Government

Work at embassies
4:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Brown To Leave UW-Extension For U.S. Service

Tim Brown
Credit Tim Brown

Oneida County UW-Extension is losing two members as one of them has been hired to by the State Department to work in U.S. embassies overseas.

Community Resource Development agent  and department co-chair Tim Brown and his spouse, Kim Brown will be leaving next month. Kim Brown is  coordinator of Nutrition Education Program for Oneida and Langlade counties.

Tim Brown talks about his new job...

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Referendum suggested
4:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

County Asks Kwik-Trip For More Time On Land Purchase

Credit WXPR

Oneida county is asking Kwik-Trip for an extension until May 1 concerning a major property purchase on Rhinelander's west side.

In special session Tuesday, the board asked for the extension concerning relocating the Highway Department shops to county land near the Highway 8 bypass.

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Decision to Come in January
4:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Northland Pines School Board Discusses Proposal to Combine Grades 7-12

The Northland Pines School Board met last night to discuss the proposal to move the 7th and 8th grades into the high school next year. A dozen community members weighed in with passionate opinions and prepared statements, coming down evenly for and against. Those in favor of the proposal called for people to trust the school board, such as 3rd and 4thgrade teacher Gretchen Yagow:  

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Monday morning
4:04 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Victim Identified in Conover Fire

Vilas county authorities have released the name of the person killed early Monday near Conover.

The Vilas County Coroner's office says 84 year old Kathryn Bauer of Conover died in the blaze. The Sheriff's office was called at 3:23 Monday morning to 3179 US 45. When fire units arrived, the residence was fully engulfed.

No cause of the blaze has been determined, but there are no indications the fire is suspicious.

The investigation is continuing.

Conover firefighters were assisted by Plum Lake and the Eagle River fire departments.

No action Tuesday
4:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Discussions Stalled On Forest Co. Off-Road Park

The process to build an off-road vehicle park in Forest county has stalled after a committee working on the plan didn't get the information needed from the developer.

Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park has proposed a 10,000 acre facility which they say will be a national attraction in Forest county for off-roaders. Opponents say  it could initially cost taxpayers with no guarantee of a payback. The county has been debating whether to modify its 15 year Comprehensive Land Use Plan to facilitate the park.

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Second award
4:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Packers Foundation Helps Fund Vilas Bike Trail Work

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The Green Bay Packers Foundation has once again helped the Great Headwaters Trails with a donation to help build a portion  of a Vilas county bike trail.

Great Headwaters Trails officers Jeff and Ann Currie went to Lambeau Field last week to secure a $3,000 competitive grant from the Packers Foundation.

Jeff Currie outlines how the money will be used...

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Education, healthcare, transportation issues key
4:40 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tiffany, Czaja On Legislature's Joint Finance Committee

State Sen. Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit wisgopsenate.com

Two Northwoods legislators have been named to the powerful Joint Committee on Finance.

State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Mary Czaja have been named to the committee. Both are Republicans.

The committee is appointed by leadership in both chambers of the legislators and favors the party in power. It's main function is to set the state budget and spending priorities for the next two years.
Senator Tiffany says education will be among the top issues the committee will debate...

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Regional Planning doing study
3:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Study Looks At OC UW-Extension-Conservation Staffing Levels

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Oneida county is conducting a staffing and services needs study for the University of Wisconsin-Extension office and for the Land and Water Departments.

North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is doing the study.

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Cause of fire undetermined
2:56 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

One Person Dead In Conover Fire

One person has died in a house fire early Monday  near Conover.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports getting a call at 3:23 a.m. concerning a structure fire at 3179 U.S. 45 in the town of Conover.

Reports say fire units first on the scene found the residence to be fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire was put out and one person was found dead in the residence.

Conover, Plum Lake and Eagle River Fire Departments responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state and local officials.

Seventh and Eighth Grades May Move to High School
11:09 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Petition Asks Northland Pines To Drop School Consolidation Plan

A petition has gathered over 900 signatures asking Northland Pines to drop its plan to consolidate 7th and 8th grades into the high school.
Credit Emily Bright

Parents have a chance to hear more about a controversial plan to move Northland Pines middle school students to the high school.  An informational session is scheduled Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Northland Pines high school.

A petition asking the Northland Pines school board to stop all plans to combine grades 7 and 8 with high school students has garnered more than 900 signatures. David Eliason --a St. Germain business owner and father of two—was one of the people involved in creating the petition. 

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