The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.
Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.
A spokesperson says The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has hired nine mental health professionals to meet the demand.
Those hires are part of more than 1,600 new mental health hires within the VA system.
Spokesperson Brad Nelson says four of the new hires are under an Executive Order signed by President Obama to meet the needs of veterans and their families. He says with more than a decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the need is there.
A local UW-Extension agent says the population shift toward more older residents in Wisconsin is even more pronounced in the Northwoods.The U-S Census Bureau says 14 percent of the state’s population was 65-or-older as of last July. That’s .7 percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824,500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124,000 who were 85-or-older – an increase of 6,000 during the previous two years. Also, Wisconsin’s percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13.7 percent.
The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, Lumberjack RC&D and UW-Extension are inviting people with a need to talk about the Northwoods to an open microphone this Thursday evening in Three Lakes.
County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the new event is called "Northwoods Expressions."
More than $2 million has been awarded to this area to improve housing conditions.
The state Division of Housing spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the money in this area is part of $15 million administered through the state for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program is designed to provide money to address affordable housing and community development.
A fund drive is underway to repair and preserve the train at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander. The Logging Museum complex includes the historic train and boxcars as a reminder of the Northwoods Logging era.
Mayor Dick Johns and others are hoping citizens step forward to contribute to the restoration of the train and to build a roof over the top to help preserve the attraction.
Mayor Johns says the wooden cars and the train need immediate attention.
You may be planning to get outdoors this weekend, but you probably won’t be outside as much as Toby Clark.
He’s been hiking the ice age trail since April, and still has more than 400 miles left to go. But he seems undaunted.
“Around mid-April the weather started to break and I started to get into more actual trail. Instead of road-walking. And it’s been great since then. My body’s getting in shape and I’ve been meeting some wonderful people, and seeing some beautiful Wisconsin landscape.”