Iron County http://wxpr.org en Al Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine http://wxpr.org/post/al-jazeera-america-air-film-penokee-mine <p>Controversy over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will get some national attention this weekend, when a documentary on the topic airs on Al Jazeera America’s investigative program Fault Lines.</p><p>Milwaukee-based <a href="http://371productions.com/" target="_blank">371 Productions</a> filmed and edited the piece over the past nine months.&nbsp;</p><p>Producers made a series of trips to northern Wisconsin to look at the impact an iron mine could have on tourism and natural resources.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:16:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19426 at http://wxpr.org Al Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine Iron County Forum Hones In On Economic Development http://wxpr.org/post/iron-county-forum-hones-economic-development <p>A forum in Iron County will take a closer look at economic drivers in the area, and brainstorm possible new ones.</p><p>The nonpartisan Iron County Citizens Forum this Wednesday at the Oma Town Hall is looking at economic sectors like timber, tourism and retirees.&nbsp;</p><p>Coordinator Terry Daulton says the idea evolved out of discussions on how jobs factor into the Penokee Mine proposal. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 23:51:14 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 18556 at http://wxpr.org Tiffany Files State Complaint Against Voter http://wxpr.org/post/tiffany-files-state-complaint-against-voter <p>State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board concerning a person who voted April 1, in the town of Anderson, Iron County. Tiffany authored the mining bill enabling a company to begin exploring for iron ore in the Penokee Hills of Iron and Ashland counties.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:47:27 +0000 Ken Krall 16473 at http://wxpr.org Iron County Elections Yield No Clear Message On Mining http://wxpr.org/post/iron-county-elections-yield-no-clear-message-mining <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Challengers won three seats in this week’s Iron County board elections. &nbsp;The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;wins come despite campaign advertising by a billionaire-backed political advocacy group.</span></p><div></div><p>Americans for Prosperity labeled Victor Ouimette, Brad Matson, and Karl Krall as anti-mine activists on a recent mailing. &nbsp;&nbsp;All three won seats on the county board in this week’s election, beating out incumbents.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:27:56 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16466 at http://wxpr.org Iron County Elections Yield No Clear Message On Mining Iron County Elections Draw Outside Attention http://wxpr.org/post/iron-county-elections-draw-outside-attention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A conservative political advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers is dipping its hand into Iron County board elections. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Americans For Prosperity has been mailing fliers to Iron County residents.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fliers decry the influence of wealthy radical environmentalists who oppose a mine in Iron County, and point the finger at seven candidates who are challenging county board seats in next week’s election. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:53:27 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16155 at http://wxpr.org Iron County Elections Draw Outside Attention LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up http://wxpr.org/post/lco-harvest-camp-says-it-will-comply-county-rules-wont-pack <p>Members of the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Education and Learning Project plan to rotate in and out of the site to comply with Iron County rules.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month the Iron County Board of Supervisors gave Harvest Camp residents six business days to leave, saying they were in violation of a 14-day camping limit.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Camp spokesperson Paul DeMain says the site will remain as it is, but longterm residents will follow the rules by leaving every two weeks for at least 24 hours.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:02:47 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16051 at http://wxpr.org LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up Iron County Group to Host Candidate Forums http://wxpr.org/post/iron-county-group-host-candidate-forums <p>Contested county board elections in Iron County have given rise to a series of candidate forums.&nbsp;</p><p>The Iron County Citizen's Forum is organizing the two nonpartisan debates inspired by the League of Women Voters format.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizer Terry Daulton says the controversy over a proposed iron mine has engaged more people in local politics.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:15:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 15416 at http://wxpr.org Eviction Vote is Deja Vu for LCO Harvest Camp http://wxpr.org/post/eviction-vote-deja-vu-lco-harvest-camp <p>Iron County Forestry and Parks committee members have again unanimously voted to evict the residents of the Harvest Camp near the site of a proposed iron mine. &nbsp;</p><p>Members of the Lac Courte&nbsp;Oreilles tribe and other supporters have been camping on county land since early spring in opposition of Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:40:15 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11743 at http://wxpr.org Eviction Vote is Deja Vu for LCO Harvest Camp Mine Opponents Dominate DNR Hearing http://wxpr.org/post/mine-opponents-dominate-dnr-hearing <p>The Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing on the Penokee Mine project Thursday. &nbsp;Hundreds of people showed up in Hurley.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People came from far and wide to voice strong opinions on the proposal.&nbsp; There were even a few speakers from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and an Ashland, WI contingent actually biked the 40 miles to the hearing.&nbsp; Cyclist Michael McKenna says they wanted to their voices to be heard:</span></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:55:19 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6600 at http://wxpr.org Mine Opponents Dominate DNR Hearing GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment http://wxpr.org/post/gtac-mine-bulk-sampling-proposal-public-comment <p>Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week.&nbsp;</p><p>The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15<sup>th</sup> in Hurley.&nbsp; Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis.&nbsp; DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:13:01 +0000 Natalie Jablonski & Ken Krall 6090 at http://wxpr.org GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment