State of the art sorting technology has arrived in the Northwoods. Eagle River Waste and Recycling has opened a new facility that sorts different types recyclables locally, instead of having to be shipped far away to places like Whitewater.
The green and yellow painted machine looks kind of like a playground for recycling: instead of kids going down slides, it’s flattened bottles and cans headed up and down on conveyor belts.
The state Natural Resources Board voted unanimously in favor of key provisions to change the state's hunting culture -- changes drafted by Texas researcher James Kroll. One key provision eliminates in-person deer registrations at places like bars and gas stations, in favor of online and phone registrations.. Other changes include a reduction in deer management units, the creation of county committees to advise state wildlife experts on deer population goals.
In 2006, Oneida county invested more than a half-million dollars in what promoters said would be a sustainable business park on Rhinelander's west side. Tuesday the Oneida County Board of Supervisors officially killed it.
The county purchased 272 acres in the hopes of attracting modern manufacturers and young entrepreneurs. A feasibility study discovered problems getting enough tax revenue back and also access problems to the site. Area trout fishers also worried about a well-regarded trout stream on the property.
The Langlade County Board of Supervisors made a major land purchase Tuesday.
The board purchased 2352 acres of what's called prime woodland from Plum Creek Land Company for a price tag of just under $4 million. The land is all within the town of Langlade in the eastern part of the county.
County Forest Administrator Eric Rantala says the county received a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant for half, or just under $2 million dollars. Rantala says it's a great timber resource...
Three proposals to purchase the former WPS building near the Oneida county courthouse by a Rhinelander businessman were rejected by the county board Tuesday, but it might not be the end of bargaining. That rejection also had a bearing on the location of two county departments.
Mike Boyd's offers included Oneida county paying to use some of the office space he would construct. One of the options was to locate the county UW- Extension and possibly Land and Water Conservation departments in the new building.
The Oneida County Board heard the first run through of a potential comprehensive change how the county pays most of its employees.
Consultant Charles Carlson outlined a plan using private market factors...among other considerations... in determining a median wage scale. It also sets up pay based on performance for department heads rather than just time served, and finding a way to bring Oneida county closer to state average on benefit costs, most notably health insurance.
It’s still the middle of winter - but for some gardeners it’s not too early to look ahead to spring.
The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department runs a program to promote native plants for gardens and yards. The program includes a mid-winter sale, where gardeners can pre-order native varieties for pick-up in May or June. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to the department’s Heather Palmquist about the native plants program.
Palmquist says native plants are well-suited for Northwoods growing conditions.