Following a state of emergency declared in April about the growing use and distribution of illegal drugs on the reservation, the Lac du Flambeau Police Department began serving banishment notices from the Tribal Government to 55 non-tribal members known to be involved in illegal activities.
Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says in declaring the state of emergency, law enforcement began a crackdown in June called "Operation Pandora" where a number of arrests were made....
A Northwoods chamber of commerce leader showed the impact tourism has to Oneida county's economy during a presentation this week to the county board.
Kim Baltus from Minocqua also is president of the Oneida County Tourism Council, which is a joint effort among several communities to cross-promote the county to potential visitors. In 2012, visitors spent almost $186 million dollars here...
"that's roughly a little over $5,000 for every man, woman and child in the county. That's a significant increase in spending over 2011..."
An advocacy group for Social Security and Medicare says their officials were surprised when they ran a report showing Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district has one of the highest impacts from Social Security in the nation.
After more than two hours debate, the Oneida county board failed to pass a resolution rejecting stronger DNR rules concerning non-porous or impervious surfaces. Those surfaces are roofs and sidewalks. Runoff water from those surfaces near lakes and rivers concern scientists about water pollution. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far telling owners what they can do with their land.
The vote tied at 10 with one supervisor absent, meaning the resolution died, not getting a majority.
After more than three years of sometimes heated debate, the Oneida county board has adopted a comprehensive land use plan. The vote was 20-1.
The plan is mandated by the state. The county adopted a plan having the 20 town plans and the city of Rhinelander compose the core, known as a "bottom up" approach. The plan gives local officials a blueprint to determine future land use.
Bill Liebert from Rhinelander and Newbold said planning could drive up local land prices beyond the ability to pay. He says Madison is an example...
A former school janitor is facing multiple counts of possession of child pornography.
61-year-old Richard Buell of Phelps was arrested in Vilas County on Monday and now faces 78 counts of possession of child porn. He was a former employee at the Phelps school district. Administrators tipped off police that someone on the staff had been accessing pornography from school computers in February.
Negotiations have begun between Iron County officials and the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp. Tribal members and supporters set up camp in May near the site of a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.
After signs that county officials planned to evict the group, the tribe asked to negotiate for a long term arrangement. Tribal member and camp overseer Mel Gasper says he believes the conversations will be fruitful.