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5 year banishment
10:50 am
Thu August 22, 2013

55 Non-Tribal Members Banished From LDF

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

Following a state of emergency declared in April about the growing use and distribution of illegal drugs on the reservation, the Lac du Flambeau Police Department began serving banishment notices from the Tribal Government to 55 non-tribal members known to be involved in illegal activities.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says in declaring the state of emergency, law enforcement began a crackdown in June called "Operation Pandora" where a number of arrests were made....

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Social Security cutbacks reviewed
6:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Possible Congressional Cuts Could Deeply Impact Economy

Credit SSA.gov

An advocacy group for Social Security and Medicare says their officials were surprised when they ran a report showing Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district has one of the highest impacts from Social Security in the nation.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's Dan Adcock says they took numbers from the Social Security Administration and broke them down by congressional district. Adcock says, not surprisingly, that districts in Florida topped the list, but the district that covers much of northern and central Wisconsin was very high up the list....

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Tours woods, businesses
6:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Senator Baldwin Tours Northwoods

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)

Tammy Baldwin is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Wednesday she received first-hand knowledge of the impact natural resources have on the Northwoods.


Wisconsin's junior Senator visited Infinity Wood Flooring and Homeland Trolley in Crandon's Industrial Park and also toured some logging operations.


Baldwin says during the forest tour, she was able to see management first hand...

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Tie vote ends it
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Hard Surface Runoff Resolution Dies On OC Board Floor

Runoff chart
Credit oeconline.org

After more than two hours debate, the Oneida county board failed to pass a resolution rejecting stronger DNR rules concerning non-porous or impervious surfaces. Those surfaces are roofs and sidewalks. Runoff water from those surfaces near lakes and rivers concern scientists about water pollution. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far telling owners what they can do with their land.


The vote tied at 10 with one supervisor absent, meaning the resolution died, not getting a majority.

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Towns fought to build the plan
3:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Controversy Ends As OC Adopts Comprehensive Plan

Oneida county
Credit wisconline.com

After more than three years of sometimes heated debate, the Oneida county board has adopted a comprehensive land use plan. The vote was 20-1.

The plan is mandated by the state. The county adopted a plan having the 20 town plans and the city of Rhinelander compose the core, known as a "bottom up" approach. The plan gives local officials a blueprint to determine future land use.

Bill Liebert from Rhinelander and Newbold said planning could drive up local land prices beyond the ability to pay. He says Madison is an example...

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Former school custodian
8:57 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Phelps Man Charged With Child Porn

A former school janitor is facing multiple counts of possession of child pornography.


61-year-old Richard Buell of Phelps was arrested in Vilas County on Monday and now faces 78 counts of possession of child porn. He was a former employee at the Phelps school district. Administrators tipped off police that someone on the staff had been accessing pornography from school computers in February.

$420 million to private school students
4:10 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Wausau Democrat Criticizes GOP Voucher Plan

Credit labudget.org

A Wausau Democrat was quick to jump on a report last week that said public school students will not get preference over private students already in private schools in the expansion of the voucher system. It also said a large majority of the new applicants for taxpayer-funded voucher assistance are already enrolled in private schools.


Representative Mandy Wright says some $420 million tax dollars will be going to private voucher schools at a time when rural public districts are in tough fiscal shape...

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Vote coming this fall
4:01 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Social Security, Medicare Cuts Focus Of Meeting

Credit whentoapplyforsocialsecurityoffices.com

A group advocating for the preservation of Social Security and Medicare is hosting a meeting next week in Rhinelander to explain some of the proposed cuts to the programs.


Billy Feitlinger from the Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Persons says Congress is looking at budget cutting this fall with both programs on the table...


 

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Motorcycle crash
5:24 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Fatal Crash At Three Lakes

A motorcycle driver was killed Friday afternoon on Military Road in Three Lakes.


Chief Scott Lea reports the crash happened about 2:30 near Hay Meadow Road. The unidentified 52 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.


The intitial investigation found the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve.


The victim's name will be released when relatives are notified.


The crash remains under investigation by Three Lakes Police and the Oneida County Coroner's office.

Other incidents connected
12:19 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Teenagers Arrested For Hazelhurst Burglaries

Credit westorlandonews.com

Two teenagers have been taken into custody for a series of recent burglaries in the Lakeland area.


Lieutenant Dan Hess from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a tip led to the arrests....


 

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