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Memorial Day weekend
5:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

A Few Dry Days Could Result In A Forest Fire: DNR

Canadian forest fire
Credit Cameron Strandberg-commons.wikimedia.org

While wet conditions continue from a snowy winter and a cold, wet spring, a DNR ranger says don't be lulled into thinking the fire danger isn't there.

DNR Forester/Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says the time prior to 'green up' or the time prior to plants having new leaves, is a time when fire danger can be high. Even though it's been damp, he says things can change quickly...

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In Ceded Territory
5:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Ups Walleye Bag Limits In Northern Wisconsin

Sander vitreus
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Bag limits will be increasing on 447 northern Wisconsin lakes as the Chippewa bands are nearing the end of their walleye and muskie harvest.

DNR Treaty Fisheries Coordinator Joe Hennessey...

"....so these changes are being made in response to actual walleye harvest numbers accomplished by six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa...."

 

The six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleye and 201 musky as of May 22. The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.

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Boom Lake Log Jam
4:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Klett Delivers $10K Marketing Check To RCOC

Stephanie Klett(with check) delivering Joint Effort Marketing money to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Credit WXPR

The state's top tourism official dropped by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a big check to promote this year's Boom Lake Log Jam.

Tourism Secretary Stephenie Klett delivered $10,000 in Joint Effort Marketing money to promote Rhinelander's relatively new event. She says it's a competitive marketing grant and there were many groups hoping to get some of the promotion money. She says Rhinelander's application stood out....

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Frogs Bring Spring Feelings

A chorus of frogs is a sure sign of springtime in the Northwoods.
Credit Pam Fray via commons.wikimedia.org

Among the joys of spring is hearing the frogs in Northwoods wetlands. 

This morning on his series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says the amphibian chorus has deep meaning for the ecosystem.

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Clean up site
3:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

County, Rhinelander Agree On Lindey Property Sale

A future parking lot
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has signed off on a plan to help the city of Rhinelander dispose of the hazardous Lindey Cleaners property downtown.

The former owners owe about $70,000 in back taxes, but the county was hesitant to foreclose because of the chemicals in the former dry cleaners. The city and county have reached agreement for the county to convey the property to the city, with the city paying 2014 fees.

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Coordinated response
3:46 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Large Drug Bust Near Eagle River

 

More drug busts in Vilas county. Sheriff Joe Fath reports nine arrests as part of a coordinated effort .

A search warrant was executed Tuesday morning at 3684 Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

The types of drugs seized were not reported.

 

Buried in Rhinelander
3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civil War Veteran Will Get Gravestone, Recognition

Civil War graves in Fond du Lac, Wi.
Credit commons. wikipedia.org- Dual Freq

Monday morning, Rhinelander and Oneida county will host the annual Memorial Day services at the Davenport Street Bridge and the county courthouse lawn. But following the 11:00 a.m. ceremony, those gathered at the courthouse could also see a special dedication at a local cemetery.

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Wildcat Falls key to dispute
3:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Federal Judge To Decide On U.P. Land Deal

Wildcat Falls near Watersmeet
Credit Partners In Forestry website

Both sides are waiting on a Michigan federal judge's ruling in a land swap battle in the Ottawa National Forest that has gone on since 2010.

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Gradual Population Reduction
1:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Committee Recommends Smaller Wolf Hunt for 2014

This year will mark the third wolf hunt in Wisconsin since wolves since wolves were removed from the state's endangered species list.
Credit Derek Bakken

State officials still want to shrink Wisconsin’s wolf population, but at a much slower rate.

The state’s Wolf Advisory Committee has recommended a harvest of 156 wolves this fall – more than a hundred fewer than last year.

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says that’s because the population is shrinking.  Recent state counts put the wolf population at about 660, down from 809 the previous winter.

“A stable quota on a smaller population would represent a much higher rate and would result in accelerating population decline.” 

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Tiffany says as an OC citizen, he's concerned
5:46 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Sen. Tiffany Blasted For Local Election Tinkering

Credit WXPR News

Just before the county board election seven weeks ago, postcard sized political ads appeared in the mailboxes of four specific Oneida county board districts. The professionally produced cards had a similar message, questioning the county board supervisors positions on the sale of the former WPS building and also about the removal of dams in the county's comprehensive plan.

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