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Hands-Off Approach OK'd
3:42 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Van Vliets to Be Passively Managed

Natural Resources Board members have approved a plan to passively manage the Van Vliets.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Presque Isle’s Van Vliet Hemlocks will become a State Natural Area.  And the mostly old-growth parcel will be managed with as little interference as possible.  The state Natural Resources Board voted today to approve the DNR’s recommendation to passively manage the entire area. 

Tom Olson President of the group Friends of the Van Vliet spoke at the meeting, citing widespread public support for letting the hemlock parcel manage itself.

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Aqualand Manufacturing
10:16 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Woman Strikes Plea Bargain On Embezzlement Charges

The daughter of the owners and former bookkeeper for Aqualand Manufacturing in Woodruff has struck a plea bargain concerning multiple charges of theft from a business setting and tax fraud.

46 year old Lisa Saykally was alleged to have taken more than $500,000 from the firm. In Oneida county court Tuesday, Saykally agreed to plead no contest to six felony embezzlement counts and one count of tax fraud. Judge Patrick O'Melia agreed to dismiss six other counts and found her guilty. He ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for January 9.

Nearly flat tax levy
9:03 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Vilas County Passes 2014 Budget

Vilas county courthouse
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The Vilas County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night approved a budget for 2014 that calls for a small increase in the property tax rate. Vilas county has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state. The increase will amount to $8 per $100,000 of valuation. The budget is a compromise….in order to maintain a county services, provide for a number of important projects, and maintain a healthy fund balance.

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Quota met
4:03 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Wolf Hunt In Portions Of Northwoods Is Over

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The DNR has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. That zone includes most of Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties, and portions of Lincoln and Langlade counties.

Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in all other zones.

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Keeping Mercury Out of the Environment
3:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Statehouse Bill Requires Recycling of Mercury Thermostats

Proposed legislation would tighten rules for disposal of mercury-based thermostats.  Though no longer made, many households still use them.  But if thrown away or burned, that mercury can get into the environment.

A new bill would require manufacturers to pay for recycling programs, and make them easy to use by the public. 

Amber Meyer Smith of advocacy group Clean Wisconsin…says it would be similar to the state’s e-waste recycling program.

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Looking for more rail service
2:33 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Three U.P. Counties Join Wisconsin Rail Group

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Three Michigan counties have joined the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission, Wisconsin's largest Rail Transit group.

Iron, Ontonagon and Dickinson counties join 12 central and northern Wisconsin counties to promote more rail service here. Canadian National provides the service.

Wendy Gehlhoff from Florence County is the group's chairperson....

 

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Risk of Carbon Monoxide Exposure
2:01 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Furnace Maintenance Cuts Down on Health Risks

Wisconsin Public Service is urging homeowners to get their furnaces checked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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The early cold snap has residents cranking up their furnaces. A Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson offers a reminder to think about maintaining that furnace, to prevent a possibly fatal build-up of carbon monoxide.

News Director Ken Krall talks with Leah Van Zile.

Van Zile says chimneys should be checked to make sure critters haven't taken up residence in them and preventing good ventilation.

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A Case of Influential Public Comment
12:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Wednesday: Natural Resources Board to Consider Van Vliet Changes

DNR's management plan for a small portion of the Van Vliets drew substantial public comment.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The state Natural Resources Board is set to decide Wednesday on a plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  DNR officials are recommending the mostly old-growth parcel be managed with as little involvement as possible. 

The agency had originally planned to do some cutting on part of the site that didn’t fit the old-growth profile.  But after overwhelming public comment, the DNR changed its plan to passive management for the entire site. 

Chief DNR state forester Paul Delong says he doesn’t know whether the Natural Resources Board will approve the recommendation. 

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Deer Trustee Public Hearing
11:19 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Possible Northwoods Holiday Deer Hunt Concerns Snowmobilers

Deer in winter
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The DNR is hosting a series of public hearings on the Deer Trustee report and changes proposed for hunters. But one possibility is concerning Northwoods snowmobilers.

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One person killed
9:16 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Homicide Charges Filed In Oneida County Motorcycle Death

A motorcyclist is charged in the drunk driving death of another biker during last month's Harley-Davidson Fall Ride at Tomahawk. 50-year-old Lynette Haman Elkhorn is due in Oneida County Circuit Court November 18th. She's charged with two felony counts of causing homicide by drunk driving, and with a prohibited blood alcohol content. Sheriff's officials said Haman's motorcycle turned left in the path of an oncoming bike at an intersection north of Tomahawk on September 13th.

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