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Committee to be formed
8:33 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Nicolet College Board Postpones LRC Decision

Peter Christiansen Dental Clinic where Nicolet College Board meeting was held
Credit WXPR

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has voted to postpone a decision on sending proposals to remodel the Learning Resources Center to the state for review.


Meeting last night in Lac du Flambeau, the board decided it was better to put a community committee together to decide the best course of action.

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Weston Plant Not A Finalist
3:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

WPS Looking For More Electric Power By 2019

An eagle by the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Wisconsin Public Service officials say by 2019 they will need more power for this region. The utility serving much of the Northwoods says they have two options: buy power or generate more power. And if they decide to generate more power they've narrowed down to possible sites.


WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees....


 

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Moved to November meeting
3:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

No Decision On Boathouse Roof Change

A Northwoods boathouse
Credit topix.com

A resolution that would allow flat roofs on boathouses in Oneida county was postponed at Tuesday's county board meeting.


Planning and Development chair Scott Holowinski asked for the postponement after department Director Karl Jenrich heard from the DNR....


 



"....we submitted it to DNR to comment on the rule and Karl, this morning, got an email(from the DNR) with some changes that the committee should talk about before we debate this. So what I'd like to do is table this...."


 

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Joins other county boards
3:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

OC Board Asks For More National Forest Cutting

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Credit fs.usda.gov

The Oneida county board has joined other counties asking the U.S. Forest Service and Congress to make changes in policy allowing more cutting in Wisconsin's national forest and other forests.

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Managers' Meeting
2:54 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Foresters Talk Northern Hardwoods at Annual Conference

This year's Wisconsin Society of American Foresters Conference is focusing on northern hardwoods.
Credit Joshua Mayer

More than a hundred and sixty foresters are gathering in northern Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday to talk about northern hardwoods.  

Minocqua is hosting the annual conference for the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters.  Organizer Carmen Hardin from the DNR’s Division of Forestry says this year’s topic is timely.

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Fall in Phelps
6:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Scarecrows Descend on Phelps Festival

The Scarecrow Fest featured dozens of scarecrow creations from local groups.
Credit Jessica Samuelson / WXPR News

The town of Phelps hosted its annual Scarecrow Fest over the weekend.  

In addition to a pumpkin tossing and hayrides, the event featured dozens of scarecrows, each with its own personality.  WXPR contributor Jessica Samuelson brings us some sounds of the festival.

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A Question of Safety?
4:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law

Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine sits off Highway 77, near the town of Anderson.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.  

The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation.  Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access. 

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Middle East stability key
4:03 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Gas Prices Could Fall To $3.00 A Gallon

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

A gas price expert says the good news is fuel prices will be dropping this fall, the bad news is U.S. drivers spent $3 billion dollars more this summer on gas than in 2012.


Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski from the website gasbuddy.com......


 

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First meeting in Rhinlelander
4:02 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Swearingen To Chair Legislative Panel On Rural Schools

Rep. Rob Swearingen (34th Assembly) Rhinelander
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.


The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.


He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...


 

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FCC to rule
4:01 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Loss Of Landlines Feared In Rural Wisconsin

Credit electronics.howstuffworks.com

A bi-partisan group of legislators is pushing a bill to require telephone companies keep land lines instead of dumping them for only cellphone coverage.


Talking from a landline on her farm in the hills of western Wisconsin, the bill's author...State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says at her place, cell coverage is spotty, just like across much of northern Wisconsin. Consumers with only one phone company had protections up to two years ago...


 

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