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Logging in national forests focus
10:03 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Opinions Vary Widely At Forestry Policy Conference

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek(M-1)
Credit WXPR

Dialog was evident Monday during the Forestry Policy Conference held in Carter.


Three Congressional members, U.S. Forest Service represenatives, state legislators and department heads, tribal representatives, and business interests discussed timber management, mainly in Wisconsin and Michigan's national forests.


Michigan Republican U.S. Representative Dan Benishek from Iron River says there has been a push to get more production from the forests...

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Several possible sites
7:23 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Groups To Study Location For Two OC Departments

Erica Brewster
Credit UW-Extension

Oneida county is still trying to figure out where to locate some departments after two departments moved into the new Oneida Senior Center downtown.

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2012 annual report
4:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Social Services Report Said To Be "Heartbreaking"

Credit WXPR

An annual report filed by the Oneida County Department of Social Services has stirred one board member to call portions of the report..."heartbreaking".


During last week's county board meeting, Carol Pederson, a member of the county Social Services committee said after reading the detailed report...



".....to think there is so much dysfunction in families in our county breaks my heart. But I'm very proud with what the Department of Social Services is doing...."

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Mursau bill in budget
4:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Federal Timber Sales Money Going To NW Schools

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Credit U.S. Forest Service


Barring an unexpected gubernatorial veto, area school districts next year will be getting money from the U.S. Forest Service timber sales revenue.


State Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz...whose district includes Forest and Marinette counties...says the budget has allocated 25 percent of sales to area schools.


Mursau says to this point all the money gathered went to infrastructure for the towns inside national forest lands.

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Sheriff Dies Thursday
6:33 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Walker Passes Condolences To Tomlanovich Family

Governor Scott Walker has extended his sympathies to the family of Frank Tomlanovich, the Vilas County Sheriff who died Thursday after a short illness.


While in Tomahawk Friday afternoon to sign bills concerning ATV's Walker said he was shocked when he heard the news..

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Bills signed in Tomahawk
6:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Bills Promoting ATV's in Wisconsin

Walker signing ATV bills in Tomahawk 6/21
Credit WXPR

Governor Walker signed two bills in Tomahawk Friday afternoon promoting ATV use and outdoor recreation.


The first bill allows kids at least 12 years of old to ride an ATV/UTV on private land with property owner consent and if accompanied by an adult.


The second bill establishes an off-road vehicle council within the DNR. The council will make recommendations on trails, grants and other issues.


Walker says both bills will help promote the sport...

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One killed, two injured
8:50 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Vilas County Traffic Fatality

One person died, two others injured from a Thursday traffic crash in Vilas county.

Changes in permit times
3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

New Mine Permit Process Underway

Penokee Hills
Credit Joel Austin

The state's new faster permitting process for mining is being seen as Gogebic Taconite has submitted a plan defining five areas they would like to test for minerals.


The company is hoping to open a miles-long open pit mine in Iron and Ashland counties in what's known as the Penokee Hills.


DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company submitted the two plans...

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Swearingen, Wright differ
2:50 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Assembly Budget Has Sharply Different Viewpoints

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R)-Rhinelander
Credit Wisconsin legislature

Republicans were pleased, Democrats disguted as the Wisconsin Assembly passed the bi-ennial state budget on Wednesday. Two freshmen legislators had vastly different views.


34th District Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander was surprised that minority Democrats pulled more than 200 amendments to the document that governs state spending for two years...

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Vote Next Week In Wausau
2:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Poll Shows Public Opposed Wolf Hunt Numbers

Credit International Wolf Center

A new survey is helping opponents of a wolf hunt in Wisconsin before a vote next week in Wausau.


A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research and the Humane Society of the United States finds by a margin of 8 to 1, state residents oppose trophy hunting and trapping of wolves. By a 9 to 1 margin they also opposed using dogs to hunt wolves.


Howard Goldman is the Minnesota Director for the Humane Society of the U.S., and is a member of the Wisconsin Wolf Stakeholders Group for three years....

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