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Case still pending in federal court
5:47 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Family Returns Religious Appeal to Oneida County

The appeals continue for a family hoping to build a religious camp and meeting facility on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.

The Jaros family has been denied by  federal courts in their attempts to get the needed permits from Oneida county to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center. Most recently, the federal 7th Circuit Courrt of Appeals in Chicago denied a petition by the family to overturn a federal judge's decision from Wisconsin, also denying the needed permits. The family had been denied at the county level and took the matter to U.S. District Court in Madison.

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Accused of breaking groundwater rules
7:09 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Gogebic Taconite President In Spain Groundwater Case

Taconite pellets
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The president of the company that's pursuing a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin may be tied to alleged environmental violations at a mine in Spain. Bill Williams of Gogebic Taconite was previously a manager of Cobre Las Cruces, an open pit mine in Spain that's accused of breaking laws in the handling of the mine's groundwater.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Seville Justice Ministry in Spain rejected an appeal this month from the mine's owners -- and its managers now face criminal charges for allegedly exposing local groundwater to high levels of arsenic.

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Iron county has highest rate
3:53 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Jobless Rate Mixed Across the Northwoods

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Northwoods unemployment  levels are falling into traditional patterns says a state economist, but one county in this area now tops the list for joblessness.

In the Northwoods, figures from the Department of Workforce Development find Price county with the lowest rate at 5.1 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Lincoln at seven percent, Langlade at 7.2, Vilas at 7.8 percent, and Forest at 7.9 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 12.1 percent.

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Through next September
3:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Funding for Rhinelander PD Overtime To Fight Drunk Driving

A reminder from 1937
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The state noticed something about Rhinelander's drunk driving arrests and decided to fund stepped up enforcement.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the DOT has given the city more than $17,000 to up patrols through next September....

 

"...the DOT actually contacted us...they had collected statistics about accidents and traffic stop data and selected us for our population size compared to the number of vehicles(they) assumed were operating under the influence. So they gave us the grant based on that selection criteria..."

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Whitetail deer decision
3:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tribes Waiting On Judge's Decision Regarding Night Hunting

Hunting at night?
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Wisconsin's six Chippewa tribes met last week in Mole Lake with state officials to talk about natural resource issues within the ceded territory.

Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribes and the state meet to keep communication open.

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Wave of Northwoods Drug Arrests
4:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Law Enforcement Busts 19 For Drugs in Oneida County

Oneida county and regional law enforcement officials report nearly 20 new arrests this week for drug-related crimes. This follows another large number of drug-related arrests earlier this week in Forest county.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group made the nineteen arrests as part of a continued investigation.

Most charges relate to possession and distribution of methamphetamines and prescription drugs. Other charges include child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Funding restored
3:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed

Lara Reed
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As the Oneida County Board recently wrestled to balance its 2014 budget, a proposed cut would have struck $10,000 from the county tourism council's budget.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...

 

"....travelers in Oneida county spent $185 million dollars(this year)...that's $5,193 dollars for every man, woman and child in the county. Traveler spending supports 2,070 full-time equivalent jobs..."

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Former Rhinelander teacher
3:11 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Juergens To Be Sentenced Next Month

Joshua Jueregens
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The former Rhinelander high school English teacher will enter a plea next month to several charges related to an alleged theft, drug possession and growing marijuana.

Joshua Juergens' attorney Maggie Hogan and District Attorney Michael Schiek said at a hearing in Rhinelander Thursday that Juergens will enter a plea December 5 and be available for sentencing.

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Eve of Wisconsin deer hunt
4:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

DNR Leader Says Agency Wants More Public Input

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  Saying he's the eyes and ears in this region for the state DNR Secretary, the Northern Region Director held office hours in Tomahawk. He says they will be doing more of this type of interaction with the public.

 

John Gozdzialski met with the public at Tomahawk city hall. He says city of Tomahawk officials talked about what they needed in upcoming projects, but also heard from other members of the public...

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Committee recommends remodeling
6:45 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Nicolet Board To Consider Possible LRC Remodel Referendum

Nicolet College LRC building
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No decision was made, but a work team has recommended a possible referendum involving three projects deemed critical and five other projects at the Nicolet College LRC building.

The Board of Trustees assembled the team this summer after a proposal arose to use the maximum allowed borrowing authority without a referendum to remodel parts of the Learning Resources Center. When opposition to that approach surfaced, the work team met to recommend a course.

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