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Retired, active scientists form Wisconsin Green Fire, responding to 'threat' to science from state governmentSubmitted: 04/21/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

Retired, active scientists form Wisconsin Green Fire, responding to 'threat' to science from state government
RHINELANDER - Two years ago, Gov. Scott Walker moved to cut 18 positions from the DNR's scientific research staff.

Last December, the DNR removed language about human causes of climate change from its website.

A state group, which will launch Saturday, calls moves like those a "threat" to science.


Former DNR employee Bob Martini, who lives in Rhinelander, is on the board of Wisconsin Green Fire. The former water resources scientist said DNR employees are under a gag order.

"I've never seen such a group of demoralized people," Martini said. "They feel that they can't use their scientific expertise to do what they were hired to do."

Green Fire is a group of about 70 retired and active scientists from organizations including the DNR and the UW System. Martini said Green Fire experts will make themselves available to the Legislature, local officials, and the media.

"We hope to try to fill the gap that was created when the DNR scientists could no longer speak," he said. "They can't even talk to the press, even if they're a world expert on a subject."

Martini says the group includes experts in almost every natural resources field.

"Many of our members already have a presence in the state government, local government, [and] the press. Many of them are already recognized as experts," he said.

Green Fire intentionally planned its launch for Saturday, which is Earth Day.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/20/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll tell you the judge's decision in the preliminary hearing for an Eagle River woman charged with locking a nurse practitioner in the Marshfield Clinic office. Her ex-husband is accused of threatening the practitioner with a hatchet and meat tenderizer.

We talk to a Price County woman who was one of 8 interns worldwide hired by Harley Davidson.

And we'll show you how Nicolet College is giving students a "Quick Start" with the college application process.


We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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RHINELANDER - Police accuse an Eagle River woman and her ex-husband of threatening and locking up a nurse practitioner in a Minocqua office last week, according to police.

Wednesday in an Oneida County courtroom a judge decided there was enough evidence to move forward with the case against 39-year-old Jillian Buza. According to a criminal complaint the Buzas locked the practitioner in the Marshfield Clinic office because she was trying to wean Jillian off opioids.

Police said her ex-husband held a hatchet and meat tenderizer to the nurse practitioner's face.
Minocqua Police Department Sergeant David Geiss testified about what Jillian did in that office, in court Wednesday.  

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MADISON - Governor Scott Walker has activated the National Guard to help with recovery efforts following destructive flooding in northern Wisconsin.

Portions of northern Wisconsin saw as much as a foot of rain over the weekend. Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas and Iron counties remain in a state of emergency.

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RHINELANDER - People can learn more about the construction plans for the US 8/HWY 47 intersection in Rhinelander at public meeting next week. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be holding a meeting June 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rhinelander City Hall. 

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RHINELANDER - Nicolet College offers incoming students a faster way to get through the hassle of the college application process.Wednesday's "Quick Start" day in Rhinelander gave students one-on-one attention with career coaches and college advisors.

Nicolet staff walked students through applications, assessments and financial aid to make sure they don't get overwhelmed.

Career coach Angeline von Neupert said "Quick Start" gives students and staff an opportunity to get to know each other.

"It's really neat to get to know the students individually and kind of walk them through the process. It's cool to come together as a team. We're usually scheduling them and then they come back and go back and forth," said von Neupert

Fall classes start in August. If students missed Quick Start day they can schedule a meeting with a Nicolet College advisor.


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TAYLOR COUNTY - Police believe a Price County stabbed a Taylor County man in May with military style knife. 

Derek Novak, 25, is facing three felonies including attempted reckless homicide. 

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MADISON - Wisconsin agriculture officials have confirmed chronic wasting disease in a doe from a Marinette County breeding farm.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Monday the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed test results Thursday and the farm was quarantined that same day.

The 2-year-old deer was born on the 230-acre farm in Goodman and died during fawning. The fenced farm has 320 whitetail deer, according to the owner's most recent registration. The farm hadn't been enrolled in the CWD Herd Status Program since May 2017.

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