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A Tale of Two Mines
1:33 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Mine Regulations: Not Tough Enough?

One mining specialist is questioning whether a proposed iron mine in the Penokee range has enough social support to go forward. 

John Coleman is an environmental section leader at Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, a group that helps enforce tribal treaty rights in Wisconsin.  Coleman has worked primarily on mining issues since 1994, when a mine proposed near Crandon faced tribal opposition.  

Coleman thinks state regulators aren’t as tough as they were in the nineties.

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Where Science Meets Policy
4:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Seeing the Forest for the Deer

Some researchers are advocating a change in approach to the science behind deer management.
Credit Ken Thomas

This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management.  Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone.  He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.

Waller will be joined by wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen at Science on Tap…Wednesday night at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  

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Arts & Life
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Soup For Shelter Set For November 9

Frederick Place homeless shelter Rhinelander
Credit nathnorthwoods.com

A key fundraiser for the Northwoods homeless shelter happens this Saturday.

The annual "Soup For Shelter" supports the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and the shelter, Frederick Place, in Rhinelander. The shelter is used by persons from Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Forest and Langlade counties.

Director Tammy Modic says the event nourishes everyone involved...

 

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Tribal meeting in Mole Lake
3:11 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

U.S.D.A. Looking To Help Tribes Supply Broadband

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A U.S.D.A. spokesperson says they're ready to help Native American tribes gear up to fulfill high-speed internet needs.

Representatives of the state's tribes met last week in Mole Lake with the U.S.D.A's Leslie Wheelock, who directs the Office of Tribal Relations in the nation's capitol.

She noted much of rural America is in need of high-speed internet access, especially on native lands. She says progress has been slow...

 

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Increase possible next year
3:01 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

No Levy Increase For Minocqua Taxpayers

The island
Credit thepointhouseinn.com

Minocqua  taxpayers will not see a levy increase for the fifth year in a row, but it probably can't stay that way for next year.

That's the assessment of town chair Mark Hartzheim as the town prepares for a budget hearing later this month...

 

"...for the fifth straight year we were able to put a levy together with zero increase. the levy will be $3,630,015. The board worked very hard..."

Hartzheim says while this year's levy is frozen, next year's probably won't be as they can't keep putting off needed purchases.

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Debate Continues Over Tribal Gaming
2:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Supporting Kenosha Casino

The Lac du Flambeau tribe continues to support more Indian gaming in Wisconsin.  Lac du Flambeau president Tom Maulson has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker in support of the Menominee proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. 

The Menominee plan has gained federal approval but is being held up by opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Tribes.  Joe Hunt is an off reservation gaming consultant for Lac du Flambeau. 

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Eight Miles of Iron Gate Road Open
12:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

More of Willow Flowage Opens to Vehicles

More areas of the Willow Flowage are open to vehicle traffic this fall.
Credit Ryan Afflerbaugh

Willow Flowage roads may see more ATVs and UTVs.  The DNR’s Natural Resources Board has approved an amendment that increases motorized vehicle access. 

Thomas Shockley is the DNR’s Willow Flowage Forester.  

He says the public weighed in on the original management plan for the Flowage.

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Daylight Savings Time ends
11:19 am
Fri November 1, 2013

"Fall Back" Happens This Weekend

Turn your clocks back Saturday before bed.
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Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.

Emergency Management Director Todd Pritchard says when you set your clock, it’s a good time to make sure you and your family are set for some of the safety things that we sometimes just forget about. One of them is checking smoke detectors. "Nearly 2,700 people die and 1,500 are injured because there is either a non-working smoke detector, and a vast majority of those are just (the ones with) no batteries in the smoke detector. Obviously, that’s a very preventable tragedy."

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Increases in Northern Wisconsin
3:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Northern Wisconsin Using More Water Under Warm, Dry Conditions

Irrigation is one of the main uses for groundwater in Wisconsin.
Credit John Poyser

Weather conditions last year caused a spike in water use in northern Wisconsin and statewide.  That’s according to new numbers from the DNR water monitoring program.  

DNR water supply specialist Bob Smail says in the northern part of the state one of the biggest increases in surface water use came from cranberry producers.

“Cranberry withdrawals were up.  It was a very warm spring and a lot of growers in the state had to flood their beds to keep their plants from growing too early. So there was an additional withdrawal that they didn’t usually have.”

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Settlement with town
2:10 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Chief Gee Resigns From Minocqua Police

Andrew Gee
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The police chief in Minocqua has resigned, after the town reached a settlement with his former administrative assistant. The town board accepted Andy Gee's resignation last night after six years as chief. The town reached a 100-thousand dollar settlement with his former aide Julie Mager. Media reports said Mager accused the chief of shouting so loudly at her, it could be heard throughout the police station. She claimed Gee discriminated against her, and intimidated her. Lieutenant Dave Jaeger will temporarily head up the Minocqua police department until permanent chief can be hired.

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