Some Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest recreational opportunities will be curtailed this year due to tighter budgets. But a spokesperson says the most popular attractions will continue as before. They also want to find out what the public wants for recreation.

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the majority of visitors will see recreation sites at full service levels. Costs have risen while the number of forest users has dropped. She says about 11 percent of recreational offerings will see less service..

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, and Representatives Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander and Jeff Mursau of Crivitz Wednesday issued a statement following a recent announcement that about 11 percent of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest recreation areas will either be closed or have reduced services.

Tiffany says if the state was given the authority to manage the forest, they would use the increased timber production to fund recreation...

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

One of the defendants in the arrests last fall of three persons for misconduct in public office, theft and other charges has entered a not guilty plea.

59 year old Richard A. Pitts of Crandon stood mute Wednesday morning in Forest County Circuit Court. He's charged with three felony counts of being party to receiving stolen property and party to the crime of misconduct in public office.

With unemployment rates in the Northwoods near or at double-digits, a Job Fair is being held Wednesday, April 22 in Rhinelander.

Several partners including related stage agencies, non-profits  and Nicolet College are hosting the Spring Job Fair at the Quality Inn from 10 to 3 p.m.

Spokesperson Joan Hartmann says the Fair is free and open to anyone interested in looking for work. She says they have at least 23 companies signed up...

Wisconsin realtors are reporting a  rise in both home sales and the prices buyers paid.

Wisconsin Realtors Association President Michael Theo says in March, home sales jumped 16.1 percent over one year ago and median prices rose  more than 8 percent from March of 2014 to $149,000.

Theo says the benchmarks they use show the market is returning...

The Vilas county board is moving forward on a study to look at a courthouse addition conceptual planning and court security study. The board approved hiring an architectural firm and a consulting firm to bring forward plans.


A resolution  to pay the legal bills for Oneida county's  Veteran's Service Officer  was defeated Tuesday morning by the county board. The vote was seven in favor, 10 opposed.

8 charges were brought late last year against Tammy Walters by a county employee and  county committees. After a 10 hour hearing in January, the board voted by a wide margin not to fire Walters. Later, it was determined she would not be given further discipline. But Walters incurred more than $9,000 in legal bills defending herself.

Supervisor Jack Sorenson said it was the fair thing to do...

UW-Madison Continuing Studies

Catalogs are now available for 2nd annual School of the Arts at Rhinelander, coming to James Williams Middle School this July. Financial Aid is also available.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says the printed version is available at various locations...

"...specifically in Rhinelander, the library has a big stack of catalogs, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce and UW-Extension Oneida County. In outlying areas we expect them to be in libraries in the next couple of weeks...."

Red Cross volunteers, fire departments and community groups are canvassing neighborhoods in  several communities, including Mosinee, to get the word out about having smoke detectors and better  fire safety in homes.
Red Cross spokesperson Barbara Behling says many people think they have more time to get out of a burning structure than they do...

"...62 percent of the people believe they have five minutes or more to escape a burning home. When in reality, and we've confirmed this with fire departments across the country, you really have less than two minutes...."

The temptation is to get out and get those projects done once the snow has left us. But check before you dig says a utility spokesperson.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says a quick call to the free 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline could save you from a real problem...