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   Daily Globe (Newspaper) - February 3, 2006, Ironwood, Michigan                               ironwoodglobe.com GOOD DAY Jeremy Jackson Congratulations on your acceptance into Who's Who among American High School Students. From Mom and Dad INSIDE SENIOR SENTINEL Couple returns to Hurley house they built as newly- weds in 1952 Today's Globe SUPER HOOPLA in downtown Detroit features snow slide, surfing wave Pg. 13 WARMEST JANUARY Month set records nation- wide, but forecasters see change for chillier Pg. 12 WEATHER INDEX Last 24 hours High.................38 Low.................20 Last year this date High.................41 Low.................31 Records High...........49 (1991) Low ..........-37 (1996) Precipitation Last 24 hours.........none Snowfall Last 24 hours.........none On the Snowfall to Last details, Page 2 INDEX Business.........6 Classifieds------14-15 Comics.........16 Community.......5 Obituaries.......11 Opinion..........4 Sports........9-10 Tidbits ..........3 Wisconsin.......12 HURLEY WINS Midgettes outlast Drummond Pg. 9 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2006 DAILY IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN 87, EDITION 28 50 CENTS Public gets look at Bond Falls plan By JAN TUCKER Globe Staff Writer EWEN At least 150 people repre- senting both sides of the issue turned out Thursday to hear what Upper Peninsula Power Company and Naterra Land offi- cials had to say about the sale and devel- opment of land near Bond Falls. Although some expected a noisy, confrontational session, opponents and proponents sat qui- etly while UPPCO officials described the history of the pro- ject. A few questions submitted to officials were answered and a period of time was set aside for one-on-one discussions with indi- viduals representing both compa- nies. The Upper Peninsula Public Access Coalition, which opposes the sale, held an informational session following the UPPCO meeting. Gary Erickson, outgoing president of the contacts the compa- ny made with state, federal, tribal and conservation groups in its effort to sell non-project land at Bond Falls. Mclaughlin Sees growth, jobs Erickson stressed that activity within project lands is governed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and activ- ities within the boundaries must comply with the power company's license with the government. UPPCO has sold about 900 acres to Naterra Land Development. The property will be developed with homes. "Public access to recreation in the project lands will be preserved and Erickson told the crowd. Officials said development of the project would result in an increased value of million in Interior Township and in Haight Township. UPPCO officials said they were working with township officials to determine if a separate classifica- tion could be made on the homes constructed on the non-project lands, so that the higher priced homes would not have an impact on taxes paid by others in the township. Written questions concerned docks on Jan Globe Steve Roman, of Naterra Land Development, talks about the Bond Falls area develop- ment. Roman said Naterra is an "environmentally sensitive" company, and he pledged an "environmentally sound development." project land. They asked if FERC could restrict docks or determine how many could be erected, or if the township could zone out docks. Officials said they were not sure what FERC would do if the townships used zoning to prohibit docks. One written statement indicated con- cern about how much development the lake and land could sustain. Joshua Globe Tara Dhuey, 2, left, and her sister, Lauren Dhuey, 4, ski in the sun at Powderhorn Mountain Ski Resort on Thursday. The Dhuey fam- ily, who comes north every year from Green Bay to ski, said it was a "great day." December deer hunt still option Snowmobilers object, citing potential for dangerous conflicts in forest (Sec BOND FALLS Page 2) Development issues delay land swap By MARGARET LEVRA Globe Staff Writer HURLEY Before agreeing to com- plete a complicated land swap with Iron County, Dr. Barry Edelstein wants approval for possible development of three homesites on a six-acre Fisher Lake par- cel. The deal has been hung up since May of 2004. At that time Edelstein paid toward the purchase of the Haven by the Falls property offLake of the Falls, with the understanding that he would trade with Iron County that parcel of land for the Fisher Lake parcel. However, the Fisher Lake parcel, still owned by the county, remains under forest crop law and cannot be sold or traded without DNR approval to remove that des- ignation. Earlier this week the county sent a proposed change in easement language to its forest-crop withdrawal application. The easement language for possible devel- opment was requested by Edelstein. County Board Chairman Gus Krone said this morning the county sent an unsigned document to the DNE in order to get some response on the Edelstein pro- posal. Kelly O'Neill with the DNR office hi Mercer, Wis., said a revised application must be passed by a two-thirds vote of the (See 2) By RALPH ANSAM Globe News Editor Although the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved changes in proposed deer season rules this week to avoid conflicts with snow- mobiling, Iron County might have a December hunt anyway. The board Tuesday approved cre- ation of a four-day antlerless-deer hunt in early December north of U.S. Highway 8 but only in manage- ment units where deer populations are estimated at 20 percent or more above the goal set by the Depart- ment of Natural Resources. Bruce 'Bacon, wildlife biologist from the Mercer DNR office, said this morning the deer units in the county are over that 20 percent fig- ure. That means there could be a December hunt in all of both Ash- land and Iron counties, except for the Bad River Indian reservation. Bacon said units 28 and 29A, west of U.S. 51, are "really close" to the 20 percent and unit 34 is 34 per- cent over. A December hunt in Iron County would conflict with Hurley's Red Light Rally and the opening of snow- mobile season. Keith Warnke, a spokesman for the DNR, said this morning "remains to be seen" if there will be a December hunt in Iron County. "We're still collecting data that we use to build population Warnke said this morning. "We'll know more in the next two weeks." He said he didn't have the infor- mation from Bacon in Iron County to work with this morning. DNR wildlife experts had wanted to have the four-day antlerless hunt statewide, but the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs and legislative leaders opposed it, con- tending it would cut into the early snowmobiling season in the north, while also harming trails groomed for snowmobiling before the hunt begins. "It was driven entirely by snow- mobiling Warnke said. Under the compromise approved by board members in a conference call, the four-day hunt would be held south of Highway 8. But north of 8, it would only be held in areas where the DNR decides the regular nine-day gun season in November won't adequate- ly reduce the deer population. The December hunt is to replace four-day T-Zone hunts in October that weren't popular with hunters. "The ball is in the Legislature's court Natural Resources Sec- retary Scott Hassett said. "If we're going to have new deer season rules for 2006, we must resolve this entire rule matter by Feb. 15, or we go back to the 2005 season rules. We cannot implement any changes for this year after that date and still get licenses on sale in March." Bacon said the Legislature "might come up with something else." Because the winter has been so mild, Bacon said winterkill is not likely to be a factor in population estimates in Iron County. YOUTH DEER HUNT SET The NRB also voted this week to place the start of the 2006 youth two-day gun deer hunt on the Satur- day closest to Oct. 8. With the modifications, the youth deer hunt will fall on the fourth weekend of the archery deer season and last weekend of the black bear season in 2006. The rule modifications still require legislative concurrence. If the legislature concurs with the modifications by Feb. 15, the season dates nnd changes could be in effect in lime for the 2006 hunting sea- Associated Press contributed to this report Associated Press I iners at Cleveland Cliffs Inc.'s Hibbing Taconite mine in Hibbing, Minn., appear dwarfed by the J 240-ton production truck and its tires, which are more than 12 feet high. Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the iron ore mining business with history that dates back to the Civil War, is booming. Shares hit more than 14 times the split-adjusted closing price of per share back on June 3, 2003. That means a invest- ment at a share would now be worth more than ON PAGE 6 NE1 SILVER JEMS JIMOR SIZES   

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