Government

Eighteen Years As Chief Deputy
2:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor-Appointed Vilas County Sheriff Says He'll Run For Election

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year.  Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June.  To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November. 

Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment. 

He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff.  That provision was recently changed.

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Bewley wants "balanced bill"
5:46 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Mining Bill Favors Only One Side: Legislator

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland), 74th Assembly Dist.
Credit Wisconsin legislature

A candidate for a northern Wisconsin state Senate seat says the state needs a new mining law before she would consider backing it.

Democrat Janet Bewley represents the 74th Assembly District, including Iron, Price and a portion of Vilas county.

Bewley says mining is not a yes or no kind of question, as it is more complicated. She says the people of the north want to have a strong economy and jobs that intersects with their values...

 

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56 animals taken
10:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Large Public Response To Lincoln Co. Puppy Mill

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Lincoln County humane society officials are thanking the community for their support as they handle the puppy mill situation.

Fifty-six adult dogs and puppies were surrendered Saturday to the Lincoln County Humane Society and workers have been scrambling to find places to put them all. Board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the community response has been amazing. "Right now we just have an overwhelming outpouring of support from the public. It's finally slowing down a little bit. It's been a constant stream of people, I've never seen our parking lot so full."

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Death Due to Heroin Overdose Last Year
9:50 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Lewis Pleas No Contest in Homicide Case

The last of three defendants charged after the heroin-induced death of a town of Crescent man one year ago has entered pleas.

Last week, 28 year old Richard Lewis entered no contest pleas to reckless homicide, and other charges in Oneida County Circuit Court. Co-defendant Jennifer Heiting of St. Germain has already entered as to similar charges, and both face possible 6 years in prison and nearly a decade on extended supervision.

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Law requires less local regulation
7:09 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Not Much Change For Cities And New Bow Hunting Law

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Governor Walker recently signed a bill allowing bow-and-arrow hunters to look for deer within municipalities. Two city administrators in the region don't think the law will change much in their communities.

Several state communities had bow hunts to trim the nuisance deer herd within city limits. In changing laws concerning crossbows, the local municipal codes were set aside by the law, leaving local communities only the option to set how far hunters had to stay away from buildings.

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Says recent bills proof of power play
4:47 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Legislator Says Local Communities Losing Power

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit wisconsin.gov

A legislator is concerned about the centralization of control being pushed on local units of government by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Democratic State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland says the majority party is showing a tendency to want more power focused in Madison...

 

"....fact we want to have a say in what we want in our own communities. Ironically, we're seeing with the majority that is in now, they want to erode local control, they want to focus power in Madison on many issues...."

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Wednesday evening fire
3:01 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Fire Kills Two In Mercer

Credit fr.wikipedia.org

A 37 year old woman and a 24 year old man have died in a house fire in Iron county.

The Sheriff's Department said the call came in just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night. Mercer Fire and Rescue went to the home on Old Highway 51 Road in Mercer.

The home was completely ablaze when help arrived.

Names are being withheld until relatives are notified.

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Long dispute nearing end
2:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

LDF Tribe Agrees To Buy Strawberry Island

Credit ldftribe.com

A long time standoff between the owner of Strawberry Island in Lac du Flambeau and the tribe is a step closer to being resolved.

This week the tribe's Land Management Office told the tribal council they had come to an agreement to acquire Strawberry Island for $250,000. The tribal council passed a resolution approving the sale.

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Three More Hearings to Go
4:59 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Rural Schools Task Force Hears From Superintendent, Administrators

Transportation costs have been cited by many rural school districts as a big challenge.
Credit John O'Brien

The Assembly Speaker's Rural Schools Task Force held its third hearing Tuesday in Madison. 

  

Legislators heard more than three hours of testimony from educational groups and administrators.   State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers spoke about the financial challenges facing rural schools.

"We need to do something about fixing our funding system for all the schools in the state.  We need to find ways to allocate resources that take into account the income levels of families, and not just the community's property value." 

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High schoolers taking college training
4:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Youth Apprenticeship Bill In Rhinelander

Gov. Walker and Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster
Credit Ken Krall-WXPR

Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill in Rhinelander that he says will help employers get more skilled workers to companies. Youth Apprenticeship integrates high school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in skills defined by Wisconsin industries. It works with local school districts and the area technical colleges.

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