Two Northwoods organizations and a private citizen are part of 23 projects statewide sharing $100,000 in to do citizen-based natural resource projects.

Money to study lake level trends in northern Wisconsin was awarded to North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters.

Project W.O.W. or the War on Weeds will be tracking invasive plants across the Northwoods, sponsored by the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership in Eagle River.

A Sugar Camp resident is presenting the results of a study he did in cooperation with Oneida County Land and Water Conservation and the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.

"The Economic Value of Lakes and Rivers in Oneida County" was authored by Sugar Camp resident Dave Noel. Noel gives us some highlights of his studies...

Noel will give the presentation next month to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. Here is a link to the study.

A two-county high speed chase has ended with the death of a man being pursued by law enforcement. Lincoln County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Lieutenant Timothy Fischer says the incident began in Antigo and ended this morning and went into Lincoln County and the suspect vehicle was eventually stopped on Hillview Rd in the Township of Pine River with the use of a tire deflation device..

No other information is being released at this time.

Vilas Moving Forward On New Communications Tower

Jul 26, 2016

After reviewing five bids for a new 330 foot self-supporting Vilas County sheriff's department transmission tower, the county communication committee approved the low bid of Daniels Construction of Madison for $422,422.

Officials say Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

Those figures are the backdrop as a local chapter is asking for teams to gather and participate in this fall's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rhinelander.

A major concern in any flooded area is to get things back to normal . A multi-agency approach to helping victims of the recent heavy rains in Iron and other counties is to help expedite permits needed to bring about repairs to the damage.

Martye Griffin, DNR statewide waterway science and policy leader, says the state has the responsibility to protect public waters and the legislature gives the DNR the job to issue permits to get that work done. He says typically that means a permit for a culvert over a private driveway as an example.

A one-vehicle crash in Forest county Monday morning has killed one person.

The Forest County Sheriff's Department report being called about 7:30 a.m. to county road "H" in the Town of Blackwell.

A Sport Utility Vehicle went out of control on a curve with the vehicle going down an embankment and overturning.

The driver, a 24 year old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner. An 18 year old passenger was taken to a hospital for injuries.


  Washburn had another series of severe storms roll through late last week that's left officials assessing damage for the second time in two weeks. 

Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest Public Affairs Officer Hilary Markin says there’s about $10 million in damage so far from the storm that ripped through July 11, and says they’re still assessing blow down damage from Thursday’s storm.

Wisconsin DNR

In light of the recent flooding in northern Wisconsin, well water safety has become a cause for concern. Floodwaters and runoff can affect private wells and people with flooding should assume their well is contaminated. DNR private water field supervisor, Marty Nessman says people in the affected areas should have their wells checked before using the water again.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and see one of the top research facilities in Wisconsin August 5.

Interim Director at the Trout Lake station in Boulder Junction, Susan Knight.....

"'s an open house for our field station, which is the Trout Lake station, which is part of the Center for Limnology which is part of UW Madison, the Madison campus, but we have a field station here in Boulder Junction..."

Knight says the public is invited to find out about the research, including invasive species...

Last week was the Republican's turn, now the political stage shifts to Philadelphia and the Democrats. After a sometimes bitter race between eventual winner Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, the party meets to formally nominate the former Secretary of State and her running mate Tim Kaine as the party's standard-bearers.

One of the state's leading Democrats, State Senator Jon Erpenbach of Middleton thinks the party will seize on an historic nomination of a woman and have strength going into the fall...

CNNF Damage Estimate At $10 Million From Storms

Jul 24, 2016
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest sustained an estimated $10 million of damage during the storm event on July 11.

U.S. Forest Service personnel have identified nearly 100 obstructions on roads and trails in need of repair. Those include damaged bridges, culverts, washed out roads and trails and other significant impacts. The network of Forest Service roads on the Great Divide and Washburn Ranger Districts that were impacted by the storm are critical thoroughfares for local towns and residents.

Update On Latest Storm Damage From CNNF

Jul 22, 2016
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

(Press release on damage from Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office 7/22/2016)

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducted an aerial survey of the storm damage at Birch Grove Campground between East Twin and West Twin Lakes on the Washburn Ranger District Thursday.

“We had 12 saw crews and heavy equipment clearing roads and gaining access to recreation areas that were hit hard by the storm,” said Incident Commander Jim Grant. “Our number one priority was getting to those that were injured and getting them medical attention.”

Pete Rondello

Portions of northern Wisconsin werehit hard by storms last night and many WPS customers were without power in the Harshaw, Natural Lakes and Nokomis areas. As of 11:00am today(7/22) crews reported 30 broken poles, 26 of which were from Minocqua and Tomahawk. Poles can take anywhere from 3-5 hours to repair causing restoration delays.

Rhinelander Police are back to full strength.

Friday morning, Police Chief Michael Steffes introduced the 17th officer at Rhinelander City Hall. Mark Raddatz comes to Rhinelander from the Forest County Sheriff's Department. He says he is excited to join Rhinelander's Department... 

"....progessive department that's very involved in the community. Better opportunities for my family...."

Raddatz has eight years of experience. Police Chief Michael Steffes...