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Controversy Over Water Levels
12:58 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

DNR Plans to Change Rest Lake Dam Flows

Lake Manitowish is part of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, which many property owners worry would be disrupted by a change at Rest Lake Dam.
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DNR managers are proposing a new operating plan for the Rest Lake dam in Manitowish Waters.  But property owners want more time to give input. 

The draft order calls for reducing the fall water drawdown to 1 foot, compared to the current three-and-a-half foot drawdown.

DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski explains taking out less water in the fall means there will be more water in the winter and early spring. 

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A Case of Bad Timing
6:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Loons Abandon Nests Facing Droves of Black Flies

Loons in the Northwoods are suffering due to high numbers of black flies pestering them while they try to nest.
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As many of us in the Northwoods are being driven crazy by mosquitoes, loons are being harassed by blackflies. 

High numbers of loons are having trouble staying on their nests this year due to a surge in a certain kind of black fly that only targets loons.  

Walter Piper, a researcher from Chapman University who has been studying loons in the Northwoods for twenty two years, says it’s the most abandoned nests he’s ever seen.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Piper about what that means for the loon population.

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One of Five in Wisconsin
2:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Oneida County Health Department Earns National Accreditation

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says earning national accreditation took many years.
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The Oneida County Health Department celebrated earning national accreditation Wednesday. 

Only five health departments in the state have successfully gone through the process…that shows a department is adhering to high public health standards.

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says a lot of it was documentation.  The application filled ten three-inch binders.  But she says it also involved improving actual services. 

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Public Support Expected for New Plan
11:37 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Minocqua Town Board Approves Smaller Park Pavilion

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A modified proposal for a new pavilion in Minocqua’s Torpy Park is moving forward, but residents will have the final say. 

The Minocqua Town Board has recommended approval of a plan that calls for a 30 by 80 foot structure and removal of a single tree. 

Town Board Chair Mark Hartzheim says the structure would be 55 percent smaller than the one originally proposed that had drawn significant public outcry.

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Detailed Survey
6:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Most Trout Anglers Satisfied With DNR Management

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A survey of Wisconsin trout anglers finds more than half are satisfied with DNR regulations. 

The DNR says the survey was the most comprehensive of Wisconsin trout anglers ever done, with more than 500 anglers returning the nearly 20 page survey. 
DNR sociobiologist Jordan Petchenik says its goal was to get a better measure of what trout anglers are doing and thinking. 

“Not just their behavior, in terms of their time on the water, but also in terms of their preferences and their assessment of the program itself.”

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Combining Several Trail Maps
6:07 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Vilas County Debuts Silent Sports Map

Vilas County hopes to better publicize its silent sports with a new map.
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Vilas County says a new silent sports trail map is getting a warm reception.

The map released last month combines details of more than 60 paddling, hiking, biking and ski trails in the county.    

Cindy Burzinski, Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity, says in the first two weeks that the map was available, they distributed 5000 copies. 

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Burglary on Rainy Night
6:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Robbery at Local Greenhouse

A burglar robbed a family-owned greenhouse of thousands of dollars this week.

Brent Hanson of Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander says a thief apparently broke in between closing Sunday night and opening Monday morning. 

“They were looking around in the office, and there should not have been an extra safe key in the office, but they took enough time to open up a lot of desk drawers in the office and actually open it up with the key and get away.” 

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Utilities Not Sure of Cost
5:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Emissions Proposal May Prompt Investment In Clean Technologies, Push Toward Natural Gas

The EPA wants to require existing coal-burning power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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Advocates and industry leaders are beginning to digest the EPA’s proposed rule package on carbon emissions for power plants.  The plan would require Wisconsin power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent between 2005 and 2030. 

Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says the proposed changes are modest ones, and will be economic drivers for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Wanting Community Input
5:21 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

School District Seeks Feedback on Strategic Plan

The Rhinelander School District is working on a new strategic plan.
Credit Basheer Tome

The School District of Rhinelander is looking for input on a new strategic plan.

It will help set goals and priorities for the next few years. 

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi is inviting the public to a series of meetings Wednesday and Thursday…to offer feedback and suggestions.

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Wide-Ranging Panel
10:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Science on Tap to Host Mining Forum

The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic.  Instead of hosting one speaker at a brewpub, it’s assembled a panel at a large venue to discuss the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills. 

Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine. 

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