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March 24, 2018

Committee votes to pursue outside counsel for mining
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee voted this past Wednesday to pursue an outside counsel to review its metallic mining ordinance, at a cost not to exceed $7,000 for the first phase of work.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

County board candidates answer questions at forum
Eleven candidates running for the Oneida County Board of Supervisors in the April 3 election took part in a candidate forum March 20 in the James Williams Middle School auditorium in Rhinelander.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Membership in NRA, gun groups on the rise
The student March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24 in the nation's capital might well be the largest demonstration for gun control ever, as its organizers predict, but out in the grassroots, and far away from TV cameras and the mainstream media, another story is being written: Rising membership in gun-rights groups, increasing intensity among existing members of those groups, and even growing numbers of young people expressing support for gun rights.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Questions raised about transit commission's operations
The Oneida County Board of Supervisors followed in Vilas County's footsteps Tuesday, approving the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission's effort to short- term borrow nearly $125,000 for the purchase of three new buses.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lake Tomahawk surveys voters, property owners for ATV/UTV use
At its regular meeting last week, the Lake Tomahawk Town Board approved a request from the Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV Club to mail questionairres to all property owners and registered voters in the town.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Oscar Johnson VA Hospital hosts town hall meetings
Representatives of the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center hosted town hall meetings for veterans and their families last week in Boulder Junction and Rhinelander.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Town of Little Rice to vote on village powers
The town of Little Rice is exploring the idea of adopting village powers.

On the agenda for the March 13 town board meeting was an item requesting that a vote on the adoption of village powers be added to the agenda for the town's annual meeting.(subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cassian board discusses possible ordinances regarding fire department
Recently, the Cassian Town Board disciplined a fire department member related to an incident that involved a third party.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Walker calls special session on school safety
Gov. Scott Walker has unveiled a $100 million school safety plan for the state, and last week called for a special session of the Legislature to pass it.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sunshine Week 2018:
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Northwoods River News presents the newspaper's 2018 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 17, 2018

CCAP changes coming
While lawmakers have haggled for years over making changes to the state's online circuit court records database, known popularly as CCAP, without much success, an oversight panel within the court system has quietly recommended a series of significant changes, and the director of state courts, Randy Koschnick, has begun implementing them.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Evers makes Rhinelander campaign stop
As of right now, the 2018 race for Wisconsin governor boils down to this: Republican, Scott Walker; Democratic, take your pick from nine hopefuls who will be culled to one candidate following the party primary Aug. 14.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lake Tomahawk fire
Firefighters from Lake Tomahawk, Newbold and Hazelhurst were among emergency personnel called to a report of a structure fire on South Bluebird Road in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Political Digest
Governor released more than 6.2 million pages of records since 2011

Gov. Scott Walker celebrated Sunshine Week this week by signing an official proclamation and by touting the number of records his administration has released since he took office.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

WILL takes lawmaker to court over records
In yet another open-records dispute involving the state Legislature, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has sued state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) for refusing to turn over electronic records, opting to print them instead and charge what WILL says are unnecessary fees.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hoggie Doggies owner seeks resolution to contaminated well problem
Hoggie Doggies restaurant owner Steven Pletta briefed Oneida County's public works committee on his water problems last week.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump tariffs draw negative Wisconsin reaction
Trade is a big issue that drives a wedge between President Donald Trump and the traditional pro-business wing of the Republican Party, and so mainstream Republicans were hardly surprised but mighty exasperated recently when the president announced major tariffs on steel and aluminum products coming into the United States.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fiene: Oneida County's timber market is entering a downturn
Assistant forest director Paul Fiene briefed the Oneida County Forestry Committee on Wednesday about problems with the area logging market.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mincoqua man dies in U.P. accident
A Minocqua man was killed Wendesday when the skid-steer he was operating crashed through the ice on an Upper Peninsula lake.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

LUHS board expels student involved in threat incident
The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education expelled one LUHS student on Tuesday, and tabled an expulsion hearing for another, in connection to threats made at the school last month.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nicholson, Evers jump into lead in primaries
A new Marquette Law School poll gives an early edge to businessman Kevin Nicholson in the contested Republican race for the U.S. Senate and to state superintendent Tony Evers in the congested Democratic primary for governor.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Political Digest
Taylor: Walker's road to nowhere

State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) took issue with Gov. Scott Walker's road-funding announcement this week, saying the governor is diverting funds from needed projects for Foxconn, despite what she calls overwhelming evidence that the state's infrastructure is decaying.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

VC sherriff Fath discusses Lussier matter
Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath held a press conference Friday at the courthouse in Eagle River to provide an update on what is known in certain circles as "the Lussier incident."(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Northwoods Transit Connections presents approved business plan
After months of development, the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) now has a new outlook for its future.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oneida County raises pay for Clerk of Circuit Courts
Last week, Oneida County's labor relations and administration committees set the pay for an elected official.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program to remain in Oneida County
Oneida County Veterans Service director Tammy Walters wants struggling veterans to know a program which helps them is not going away anytime soon.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Unions file another lawsuit to toss Wisconsin's Act 10
Many times could be the charm as two more unions are going to court to try and overturn the state's 2011 Act 10, which effectively ended collective bargaining for most state public employees.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

GED/HSED program opens doors for inmates
The Oneida County Jail and Nicolet College have partnered to create a General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program to reduce recidivism rates and allow inmates to better themselves while incarcerated.(subscriber access)
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Cassian town board puts road projects out for bid
Spring is still weeks away but the Cassian Town Board is preparing for warmer weather and road construction season.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Newbold board navigates streamlined agenda
The Newbold Town Board held its second of two monthly meetings Thursday, Feb. 22. The meeting was streamlined, with the all-terrain vehicle discussion having been tabled.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Senate committee passes wetland reform bill
A state Senate committee has recommended passage of an amended wetland reform bill that both liberalizes wetland permitting regulations and seeks to allay the concerns of environmentalists concerned about the rollback of protections for non-federal wetlands.(subscriber access)
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oneida County and Minocqua making new policies for short-term rentals
The planning and development committee in Oneida County discussed town and regional renting policy at its Feb. 21 meeting.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Crescent town board approves new plow truck
The Crescent town board heard a proposal during its January meeting from road crew supervisor Ted Lundt to purchase a new plow truck for the town.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Legislature passes GOP welfare reform package
A special session to reform the state's welfare programs bore fruit for Republicans earlier this month as both the state Assembly and the Senate passed a comprehensive package of bills, including work requirements for able-bodied adults, child support compliance for Medical Assistance eligibility, and asset limits for welfare eligibility.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Governor, Vos agree to pre-election payouts
It will be just in time not only for Christmas but for Election Day - a taxpayer bonanza that will be paid out in 2018 as a one-time child sales tax rebate and sales tax holiday.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Woman dies following house fire in Lincoln County
A 77-year-old Tomahawk woman has died after a fire broke out in her home Sunday morning.

At approximately 7:44 a.m. Sunday, the Lincoln County sheriff's office received a report of a possible structure fire a the Clear Lake Condos at N11445 County Road A in the town of Bradley.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stella Fire
Members of the Stella Fire Department work to ventilate a small outbuilding while members of the Pine Lake Fire Department attack a structure fire on Stella Lake Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Vilas finance committee green lights loan for buses
The Vilas County board's finance committee gave its authorization Tuesday to the Vilas Oneida Transit Commission to obtain a loan from Peoples State Bank.(subscriber access)
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lake Tomahawk ATV question to be sent in March
The Lake Tomahawk town board heard an update last week on the effort by members of the newly formed Lake Tomahawk ATV-UTV Club to mail a questionnaire to town residents and taxpayers.(subscriber access)
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Oneida board approves outside counsel for mining ordinance review
Oneida County officials moved forward Tuesday with a two-part plan for the future of mining in the area.(subscriber access)
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tomahawk police investigate school gun threat
The Tomahawk Police Department issued a press release Wednesday morning detailing a threat against the Tomahawk School Complex.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Officials:Gang activity becoming more prevalent in Northwoods
The investigation into the recent murder of Lac du Flambeau resident Wayne Valliere Jr. has brought renewed attention to the issue of street gang membership in the Northwoods.(subscriber access)
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Schimel talks drug epidemic at Rhinelander roundtable
State Attorney General Brad Schimel held a law enforcement roundtable at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center Friday afternoon where he sought input on what the state can do to help local law enforcement agencies as they confront the drug epidemic.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oneida County losing patience with bridge rebuilding contractor
The Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee heard an update from county forestry director John Bilogan Feb. 7 on a long-running infrastructure issue in Little Rice.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Altenburg out at Northwoods Transit Connections
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission (VOTC) lost one of its staff members upon the conclusion of a closed session last week.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oneida sheriff's office closer to resolving wage compression issue
Oneida County's administration and labor relations committees took action last week on a problematic vacancy at the sheriff's department.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Minocqua police make arrest in LUHS threat case
Minocqua police made an arrest Friday in connection with a threat at Lakeland Union High School.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oneida County UW-Extension committee looks at fair contract with city of Rhinelander
Oneida County and the city of Rhinelander are continuing to discuss the future of the Oneida County Fair as Rhinelander city administrator Keith Kost attended the Feb. 12 meeting of the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension Education committee to answer questions as to what level of commitment the city is looking for from the county with respect to continuing to hold the fair at Pioneer Park.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Newbold board acts on wide-ranging agenda
From approving construction of a zip line to additional discussion on the ongoing topic of opening select roads to ATVs, the first of two February Newbold Town Board meetings hit on a variety of matters.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Suspect in Valliere murder case still on the loose
One of five men charged in the Wayne Valliere Jr., murder case attempted to turn himself in to the Vilas County Justice Center Feb. 9, Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath told the Lakeland Times Thursday, however after James Lussier, 19, of Arbor Vitae, showed up at the Vilas County Justice Center an employee there told him he needed to report to the Iron County Sheriff's Office and he left the building.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Oneida County administration committee hears presentation on fair map resolution
Oneida County's administration committee was urged this week to send a message about drawing electoral districts to favor one political party over others.(subscriber access)
Saturday, February 17, 2018

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