Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for appointment as Langlade County District Attorney.

The new appointee will replace outgoing District Attorney Ralph Uttke,who will be leaving office on March 13.

The new appointee will serve out the remainder of the unexpired term and will be up for election in November 2016.

The application is found on Governor Walker’s website:

Resumes, cover letters, and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016.

The following release was sent out by the City of Rhinelander on Friday, January 15:

Start Date – January 20, 2016

City of Rhinelander Utility Customers who experienced problems in the past with water and sewer lines freezing should start running water when approval is provided in advance by the City.

Twice each year, the DNR offers a weekend of fishing where licenses are NOT required, called the Free Fishing Weekend.

Saturday and Sunday are the designated days for 2016 winter season.

Among the many events, families of school-age youth are invited to Lake Julia boat landing, just south of Rhinelander, to learn about ice fishing from a DNR biologist. Equipment will be provided says Lynn Feldman, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator....

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Two sentences Friday for homicide charges in the Northwoods

. Earlier this week, 41 year old Shannon Wolf entered an Alford plea as part of a plea bargain and was found guilty of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide for the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells in Rhinelander.

ABZ Live From the White Pine

Jan 15, 2016


Rural Wisconsin Initiative Looks to Bridge Gap

Jan 14, 2016

  Representative Rob Swearingen and 21 other rural Wisconsin legislators are working to introduce legislation that will improve the quality of life and retain population in rural Wisconsin areas. The initiative was assembled by Rep. Romaine Quinn, Ed Brooks and Travis Tranel. Legislators held a press conference Wednesday to introduce the proposal. Swearingen says the agenda is aimed to establish funding for S.T.E.M. curriculum, Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program, broadband and apprenticeship grants.

This winter season's longer-than-normal warm temperatures delayed an important date for people hauling heavy loads on state roads, but the cold weather has come. That cold weather means Wisconsin's Frozen Road Law is in effect, beginning 1/15/2015.

The DOT's Mike Sproul says the area includes US 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of US 8..

School District of Rhinelander

Rhinelander School District is going to ask voters via a referendum on February 16. We had a chance to talk to Superintendent Kelli Jacobi about asking voters for their approval...

Here is the website.

Steven Thomas-USFWS

While the process is likely far from over, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted final rules to preserve the Long-Eared Bat.

The bat is threatened by White-Nose Syndrome, a fungus that has killed bats by the millions.

Businesses in Oneida and Vilas county can take advantage of grants to implement or continue worksite wellness programs.

Northwoods Lean--Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition--spokesperson Maria Otterholt says the Worksite Wellness Mini Grants are designed for any sized business in the two counties...

Burial Bill Not Likely To Be Heard This Legislative Session

Jan 13, 2016

Last week we reported a protest was called in Madison by Native American tribes to object to the possible removal of burial sites from a privately-owned quarry near Madison.

The matter appears to be on hold. Yesterday hundreds of protesters met at the state Capitol rallying against a bill requiring the Wisconsin Historical Society to establish the presence of human remains before cataloging a burial site on private land. Under the bill, property owners would be allowed to use ground-penetrating radar, other imaging technology, or  excavation and examination.

Disagreement Over Eagle River Storm Sewer Pipe

Jan 13, 2016

Connections to Eagle River's storm sewer from the proposed $2.5 million expansion and renovation of the Walter E. Olson memorial library generated a vigorous debate between the city council and library architect Jeff Visner Tuesday.

The council voted to install a 24-inch storm sewer and to require all connections be open and above ground with no connections directly to the storm sewer.

Many Northern Counties Have Not Recovered From Recession: Report

Jan 13, 2016

Five northern counties are among 10 Wisconsin counties listed as not meeting four criteria to say those counties have recovered from the economic downturn.

The National Association of Counties said only seven of Wisconsin's 72 counties have fully recovered from the Great Recession. The four areas surveyed focused on jobs, unemployment rates, gross domestic products and average home prices.

Among the ten counties not meeting any of the criteria was Vilas county, along with Florence, Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Buffalo,Marquette, Richland, Rock and Racine counties.

The Super El Nino of 2015-16

Jan 13, 2016