Despite precipitation, flood risks low|
Charges mount, big campground closed
|With a substantial snow melt expected, officials are keeping a careful eye on the water levels in Antigo Lake, Spring Brook and north to the Skinner dam.|
Last weekend’s unseasonable snowfall dumped 20 or more inches of fluffy white stuff on Antigo and the surrounding area, and with temperatures finally moving towards normal, that snow is melting and moving down Spring Brook and through Antigo.
So far, it has been orderly.
Provided we don’t get a deluge of rain, we should be OK, Charley Brinkmeier, who handles engineering duties for the city of Antigo, said.
Much of the winter snow had dissipated prior to the weekend blizzard, and frost is leaving the ground, allowing for some of the water to seep into the ground instead of running off into the creek.
Bob Piskula, the city’s street commissioner, said that sapping weather with warm days for melting and cool nights, which stalls the process, are best for controlling the spring melt, and that is what is forecast for the next few days.
I’m always leery with a flood, Piskula said. We need time for the water to run off. I’m hoping for a good melt over the weekend.
Whatever happens, J
Jim Balzer, left, Langlade County emergency management director, and Charley Brinkmeier, project manager for the city of Antigo, check conditions at the Fourth Avenue dam. Officials are keeping a close eye on this weekend’s snow melt.
Amazing problem: 11 new meth cases in court
|Charges continue to mount against an Oconto County man whose behavior prompted the closure of the Boulder Lake Campground in eastern Langlade County.|
Karl Klimes, Highway T, White Lake, is facing criminal charges in three counties—Langlade, Oconto and Dane—in connection with a series of behaviors that led to the closure of the popular national forest campground, which adjoins his property.
The campground, located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, was shuttered last year with the U.S. Forest Service citing safety concerns.
A decision is expected within days on whether the campground will open for this season, but it appears unlikely unless the issue with the neighbor is somehow resolved, officials said.
Concerns over Klimes behavior date to last year, when the National Forest Service decided to shutter the campground because Klimes was holding target practice on his land, which is within his rights.
The man has also posted a variety of bizarre messages on social media, increasing concerns about his mental well-being.
He was placed in a mental health care facility, but was released earlier this year.
Part of the
The methamphetamine epidemic in Langlade County appears to show no signs of slowing down, as the local court system continues to be overwhelmed with cases, as evident by an astonishing 11 individuals making initial appearances via video on new meth charges Tuesday afternoon.
Two separate search warrants, one Friday and one Monday, resulted in eight of those recent arrests, while a traffic stop Monday night landed two more in custody, and a man already in the local jail on meth charges had more added, when a search of his property turned up both meth and heroin.
The Friday search warrant, executed at a home on Pine Street landed Alexander D. Arrowood, 20, Craig Fleischman Jr., 20, and Mary A. Spencer, 20, all with listed addresses of 822 1/2 Pine St. in custody, as well as Chase C. Jarchow, 19, 1317 10th Ave., Shane R. Schweigel, 20, 300 Prosser Place, and Kale C. Siegman, 19, 1304 Forrest Ave.
Arrowood and Fleischman face the most serious charges, and as a result are being held on the highest cash bonds. Each had their respective bond was set at $3,000 cash by Judge John Rhode, while Spencer and Schweigel had $2,000 cash bonds established, Siegman a $1,000 b
County Board supervisors reorganize, work slowly through rule changes
April storm hits hard, snow at 19 inches
|The Langlade County Board of Supervisors worked slowly through its rules for the coming term at the traditional organizational meeting that follows the spring elections.|
All of the chairs were filled this morning for the session as Chairman Dave Solin welcomed new members who included Sandy Fischer, District Two, John Breske, District Six, Reinhardt Balcerzak, District Eight, Ben Pierce, District 17, William Livingston, District 18 and Richard Wiegert, District 21.
Solin said it is great that the full complement of members were in attendance.
Langlade County Circuit Judge John Rhode visited the session to swear the new and veteran members of the board for the new season.
Supervisor Robert Benishek was selected as the temporary chairman to lead the organizational business, and worked one-by-one through the 13 pages of board rules. It went fairly smoothly until reaching the Committee Membership segment, with a number of suggestions, amendments and votes taken on the changes.
Some members showed concern for a concentration on the Executive and Personnel committees and with making the standing Airport Committee part of the Public Property Commi
Langlade County Circuit Court Judge John Rhode, at left, swears in Chairman Dave Solin and the rest of the Langlade County Board of Supervisors at the opening of this morning's session.
|At a time of year when the attention should be on lawn fertilizer and fix-up projects, plows, snowblowers and shovels dominated the weekend in this region — again — as the winter of 2018 continues to hang on.|
And it did at what could be a record-setting pace.
We had close to 20 inches of snow, Jason Thom, the assistant Langlade County highway commissioner said this morning.
The crews from the Antigo Street Department and Langlade County Highway Department spent hundreds and hundreds of hours this weekend handling what can only be called a spring blizzard.
Thom said he was pleased with amount of work that got done, adding that it was difficult.
We had a lot of hours this weekend, he said, noting that the trucks were rolling to do their best to maintain safe travel.
But he added there was another twist that many people hadnt thought of.
Thom explained that the big county plow trucks had to be used on the back roads that were clogged with snow and drifts, and those vehicles and their loads exceeded the posted weight limits.
We cut down the loads of salt and sand, Thom said, adding that it was still tough.
Liz Gress had her camera handy during the weekend blizzard and snapped a couple shots looking down Fifth Avenue toward Lakeside Market and in front of Natures Heat Source. Stacy Quick and her bulldog, Tinker, are shown in the snowdrift.