LAC DU FLAMBEAU - The Lac du Flambeau tribe wants drugs OFF their reservation. Drug abuse is not a new issue for the Lac du Flambeau tribe, or elsewhere in the Northwoods, but the tribe is cracking down... Recently they declared a State of Emergency in regard to illegal drugs.
In particular they're seeing more synthetic marijuana, "bath salts", and heroin, and they want them gone.
"No matter what it does, or how they do it, it's illegal on our reservation, said Tribal Chairman Tom Maulson, We're working with law enforcement, county enforcement, we're working with the town of Lac du Flambeau, we're working with our family resource people, our doctors, our pharmacists, the whole nine yards.
The tribal council is also concerned about prescription drug abuse. The emergency declaration means the tribe is taking a stronger stance against drugs.
"In order to get Indian housing, you're going to have to go through a drug testing process... The drug movers and sellers, there's talk about banishing these people from our reservation in its entirety," said Maulson.
"We just need to play catch up, in order to play catch up and get the young people on the right path, we've got to find out a way to get rid of this stuff."
Last weekend the tribe held a meeting on drug abuse. Next month they'll invite the public and experts back to come up with a plan of attack.
RHINELANDER - You could find teachers working at Culver's tonight. They served students and their families for the Rhinelander Middle School.
It was all part of Teachers Night at Culver's. A percentage of the evening's sales went to James Williams Middle School. Teachers say they liked taking on the new job.
"We're excited about meeting people that I have never met before, parents of students I don't have. I'm also excited to see parents I do know and families," said Adair Sexton, the Middle School Band Director.
RHINELANDER - Technology seems to change almost daily. That's why the City of Rhinelander Public Works Department is growing its use of radio water meter devices.
A little blue box takes in signals from radio water meters on certain homes installed with radio meters. Workers don't even need to get out of their cars to get a reading.
More than 200 homes in Rhinelander use the technology, but there are more then 3200 water customers in the area.
But Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman says the radio meters make the process much faster.
"An employee can go into a an area where these radio read instruments or meters are used and touch a button and it collects several if not dozens of meter readings at a time," Kingman said.
Tom Roeser reads meters, installs radio meters and does other kind of work for the Rhinelander Water Department. He has to walk through plenty of yards to get to readers.
"Oh yeah I get asked what I'm doing a lot," Roeser said.
For most of the properties in Rhinelander, Roeser uses a touch stick to automatically send readings to a wireless receiver he carries with him.
"You don't have to scroll to find out where you are in your route," Roeser said. "You can just read it and it moves into the hand held and you can continue on."
If the reader doesn't work, Roeser punches in the reading by hand. The department installs the radio meters on homes that are more spaced out, which helps speed up the process.
Rhinelander bills water quarterly, so every three months. A city wide radio meter system would speed up the process so much the city could have monthly billing. The upgrade would help customers find water waste issues sooner because they would see signs of it in their bill more often.
"We try to do that frequently as possibly can," Kingman said. "But with a quarterly system we're not able to do that as quickly as we would desire."
Kingman says right now it wouldn't be worth it to upgrade the entire system. The cost would outweigh the benefits to taxpayers and customers. So they'll take their time and upgrade little by little.
"We're trying to do two or three percent a year,"Kingman said.
That means Roeser will have plenty of walking ahead of him, but that's what he likes.
"The radar reads are fine, especially on the long runs," Roeser said. "But I like doing the walking."
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