Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week.
The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15th in Hurley. Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis. DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication.
Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving. It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.
Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.
“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement. You know, you keep a closer eye. And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”
Laura Erickson presenting her Conservation Big Year to WXPR members.
Credit Peg Arnold
Joshua Doro catches Laura Erickson's autograph on his National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America by Laura Erickson and Jonathan Alderfer.
Credit Peg Arnold
Digital image of Laura Erickson's photography displayed on a projection screen. The true clarity and detail of her work can be appreciated in the Photo Checklist section of her website, www.conservationbigyear.com.
Tuesday, Wisconsin's Department of Veteran's Affairs Secretary John Scocos will be in the Northwoods to talk about upgrades to Camp American Legion.
Scocos says from the recent budget, the veteran's camp in Lake Tomahawk will receive $50,000 to help the camp continue to serve military members and families with physical or psychological conditions...
Recent reports detailed how a previously little-known portion of the state budget bill heavily restricts local governments from stopping placement of new cellular telephone towers. But participants in a WXPR forum on broadband says changes could help get more local cell service to under served areas.
Former Three Lakes town chair Don Sidlowski says they were able to work with a private provider...Cellcom...to get tower placements...
The jobless rate in the Northwoods remains nearly double of some other areas of Wisconsin.
Unemployment numbers released last month by the state showed June joblessness in the region at 11.2 percent in Iron county, 9.6 precent in Forest county, 9.2 percent in both Langlade and Lincoln counties, 8.4 percent in Vilas county, 8 percent in Oneida county. Price county had the areas lowest rate at 6.4 percent.
Vilas county authorities have released the name of the man who died in a crash early Thursday morning in the town of Manitowish Waters.
20 year old Ezekiel Jonas of Manitowish Waters was killed in the single-vehicle wreck.
The crash happened near the intersection of Alder Lkae Road and Powell Road. When emergency responders arrived, they found a pickup truck had struck a tree. officials used a metal-cutting tool to pull the truck's driver from the vehicle. The driver was alone in the vehicle.