Government

Proposed Iron-Ashland County Mine
4:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Testimony Whether To Change Law For Mining Safety

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit wisconsin.gov

Hours of testimony in Madison whether to allow an exemption to the state's Managed Forest Law that would allow Goegebic Taconite to close up to 4,000 acres by a proposed mine site.


Senator Tom Tiffany's bill that would enable "GT" to deny access on land that otherwise would allow public access. One mining protester was arrested earlier this year at the mine site after a group stopped by to protest. Some damage occured.


During the hearing, Tiffany said he was concerned about safety...


 

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Oct 1 General Election
9:10 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Primary Election Results

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held a primary election yesterday for contested positions for Secretary, Treasurer and tribal council. The winners include:


For Secretary...Jamie Armstrong and Victoria A. Doud.


For Treasurer...Barry LeSieur and Mary Peterson.


Candidates who will be on the October ballot for tribal council include....Terry "Fred" Allen, Eric Chapman, Sr.,Betty Jo Graveen,Alice K. Soulier,Henry "Butch" St. Germaine, Sr.,Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr.,Vivian "Luci" Wolfe, and Racquel Zortman-Bell.

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Back to School
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

As Classes Begin, Superintendent Hopes for Smooth Transport

As school buses prepare to roll out, Rhinelander District Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi hopes for a smooth first day.
Credit Don O'Brien

It's time for the first day of school.  

Rhinelander School District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi plans to visit all district schools in the first two weeks of classes.  She’s hoping school bus logistics will run more smoothly than last year. 

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Missing since February
3:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Remains Found Near Antigo Identified

Langlade county officials have released the identity of a person found dead west of Antigo August 22nd.


Sheriff Bill Greening reports the skeletal remains were identified through dental records at 77 year old Leonard Allen Peth of Antigo. The remains were found at Western Road and Hazel Road just west of Antigo.


Sheriff Greening says the Langlade County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as undetermined, although no foul play is suspected. Peth was last seen in Antigo in February of 2013.

More than a million dollars to be cut
3:17 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

OC Board Begins Debate On Projected Deficit

Supervisors Sonny Paszak(L) and Greg Berard and the rest of the Oneida County Board in special session 9/3
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has begun what could be some tough budget meetings.


Administration committee chair David Hintz says the county is looking at a $1.1 million deficit out of a $50 million routine budget.


Some department heads were called in to talk about capital projects including more road building, fixing problems in county buildings and aging equipment that needs updating among others. Buildings and Grounds Director LuAnn Brunette said the projects for that department could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 alone if the board went ahead with them.

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A Convenient Location
4:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School Lends Space to Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school.  Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks.  No suspects will be brought to the location.  County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county. 

“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51.  And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.” 

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Recent labor actions
4:03 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Spokesperson: Labor Day Has New Meaning

Pullman strike image
Credit lib.niu.edu

Labor Day for many is a day off from work or school. But for people active in today's labor movement, it's a day to pause and reflect.

Dean Einerson of Rhinelander is a member of the Northwoods Labor Solidarity Group. He attended a rally in Wausau last week as fast food workers rallied for higher pay. He says the continuity of worker needs from the 19th century to today is similar...

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Asks Seniors To Contact Congress
11:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Senior Advocate Says Social Security Not Part of Deficit

Billy Feitlinger in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

  An advocate for retired persons says some have lead the public to believe that Social Security is part of the federal budget deficit. He says that simply isn't true.


Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Americans Executive Director Billy Feitlinger spoke at the Rhinelander District Library.


In the upcoming debate in Congress this fall, a proposal is to cut the amount of potential increases called the "Chained CPI".


He outlined the descent the economy has taken since 2000, including the Great Recession....

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Factual Dispute
4:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

250,000: A Magic Number For Jobs?

Some are questioning whether Governor Scott Walker is backpedaling on his jobs promise.
Credit Blind Nomad / http://www.flickr.com/photos/68512679@N03/6827802602/sizes/m/in/photostream/

One side stands by the story, the other says it wasn't accurate.  Did Governor Walker say the state won't actually create 250,000 jobs?  Ken Krall has the details.  

Earlier this week, WJFW TV in Rhinelander talked to Governor Scott Walker in Merrill.

The WJFW story said Walker had backed off the promise, telling the station he said they state was more than 133,000 down because of the recession and 250,000 wasn't a "magic number" but rather about jobs affecting people.

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Hearing from the Community
3:53 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Forum For Seniors On Changes to Medicare and Social Security

The Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Persons is holding a town hall meeting Friday morning in Rhinelander about potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare and other related topics.

Alliance President Billy Feitlinger says he wants to hear from those affected what potential cuts by Congress would mean.

"The most important one is the changing of the annual adjustment for cost of living. That would be very detrimental to current seniors if the formula was changed for that."

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