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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Migratory Birds in the Northwoods

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says indigo buntings get their color not from pigment in their feathers, but in the way the feathers reflect light.
Credit Dan Pancamo

Today we hear the next in our series Wildlife Matters.  DNR Wildlife Biologist takes a look at some of the migratory birds we see here in the Northwoods.

    

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Questions And Speculation
12:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Mining Forum Draws Large Crowd

Almost 400 people attended a forum hosted by Science on Tap on the proposed Penokee Mine project.

A panel of six speakers discussed the facts and context of an iron mine that Gogebic Taconite wants to build in the Penokee Range.

 

Panelists included Northland College Geology Professor Tom Fitz who detailed the different rock formations in the region. Other experts spoke about the economics and job creation associated with mining, the technologies of mine waste management, and the characteristics of the Bad River watershed.

 

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Referendum Fails
9:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes No On ATV Trail

Lac du Flambeau tribal members have voted against a plan for an ATV trail running through the reservation.

 

A referendum failed Thursday...with 126 votes against the plan and 79 votes in favor.

 

The Lakeland ATV Club had proposed to construct an 23-mile ATV trail through the reservation. Some tribal members felt the traffic and visitors would stimulate economic development. But others were concerned about the impact of an ATV trail on wildlife and air quality.

 

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.
Credit Mitch Mode

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.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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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