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A community mourns
2:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northwoods USFS Worker At Arizona Fire

Yarnell Fire
Credit KTLA TV

A U.S. Forest Service worker from Rhinelander is at the scene of the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters last weekend. These firefighters were part of an elite team sent in to fight this type of blaze. The fire changed direction and engulfed the team.


Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory was in Colorado monitoring those fires when she was asked to come to the Arizona fire...


 

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Stops in Rhinelander Tuesday
2:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Walker Says Budget Will Help All Taxpayers

Walker at the Rhinelander Chamber
Credit Ken Krall WXPR

Governor Walker stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday promoting the recently signed $68 billion state budget.


Walker said the key from his view was the budget provides tax relief...


 



"...if you're a taxpayer in the state of Wisconsin, there's about a billion dollars worth of tax relief...everybody who pays income taxes is going to see the rates go down. That's important for all of us as consumers..."

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A Good Name Goes A Long Way
12:01 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Phelps "Phestival" Earns JEM Grant

The town of Phelps will be host to a new event this summer.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.  

The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival. 

Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News.  He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism.  Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s: 

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Deaths from indoor grilling
4:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Red Cross Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Credit Houston Chronicle

A spokesperson for the American Red Cross is hoping this holiday week is a safe one for Northwoods residents.


Regional Disaster Services Director Lora Hainey says fireworks, grilling, beach safety and sun protection are key...


"...be careful with the fireworks. It's great if you could attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If you are using fireworks with your family, a reminder not to give fireworks to small children. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Always keep water close by as a precaution..."


 

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Higher Education
4:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nicolet Anticipates Increasing Numbers

Nicolet College is expecting a higher enrollment this fall.  President Libby Burmaster says that’s been the trend for the past few years. 

“Because having a college credential and the higher level of job skills that come along with higher education is one of the best ways to get ahead.  Especially right now as area employers in a wide variety of fields are looking for the skills and the knowledge that they’re going to need in the workplace.” 

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Penokee Mine
2:48 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Iron Co. Holding Off On Mining Ordinance

About a hundred people gathered in Hurley Monday night for a public hearing.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

 

Iron County zoning officials have taken no action on an ordinance to regulate the mining of metals. That decision after a public hearing on the rules that would affect a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills. The hearing drew about a hundred people.

Few empty seats remained in the Memorial Building in Hurley last night...during a two hour public hearing. Residents fervently expressed the need for jobs and environmental protection in light of Gogibic Taconite's proposal to set up a mine on the border of Iron and Ashland counties.

 

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Still apply in other states
4:58 am
Mon July 1, 2013

WisDOT Exempts State Haulers From New Rules

Hauling a load
Credit Freightlinertrucks.com

Wisconsin will create its own set of Hours of Service rules for truckers hauling loads within the state. The federal government set new rules for haulers which began this week. Drivers must stop for half-an-hour after 8 hours on the road. By creating its own rules, Wisconsin will suspend the federal rules for three years.

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Director Henry Schienebeck says the state recognized the new rules could hurt log haulers...

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Tourism
4:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Flying In From Hollywood

Vilas Theatre hosted a special screening of Airplane.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River got a dose of Hollywood last week.  State tourism officials hosted a screening of the movie Airplane.  Jim Abrahams was in attendance.

The Vilas Theater gave out a hundred and fifty tickets for the Airplane screening, and turned others away.  State tourism officials also highlighted a promotional video shot in Vilas County, and hinted that another was in the works.  As Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett explains, it features Jim Abrahams and two other producers of Airplane. 

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Found Near Green Bay
4:22 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Forest Service Focus

The US Forest Service is keeping a close eye on the spread of the emerald ash borer in the Midwest.
Credit USDA

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in the eastern part of the United States and portions of Canada. 

  A forester says they are keeping vigilant to slow the spread of the invasive insect to this region's national forests.

Kathleen Atkinson...US Forest Service Regional Forester in Milwaukee...says the Forest Service is closely monitoring the spread of EAB....

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Police Chief says no heroin found
4:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

More Searches Likely in Lac du Flambeau

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The Lac du Flambeau Chief of Police says more arrests are coming. Last week, "Operation Pandora" was launched by several law enforcement agencies on the reservation to stem the tide of synthetic and pharmaceutical drugs being sold.


Dozens of people were arrested as warrants were served.


Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says they achieved some objectives, but not others...

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