A father and son who entered guilty pleas in October to distributing Oxycodone on the Lac du Flambeau reservation are going to federal prison.
54 year old Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and his son, 30 year old Ryan Old Coyote will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced for distribution , and Ryan was sentenced for using wire communication via Money Gram as part of the distribution scheme.
Rhinelander is one of a handful of Wisconsin communities that bans cell phone use while driving. That ordinance went into effect last June.
Police Chief Michael Steffes says the department did limited enforcement, focusing initially on getting the word out and educating drivers...
"....between signage, notifying the media and working with the media and giving verbal warnings as officers encounter people on the phone, particularly if they were demonstrating other aspects of inattentive driving..."
The U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an agreement which called for the Forest County Potawatomi to be reimbursed by the state for any losses at its Milwaukee casino when another casino is opened less than 50 miles away.
Governor Scott Walker still has until next month to approve or deny the proposed off-reservation casino the Menominee Nation wants to open. The Potawatomi plans to sue, saying the courts should reinstate the deal which would force the state of Wisconsin to pay them 100-million dollars if the second casino project moves forward.
A showdown with President Obama is possible, as the House of Representatives approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday(1/9/15) by a 266-153 margin. 28 Democrats joined majority Republicans to pass the measure.
Earlier, the Nebraska Supreme Court allowed the pipeline through that state after a new course away from environmentally sensitive areas was drawn up. The proposed pipeline would first go to Nebraska then south to the Gulf Coast.
A retired DNR real estate and land protection employee says preserving Wisconsin's open spaces should remain as a key goal for all citizens.
Dick Steffes spent 39 years with the DNR. He successfully used the state Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and appreciated the federal Land And Water Conservation monies to buy large tracts of land for public use, be it walking, forest products or hunting. He was key in the purchase of The Great Addition in 1999, where the state added tens of thousands of acres for public use.