosquito.
Credit E. A. Goeldi

Despite several nights of frost in the past week, some Northern Wisconsin residents are still plagued by the telltale buzz of mosquitoes.  How does a mosquito survive in cold temperatures?

Common knowledge holds that once nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s, mosquito populations drop off.  But that didn’t seem to be happening last week.  Susan Paskewitz, a mosquito expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, says it’s possible most of the still-active mosquitoes are newly formed.

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Government
5:00 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Wisconsin Tribes Net Federal Grants

A federal program has awarded over $3 million in Wisconsin for tribal justice and public safety projects.  Lac du Flambeau will receive more than a half-million dollars from the so-called COPS grant to increase community policing.  John Vaudreuil is US Attorney for Wisconsin’s Western District.  He says this type of grant is pretty straightforward.

“Pay for police, keep your police forces, train your police forces. And technical support – it might be recorders, cars, things like that.”

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Helping With Disaster Relief
4:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lending a Hand in Denver, CO

Rescue crews helped evacuate Fort Carson, Colorado after flooding shut down roads in the area.
Credit Nicole Manzanares / US Air National Guard

A Rhinelander volunteer is in Colorado with the American Red Cross.  Carol Miller is stationed at Disaster Relief Headquarters near Denver, south of where the floods have done the most damage.  

She says there are 600 volunteers on the scene with hundreds more set to arrive.  The job of Red Cross nurses is to take care of those who get sick or injured while volunteering for FEMA or other partner organizations.

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Educating the Youth
1:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Intro to Invasives, at CAVOC

Michelle Sadauskas, Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator for Oneida County, holds up a sea lamprey.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Fourth graders from Central Intermediate School in Rhinelander had a chance to learn about invasive species Thursday, on an environmental education field trip. 

Michele Sadauskas is passing around Louis – a preserved sea lamprey to a group of kids sitting on the floor at CAVOC, the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom.   Sadauskas is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Oneida County.  She’s here today to give kids a primer – what exactly is an AIS?

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Decent Grades
3:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Northern Schools Fare Well By State Standards

Report cards are out for all Wisconsin schools and districts.
Credit Basheer Tome

School report cards are in, and Northwoods school districts are on track or exceeding expectations. 

The statewide performance report ranks schools on measures like student achievement, attendance and college readiness. Schools get placed in one of five categories between "failing" and "significantly exceeding expectations."

Northland Pines schools in Eagle River was rated as "exceeding expectations". District Administrator Dr.  Mike Richie says the numbers are positive.

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Too Many Trees?
3:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Tiffany Echoes County's Desire For More Cutting

Tom Tiffany is calling for bigger timber harvests in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.
Credit US Forest Service / WXPR News

State Senator Tom Tiffany is supporting Oneida County’s call for increased cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.  

The county board passed a resolution Tuesday asking federal officials and members of Congress to bring the national forest harvest up to its allowable level.  Senator Tiffany says after widespread clear-cutting a hundred years ago, the pendulum has now swung too far the other way.

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