Snowmobile trails open soon
- Snow probably makes you think of snowmobiling...But you'll have to wait a bit longer to get out on the trails. ONEIDA COUNTY No matter how much snow we get, Onedia County's trails don't open until after December 15th. That's when deer season is over. Onedia County opens their trail system all at once instead of opening each trail individually. The forestry department expects trails to open sometime between the 15th and Christmas, depending on how much snow we get.
Bewley hints at Senate run; announcement next week
- Rep. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) hinted Tuesday that she will run for state Senate. ASHLAND Bewley said to expect more details on December 13th from a candidate for the 25th District seat, saying, “someone’s going to make an announcement.” She also hinted her intentions, saying, “I’m very interested in running for Senate.” The seat opened when Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) announced he would not run for another term in 2014. Bewley has been in conversations with Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range) and Rep. Stephen Smith (D-Shell Lake) about which one should run for the seat. The three coordinated as Democrats look to avoid a primary in the district. The 25th Senate District has voted consistently Democratic in the past.
Traps method of choice in Wis. wolf hunt
- Traps have apparently become wolf hunters' weapon of choice in Wisconsin. ACROSS WISCONSIN New state Department of Natural Resources data shows hunters used traps to capture 174 of the 216 wolves taken between the wolf season's Oct. 15 opener and Nov. 30. Hunters shot 41 wolves with a gun and killed one wolf with a bow. Monday marked the first day of the season hunters could use dogs to chase down wolves. DNR large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland said no hunters using dogs had registered any wolves as of Monday afternoon. All but one of the state's six wolf hunting zones have closed after hunters reached their kill limits in the areas. Hunters were 37 animals shy of their kill limit in the last open zone as of Tuesday morning.
Constitutional amendment would make it more difficult for legislators to raise taxes
- Raising taxes can be a touchy issue for any lawmaker. MADISON One Wisconsin Republican wants to make it harder for the legislature to raise taxes - even if a majority supports it. Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) proposed a constitutional amendment this week. Right now, a bill that raises taxes needs more than 50 percent of the vote in the Senate and Assembly.
Pet as a surprise can be a bad idea
- Surprising people with a new puppy or kitten may sound fun, but it can be a bad idea. MADISON The Wisconsin state veterinarian is encouraging people not to give pets as gifts this holiday season. Doctor Yvonna Bellay says giving a pet as a gift is a serious commitment and should never be a surprise. She issued her warning as holiday shoppers start hitting the stores in a big way.
Scammers lurking online for people shopping for deals
- Shoppers planning to hit the Internet looking for deals need to watch out for scammers. MADISON The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says cyber thieves know what the hot gift items are. They target their scams accordingly. That can include fake contests on social media sites and dangerous links.
Snow reports begin on state tourism website
- We might be thinking about turkey these days, but Wisconsin ski resorts want you to think snow! MADISON Snow condition reports at ski areas across Wisconsin are now being updated. The ski areas are busy making snow and preparing to open in the coming weeks. The report available on www.travelwisconsin.com lists conditions for both downhill and cross-country skiing as well as snowmobile trails. As far as local spots to ski, Granite Peak Ski Resort will be reopening Thanksgiving Day for the holiday weekend. They have 16 runs open.
State could save millions by delaying Medicaid changes
- Pushing back Medicaid changes would save the state millions of dollars. MADISON Governor Scott Walker has proposed a 3 month delay in kicking about 77-thousand people off Medicaid. It would save the state about 23-million dollars. That's a delay in expanding coverage to poor, childless adults. The Legislature's budget committee will take up the proposal on Monday.