ANCHORAGE - The search continues in Alaska for a missing survival expert from Three Lakes.
The Director of Teaching Drum Outdoor School Tamareck Song, said "I have complete confidence in him if he’s not injured, that’s the big question."
31-year-old Thomas Seibold was declared missing November 11th.
The German native teaches survival classes at Drum Teaching Outdoors School in Three Lakes.
Over the last few months he’s been hiking in a remote area in north western Alaska.
Beth Ipsen, a spokesperson for the Alaskan State Troopers, said "It’s an enormous area where we’re looking. We don’t know for sure where he is. There was bad weather and we have a small layer of snow which is potentially covering any tracks but it’s not enough snow where we can get out there on snow machines."
Seibold was staying with a woman who owns a cabin near the Artic National Park by the Ambler River.
He left a note saying he was hiking to the town of Kobuk which is about 25 miles from where he was staying.
As a skilled survivor instructor Seibold frequently takes long hikes alone.
“He learned how to read the signs, how to read the weather, how to read the sun, stars, moon. He learned here how to navigate without a map and compass," said Song.
Seibold left without any forms of communication, but when he missed his flight from Kobuk to Anchorage on November 11th, friends began to worry.
Ipsen said, "He’s actually very skilled as far as surviving off the land. He’s very self-efficient. He knows how to build shelters. We’re pretty confident that that if anyone is going to get out of this it would be him."
Seibold came to Three Lakes from Germany five years ago. After completing the yearlong emersion program, he interned with the school for two years before being hired.
Song says he was a star student.
“It’s heart rending and we’re all taking it differently. It’s my responsibility to maintain perspective. So I’m coordinating the search on this end with any information I can help with and provide," said Song.
With nearly two feet of snow on the ground in far northern Alaska and temperatures at night dipping to minus 40, hypothermia is a great concern.
Son said, "Send you hopes, wishes, and prayers Thomas’ way.”
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
MADISON - Wisconsin police could not track cellphone locations without a warrant under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law.
The measure Walker signed Wednesday passed the Legislature in February with no opposition.
Under the new law, police would have to present details about their investigation when seeking a warrant to track a cellphone. That includes the phone's owners or whoever is possessing it, the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause about how tracking the cellphone is related to criminal activity.
The bill was among 55 bills Walker signed privately.
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