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Iron County says 'no' to LCO Harvest Village, no compromise reached; Kloth case postponed
The head of the Iron County Forestry Department says the LCO tribe isnít doing enough to remove its harvest village project. He says the sheriff should evict them. Mike Simonson reports.
Just a day after Lac Courte Oreilles announced it was moving most of its camp and not allowing any of its people to stay more than the 14 day camping limit in the Penokee Hills, Iron County Forestry Director Joe Vairus says that isnít enough.
"That's not acceptable at all and the shierff knows that. The sheriff is supposed to be conveying that message to them. No. They need to remove everything, get out of there so we can reclaim that site. As a resource manager I am allowed to protect that resource out there.Ē
LCO Harvest Education Learning Project spokesman Paul DeMain says theyíre chopping through deep snow and ice to remove equipment and rotate people to private property. Heís meeting again with Sheriff Tony Furyk, who says for now, the action by LCO is reasonable. DeMain says they wonít remove everything though, so their two administrators have a place to stay.
"Which means the presence of tents, teepees, for residing in while they're camping there for their 14 day period will remain. What we're trying to do is come within a sense of compliance with those suggestions that Iron County has given us.Ē
Vairus says heíll push for action against LCO if they donít remove everything from public forest land.
"If they don't, I suppose, I don't know (laughs). The (Iron County) Board will have to reconvene to figure out what to do with it. What do you do with a sheriff if he doesn't enforce the ordinance? I don't know.Ē
Meanwhile, LCO is asking the DNR for a scientific research permit to allow them to stay there. Vairus says even then, they canít camp there beyond 14 days.
The woman accused of crashing a mine drilling site last June has gotten a new judge in the case.
27 year-old Katie Kloth of Weston is accused of felony robbery with use of force and three misdemeanors for party to a crime and criminal damage to property. On June 11th, Kloth and about a dozen others were shown on a video dressed in black with masks emerging from the woods at a Gogebic Taconite exploratory drilling site in Iron County. She is the only one charged in the incident.
Kloth was to be arraigned Monday, but her attorney asked for a new judge to replace Iron County Judge Patrick Madden. Madden says Wisconsin law gives her the right to ask for another judge without giving a reason.
Price County Judge Douglas Fox has been named to replace Madden. No new court date has been set.
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