Government en New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime <p>One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.</p><p>One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17155 at New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway <p>State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23, &nbsp;in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.</p><p>The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17154 at Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway Rhinelander Council Approves New Boat Landing <p>A contractor to build a new Rhinelander boat launch has been approved. The city council this week accepted the bid of Janke General Contractors to develop the Boyce Drive landing at the site of the former DNR ranger station. The landing will be at the intersection of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.</p><p>Committee chair Sherri Belliveau says it won't cost as much as first thought...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:05:36 +0000 Ken Krall 17052 at Rhinelander Council Approves New Boat Landing Survey To Sample OC Opinion On Piers, Boathouses <p>Oneida county residents will get a survey in a few weeks to give their thoughts on rules concerning boathouses and piers. At a meeting Wednesday, the same committee said they wouldn't add language to code that would allow mining in forest areas.</p><p>Supervisor Billy Fried has expressed a view that Oneida county should not have it's own rules over piers, deferring to the more lax DNR rules. He says the rules make it difficult to place piers. He also objects to the Oneida county rules where investigations are prompted by complaints...</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:59:23 +0000 Ken Krall 17051 at Survey To Sample OC Opinion On Piers, Boathouses Bucki Found Guilty; Large Drug Bust Near Rhinelander <p>Two crime-related stories for April 16:</p><p>A jury in Lincoln county has found 50 year old Mark Bucki guilty of killing his wife and hiding her body last year.</p><p>Bucki was arrested May 13, 2013 after his wife's body was found in a swamp in Taylor county. Anita Bucki had disappeared several days before.</p><p>The 1st degree homicide verdict requires a minimum of life in prison.</p><p>A sentencing date was not set.</p><p>In Oneida county, A large drug bust near Rhinelander has led to the arrest of four persons for alleged methamphetamine use, production and distribution.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:17:38 +0000 Ken Krall 17050 at Bucki Found Guilty; Large Drug Bust Near Rhinelander Hintz Named Oneida Co. Board Chair <p>Eight new faces joined long-time members of the Oneida County Board for the reorganizational meeting Tuesday.</p><p>The newly-seated board unanimously elected David Hintz of Three Lakes as new chair. Hintz has served as the board's vice-chair.....</p><p></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"...thank you for the honor of being elected(chair) to serve the county board and work with you. I've worked with many of you over the years, talked to some(of you) on the phone and met some of you for the first time this morning and I think we have a good group..."</u></i></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:44:44 +0000 Ken Krall 16999 at Hintz Named Oneida Co. Board Chair New Board Begins Term In Vilas County <p>Ron De Bruyne, a 20 year veteran of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors, was elected Tuesday morning to lead the board as chair for the next 12 months. Mark Rogacki was elected first vice chair.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:25:55 +0000 Mary Jo Berner 16998 at New Board Begins Term In Vilas County Partisanship Claimed In OC Board Races <p>Interests possibly from outside the area tried to influence the Oneida county board elections and a town of Crescent resident doesn't like it.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:14:37 +0000 Ken Krall 16997 at Partisanship Claimed In OC Board Races Rhinelander Street To Be Named For Sgt. Ryan Adams <p>A street&nbsp; will be renamed to honor one of&nbsp;Rhinelander's&nbsp; fallen warriors.</p><p>At the urging of the Oneida County Veterans Council AmVets Post 724 in Rhinelander, they asked the city council to rename the current "Military Road" to "Adams Way". The street runs past the National Guard Armory. 26 year old Sergeant Ryan Adams of Rhinelander died in Logar Province in Afghanistan on October 2, 2009.</p><p>City alderman Tom Gleason says the local Post would like to dedicate the road at a future date...</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:42:38 +0000 Ken Krall 16996 at Rhinelander Street To Be Named For Sgt. Ryan Adams Rhinelander Council Approves Downtown Grant Application <p>Applying for a $1.6 million dollar federal grant was approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday night. But it left questions in the minds of some council members.</p><p>If approved by the feds, the grant would be the initial money to redo the underground infrastructure along Brown Street and downtown. The grant would be for 2016 and 2017, a year later than earlier sought.</p><p>While the matter had been in two committees, council members Alex Young and Steve Sauer both objected to the speed which the large project...potentially $9 million dollars...was going through council...</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:30:18 +0000 Ken Krall 16950 at