ONEIDA COUNTY - Last year, Wisconsin had 22 reported deaths involving recreational off-highway vehicles, often referred to as ATVs or UTVs. The Oneida County Sheriff's office says 18 of them likely involved alcohol.
Nearly 98% of the Oneida County roads are currently open for ATV/UTV use. Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Brian Keller says that's one of the main reasons they've noticed an increase in drunk riding.
"Obviously, it's not safe. They're not safe machines to be operating intoxicated. Nothing is safe to be operating intoxicated," said Keller. "There's a very high risk that you will be injured if you're using these intoxicated."
Keller says the regulation process is almost identical to a regular OWI, meaning anything over .08 BAC is against the law. A drunk-rider would be placed under arrest and taken to jail. If you see reckless behavior while operating these vehicles, you are encouraged to call the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross asked Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders Wednesday to call a special session of the Legislature to allow for UW to borrow money through a line of credit and possibly start classes earlier to help deal with "unprecedented financial and planning challenges" due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MADISON - Wisconsin environmental regulators will consider high-capacity wells' impact on surrounding water bodies when issuing permits, aligning with Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul's stance on the issue.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) dispersed hundreds of boxes of food to community members Wednesday. A line of cars could be seen stretching from the pantry all the way to Home Depot.
Linda and Henry Delisle were some of the many waiting in line for their box of food.
"We've never done this before," said Linda.
Normally, people qualify for the food pantry based on their income. But on Wednesday, anyone in need could come pick up a box of food, no questions asked. General manager Jane Motowski said it's all thanks to a program called 'Farmers to Families.'
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a tougher charge against the police officer at the center of the George Floyd case and charged three other officers, delivering a victory to protesters galvanized by a death that roused racial tensions and unleashed coast-to-coast unrest.
The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd's neck and now must defend himself against an accusation of second-degree murder. The three other officers at the scene - Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao - were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four were fired last week.
NORTHERN WI - The State of Wisconsin will start to take applications for money to help small businesses get back on their feet.
The 75 million dollar "We're All in Small Business Grant" intends to touch 30 thousand small businesses--distributing 2,500 dollars to each one.
The Oneida County Department of Economic Development says the money will be focused on all areas of Wisconsin including the Northwoods
"The great news is this is not a first come first serve program, it's done really by area and by need," director, Jeff Verdoon,said. "The aid will be divided up by region so we have a good chance for our businesses up here to be able to receive the money."
During the safer at home order, local businesses could apply for small businesses loans, but some had trouble getting approved--others couldn't qualify.
The Rhinelander chamber of commerce which will work closely with businesses applying, says this program is much different from other grants, executive director Lauren Sackett added.
"Some of those other grants require you to already have financial loans," Sackett said. "[The We're All in Grant] will also look at who has already received funding to try and determine essential businesses who may have been missed."
Unlike different programs that may have more restrictions and requirements, local businesses find this application process fairly easy.
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