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Private camps, CNNF remain 25 miles
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Board Tightens Ring On Firewood Purchases

Buy campfire wood locally
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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.

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$520,000 in 2006
5:06 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Sustainability Park" Killed By Oneida County Board

Oneida county courthouse
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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.

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$4 million purchase price
4:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Langlade County Buys 2300 Wooded Acres

Langlade county courthouse
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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...

 

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Remediating Vacant Lot
4:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Argonne to Clean Up Site of Abandoned School

Argonne School, pictured here about a hundred years ago, closed in 1991.

The town of Argonne is planning to remediate the site of its former elementary school.  And a new grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will cover a quarter of the expected cost. 

Town clerk Don Gordon says the 3-acre site next to the town hall is currently a vacant and overgrown lot. 

“There is extensive cleanup that has to be done – there’s a lot of bricks and trees and what have you, that all have to be leveled, cleaned and taken away.”

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Traditional Method Less Efficient
4:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Electronic Deer Registration Could Hurt Tavern Business, Owners Argue

A proposed switch to electronic deer registration has some business owners up in arms.
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The state Natural Resources Board will consider new rules tomorrow for how the state handles deer registration.  But some tavern owners are complaining the rules will hurt business.       

      

The governor’s so-called deer czar James Kroll has recommended a switch to registering deer online or by phone, instead of in person like at a gas station or bar. 

Steve Moran owns Moran’s Landing in Nokomis.  He says registration brings in a sizable portion of business during deer season. 

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Affects two county departments
3:37 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Rejects Offers To Buy WPS Building

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.

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Merit pay among proposals
3:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Oneida Co. Board Considers New Employee Pay Plan

Oneida county courthouse
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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.

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Better-Suited for Northwoods Conditions
3:45 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Never Too Early to Plan for Native Flowers, Grasses, Trees

Black-eyed susans are one of a variety of native species encouraged by Iron County natural resources officials.
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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. 

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Focus on Drunk Driving
12:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Richards Joins Open A.G. Race

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced he won't run for another term. With the first open race since 2002, a number of candidates are entering the race.

One candidate is legislator and lawyer, Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee. Richards has been in the legislature for 14 years.

One key issue to him is strengthening Wisconsin's drunk driving laws.

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'single-stream' use grows
7:15 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Recycling Numbers Growing In Wisconsin

Where your can of soda goes
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Wisconsin continues to be among the leaders in recycling.

DNR Recycling Coordinator Cynthia Moore says the demand for recycled products continues to rise...

 

"....this material has real value...I think some people are really surprised that(recycled material) has value on the global market and the local market..."

She says one reason for growing recycling is the process has been made easier....

 

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