RHINELANDER - Airports make money off all those billboards you see while traveling. But the Rhinelander Oneida County Airport isn't making as much money from advertising as it used too.
The Rhinelander Oneida County Airport has had an advertising contract with Clear Channel for 20 years. Clear Channel ended its contract in 2013.
The airport's advertising revenue decreased from $10,000 to $3,000 in recent years.
"I think basically what's happening is a lot with web creation and such like that I think that has taken the place of doing advertising, still advertisements, like in airports and such like that I see the downturn in the economy since 2008 I think that's part of the issue," says Joe Brauer, Rhinelander Oneida County Airport Director.
The airport's director wants to fill the empty billboards with local advertising. He hopes that will promote local tourism for the city of Rhinelander.
"We decided the best thing to probably do is try to get some local advertisement here and what we decided to do since we're owned by the city owned by the county that we would go to the tourism segments that we have around here," says Brauer.
The airport has an 800 thousand dollar yearly budget. Most of the funding comes from the airlines, not advertising.
- We take our Long Summer Weekend to Tomahawk to bring you the following stories:
We talk to the Tomahawk School District superintendent and a parent about how the district is getting input from the community regarding an application for a state grant for security upgrades in their school.
We'll show you how the Tomahawk Clay Busters youth team is teaching kids trap shooting and gun safety at an early age.
And the Tomahawk police chief is staying loyal to the Pittsburgh Steelers even here in Packer country. We'll show you how the avid Steelers fan exhibits his support for his team and talk to him about how it's being received by the community and his wife...who is a Cowboys fan.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more on our Long Summer Weekend tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live,
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
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