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A local water advocate says a public hearing this week in Rhinelander is an opportunity to be heard on shoreland zoning changes.

Wednesday, Oneida County Planning and Development is hosting the hearing at the county courthouse to hear input on changes to it's shoreland protection ordinance. Counties have complained that they lost the right to put stronger restrictions on shoreland protection after the legislature stripped the counties of that, instead saying a uniform and less restrictive DNR code would be established.

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There's a lot of water going through the dams, and reservoirs along the Wisconsin River are full.

That's an update from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company's Vice-President of Operations Peter Hansen in Wausau who says the system is full...

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A Saturday afternoon crash in the Oneida county town of Nokomis has killed an Ironwood motorcyclist and sent the driver of the second vehicle to a hospital.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports getting a call shortly after 5 p.m. of a car/motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 51 south of county "L". The motorcycle driver who died at the scene was 47 year old Kevin Chiapuzio, of Ironwood, Michigan..

Highway 51 was closed while law enforcement investigated the scene.

Split Opinion On Plum Lake Protection District

Jun 17, 2017

A public hearing on a petition to form a lake protection and rehabilitation district for Plum Lake was attended by 65 persons in Sayner Thursday night where more lake property owners were opposed than favoring the district.

Lake districts can be created by town boards if the entire district is within town boundaries and the petition is signed by at least owners of 51% of the land around the lake.

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A 51 year old Tomahawk man remains in custody in Merrill after deputies investigated a complaint of improper behavior of a school bus driver in the Tomahawk School District.

The bond for James Schmit was set at $100,000 Friday in Lincoln County Court.

Schmit has been charged with felony counts of child enticement, stalking and abduction of another’s child.

On June 7th, deputies were informed of the incidents which had occurred on the last day of school and have been investigating since that date.

Schmit was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Vilas Courthouse Security Level Debated

Jun 16, 2017

Two levels of security for the Vilas County courthouse were debated by the county public property committee but no decision was made.

County board Chairman Ron DeBruyne felt a single entrance planned with the new $11 million addition may require up to three persons to staff it and suggested the top floor of the courthouse where courts, juvenile intake, clerk of courts, and register in probate are located be secured first.

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A new study shows most home prices in the Northwoods have not returned to pre-recession levels.

Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance spokesperson Dale Knapp said researchers looked at figures from the Department of Revenue about equalized home values throughout the state.

He says they looked at where home values were as of last January in each county versus just before the recession...

Coast Guard Compass

High water on state rivers has prompted the DNR law enforcement section to ask boaters to be very careful when heading out.

DNR Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says recent storms packing torrential downpours have fueled floods and strong fast currents. He says the public should think safety when planning water trips by first checking local conditions and to always wear a life jacket on the water.

Conservation Warden Michael Sealander in Vilas county agrees, saying a life jacket is necessary...


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A Conversation About Palestine

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War and the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Elaine Strite of Harshaw lived in the Middle East for 27 years and wore many hats: She lived in Egypt for fifteen years where she was an English teacher and founded an incoming generating project for women, Lebanon for two years, and ten years in Palestine. Last week, I sat down with Elaine to hear her thoughts on the occupation. She immediately cleared any confusion regarding her...

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