• Sturgeon Bay Police and the Door County Sheriffs Dept. have taken multiple reports of thefts from vehicles recently. The majority of thefts could have been prevented by locking the vehicle. Officers also remind citizens to follow these tips when leaving items in vehicles:

Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight:  The best way to prevent theft from your auto is to always keep valuables out of sight. Secure Your GPS Device:  Anyone who uses a portable GPS device is urged to take it along when you park the car.

Use Your Trunk:  If your car has a trunk, use it. Put valuables in there or in a locked glove compartment.

Remove Your Radio Faceplate:  If you can unfasten your sound system and take it with you, or lock it in your trunk, do so. And don’t forget to do the same with your CDs and tapes.

Lock It Up:  Keep your car doors and windows locked.

• The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) applauds the United States Supreme Court for upholding the availability of health insurance subsidies for more than 7.5 million people in states, including Wisconsin, that have not established their own insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “This is a tremendous victory for all of us. We are thrilled that women and their families in Wisconsin will continue to have access to subsidies to make health insurance more affordable and accessible” said Sara Finger, Executive Director of WAWH. “Tens of thousands of low- and middle-income Wisconsinites will be helped by this decision. Without the subsidies, monthly insurance premiums are just too expensive for many women.” Women, especially those who struggle with economic barriers to health care, have benefited enormously from the ACA. More than nine million women in the U.S. were eligible for tax credits in 2014 to reduce the cost of their monthly health insurance premiums. Increased access to affordable health care means women can more easily pursue new educational, economic and employment opportunities without putting the health of their families at risk.


• The Sturgeon Bay Police Department would like to remind everyone if you are planning on lighting fireworks, remember to abide by Wisconsin State Laws. A few examples of fireworks allowed are sparklers (36 inches in length or shorter), stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers, confetti poppers with less than ¼-grain of explosive mixture and novelty devices that spin or move on the ground. Fireworks such as:  firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars require permits and are illegal if you don’t have permits for them. A general rule is that if the device explodes or leaves the ground, it is illegal. If you choose to violate state law officers can issue a citation, which will cost you several hundred dollars. If you light fireworks off and cause damage to property or if someone is injured you could be held liable for those damages.

• The Department of Natural Resources has decided to use an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation in the town of Eileen, Bayfield County. The department decided the EIS process would be the best way to comply with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act requirements for environmental analysis in advance of any permit decisions for the project. Over the last few months, the department has received correspondence from citizens, interest groups, local governments and tribes regarding the environmental review for the project, including a letter from the applicant requesting an EIS process. The first step in the analysis process will be to provide an opportunity for interested persons to identify important issues to be addressed in the EIS. The department will soon announce more details on the EIS scoping process and methods to provide such input.

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cancel certain uses of the insecticide propoxur after preliminary human health assessment found risks from certain applications. From 1995 to 2013, EPA has reduced exposure from carbamates, the class of insecticide that includes propoxur. The use of carbamates has fallen by 70 percent.

EPA and the registrant reached an agreement to voluntarily cancel certain uses of propoxur. EPA is proposing to cancel all indoor aerosol, spray and liquid formulations of propoxur inside hospitals and other commercial or institutional facilities where children may be present and all use in food-handling establishments. After these cancellations, there would be no remaining food uses, and no tolerances levels for propoxur. In 2007, EPA cancelled the use of propoxur sprays inside homes, day care facilities, and schools, and in 2014, EPA cancelled propoxur pet collars. Today’s action was conducted as part of the agency’s registration review program.

EPA is requesting a 30 day comment period that will begin upon publication in the Federal Register at: and searching for EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0296.