The appeals continue for a family hoping to build a religious camp and meeting facility on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.
The Jaros family has been denied by federal courts in their attempts to get the needed permits from Oneida county to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center. Most recently, the federal 7th Circuit Courrt of Appeals in Chicago denied a petition by the family to overturn a federal judge's decision from Wisconsin, also denying the needed permits. The family had been denied at the county level and took the matter to U.S. District Court in Madison.
The president of the company that's pursuing a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin may be tied to alleged environmental violations at a mine in Spain. Bill Williams of Gogebic Taconite was previously a manager of Cobre Las Cruces, an open pit mine in Spain that's accused of breaking laws in the handling of the mine's groundwater.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Seville Justice Ministry in Spain rejected an appeal this month from the mine's owners -- and its managers now face criminal charges for allegedly exposing local groundwater to high levels of arsenic.
Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.
The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area. Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is celebrating a feast day Thursday.
The camp formed in the spring of this year in response to a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.
Five people are spending the winter at the camp…which has already seen more than a foot of snow. Spokesman Paul DeMain says the camp has visitors every day, and several dozen people could attend the feast.
A local astronomer says the comet which some thought would be a big deal could be fizzling out. WXPR's Ken Krall yesterday had a chance to talk with Frank Kovac who owns a planetarium in Monico. The majesty of the night sky can be enhanced with a visit from a comet passing by. Some have been spectacular, but this one, called ISON, hasn't lived up to the hype.
Northwoods unemployment levels are falling into traditional patterns says a state economist, but one county in this area now tops the list for joblessness.
In the Northwoods, figures from the Department of Workforce Development find Price county with the lowest rate at 5.1 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Lincoln at seven percent, Langlade at 7.2, Vilas at 7.8 percent, and Forest at 7.9 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 12.1 percent.