ASHLAND - Taxpayers might be protected from infrastructure costs at the planned Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine.
The Ashland County Board approved the ordinances aimed at protecting taxpayers from those costs from at the mine. Gogebic Taconite would be required to make an initial $100,000 payment to the county. They'd also have to keep a minimum balance of $50,000 to reimburse the county for its expenses.
The vote was 18-1. The sole opponent was Frank Kempf, who says the ordinances send the signal that Ashland County opposes mining. He says it will shift mining to Iron County instead.
G-TAC Manager of External Affairs Bob Seitz says the company will have to examine the ordinances to see if they conflict with state law.
The Iron County board could vote July 2nd on adopting its own mining regulations.
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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