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January 16, 2018

Oneida County sets record for 2017 timber stumpage
Oneida County forestry director John Bilogan and assistant forest director Paul Fiene brought good news on timber sales in the area to the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee during its meeting on Jan. 3. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Transit commission forges foundation for future
After many months of issues, the government body which oversees operations at Northwoods Transit Connections took major steps at its meeting Thursday to position itself on stronger fiscal and reputational ground in the years to come. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Contested races for Vilas and Oneida county boards in 2018
The spring 2018 election looks to be a relatively quiet one where the election of supervisor for the Vilas County board is concerned.

There are 21 supervisors and only one contested race. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Law enforcement officials, addiction specialists battle the rise of meth in the Northwoods
Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) officers made over a dozen methamphetamine-related arrests in Oneida County from Nov. 1 to Dec. 5, according to a review of court records. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Highway department talks plow safety
Towards the end of its meeting last week, the Oneida County Public Works Committee discussed poorly behaved drivers and efforts to prevent these kinds of individuals from getting into accidents with county snowplows when they're out clearing the areas roads. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Martini urges county general zoning for wetlands
As Wisconsin considers changes to wetland laws, one former Oneida County supervisor wants the county to step up its own wetlands protections to replace what he believes is eroding state and federal standards. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 29, 2017

How short term rentals work in the Northwoods
Earlier this year while crafting the 2018-19 biannual budget, state legislators included an amendment which legalized short-term rentals of less than 30 days in single-family residential districts across the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 29, 2017

Transit commission talks appointing fiscal manager
The Oneida and Vilas County Transit Commission took a step towards steadier fiscal ground during its meeting Wednesday when it discussed the creation of a new position to manage the finances of the group. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 29, 2017

Oneida zoning stats show economy picking up steam
A county's zoning statistics nearly always provide an accurate snapshot of the local economy - permits tend to lag when construction and growth slow; they motor ahead when the economy gets rolling - so this year's statistics in Oneida County, showing a healthy uptick in permits and activity, should bode well for the economy. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Oneida County officials in violation of own code
On paper, Oneida County and the officials which make up its government are supposed to be efficient at documenting its decisions for the citizenry. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Oneida County caps Arbor Vitae ambulance service costs
The town of Arbor Vitae received short-term relief from rising costs tied to its emergency transportation services - which are contracted out through Oneida County providers due to closeness - during a meeting of the county public safety committee last Thursday. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Oneida County OKs emergency funds for law enforcement center
Over at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center, the hot-water situation is a hot mess, and that prompted a special December meeting of the county board this past Tuesday to approve up to $120,0000 for the purchase of new water heaters to avoid potential catastrophe. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 22, 2017

Oneida County Law Enforcement Center nears retro-commissioning conclusion
Oneida County facilities director Lu Ann Brunette provided members of the county buildings and grounds committee with an update on the drive towards saving power at the sheriff's headquarters in Rhinelander during the courthouse meeting Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 22, 2017

Oneida officials talk plans for county road maintenance
The Oneida County Public Works Committee implemented a plan of action proposed by highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek during its meeting Dec. 14 which will see county roads A, B and D partly widened in 2018, along with reconstruction to part of County Road Y. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Oneida County officials grill transit commission
Members of the Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission (VOTC), which oversees Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC), met Monday with the Oneida County board's administration and labor relations committees. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

County board will consider land deal at its Dec. 19 meeting
The county's bid to purchase 231 acres of land in the town of Enterprise for the county forest has moved a step closer with the property owners' acceptance of a county offer to buy the land at its appraised value. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Transit commission approves 2018 budget
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission, which oversees the Rhinelander-based Northwoods Transit Connections, approved a proposed 2018 budget Thursday.

It will now be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for approval. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Oneida County adopts anti-bullying policy
In recent years, the cliched schoolyard experience of bullying has garnered serious attention from academics, the White House and various figures in our popular media. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Highway commissioner gives update on Rhinelander roadway overhaul project
During a Nov. 29, meeting of the Oneida County Public Works Committee, highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek revealed residents and visitors who come to Rhinelander can look forward to navigating a less dangerous road near the highway department's offices in the future. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Teens accused of stealing vehicles, personal belongings
Two young Lac du Flambeau residents have been charged in Oneida County with stealing vehicles and the personal belongings of others. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Standoff suspect's preliminary hearing postponed
A 21-year-old Rhinelander man accused of engaging in a prolonged standoff with law enforcement Nov. 16 in the town of Crescent had his preliminary hearing postponed Thursday after his lawyer announced he may have a possible conflict of interest in the case and may have to step down. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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