Rhinelander native Ann Eshelman worked for many years as a public defender in the Northwoods. After retiring she headed to northeast Cambodia to volunteer at a rehabilitation center for aging elephants…that had been used for logging and other hard labor. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Eshelman about her experience volunteering at an elephant sanctuary that also has a big environmental and social impact.
One Lac du Flambeau tribal member is reflecting on the importance of the annual state of the tribes address.
Performer and tribal liaison for the state Department of Transportation Kelly Jackson says the speech is an important way for tribes to engage with state government.
“To share with our state legislators some of the key issues and mutual expectations in tribal communities. Tribes are part of the government system in Wisconsin, so their opportunity to address the legislators is really a critical part of government relations.
The Rhinelander Police Department is holding a training about law enforcement for citizens. The Police Academy takes place one night a week for eight weeks. Police chief Mike Steffes says the goal is to get more people thinking like police officers.
“It’s through programs like this where citizens can really get involved in the police department and really know and understand what police officers are doing, and see life through the eyes of a police officer.”
Steffes says it also helps community members feel more comfortable with police.
A cold winter may be putting a damper on home sales in Wisconsin. In the northern part of the state January sales were down about four percent, compared to the previous January…according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Statewide sales were down almost seven percent.
But Economist David Clark says the cold weather could result in a spring rebound.
“The flip side may be that if colder than normal weather is causing some people to sit on the sidelines in December, January and February, it may simply shift them into March, April and May.”
A Rhinelander man offers insight into what it’s like to compete in the Olympic games. Chris Cook was on the United States ski team at the 2006 Torino Olympics.
Cook describes being on the start-line as a moment of clarity.
“Everything else about the Olympics is a huge distraction, and pulling you in all sorts of directions. But at the end of the day when you get to that starting line that’s where you’re comfortable, that’s where you’ve had all the training, all the preparation.”
A Rhinelander teacher has been honored for his role in financial education. The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy gave out twenty awards this week, and one of them went to Patrick Kubeny, who has taught at Rhinelander High School for 21 years.
“It would be an award that I knew was out there that I knew existed. Just like guys in the NFL want to win the superbowl someday – you know it’s there but you don’t expect it!”
Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace. Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help.
The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care.
Gogebic Taconite could begin bulk sampling in the Penokee Range at any time. The DNR has finished reviewing the sampling plan and has no further questions or requirements.
GTac’s original plan involved building a new road to provide access to some of the sites. DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says the company submitted a revised plan last week, since frozen roads make that access easier.