There wasn’t enough snow in Eagle River to build its famous ice castle this year, but there is enough to make winter recreation enthusiasts happy.
Good snow conditions and low gas prices mean tourists are coming north to enjoy winter sports. Kim Emerson, Executive Director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, says as usual over Christmas break there were many visitors out cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and, of course, snowmobiling.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes are organizing a conference on economic alternatives to mining January 7-9.
Red Cliff Mining Resources Specialist Sandy Gokee says the tribes are inviting specialists to talk about the impacts of iron mining, as well as explore the potential of other economic drivers.
“We wanted them to share their knowledge about the effects of mining. Viable alternatives to extraction, cultural knowledge; because we wanted to kind of bring it all together with our native world view.”
After a few inches of fresh snowfall, Oneida County is opening snowmobile trails Tuesday at 5 pm.
Oneida County Snowmobile Council President Steve Moran says there are some rough spots on the trails.
“Well, we could use more snow. Hopefully we’re gonna get the snow they’re predicting. Mostly they’re white, there’s gonna be some wet spots, that’s the biggest concern we have. Swamps are not frozen with all the warm weather we’ve had, and the insulating snow we had earlier in November.”
After a nationwide search, WXPR Public Radio has hired longtime Northwoods resident and current WXPR volunteer Pete Rondello as new station manager.
Rondello graduated from Eagle River High School and currently lives near Boulder Junction. Though he’s worked with Coldwell Banker in Minocqua for more than twenty years, Rondello has a background in radio that predates his work in real estate.
This weekend’s thaw was bad news for winter recreation trails.
Snowmobile trails in Iron County closed Monday after being open since early December. Forest Administrator Joe Vairus says a significant amount of snow melted during the thaw.
“It was 45 degrees for a few days, so things really opened up. It looked like spring. The swamps are open and the trails are bare in a lot of places so we’ve got to get things frozen again and get snow coverage on top of that. So it will take several inches, a foot or two.”