Iron County

Iron Co. election
5:47 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Tiffany Files State Complaint Against Voter

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board concerning a person who voted April 1, in the town of Anderson, Iron County. Tiffany authored the mining bill enabling a company to begin exploring for iron ore in the Penokee Hills of Iron and Ashland counties.

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Multiple Issues At Stake
4:27 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Iron County Elections Yield No Clear Message On Mining

Ten seats were contested in this week's Iron County board elections; three challengers prevailed.
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Challengers won three seats in this week’s Iron County board elections.  The wins come despite campaign advertising by a billionaire-backed political advocacy group.

Americans for Prosperity labeled Victor Ouimette, Brad Matson, and Karl Krall as anti-mine activists on a recent mailing.   All three won seats on the county board in this week’s election, beating out incumbents. 

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Issue Ads on Mining Controversy
4:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Iron County Elections Draw Outside Attention

Downtown Hurley, WI.
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A conservative political advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers is dipping its hand into Iron County board elections.  Americans For Prosperity has been mailing fliers to Iron County residents. 

The fliers decry the influence of wealthy radical environmentalists who oppose a mine in Iron County, and point the finger at seven candidates who are challenging county board seats in next week’s election.     

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Exercising Treaty Rights
4:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up

Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members and others have maintained a presence near a proposed iron mine since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Education and Learning Project plan to rotate in and out of the site to comply with Iron County rules. 

Earlier this month the Iron County Board of Supervisors gave Harvest Camp residents six business days to leave, saying they were in violation of a 14-day camping limit. 

Camp spokesperson Paul DeMain says the site will remain as it is, but longterm residents will follow the rules by leaving every two weeks for at least 24 hours. 

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Ten of Fifteen Seats Contested
5:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Iron County Group to Host Candidate Forums

Contested county board elections in Iron County have given rise to a series of candidate forums. 

The Iron County Citizen's Forum is organizing the two nonpartisan debates inspired by the League of Women Voters format. 

Organizer Terry Daulton says the controversy over a proposed iron mine has engaged more people in local politics.

“It’s very unusual to have this many people running. And it’s actually brought a lot of people into the fold thinking about what are the things our county is doing – so I think it’s actually energized the public a little bit.”

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Residents Intend to Stay
5:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Eviction Vote is Deja Vu for LCO Harvest Camp

The Iron County Forestry Committee voted to evict the LCO Harvest Camp on the border of Ashland and Iron Counties.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Iron County Forestry and Parks committee members have again unanimously voted to evict the residents of the Harvest Camp near the site of a proposed iron mine.  

Members of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe and other supporters have been camping on county land since early spring in opposition of Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal. 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Mine Opponents Dominate DNR Hearing

Hundreds showed up at the DNR's public hearing on Gogebic Taconite's preapplication and bulk sampling plan.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing on the Penokee Mine project Thursday.  Hundreds of people showed up in Hurley.

People came from far and wide to voice strong opinions on the proposal.  There were even a few speakers from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and an Ashland, WI contingent actually biked the 40 miles to the hearing.  Cyclist Michael McKenna says they wanted to their voices to be heard:

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:13 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment

The public has a chance to comment on a proposed mine in Iron County.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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. 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Digging Into Mining Ordinances

Iron County residents have a chance to brush up on their understanding of local zoning ordinances that regulate mining.  The Iron County Citizen’s Forum is hosting speaker George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Foundation and former secretary of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.  Terry Daulton with the Iron County Citizen’s Forum says it will help inform people about how communities deal with mining activities.

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