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30 June

 
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Hurley School looks to high-tech future
"Patritto outlined the district's budget woes and said that stimulus money cannot be used to fix the budget but only to enhance existing programs. Stimulus money will only be available for two years, he said."
Man injured in accidental shooting
"Harris took the clip out of the handgun before handing it to Spence, but, "apparently there was still one round left in the chamber and it accidentally went off, hitting Spence in the outside of his right lower leg," the report said."
Great Lakes wolves back on endangered list
"The decision came less than two months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discontinued federal protection for about 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The agency acknowledged Monday that it erred by not holding a legally required public comment period before taking action."
WI Traffic Deaths Down
"Heading into the final day of June Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation reports 242 people have been killed on Wisconsin's roadways-10 fewer than at the same time a year ago. And the number of fatalities is down 78 from the five-year average of 320 for this time of year."
WI Budget Highlights
"Highlights of the 81 vetoes issued Monday by Gov. Jim Doyle to the two-year, $62 billion state budget passed last week by the Legislature:"
Senator Kohl: Marshfield Clinic 'set the standard' for quality health care
"Kohl, who last week appointed a health advisory committee to offer input to Congress during health reform debates, said Wisconsin has a lot to share with the nation when it comes to health care efficiency and reform.  The state ranks high in health care quality, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, Kohl said.  And centers such as the Clinic have "set the standard."
State agency to sue legislators for failing to file finance reports
"Michael Haas, an attorney with the state elections watchdog, said lawsuits would be filed within about two weeks against Rep. Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Scott Newcomer (R-Hartland), Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams (D-Milwaukee)."
Gray wolf back on endangered list, for now
"In early May, wolves were removed from the list of threatened and endangered species in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. A coalition of wolf advocate groups led by the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit June 15, challenging the federal government's decision. A court-ordered settlement restores federal Endangered Species Act protections for more than 4,000 gray wolves around the Great Lakes."
Construction of new Soo shipping lock beginning
"The Poe lock is the only one of the four existing locks that can accommodate the largest freighters, which can be up to 1,000 feet long. Shippers have long pushed for construction of a second big lock in case the Poe becomes disabled."
Beware algae in lakes, state health agency says 
""It's great to have fun in Wisconsin waters, but coming into contact with or swallowing water with high levels of blue-green algae poses a health risk and can make you sick," said Dr. Seth Foldy, the state health officer, in a press release. "People and pets should avoid swimming where the water looks like paint or pea soup.""
Toledo Church Rally To Promote Guns As Part of ‘God’s Will’ Is An Insult To All Faiths and Religions - Gun Guys
"“It is an embarrassment to people of faith that pray for peace and non-violence to have gun proponents use a house of worship to encourage the ownership and defend the use of weapons.  “Firearms are not sacred relics of worship. They are tools of violence- lethal products designed to kill and injure human beings, to destroy lives, and cause terror in our communities."
Screamin' Seafaring Tale Wins Bad Writing Contest - CBS News
"The contest, a parody of prose, invites entrants to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels. It is named after Victorian writer Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who opened his 1830 novel "Paul Clifford," with the much-quoted, "It was a dark and stormy night ...""
 

29 June

 
Teen rescued from near drowning at Saxon Harbor
"Iron County Sheriff's Department recreation officer Chris Voyer said the unidentified boy, his 17-year-old sister and two other youngsters were attempting to swim across the harbor, a distance of only about 100 yards."
Survey shows prevalence of AODA issues at Ashland High School
"Out of the Ashland students surveyed this year, 50.7 percent admitted they'd puffed on a cigarette at least once in their lives, compared to 49 percent of students across the state and 50.3 students across the nation... The prevalence of initial alcohol and marijuana use were similarly comparable across the local, state and national groups."
Birdfeeder Dangers
"The Department of Natural Resources says some feeders can accidentally kill other wildlife such as raccoons and skunks and even bear cubs.  The agency points to two cases in northwestern Wisconsin where bear cubs got their heads stuck in feeders while searching for food."
Governor's Race
"Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser Monday for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker.  The Milwaukee County executive plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor next year."
Tent caterpillars build webs, strip central Wisconsin trees of leaves
"Robinson Klug said if people see the tentlike masses in their trees, the best way to deal with them is to apply soapy water.  "(It) works pretty well against them. It'll dehydrate them basically through their skin, and they'll die," Klug said. "It's important, though, that people do not just spray the tent intact, because the tent will just shed the water. They're built to shed water and weather to protect the caterpillar inside.""
Milwaukee Mile owes NASCAR plenty
"The documents include an agreement that Claude Napier, the head of Wisconsin Motorsports, signed in which he states that he is unable to pay in full the fees due NASCAR for sanctioning the races.  As part of the agreement Napier signed, all of the revenue generated by the two races was sent directly to NASCAR."
Tribal dissidents oppose Enbridge pipeline
"Both tribal councils have already approved the Enbridge Energy Corp. pipeline across their reservations after the company agreed to pay for the rights of way.  But, some tribal dissidents say the oil is among the dirtiest in the world and that mining it from tar sands will damage the environment for native tribes in Canada."
Pelosi: 'Remember These Four Words For What This Legislation Means: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs.' - Sustainable Business
""This is the moment when we can unleash private sector investment in clean energy to create millions of new jobs and make America the global innovation leader. It will promote clean energy technology - made in America. It will put America in the lead in the global competition."
Study finds widening generation gap in US - Associated Press
"On the other hand, older adults end up having less leisure time than expected. While 87 percent of those under 65 think they will have more time for hobbies and other interests in older age, only 65 percent of older people report having it. Life at 65 and older also fell below expectations when it came to time with family, travel, having more financial security and less stress."
Health-Care Market Characterized By Consolidation, Not Competition - TPM
"But the notion that most American consumers enjoy anything like a competitive marketplace for health care is flatly false... Premiums have gone up over the past six years by more than 87 percent, on average, while profits at ten of the largest publicly traded health insurance companies rose 428 percent from 2000 to 2007."
 

26 June

 
Reminder:
"The Pond is open Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 6pm. Please check the information board for updates and fishing rules... Fishing is for children age 14 and under with a daily limit of 2 fish.  It's a great place to experience catching your first fish if you haven't already. And also a nice place to have a picnic."
Obey STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF ENERGY BILL
“To those who say we can’t afford this, I would note that, when I first came to Congress, opponents of the clean water act said that passage of that legislation to clean up our lakes and streams would bankrupt our country and cost thousands of jobs. Instead, it created an opportunity for companies like Zimpro in my hometown to put a lot of people to work manufacturing pollution control equipment. The same thing will happen under this bill if we do things right."
Jobless rates show slight improvement
"May unemployment rates improved in four of five area northern Wisconsin counties, but still stood about twice as high as a year ago... Iron County's jobless rate of 12.8 percent is much higher than the 7.1 percent recorded a year ago, but better than the 14 percent in April."
Lt. Gov., others promote stimulus funding for small businesses
"Financial help is out there for small businesses struggling during a national and global recession, but the time to act is now, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and others told local business leaders Thursday.  Hundreds of millions of dollars were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress earlier this year, to help with zero- or low-interest loans, deferred payments and other financial assistance to the nation's smallest businesses."
Auto Insurance Could Soon Be Required In Wisconsin
"Wisconsin drivers would have to buy liability insurance for their vehicles under the state budget poised to pass the Legislature.  The new requirement has been proposed since the 1970s, but always blocked by the insurance industry. "
Doyle Responds To GM Janesville Losing To Michigan
"Gov. Jim Doyle says Wisconsin offered a ``very strong'' incentive package to get General Motors to locate subcompact production in Janesville, and says he's deeply disappointed the automaker picked its Orion, Mich. plant for the work."
State Senate passes budget
"Seventeen Democrats voted for it; Democrat Sen. Jim Sullivan of Wauwatosa, who is expected to be in a tough re-election fight next year, joined 14 Republicans in voting against it. Republican Sen. Alan Lasee of De Pere was absent.  The vote sent the budget to the State Assembly, where leaders said they will debate it Friday night. Like the Senate, the Assembly cannot change it."

Democrats announce details of state budget deal

WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 26 Jun 09
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Group causes controversy by urging undocumented immigrants to boycott U.S. Census - Fontana Herald News
"The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders is urging undocumented immigrants to boycott the 2010 U.S. Census, alleging that the statistical value of millions of invisible residents will move legislators toward comprehensive immigration reform... The coalition urges Obama to stop deportations, and the group’s ultimate goal is to have immigration reform adopted by March 31, 2010, and that is only possible through the boycott, the coalition said."
Are we ready for e-smoke?
"Up close, each cigarette includes an LED tip that lights up when the smoker takes a draw. Unscrew the metal cigarette and inside is a battery, a microprocessor that controls heat and light, a sensor that detects when the smoker is taking a puff, a heater to vaporize the nicotine and a cartridge that holds the nicotine in propylene glycol so it doesn't come out in the vapor."

 

Fire Care - HAARM.org
"What if we ran the fire department like we run the health care system? At HAARM, they do. "
Justices Rule Lab Analysts Must Testify on Results  - New York Times
"In February, the National Academy of Sciences issued a sweeping critique of the nation’s crime labs. It concluded, for instance, that forensic scientists for law enforcement agencies “sometimes face pressure to sacrifice appropriate methodology for the sake of expediency.”   Cross-examination of witnesses, Justice Scalia wrote, “is designed to weed out not only the fraudulent analyst, but the incompetent one as well.” He added that the Constitution would require allowing defendants to confront witnesses even if “all analysts always possessed the scientific acumen of Mme. Curie and the veracity of Mother Teresa.”
 

25 June

 
1981 baseball team, four people to join Hurley hall
"The Hurley High School Athletic Hall of Fame will add four individuals and one team during 2009's induction ceremony on July 25 at noon at the Hurley K-12 School. The event is sponsored by the Hurley Quarterback Club."
Officials adopt new shoreline building regs
"Property owners would have to limit waterproof surfaces such as roofs and driveways. Buildings within 75 feet of the water would be limited to 35 feet in height.
Shoreline Rules
"This revision would require property owners to limit waterproof surfaces like roofs and driveways, and homes won't be allowed to be more than 35 feet tall if they're within 75 feet of the water. These rules would only apply to people building on the water, not those who already live on the water. If you already live on the water and want to expand your property, there are no spending limits as long as you improve the water quality and habitat."
Hundreds of warbirds to be at EAA AirVenture
"The World War II fighter aircraft scheduled to participate include restored Japanese Zero and German Messerschmitt 109 as well as British Hurricane, Spitfire, Hellcat, Wildcat, P-38, P-40, P-47, and P-51s from the American side.  There will also be well-known World War II-era bombers including the B-17 “Flying Fortress” and B-25 “Mitchell.”
State sues Great Expectations dating service over deceptive practices
"The lawsuit, filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, claims Great Expectations overstated the size of its membership, its membership in specific age groups and other categories and how many members wound up getting married. The complaint also alleges Great Expectations did not fully screen members for criminal histories and misrepresented how they would use credit information provided by prospective members."
Grants available to help low-wage workers
"New grants are available for low-wage earners to help pay for technical college classes in the fall.  Gov. Jim Doyle announced a total of $1.5 million in grant money. The $1,000 grants are available to workers with no education beyond high school whose household income is currently less than $29,140 for a family of two."
Dem leaders' budget agreement could be made public today
"A bipartisan conference committee was expected to vote on the plan in the morning before it heads to the full Senate in the afternoon. The committee met for the first time Wednesday night, but Democrats refused to let Republicans offer any changes to the budget."
Lesbians' testimony exposes church rift - The Clarion-Ledger
"In its Book of Discipline, the church states that it considers the practice of homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching." It also states, "We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends."  In testifying at the conference, Campbell and Sappington were part of a roster of witnesses invited to speak about their struggles to be accepted by various congregations before finally finding a church home. The speakers included a teen in foster care and an interracial couple."
Army bans embedded Stripes reporter in Mosul - Army Times
"The Army has barred a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper from covering an Iraqi-based unit operating in the still-violent Mosul region because he “refused to highlight” positive news during an earlier visit, the independent newspaper reported Tuesday.  The commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Col. Gary Volesky, also complained that reporter Heath Druzin “would not answer questions about stories he was writing.”"
UNDERPAYMENTS TO CONSUMERS BY THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY - US Senate COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION
"While insurance carriers have been promising to provide their customers with a certain level of coverage, they have actually been paying out-of-network claims at a lower level. The result of this practice is that American consumers have paid billions of dollars for health care services that their insurance companies should have paid."
[Reading a Senate Staff Report is not light, easy reading, but this one really shows how the insurance companies steal from "We the People" and should have no more rights than Robber Barons, bank robbers, and child molesters. - Bob]
 

24 June

 
The Deer Camp Time Forgot - American Hunter
"Throughout its history, Old T has inspired ageless feelings. In a 1983 camp journal, Heberlein’s friend Lyman Wible wrote, “Deer hunting is unchanging. It might as well be 1963, 1970 or 1975. [Or 2009.] The experience is the same basic camaraderie and communication with the elements. The woods, the sky, the shack, the wind and the elusive whitetail are always ready with the same greeting.”"
[Thanks to Paul Jost for the head's up on this article. - Bob]
Gurney farm to host Dairy Days for fifth time
"Dave Kretzschmar's father, Richard, started a dairy farm 59 years ago, on land that had been in the Kretzschmar family for two generations already. He had 10 cows and milked them by hand.  Kretzschmar's Holsteins is now a 700-cow business that focuses only on producing milk."
Dairy Day event to feature state-of-the-art Kretzschmar farm
"Tucked away in the verdant woods of Iron County, on a farm once famed for its bountiful harvests of potatoes, is a new state-of-the-art dairy farm that continues a four-generation tradition of milk production by the members of the Dave Kretzschmar family."
Red Cliff gets $1.1 million grant for education
""We're just thrilled," Dee Gokee-Rindal, administrator of the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center (ECC), said of the award through the competitive Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program, which seeks to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of American Indian children."
WI DNR Board Considers Updates To Shoreline Building Regulations
"Under the new plan, shoreline property owners would have to limit waterproof surfaces, limit the height of buildings and improve water quality and habitat if they want to expand a
pre-existing structure.  The board is scheduled to vote on the regulations at a meeting in New Richmond."
Deal reached, Mercer teacher to keep job
"In May the school board voted 3-1 to send Schoeneman a preliminary discharge notice, but Wednesday night the school board voted 3-2 to offer "non-negotiable disciplinary actions" instead of termination and allow her to remain teaching in the district.  Schoeneman said the agreement has been signed and she's "happy it's all over.""
Governor calls tax session
"If changes to the state's hospital tax aren't made by Monday to meet a June 30 deadline, the state will lose the federal money, Doyle said. Changes to the hospital tax also will free up another $26 million to help bridge Wisconsin's record-high $6.6 billion budget shortfall."
Turkey Hunters Nearly Set Record in Spring Season
"The DNR says about 52,000 wild turkeys were registered from the hunt, a couple hundred birds shy of the record set a year ago.  Game ecologist Scott Hull says the figures indicate the turkey population is strong, stable and resilient despite recent weather problems that have included flooding, deep snow and extreme cold."
Some weekday office closings sought to ease Wisconsin budget deficit
"State offices would be closed Columbus Day (Oct. 12, 2009), the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27, 2009), Presidents Day (Feb. 15, 2010) and the Friday before Memorial Day (May 28, 2010) under the plan announced Tuesday by Jennifer Donnelly, director of the Office of State Employment Relations. Offices would be closed those four days in the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011, as well.  Individual agencies have some leeway, but Donnelly said she will encourage many of them to close those days."
Combined sewer overflow nearly 1 billion gallons Friday
"Nearly 1 billion gallons of untreated sewage and storm water - double the capacity of the deep tunnel system - spilled out of combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood into local rivers and Lake Michigan during intense rain Friday and early Saturday."
Doyle launches You Tube site
"Doyle spokesman Lee Sensenbrenner says the site is just another way for people to stay in touch with the governor and keep up with his activities.  Other videos on the site include his State of the State speech from this year, a recent interview on MSNBC and a ceremony where he signed the state's smoking ban bill into law.  The site is http://www.youtube.com/govjimdoyle ."
Growing state wolf population nearly double goal 
"State wildlife officials estimate between 626 and 662 wolves now roam Wisconsin.  Department of Natural Resources officials told the Natural Resources Board on Tuesday that's up 14 percent from the 2007-08 winter estimate of between 549 and 576 wolves. The agency's current population goal is 350.  The DNR says 162 packs exist in the state, the largest pack with eight to 11 wolves in Sawyer County."
Defense Department-Certified Agency Newsletter Suggests Killing Democrats - Talk to Action
"As noted in the Newsweek story, last fall - as the presidential election was heating up, retired Colonel E.H. "Jim" Ammerman, in the official September 2008 newsletter [ PDF of newsletter ]  of his Department of Defense approved chaplain endorsing agency, published a letter which suggested, per the advice of a fabricated Abraham Lincoln quote, that four US Senators should be be "arrested, quickly tried and hanged!!!"..."
Public health plan could save money faster: policy group - Reuters
"Overall, an exchange with a Medicare-like plan will save nearly $3 trillion through 2020, saving consumers up to $2,200 per household, Commonwealth found. About $2 trillion of that would come after about five to six years, it said.  In comparison, an exchange including a government plan with higher rates would save $1.97 trillion and a private plan-only exchange would save almost $1.2 trillion."
Woman Pleads Guilty In Drunken Breast-feeding Case - CBS News
"A North Dakota woman accused of breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby while drunk has pleaded guilty to child neglect.  Twenty-six-year-old Stacey Anvarinia could face up to five years in prison when she's sentenced on the felony charge in August."
Dave Lindorff: The Simple Answer to America's Health Care Crisis, Medicare for All - BuzzFlash
"What this means is that right off the bat, if the politicians in Washington were to simply thumb their noses at the insurance industry, and at the greedy docs and drug companies who are paying millions in legal bribes to protect their stake in the lucrative medical game, and if they were to extended Medicare to all of us, we could immediately eliminate $500 billion from the nation's collective medical bill, because that's how much more cheaply Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA are able to treat patients than the private sector."
23 June  
Paavo volunteer meeting set
"All Paavo Nurmi Marathon volunteers are encouraged to attend a meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Hurley city hall board room on Fifth Avenue. Changes have been implemented for this year's marathon."
Crack Down on Drunken Boating
"DNR conservation wardens and municipal patrol officers will look for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of 0.08 percent.  Penalties could include fines, jail and boat
impoundment."
Hundreds rally for driving measure for illegal immigrants
"Law enforcement, religious leaders, dairy farmers and immigrant groups gathered in the Assembly parlor to say the change would make Wisconsin's roads safer because it would ensure virtually everyone on the road had passed a driving test and could legally drive.  But Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) - viewed as a key opponent of the measure - issued a statement saying 90% of voters from his district who had contacted him were opposed to the idea."
What if your polling place was just a click away?
"Imagine voting over the Internet, having ballots mailed to your home each election or going to the primary polls in August instead of September.  Those are some of the ideas the state elections agency is considering — with encouragement from federal officials — as part of a five-year, $17.3 million plan to modernize voting in Wisconsin."
Endangered cranes produce another chick in state 
"Researchers who've worked for nine years to create the migratory flock in eastern North America said the chick hatched June 14 or 15 at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, but there wasn't any visual confirmation until last Thursday because of the dense vegetation."
22 June  
Wisconsin moves to lower hunting age to 10
"Wisconsin lawmakers moved Thursday to lower the hunting age by two years to 10 and offer youngsters reduced license fees in an effort to preserve the state’s hunting culture."
Pioneering power washer to help limit spread of invasive plants
"Like other invasives such as reed canary grass, Eurasian water milfoil and garlic mustard, these plants aren't native to the upper Midwest and tend to be aggressive, crowding out native species, reducing habitat and food for fish and wildlife by displacing native vegetation. Some, like wild parsnip have toxic properties that can harm visitors to the forest who happen to blunder into them."
Kayakers make global warming statement
"As the athletes lined up their kayaks — all 153 of them — from bow to stern, along a massive nylon grid that floated in the lake, they knew they were working toward a purpose that would be hard to see from lake level.  But from a small plane that circled above, the group's statement was clear: They had formed a three, five and zero to make a large 350, an important number in global-warming conversations happening worldwide."
Bike Tour
"The 7 day bike tour started on Saturday in Hurley and finishes in the southern part of the state.  Bikers are staying overnight and getting the chance to see some of the sights in Lac du Flambeau, including a traditional Pow-Wow tonight."
Immigrant groups seek driver’s card, tuition break
"The Assembly budget would allow illegal immigrants who graduate from Wisconsin high schools to be eligible for in-state tuition and would create a special driver’s card for those who can’t prove they are U.S. citizens.  The Senate did not include either measure in its version of the budget."
Second whooping crane hatches in wild
"The International Crane Foundation reported Saturday that the chick is from the same parents that produced the first wild whooping crane at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in 2006.  The behavior of the parents indicates that the newest chick hatched on June 14 or June 15.  Another whooping crane chick hatched on June 12 in Wood County, north of the refuge. That chick is from a captive-produced egg that was placed in the nest after the pair's own eggs were determined to be infertile."
Kohl quietly fights for seniors
"Since becoming chairman of the Special Committee on Aging two years ago, Kohl has drawn national attention to issues ranging from the financial ties between doctors and pharmaceutical companies to hidden fees in retirement accounts to the lack of public information on the quality of care provided by nursing homes.  "He's identifying these big issues before anyone else," said Thomas Frazier, executive director of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups."
State testing finds swine flu mostly hitting kids 
"Of Wisconsin's nearly 3,500 confirmed or probable swine flu cases as of Friday, 74 percent were people under the age of 19, said Seth Boffeli, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Family Services.  "We are watching closely that such a high percentage of those infected are school-age children," he said."
On Terrorist Watch List, but Allowed to Buy Guns - Democratic Underground
"People on the government’s terrorist watch list tried to buy guns nearly 1,000 times in the last five years, and federal authorities cleared the purchases 9 times out of 10 because they had no legal way to stop them, according to a new government report."
FTC prepares to crack down on bloggers compensated for post - Chicago Tribune
"What some fail to realize, though, is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.  The practice has grown to the degree that the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest."
 

19 June

 
NewsoftheNorth
Rhinelander,Wisconsin
Behind the scenes at WXPR: how news gets made
"NPR’s (National Public Radio) Morning Edition goes live, streaming via satellite to WXPR studios to be broadcast not only on 91.7FM Rhinelander – on both WXPR1 and WXPR-2 HD  –  but also 100.9FM Ironwood/Hurley, and 91.9FM WXPW in Wausau."
[This article really explains how much work is done by the volunteers that make Wisconsin Public Radio such an asset to the northwoods. - Bob]
Residents evacuated because of gas leak
"A worker for Pember Excavating of Menominee, Wis., struck a gas line at 5:55 p.m., while working as a sub-contractor for Hurley's ongoing water-sewer project, Erspamer said.  The Hurley Fire Department was called in to evacuate the homes at 6:08 p.m., he said."
Iron County passes state health review
"The Iron County Health Department has passed the state's health department review, according to a news release from Dr. Seth Foldy, state health officer.  That means the department will maintain its level III status."
Storage-room remodeling to move ahead despite protests
"Despite citizens' pleas that they consider other options, the Ashland School Board on Thursday approved plans to remodel the elementary school's art supply room so it will house students with emotional behavioral disabilities next year."
Three contenders dominate All-IC team
"The Mellen Granite Diggers, Hurley Midgets and Drummond Lumberjacks battled right up to the end to determine this year’s Indianhead Conference baseball champion. Thus it was only fitting they came away with the biggest hauls when the IC announced its all-conference team."
County trudges along on mineral exploration request
"Noranda Minerals discovered the deposit in 1990, the majority of which lies beneath county forestlands. It boasts at least 5.6 million tons of ore, mostly zinc. Noranda had a mineral lease and intended to mine the deposit, but abandoned efforts in the early 1990s after running into wetland issues and strong public opposition.  According to Tamerlane's draft proposal - which is posted on the Oneida County website - the company wants to re-evaluate the economic potential of the site. It is asking the board to open the land for public bid."
Northwoods Woman's Story Told on Senate Floor
"Thursday afternoon Democratic Senator Russ Feingold told her story on the Senate floor to raise awareness about the importance of healthcare insurance options.  In his Senate speech Feingold says, "And it would have made a big difference to Danine Spencer of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.""
Stimulus Money Hits The Northwoods 
"The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is stimulating the local economy thanks to 2.2 million dollars from the stimulus package.  Joe Brauer, the Director of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, says they're using the money to replace their 30-year-old taxiway."
Feingold talks to Obama about state's auto industry
""Although the president was clear, as he has been in the past, that he does not intend to 'meddle' in specific decisions of this kind, he listened closely and indicated he understood how important auto industry jobs are to Wisconsin," Feingold said in a statement."
Doyle, top officials visit GM, deliver state's offer
"State officials confirmed Wednesday that Gov. Jim Doyle and several state officials flew to Detroit on Tuesday to hand-deliver a proposal to General Motors, aimed at persuading the automaker to build a new car in Janesville."
Four beaches closed by algae 
"Four Madison-area public beaches have been closed to swimmers because of high levels of blue-green algae... The beaches were closed by the public health department after the department's lab tested beach water this week for bacterial contamination, temperature and beach conditions.
Conservative media still promoting Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories - Media Matters
"Throughout the past year, conservative media figures have advanced various versions of the discredited myth that Barack Obama has not produced a valid birth certificate, is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, and is not eligible to be president."
9 Conservative Myths About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism - AlterNet
"This is terrorism we're dealing with. We can't afford to let ourselves be distracted by spin. We will not be able to respond effectively until we're able to deal in facts. The sooner we shoot down these myths, the sooner we'll be able dispel fear, think clearly and start having some real, honest conversations about the actual threats we face."
 

18 June

 
Reminder:
"The Pond is open Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 6pm. Please check the information board for updates and fishing rules... Fishing is for children age 14 and under with a daily limit of 2 fish.  It's a great place to experience catching your first fish if you haven't already. And also a nice place to have a picnic."
Hurley to host Grabaawr kick-off
"Buses with hundreds of bicyclists from throughout the Midwest will begin rolling into Hurley on Saturday, marking the kick-off of The Great Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River 2009.  The Grabaawr, a 500-mile bicycle tour, has been in existence for 24 years and this is the first time Hurley has been designated the starting point for the seven-day cycling tour through much of Wisconsin. The tour will end in Muscoda."
Mercer teacher takes deal, keeps job
""I am thrilled to be able to go back to work in the fall," Schoeneman said later by phone, confirming that she had signed the settlement offer.  The board voted 3-2 to offer "non-negotiable disciplinary sanctions as a settlement in lieu of contract termination.""
Hunting Bill Expected To Be Passed By Assembly Today
"Children as young as 10 would be allowed to go hunting with an adult under a bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature.  The state Assembly is expected to pass the bill Thursday."
Budget Passes
"The Wisconsin Senate has passed the state budget on an 17-16 vote with no Republican support.  As changed by the Senate, the budget would have taxes on capital gains go up by nearly half a billion dollars over the next two
years."
Changes In Wisconsin's Two Year Budget 
Minnesota governor warns Doyle over tax payment
"As many as 57,000 Wisconsinites commute to jobs in Minnesota, while about 22,500 Minnesotans work in Wisconsin. As a result, Wisconsin makes annual payments to Minnesota to compensate for the amount Minnesota would have received by taxing Wisconsin residents."
State's job losses mount in May
"Preliminary payroll data released Thursday from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development show the state with fewer jobs last month than it had in May 1999.  Separate estimates from household surveys put the state's unemployment rate at 8.7%, up from 4.2% in May 2008 before adjusting for seasonal fluctuations. The adjusted rate rose to 8.9% in May from 8.6% in April."
Wisconsin unemployment drops in May
"Unemployment in Wisconsin dropped slightly to 8.7 percent in May.  The state Department of Workforce Development said Thursday that unemployment was down from 8.8 percent in April. However, unemployment in May was 4.5 percentage points higher than in May 2008."
Will somebody please read the previous two articles and find something that they agree about? 
Blue Cross Gives High Marks to Employees Who Drop Costly Policyholders, a Controversial Practice Called Rescission - Bulldog Reporter
""These practices reveal that when an insurance company receives a claim for an expensive, life-saving treatment, some of them will look for a way — any way — to avoid having to pay for it," said Stupak, chairman of the commerce committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations."
Religious right leaders say it is anti-Christian to oppose hate - Examiner
"In the war of ideas those who believe only they have Truth on their side often find they provide the best ammunition for their opponents. This is certainly true in the hysterical reaction on the extreme religious right’s opposition to hate crime legislation. They worry that prohibiting the encouragement of violence against certain groups will have a "chilling effect" on religious free speech."
 

17 June

 
Mercer board to discuss deal with Schoeneman
"The Mercer School Board will meet tonight at 6 p.m. to consider a settlement with teacher Robyn Schoeneman... Neither the Daily Globe nor the Iron County Miner received proper notice of the Monday meeting, as required by Wisconsin Statute 19.81 (1)."
EPA proposes cleanup plan for Ashland Superfund Site
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has proposed a cleanup plan for polluted soil, ground water and sediment at the Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront Superfund site in Ashland. A public comment period runs from June 17 to July 16."
Big Top Chautauqua kicks off summer season Friday
"These in-house performances will be complemented by an impressive cast of visiting artists, from Chautauqua regulars like Yonder Mountain String Band, Greg Brown and Gaelic Storm, to big-name Big Top newbies Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls and Steve Earle."
Website Allows Monitoring of Water Quality at Wisconsin Beaches
"Local governments monitor the latest conditions at 120 Lake Superior and Lake Michigan beaches and they will be updated through the Web site www.wibeaches.us."
Senate Democrats reportedly derail in-state tuition, driving certificates for illegal immigrants
"Senate Democrats have taken steps to remove two measures affecting illegal immigrants from the state budget-one allowing some to pay in-state tuition and the other allowing them to obtain driving certificates, according to a Milwaukee immigrants rights group."
Majority of Wisconsin voters approve of Feingold, new poll shows
"The Wisconsin Democrat gets much better marks from Democrats -- 80% like him -- than from Republicans -- only 20% do.  Pollsters also asked people who they would vote for in a hypothetical contest between Feingold and Rep. Paul Ryan, a Janesville Republican who has said he would not run against his Senate colleague for the statewide job. Feingold would beat Ryan 51-39, according to the poll. Feingold is up for re-election in 2010."
AP NewsBreak: Wis. Senate Dems want to cut oil tax
"Gov. Jim Doyle proposed the oil company tax to generate about $260 million over two years to help balance a $6.6 billion budget shortfall and pay for road projects. His original idea banned oil companies from passing along the cost of the tax to customers at the pump.  But concerned that such a prohibition is unconstitutional, the Assembly removed it and instead said oil companies could only pass along 4.4 cents per gallon at the pump."
State pension hike recommended
"State government, school boards, municipalities and counties may have to increase contributions to employees pension funds by 0.6 percentage point.  The state Employee Trust Funds board is scheduled to vote on that recommended increase at a Thursday meeting. The higher rates starting in 2010 would affect about 90 percent of the 263,000 active workers in the state retirement system."
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle For Sale: One Torah scroll
" By selling the Torah scroll, Gribble and other descendents hope to solve two issues at once — to raise funds that will help them honor the memory of their family members who are buried in Hurley and to find a nice home for their community’s Torah scroll.  “Hopefully we can find someone who needs it,” Gribble said."
New Anglican Church poses dilemma - Washington Times - Washington Times
"
When 232 delegates to the ACNA convention at St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford, Texas, approve the organization's constitution and canons on Monday, Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan will become archbishop for this "emerging" 39th province of the communion, consisting of several groupings that have left the Episcopal Church over issues related to sexuality and biblical authority."
 

16 June

 
Making Sausage - Part II
"The budget is a long, hard process. Constituents often ask me whether there isn’t a better way. I reply that democracy is neither easy nor pretty. The failure of people to understand that makes them vulnerable to demagogues who would deprive them of their freedom, as the world unfortunately has seen far too often."
Hurley teachers to get laptops
"The Hurley school district was awarded $180,000 from the Microsoft settlement. The only stipulation is that the money must be used on hardware and software, not limited to Microsoft products.  "I even had to call a couple of people and make sure this was real," district administrator Chris Patritto said. "It will help with our technology efforts for the next couple of years.""
Wisconsin Budget Debate Continues
"The Democratic-controlled Assembly passed its version of the two-year $62.2 billion spending plan early Saturday morning after a 12-hour session."
Budget may aid military families
"The Military Family Relief Act -- if kept in the budget passed Saturday by the state Assembly -- would allow taxpayers to direct a portion of their income to a state fund by checking a box on their tax forms. Those without tax liabilities also could donate directly to the fund. The money would then be funneled to families dealing with a loss of income from private to military pay."
Teachers, students to lobby on school funding
"Tom Beebe is executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools which formed to advocate for school funding reforms. He says the current aid formula underfunds education, resulting in weakened schools."
Circus Parade wagon arrivals set
"The antique circus wagons that will star in Milwaukee's Great Circus Parade July 12 will start arriving at Veteran's Park at approximately 9 a.m. July 1, organizers have announced.  The wagons will be brought on flatbed trucks from the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. Deppe Transit will do the transport."
MillerCoors sends beer to Iraq for July 4 celebration
"The beer donation, pending approval from Middle Eastern governments, is in coordination with Pizzas 4 Patriots, which provides gifts to members of the U.S. armed forces around the world.  The 4,000 cases of Miller Lite and 4,000 cases of Coors Light, along with the pizza, will be shipped from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Friday and Saturday."
Groups: US moved too fast on gray wolf de-listing
"Despite the wolf's comeback from near-extinction in the region over the past two decades, some activists insist it remains vulnerable. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks an injunction returning Great Lakes wolves to the endangered list while the case is heard."
Feds have cleanup plan for Lake Superior shore
"Federal and state environmental officials are proposing a multimillion-dollar cleanup project in Ashland.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Natural Resources want to spend up to $97 million to clean up several properties within the city and about 16 acres in Chequamegon (sheh-WAH'-muh-gahn) Bay."
State Supreme Court nixes Ho-Chunk's bid for cigarette tax refund 
"The Ho-Chunk argued it was owed the money because of a state law allowing tribes to get refunds on 70 percent of cigarette taxes collected on tribal lands designated before 1983.  The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the five-acre parcel of land in question was approved for purchase in 1982 but not formally designated until January 1983."
Christian conservatives fight expansion of hate-crimes law - Religion News Service
""The entire notion of hate-crimes legislation is extraneous and obsolete," said Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs with the conservative nonprofit Liberty Counsel, adding that he believes hate-crimes laws are unconstitutional.  In addition, a number of Christian conservatives have raised fears that pastors would be prosecuted for inciting hate crimes if they had preached against homosexuality, despite assurances that the law only targets physical violence."
Work-Sharing May Help Companies Avoid Layoffs... Southwest Florida Herald Tribune
"Under the program, known as work-sharing, employers reduce their workers’ weekly hours and pay, often by 20 or 40 percent, and then states make up some of the lost wages, usually half, from their unemployment funds.  Even though 17 states have adopted the program, and many executives and economists hail it as a way to keep workers employed and companies staffed with skilled labor, only a fraction of the businesses and workers that are actually eligible are benefiting."

 

 

15 June

 
In Midst of Historic Crisis: A Balanced Budget
"Some items in the budget were controversial and Sherman, a member of the Joint Finance Committee, did not agree with all of them. However, the consequences of not passing a budget were too severe to permit quibbling over relatively minor details. Given the depth of the economic crisis, there were no easy choices and tough measures were taken."
[This is so refreshing compared to the Republican leaders who blather about their partisan pure "No Tax" pledge, say "No" to everything and allow the problems to continue hurting "We the People." - Bob]
Mercer to host rest stop on bike tour
"Mercer will host a rest stop on Sunday for bicyclists on the Great Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River.  The seven-day, 450-mile bicycle ride starts in Hurley this year and ends in Muscoda. This is the 24th year of GRABAAWR."
Space invaders
"Garlic mustard has a 12-year cycle, dropping hundreds of tiny seeds into the soil to sprout. Three infestations are known in the non-motorized Sylvania wilderness. There are more along the Black River waterfalls trails. And more in backyards and vacant lots in area communities.  "People, vehicles are unintentionally moving garlic mustard into the woods," Shackleford said."
Many jobs, one builder
"There's a lot of road work to be done in the town of Pence, and the town board is considering only one contractor for the job.  It appears Ross Peterson Construction of Pence will be doing the work. The town budgeted $41,720 for projected road work in 2009. There's also $10,213 remaining in Town Road Improvement Program grant funds."
Website Allows You To See How Stimulus Money Being Spent in the State
"A state Website is designed to promote accountability and transparency in how the state is using billions of dollars in federal stimulus money.  The state-run site includes an interactive map that allows viewers to see every stimulus-funded project in each county."
Goodwill begins accepting old computers
"Many Goodwill donation centers in the state started taking old computer equipment this week through the Dell-Reconnect recycling program.  Computers, monitors, printers, hard drives and other parts now are accepted.  Maureen Roche at Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin says Goodwill stores will take any brand of computer in any condition. And, just like any donation, customers can get a receipt for tax purposes."
State Dems vow strong push on new media 
""I want to expand our presence in new media activity to make sure we're taking advantage of every opportunity available to push our message," he [party chairman Mike Tate] said in a recent interview.  "That means actively using Facebook, Twitter, making sure we have a YouTube channel we're posting videos to, and making Democratic figures available for interviews with bloggers," he said."
Minn. ATVs Claim World Record For Longest Parade - CBS News
"Group spokesman Les Schermerhorn said they fell short, but their count was 1,632 ATVs. They hope to have the Guinness organization verify the claim in the coming weeks.  The current record of 1,138 ATVs was set by the Harlan County Ridge Runners of Evarts, Ky., in 2006."
Too Poor to Make the News  - NY times
"In some accounts, the recession is even described as the “great leveler,” smudging the dizzying levels of inequality that characterized the last couple of decades and squeezing everyone into a single great class, the Nouveau Poor, in which we will all drive tiny fuel-efficient cars and grow tomatoes on our porches."
 

12 June

 
Federal Money To Help Dislocated Workers
"The state is getting another $15 million in federal stimulus money to help dislocated workers.  The money is to provide career training and re-employment services for people who lose jobs because of outsourcing and foreign competition."
Bear and Cat Stroll
"A Park Falls man snapped some pictures of a bear when he walked out of his house earlier this week.  Tom Weber says the real surprise was seeing his cat, Hobo, with the bear.  Naturally, he was worried about his cat, but by the looks of these pictures, the two animals just took a stroll together."
Renewable Energy in Your Home
"DeBrock says with rebates from Focus on Energy--a 2-panel solar-thermal system for a family of four costs $4,000 to $5,000.  He says that system will pay for itself in about six to seven years."
Recession's effects will linger, survey finds
"Seventy-four percent said the recession will lead to fundamental change in the structure of the economy, according to the Nicolet National Bank Business Pulse survey.  Fifty percent said it would take two years for the recession to end, while 41% said it will end in the next year. Nine percent thought the downturn would last five or more years."
Americans' net worth fell $1.3 trillion in first quarter
"Net worth, or the value of assets such as homes, checking accounts and investments minus debts like mortgages and credit cards, declined 2.6 percent in the first three months of the year, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.  Those months were some of the worst of the recession so far for job losses, and the stock market sank to its lowest point of the year in March. Since then, some signs suggest the economy is stabilizing."
WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 12 Jun 09
  • CARBON DIOXIDE: IAP STATEMENT ON OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.
  • TOBACCO: SORRY, IT DOESN’T SEEM TO REDUCE REPRODUCTION.
  • LIBEL: BRITISH SCIENCE WRITER IS SUED BY CHIROPRACTORS.
  • INTELLIGENT DESIGN: TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD MAKES THE RULES.
  • COLD FUSION: SPEAKING OF NEVER-ENDING CONTROVERSY.
Pentagon reports no longer quote Bible - Associated Press
""Depicting the Iraq conflict as some sort of holy war is completely outrageous," Lynn [executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State] said in a statement. "It's contrary to the constitutional separation of religion and government, and it's tremendously damaging to America's reputation in the world."
Dodd's wife serves on health care company boards
"Other publicly available documents show Mrs. Dodd last year was one of the most highly compensated non-employee members of the Javelin Pharmaceuticals Inc. board, on which she has served since 2004. She earned $32,000 in fees and $109,587 in stock option awards last year, according to the company's SEC filings.  Mrs. Dodd earned $79,063 in fees from Cardiome in its last fiscal year, while Brookdale Senior Living gave her $122,231 in stock awards in 2008, their SEC filings show."
 

11 June

 
Pence sewer rates increase
"With 90 users of Montreal's water and sewer system, Pence's quarterly rates have increased from $18.76 to $33.76 per customer. Quarterly cost to the town increased from $2,256 to $3,606, according to Montreal office assistant Lori Genisot.  The same increase to $33.76 per quarter per customer also affects 23 city of Hurley users who are connected to Montreal's system."
  • Four Midgettes earn Indianhead honors
    "Seniors Kayla Windt and Brittany Czerneski earned spots for the third time. Senior Hailey Manzanares made the team a second time and junior Judy Nevala debuted on the team."
  • Two Midgets make IC team
    "Two Hurley juniors were named to the All-Indianhead Conference baseball team. Juniors Dylan Laurin and Josh Thiede earned spots on the team. Both players pitched; Thiede also was catcher."
Hurleys Reid takes third place
"Hurley's Jared Reid had another strong day at the two-day WIAA State Golf Meet Tuesday and finished third on the state's Division 3 leaderboard."
Developers preparing to fight property tax plan
"The proposal would be an amendment to the state Constitution, requiring approval from two consecutive annual sessions of the Legislature, as well as state voters in a ballot referendum. It would exempt the first $60,000 of a home's value from being figured into the homeowner's property tax bill for the local school district, said Joe Murray, a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association."
Assembly Democrats' vote could raise gas prices
"Assembly Democrats voted Wednesday to make changes that could add 4 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas, but said they would abandon rewriting Wisconsin's liability laws as they fine-tune the state budget."
[A fairer statement is that it would provide the oil companies an excuse for raising the cost of fuel.  Price is set by what you, the consumer, will spend.  With or without the tax, if the oil companies think you will pay 4 cents more, they will charge it. - Bob]
Dems cut funding for busing pregnant students from budget  
"School districts would not have to find transportation for pregnant students who live within two miles of a school building under action taken Wednesday by Assembly Democrats."
Petition seeks to allow Bible in schools - Idaho Statesman
"The “Initiative Allowing School Boards to Permit the Bible to be Studied as Literature and for its Influence on History” would allow school boards to offer elective classes that study the Bible in a nondoctrinal manner, Seldon said in an interview Tuesday.  “Our schools are falling apart,” said Seldon, a Boisean and a retired educator who has twice run unsuccessfully for the Legislature. “We need to get back on track with what the Founding Fathers intended for education to be biblically based.”"
[Would it help if I made bold face the obvious inconsistency in this short passage? - Bob]
Bakery Allegedly Discards Employee's Severed Arm - CBS News
"The union said that while Rilles was being taken to a hospital someone tossed his arm into the garbage. It says the bakery then cleaned the machinery and continued production.  Police found the arm the next day, the union said, but doctors were unable to reattach it."
Wash. Judge: Blaring Car Horn Is Not Free Speech - CBS News
"She parked in front of his house at 5:50 a.m. the next day and leaned on her horn for 10 minutes straight. He called the police, but she repeated the honking two hours later.  Immelt was cited for a noise violation but appealed on free-speech grounds.  Judge Richard J. Thorpe ruled Monday that "Horn honking which is done to annoy or harass others is not speech.""
 

10 June

 
God is a hit man for hire. A Baptist prayer for God to kill President Obama. - The Beattitude
"Drake said on “The Alan Colmes Show” that unless Obama repents, he is praying that God will kill the president. He believes that is what happened to slain abortion provider George Tiller. It worked on Tiller, why not the president?"
The Law of Torts
"I am going to take a break from my series on the budget to review the general concepts of tort law to place the issue of joint and several liability in context."
Hurley woman given probation in narcotics theft
"Megann L. Kubacki, 38, was sentenced by Ashland County Circuit Court Judge Robert Eaton for stealing prescription pain medication from patients at Golden Living, formerly known as Court Manor Nursing Home, during her employment there as a Licensed Practical Nurse."
Preliminary hearing set in Bad River stabbing
"Robert F. Leoso, 43, has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide through use of a dangerous weapon and aggravated battery through use of a dangerous weapon in a stabbing incident that occurred May 30 on the Bad River Indian Reservation."
Hurley talks construction
"Though little action was taken at Tuesday's regular meeting of the city council, many projects were discussed, including the County D extension.  "It's so critical we find that money," said councilman Don Richards."
Reid takes third
""I wouldn't take it back," Reid said. "I'd still be out there trying to hit the shot. If I had played conservative, it would have been like, "What if?'  "It cost me second place, really. (But) being third in the state, I can't complain about that.""
Midgets sixth in first state trip
"The Hurley Midgets finished in sixth place in their first trip to the WIAA Division 3 state golf tournament on Tuesday at University Ridge near Madison."
State Senate Passes Hunting Mentor Bill
"A hunting mentor bill that allows 10-year-olds in Wisconsin to hunt under close supervision of an adult clears the state Senate Tuesday.  The Senate voted 27 to 6 today in favor of the bill."
Wisconsin Ranks High in High School Graduation Rates
"Wisconsin's four-year high school graduation rate
is second in the nation.  An analysis released today by Education Week shows Wisconsin's rate in 2006 was nearly 82 percent.  The national average is 69 percent. "
DNR issues proposed shoreline zoning changes
"If approved, the regulations would be the first major revision of zoning rules along lakes, rivers and streams in more than 35 years.  The changes are being sought to protect water quality and wildlife habitat from the boom in development in recent decades."
Midwest farmers protest livestock ID system  
"USDA veterinarian David Hopson said the tracking system would help officials respond to :disease outbreaks more quickly because they would know where livestock are and have been. The system also will help open foreign markets to American meat products faster, he said."
Proposed banishment code moves forward in LdF
"In general, banishment - a person's expulsion - would occur after a tribal meeting and decided by a referendum vote of tribal members living on the reservation, though the proposal provides significant exceptions to those provisions, such as the emergency exclusion.  While the tribal membership would have the power to enact a normal banishment, only the tribal council could lift it."
Okla. braces for challenge to Ten Commandments law - Associated Press
""Although I'm not going to commit to any course of action today, we at the ACLU are looking at the developments at the state Capitol concerning that monument," Thornton said.  The state bill, approved overwhelmingly last month by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry, authorizes the placement of a privately funded a 3-by-6-foot Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol grounds."
Daley, Obama at odds over picket line... Chicago Sun-Times
"The Obama administration is boycotting a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Providence, R.I., this weekend to avoid crossing picket lines and taking sides in a decade-long labor dispute between the local mayor and firefighters union."
 

09 June

 
OBEY CALLS FOR DELAY ON AUTO DEALER CLOSINGS
" In a letter to Obama, the legislators said “while we understand the desire to reduce the number of unprofitable dealership, no one has yet sufficiently explained the need to close profitable dealerships.... We believe that the forced closures of profitable dealerships needs to be scrutinized by the Auto Task Force to prevent future financial losses to General Motors and Chrysler and job losses across the United States.”"
Reid one stroke back
"Hurley's Jared Reid goes into today's final round one stroke off the lead in the WIAA Division 3 state golf tournament.  Reid shot a 3-over 75 at University Ridge, near Madison, and trails defending state champion Jake Nelson of Ladysmith, who shot a 74 on Monday."
Leinon earns 8 points for Hurley
"Hurley junior Mile Leinon didn't earn any points at the state track meet Saturday in the high jump, but his second place finish Friday in the triple jump scored eight and tied the Midgets for 32nd place."
DPI releases report on seclusion room use
"Several of the directives... directly relate to the district's work with Native American students, who comprise approximately 22 percent of the student body. These steps include hosting staff development sessions related to cultural issues and behavior; providing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) with monthly reports on the use of seclusion, expulsion and suspension, disaggregated by students' race; and providing monthly updates on the district's special education identification and placement data, also disaggregated by race."

Letter from DPI to the Ashland School District

Business Leaders Sign Petitions Against State Budget Proposals
"The signers listed 14 items they opposed, including higher income taxes for households earning more than $300,000, raising the
capital gains tax, changing the state's liability laws and requiring higher minimum car insurance coverage."
148 Wis. schools fail federal standards
"The more serious ranking of “schools identified for improvement” included 79 schools and the Milwaukee and Beloit districts. They made the list for failing to make adequate progress in the same category for the second year and could face sanctions."
State credit unions lost $78 million through March
"Wisconsin's credit unions lost $78.8 million in the first quarter, a loss stemming largely from the requirement that individual credit unions help replenish the industry's depleted deposit insurance fund.  The state's 247 credit unions contributed almost $90.5 million to the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund in the quarter. If they hadn't been required to make payments to the insurance fund, Wisconsin credit unions would have posted overall net income of nearly $11.7 million."
High court says judges must avoid appearance of bias
"In a closely watched case from West Virginia, the court ruled that "significant" campaign contributions or other electoral assistance pose a risk of "actual bias." The ruling could trigger more demands for judges in 39 states with elected judges - including Wisconsin..."
Wis. Senate approves e-waste recycling bill
"Disposal of electronic equipment is a problem because computers, TVs and other devices contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury and PCBs. Eighteen states have passed laws dealing with so-called e-waste, including Minnesota and Illinois.  Under Wisconsin's bill, dumping e-waste in landfills would be banned."
On Campus: University of Wisconsin-Madison study finds that plant diversity is declining in state forests 
" "These forest patches are not just losing species, their whole biological nature is changing," said David Rogers, a biologist at UW-Parkside who led the study while a UW-Madison graduate student. "Surrounding landscape factors, like urbanization and agricultural dominance, are now determining which species can survive in these little patches.""
Midwest governors group sets greenhouse gas goals 
"While the group prefers a federal cap-and-trade system, the recommendations give governors in the Midwest a possible framework for a regional system should Congress fail to act by 2012.  Meanwhile, the group hopes the recommendations become part of the national climate change debate."
Study: Megachurch attenders tend to be younger and less likely to give, volunteer - Associated Press
"The survey also found distressing news for a movement that took off in the 1980s and remains influential in evangelical Christianity: megachurch-goers volunteer less and give less money than other churchgoers."
Starbucks settles with NLRB over unfair labor practices... CCH Business & Corporate Compliance
""Faced with the prospect of having its widespread union-busting campaign exposed in a public hearing," the IWW says, Starbucks agreed to remedy the alleged violations committed against workers in the ongoing union campaign. It was the sixth such settlement in three years, the union noted."
Bear Cub Spotted With Head Stuck In Feeder - CBS News
"A landowner in the northwestern part of the state told the state Department of Natural Resources about the cub over Memorial Day weekend. But the mother was so protective that DNR officers couldn't get near the cub, who was still able to climb a tree."
 

08 June

 
Hurley Childrens Fishing Pond - Gary Kasper, West Division St.
"It's a nother great year of fishing at the Chilrens Pond. This year we are stocked with 350 Rainbow Trout. We also have Perch and Pumpinkseed to keep your worm busy.  The Pond is open Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 6pm. Please check the information board for updates and fishing rules. Don't forget to sign in first and report your catch when your done so we know how the pond is doing.  Fishing is for children age 14 and under with a daily limit of 2 fish.  It's a great place to experiance catching your first fish if you haven't already. And also a nice place to have a picnic.
Good Luck"

HURLEY CITY COUNCIL Tuesday, June 9, 2009

  • Board of Public Works – 6:00 P.M.
  • Police, Fire & License Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Parks & Recreation Committee
  • City Council Meeting - 6:30 P.M.
Lupine Junefest to include scenic bike tours
"The one-day festival, designed to lure tourists to town early in the season, features a full day of activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The tall lupine wildflower makes the backdrop for the festivities, its blooms of purple, pink and white blanketing roadsides in the area in spring."
  • Back for 36 more holes
    "Reid is pleased to be going back. He and the entire Hurley team qualified for the WIAA Division 3 state tournament today and Tuesday, right in Jared's backyard.  Being one of the few to know the course doesn't guarantee success. He said he still needs to hit the fairways and greens and stay out of the hazards, but he'll take the advantage."
  • The girl can swing
    "Latka thought she would just practice with the guys team; she didn't dream she was good enough to play with them.  "I'm really excited," she said. "First I thought I wouldn't make the team, but now we are going to state. It's amazing.""
Leinenkugel Thinks Economy Is Rebounding
"Leinenkugel says he believes the housing market has bottomed out, which is going to give consumers more confidence to make major purchases.  He says he believes there's a pent up demand for goods that will lead to more orders and increased manufacturing activity."
Proposal allows 10-year-olds to hunt with mentor
"The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance says 30 states have no minimum hunting age and 28 states, including Minnesota, have recently created apprentice hunting licenses, similar to what’s being proposed in Wisconsin."
Obey dedicating his clout to health care reform
"David Obey remembers visiting his younger sister in the hospital years ago. She told him she wanted to die by Friday.  His sister, who was battling cancer, and her husband had been laid off from their factory jobs, and their insurance was set to run out that day. The thought of leaving her husband and children with a pile of medical bills terrified her.  "She died on Friday," Obey said."
Diesel spill on Mississippi has officials puzzled
"Dave Morrison, emergency responder for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, says authorities haven't found what caused the spill, which dumped about 1,000 gallons of fuel into the river.  The U.S. Coast Guard has said no commercial traffic was in the area at the time of the spill."
Fergus Falls
Daily Journal

Fergus Falls,MN
Seniors tackle course with ease
"In 1994, Bauck completed his first marathon: the Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Hurley, Wis., named for the man who dominated distance running in the early 20th century.  “He was a Fin, from Finland, and my wife, who I was thankful to for getting me started, is from Helsinki,” Bauck said... Bauck estimates he’s collected about 200 T-shirts from the races he’s run, but there’s one he wears consistently during events: a shirt bearing the Finnish flag — a blue cross on a white background."
 

05 June

 
Due process hearing set for Mercer teacher
"There were two chaperones on the Mercer High School senior class trip to Florida earlier this spring.  One of them may lose her job over allegations of use of alcohol by chaperones during the school-sanctioned trip.  A due process hearing has been set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, for elementary teacher Robyn Schoeneman."
Attempted homicide charge stems from stabbing
"Robert Leoso, of Kakagon Road, is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Ashland County Court on Monday at 1:15 p.m. before Judge Robert Eaton, according to court records."
Oredock gets reprieve
"The birds are considered endangered in Wisconsin... So the fact they have nested within the chutes of the oredock means Canadian National, which owns the dock, and its contractors will have to wait up to 11 weeks before any demolition work can begin, Naas said."
Officer Attacked with Lawn Mower
"A man, wanted for failing to pay child support, attacked an arresting officer with a push lawn mower, then armed himself with a rifle and barricaded himself inside his home.  That led to a seven-hour standoff that didn't end until early Friday morning where officers had to use 100 canisters of gas and irritants to force him out."
[The article fails to report whether the swat team finished mowing the lawn. - Bob]
Area Campground Goes Green
"But now the campground will be recognized for something else that makes it completely unique.  When you walk up to the Clear Lake Campground's shower building, you may notice something different.  Dick Logan a Facilities and Maintenence Specialist for the DNR says, "This spring we finished a solar water heating system for the shower building.""
Local Wal-Mart's Hiring In Tough Economic Times 
"Wal-Mart announces it's hiring 22-thousand people this year, and some of those new hires are right here in the Northwoods.  The General Manager of the Wal-Mart in Rhinelander says they've hired 50 new employees since their remodel, and they're currently looking to hire 20 more permanent positions."
Job losses slow, but unemployment up to 9.4%
""What this shows is that the rate of decline is slowing and that the healing process will begin during the summer and we'll start to see some upturn in summer and fall," said Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland and former chief economist at the United States International Trade Commission."
GM, Chrysler bankruptcy brings glimmer of hope for Wisconsin plants
"“They weren’t outstandingly bad…they also weren’t outstandingly good,” Hunter said. “They didn’t have brand new technology; they didn’t have an amazing workforce.”  UW professor Mason Carpenter was similarly weary about investing too much hope in the future of the Janesville plant."
WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 05 Jun 09
  • NIH DIRECTOR: WHY THE DELAY IN NAMING FRANCIS COLLINS?
  • GENDER BIAS: NAS REPORT FINDS NONE IN ACADEMIA.
  • EVOLUTION: DARWIN’S GOLDEN RETRIEVER DOES IT AGAIN.
  • ARCHIVES: THE MISSING ISSUES ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
Ky. pastor asks members to bring guns to church - Associated Press
""We're just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation," said pastor Ken Pagano. "And we're not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms — without that this country wouldn't be here."  The guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors at the door, Pagano said."
O'Reilly Now Out-and-Out Lying About His 'Tiller the Killer' Coverage
"O'Reilly wrote that "far-left loons ... immediately blamed me and Fox News for inciting ..." However, O'Reilly has not only "reported" on the term's usage by "pro-lifers," but he has adopted it himself, repeatedly referring to Tiller as "the baby killer" on his Fox News show:"
[The article cites 5 specific examples in last 3 months. - Bob]
Poll: Even Conservatives Are In Favor Of Gays In The Military - TPM
"A new Gallup poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans, 69%, in favor of allowing gays to serve openly in the military -- it's so big in fact, that even self-identified conservatives are for it.  The polling internals show 58% of conservatives in favor, plus 86% of liberals and 77% of moderates, for the overall top-line of 69%."
 

35 May

 
A more Silver Paavo
"The race ends on Silver Street, but the Post-Paavo party has typically moved to Riccelli Park. That broke up the crowd from the remaining finishers.  Not anymore.  "We're pretty proud of our Silver Street," mayor Joe Pinardi said. "We like to show it off. We don't want to hide it."
Pipeline work to create 3,000 jobs in region
"Enbridge is building a 1,000-mile pipeline from Duluth to Canada, called the Alberta Clipper, and also a 700-mile pipeline from Illinois to Minnesota called the Southern Lights."
Work planned for County Trunk B near Saxon
"There will be road construction on County Trunk B from U.S. 2 south into the town of Saxon from Monday through June 30.  During construction, the road will be open to local traffic only."
Hurley golfers off to Madison
"After losing the WIAA Division 3 regional title to Washburn last week, the Midgets edged the Castle Guards for second place at Monday's sectional to earn a trip to the state tournament in Madison on June 8-9.  Only the top two teams advance.  It is believed to be the first trip to state in school history."
Odanah man to be charged with attempted murder
"A 43-year-old Odanah man is slated to be formally charged today with attempted intentional first-degree homicide with a dangerous weapon and aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon following a stabbing incident on the Bad River Indian Reservation Saturday morning."
President Obama Appoints Great Lakes Czar
"Davis will coordinate efforts of about a dozen federal agencies working on the Great Lakes project, which deals with issues such as invasive species, polluted harbors, sewage overflows and degraded wildlife habitat.  Obama promised during his campaign last year to create such a position. His proposed 2010 budget seeks $475 million in new spending on the lakes."
Oneida County Mining Proposal 
"The land in the Town of Lynne is rich in natural resources like zinc, lead ore, silver and gold.  One of the companies interested in mining the land is called Tamerlane Ventures, out of Washington state."
Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Takeover Defendants Plea Deal 
"Instead of a trial, a plea deal was worked out that requires the defendants to plead no contest to unlawful assembly."
The science run: Diaper alarms
"Researchers from the University of Antwerp, in Belgium, recruited 39 healthy young children between 18 and 30 months who were going through potty training. The group was split so that about one half were selected at random for a wetting alarm diaper. The other group wore a placebo alarm."
Top stem cell scientist Svendsen leaving
"Svendsen, a UW-Madison professor of neurology and anatomy, has performed ground breaking research focused on modeling and treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) using a combination of stem cells and powerful growth factors."
Harvard to Endow Chair in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies - New York Times
"The visiting professorship was made possible by a gift of $1.5 million from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, which will formally announce it at a dinner on Thursday, after Harvard's commencement exercises. With the gift, Harvard said it would regularly invite "eminent scholars studying issues related to sexuality or sexual minorities" to teach on campus for one semester, according to a draft of a university press release."
Store Owner Gives Would-be Robber Bread And $40 - CBS News
"Instead of getting loot from a stickup, the store owner provided the man with $40 and a loaf of bread, but only if he promised never to rob again.  "This was a grown man, crying like a baby," Mohammad Sohail, owner of the Shirley Express convenience store about 65 miles east of New York City, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview."
 

03 June

 
City residents asked to leave fawns alone
""We advise people not to pick up wildlife and take the animal home and if they have picked up a fawn without a visible dead doe, please return the fawn to the same location. The mother will look for that fawn for at least two weeks after it has been taken," she [Julie Robson, MDNR] said."
Roadless rule changes won't impact CNNF
"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a directive recently reinstating for one year most of a Clinton-era ban against new road construction and development in national forests. The 2001 rule banned road-building and logging in more than 58 million acres of remote national forests, mostly in the West."
Climate bill debate leaves Chequamegon-Nicolet biomass in limbo
" Woody biomass — tree tops, slash, downed logs and other vegetation spread across the forest floor — will be a part of the renewable equation. The question for forestry officials and biomass-related commercial operations is whether biomass from federal forest land will be a part of the biomass equation."
Auto Industry Woes Take Toll On Wisconsin
"Officials in Wisconsin and three other Midwestern states badly hurt by the auto industry's woes are lining up to ask the Cabinet secretaries crisscrossing the region for a
better deal when it comes to getting funds from the federal recovery act."
  • Cougar Prints Found In Western Wisconsin
    "Biologist Jess Carstens of the Department of Natural Resources agreed with Weiss that the prints appear to be from a cat the size of a cougar.  The DNR has confirmed two cougar reports in Wisconsin.  One left tracks in Rock County near Milton early last year and was later killed in Chicago. "
  • Black Bear Hangs Out In Tree
    "A large black bear became an instant celebrity when it showed up in a tree near a Wausau grade school."
Waukesha may need less Lake Michigan water than predicted
"The Water Utility released Wednesday morning more than 50 pages of responses to a lengthy list of questions from environmental groups about the City of Waukesha's likely bid to pursue Lake Michigan water.  The response says the city has a lower estimate on the amount of daily lake water it needs and would return after being treated at a sewage plant."
Wis. lawmakers want to keep DMV centers open
"Gov. Jim Doyle included a provision in his 2009-2011 budget proposal to close 40 Division of Motor Vehicle service centers across the state to save about $850,000. Most of the centers are open twice a week or less.  But the Joint Finance Committee removed the provision during an all-night session last week."
Democrats may allow oil company tax to be passed to consumers 
"The oil tax proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle and approved by the Legislature’s budget committee last week is designed to raise money to pay for roads — amid a projected $6.6 billion budget shortfall — while barring oil companies from shifting the tax onto consumers in the form of higher gas prices."
Ohio Man Arrested For Mowing Unkempt Grass At Park
"An Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at a public park said he just wanted to make his city look nice. John Hamilton said he took control of the situation because the grass in Sandusky's Central Park was about a foot high."
 

02 June

 
Hurley golfers off to Madison
"Hurley picked the right week to finish ahead of Washburn.  After losing the WIAA Division 3 regional title to Washburn last week, the Midgets edged the Castle Guards for second place at Monday's sectional to earn a trip to the state tournament in Madison on June 8-9."
Midgets look to win third straight regional title
"The Midgets begin with a semifinal at home today against Phillips at 5 p.m. No. 2 seeded Hurley (15-9) went 2-1 against the No. 3 Loggers this season. That was also the difference in Hurley being seeded higher than Phillips, which has a similar record to Hurley."
Marathon County GOP spokesman Kevin Stevenson ousted for remarks
"The Republican Party of Marathon County has stripped its spokesman of his title less than three months after he wrote a column critical of conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh"
600 more foster families needed, study says
"The number of children in out-of-home care has fallen dramatically in the past decade, from 6,076 in 1999 to 2,526 in 2009. But the number of foster homes has declined even more precipitously, from about 3,000 at the beginning of the decade to 695 in January, according to the bureau."
More women infected with HIV
"Last year, 391 people contracted the virus. That's down slightly from the average 400 people over the past decade. Twenty-one percent of new infections involve women. That compares with 16 percent in the 1990s and 6 percent in the 1980s."
Culture, not biology, key factor to math gender
""There is a persistent stereotype that girls and women are just not as good at math as boys and men," said UW-Madison psychology professor Janet Hyde. "And the data we have indicates that's just not true. I really think it's important to get that word out and to chip away at that myth.""
New state smoking ban law receives mixed reviews
""In Dane County, a first-time offender caught with a small amount of marijuana, which is illegal, can be fined about 15 bucks," Meyer said. "While according to this new anti-smoking law, someone smoking a cigarette, which is legal, can be fined $100 or more.""
Open-carry proponents take a stroll through Minocqua
"The walk had been planned for weeks on the website opencarry.org, but, in the end, only one opencarry.org member showed up to be interviewed and take the walk.  "Harry" (his name has been changed to protect his identity) came to The Lakeland Times sporting a green-and-black .40 caliber Springfield Armory XDM semiautomatic pistol on his hip. He asked that his real name not be used because he didn't want his business to be affected."
Anti-abortion and violence in the US - BC
"According to data gathered by the National Abortion Federation, a pro-choice group, there had been at least nine killings in anti-abortion protests, 17 attempted murders and 400 death threats.  Bombings and arson attempts of abortion facilities also happen on a regular basis with cases often reaching double figures every year. "
[Argue "lone wolf" if you wish, but there is no reasonable denial that Sunday's murder of a doctor that performs abortions is domestic terrorism. - Bob]
Anti-Gay Marriage Pro-Prop 8 Leader Called For Antiabortion Martyrs - Talk to Action
"But the anti-gay marriage rhetoric of TheCall events is inevitably accompanied by inflammatory antiabortion rhetoric. Engle and his disciples have a history, going back by some reports at least to 2002, of issuing calls from onstage, before crowds of thousands at TheCall events, for acts of Christian martyrdom, antiabortion violence, to end legalized abortion in America."
 

01 June

 
Iron County Heritage Festival
"The 2009 Iron County Heritage Festival is fast approaching. Returning events this year include the Museum Open House, Parade, Living History Walking Tour, Iron County Fair, Loon Day, Geocaching, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon and more! You can receive a free festival calendar by contacting our office. You can also see a list of events on our Heritage Festival page on our website."
Fish tales
"They were still buzzing Sunday about the big fish that didn't get away during the weekend Saxon Harbor Boating Club spring fishing derby on Lake Superior.  In the first year of a "Powderpuff" women's competition at the annual contest, Sue Herlevi of Kimball landed the biggest fish of the derby on Friday, a whopping 35.5-pound lake trout."
Iron County to offer summer youth programs
"Area youth can enroll in Iron County 4-H Youth Development summer programs offered by University of Wisconsin-Extension and partners. Pre-enrollment is encouraged to ensure supplies and materials for all participants."
Wis. group condemns doctor’s homicide
"Wisconsin Right to Life says the group “strongly condemns” the shooting death of an abortion doctor in Kansas.  The anti-abortion organization said in a statement Monday that it has “consistently and publicly condemned such acts of violence and those who carry out those acts.”
State foreclosures down for second month in a row
"New court actions fell to 946 in May from 1,065 in April, an 11% decline. However, foreclosure filings still were almost 21% higher than in May of 2008, when there were 784 cases filed."
Janesville still in running to build small GM cars
"Janesville, the Spring Hill, Tenn., factory where GM makes Saturn cars and the Orion, Mich. car factory are the three plants that have been designated as "standby" plants that will be considered for a future small car, GM spokesman Chris Lee said."

 

  • The Cato Institute's Generous Funding of Patrick Michaels - PRWatch.org
    "In an affidavit (pdf) explaining his move and opposing the Greenpeace application, Michaels stated that "public disclosure of a company's funding of New Hope and its employees has already caused considerable financial loss to New Hope..."
  • Religious school grads likelier to have abortions - MSNBC
    ""This research suggests that young, unmarried women are confronted with a number of social, financial and health-related factors that can make it difficult for them to act according to religious values when deciding whether to keep or abort a pregnancy," said the study’s author, sociologist Amy Adamczyk of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York."