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News Bulletin: Boston Whaler Makes Last Rescue

WHAT HAPPENED

• The Gibraltar Fire Department’s Boston Whaler may have made its last rescue run May 16 for two anglers whose bass boat was taking on water. The men were several hundred feet off the Cottage Row shoreline in Fish Creek. Assistant Fire Chief Jerrad Anderson said the two men were rescued without incident and required no medical attention, but Door County EMS, DNR Warden Mike Neal and a Coast Guard contingent were on hand. Anderson said the Boston Whaler is being replaced by a custom-made boat designed to meet the department’s water-rescue needs. Lake Assault Boats of Superior, Wisconsin, is producing the new craft; delivery is expected in two weeks.

• Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard’s May 24 resignation from the Southern Door School Board has created a vacancy on the board. In her letter of resignation to the Southern Door County School District, Sternard cited wanting to avoid “any real or perceived conflicts of interests” regarding the recent hire of a full-time school-resource officer from the sheriff’s department to serve the district, which is now accepting applications. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of the district for at least 28 consecutive days at the time of filing and not disqualified from voting under Wisconsin law. Applications are due in the district office by May 31, 2019, at 3 pm. Submit them to Board of Education Clerk Pamela Parks, c/o Sue Ann Hubbard, Southern Door School District Office, 2073 County DK, Brussels, WI 54204. Applications may be picked up in the district office or found on the district website under “BOE Vacancy.” Applicants will be asked to make a five-minute presentation about their interests and qualifications at the June 17 school-board meeting. An appointment will be made after a vote by the board. After taking an oath of office, the appointee will become a board member. The term runs until April 2020, when the seat will come up for a one-year term by election.

COMING UP

• The Democratic Party of Wisconsin will hold its annual state convention in Milwaukee June 1-2. Gov. Tony Evers will deliver the keynote address the evening of June 1.

• The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on a plan to continue disposing dredged material at a Barge Road property owned by Sturgeon Bay Utilities. The meeting will begin at 3:30 pm on May 29 at the Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) office, 230 E. Vine St. in Sturgeon Bay. SBU primarily accepts dredged material from Sturgeon Bay and other local waterways. The primary users of the disposal facility are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard and private-property owners. SBU has requested DNR approval to continue disposing of sediment on this property, and the meeting’s purpose is to solicit public comment and answer questions on the proposal. DNR and SBU representatives will provide a brief introduction and explanation of the project. The DNR will consider all public comments received during the meeting in its decision.

• The Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement is hiring its 2020 class of conservation wardens, whose primary responsibility will be delivering law-enforcement services to the nine busiest state parks and state forests. The department seeks to hire 11 full-time wardens, but those interested in part-time positions should also apply. Those already working in law enforcement may be eligible for new compensation policies for incoming officers. “Hiring 11 full-time conservation wardens who will focus primarily on state parks and forest law enforcement is a first,” said Jeffrey King, the bureau’s assistant training director.The 2020 class tentatively would start the training program on October 27 of this year. More information about applications is available on the state of Wisconsin Wisc.Jobs website. For more information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for “Warden Recruitment.”