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Vilas rejects ATV referendum, OKs ordinance for Phelps route
All-terrain vehicle trail supporters showed up with “Vote yes for ATVs” signs at last week’s meeting in Phelps.                                                       —Photo By Wally Geist
By Wally Geist
News Correspondent

PHELPS — The Vilas County Board rejected a proposal for a countywide all-terrain vehicle (ATV) advisory referendum on the November ballot and backed the use of County Highway A for an ATV route in the town of Phelps as part of a county ATV ordinance at its meeting at Phelps School last Tuesday night.

The proposed referendum was intended to

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:52 PM
 
Wheel-A-Way
While there were a few rain showers Saturday  morning, nearly 200 bicycle enthusiasts participated in the Nicolet Wheel-A-Way bike tour in Three Lakes. This was the start at Don Burnside Park.              —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:51 PM
 
Sign draws city citation, ERBA view
This sign at the Travelers Inn has led to a city citation because it mentions another business.                      —STAFF PHOTO
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

An Eagle River downtown business owner has been issued a city citation for a sign advertising an off-premise business that is located next door without the proper permit.

Meanwhile, the Eagle River Business Association (ERBA) has issued a statement concerning the sign, stating the sign is “offensive” and “negative” — thereby impacting tourism in the downtown area.

Travelers Inn proprietor Mark Slusarczyk apparently

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:50 PM
 
Panel to formalize pact for Phelps trail
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee plans to formalize a land use agreement with the town of Phelps for the development of a bike and hike trail this week, according to committee Chairman Steve Doyen.

An updated agreement is required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for its $78,970 Knowles-Nelson?Stewardship Acquisition & Development of Local Parks grant award to the town of Phelps.

The committee came to an agreement,

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:49 PM
 
Back to school
 Students at Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps headed back to school Tuesday. This was the scene at Eagle River Elementary School as students got off the bus and headed for the playground.                              —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:48 PM
 
Sausage Fest 5K
The Eagle River Lions Club held its inaugural Sausage Fest and 5K Fun Run at Riverview Park Saturday. The event included a 5K race, food and refreshments, and entertainment in the bandshell. Jeff Burkart of Hudson (No. 318) (pictured) finished first in the 5K. Meanwhile, members of the Lions Club grilled up sausages  and the Bill Hassey Orchestra performed music for a crowd that continued growing as the afternoon progressed.             —Staff Photo By             ANTHONY?DREW
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:47 PM
 
Sausage Fest
The Eagle River Lions Club held its inaugural Sausage Fest and 5K Fun Run at Riverview Park Saturday. The event included a 5K race, food and refreshments, and entertainment in the bandshell. Jeff Burkart of Hudson (No. 318) finished first in the 5K. Meanwhile, members of the Lions Club grilled up sausages (pictured) and the Bill Hassey Orchestra performed music for a crowd that continued growing as the afternoon progressed.             —Staff Photo By             ANTHONY?DREW
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:47 PM
 
Vilas opposes funding cuts for circuit court
By Wally Geist
News Correspondent

Following the advice of county finance director Jason Hilger, the Vilas County Board adopted a resolution opposing a lapse in state funding to the circuit court system at last Tuesday’s board meeting in Phelps.

Hilger’s opinion was attached to the resolution and stated, “Counties received $18.7 million in circuit court support payments from the state in 2008-2009 and only $16.6 million in 2012-2013. This tells me there has already been some level of cost reduction. Also from what I have read, judicial budgets are made up of 70% of state court personnel costs, which cannot be adjusted administratively.”

Hilger noted that many other counties across the state backed a similar resolution.

“This resolution has been supported

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:44 PM
 
Citzens urged to fill propane tanks early

Gov. Scott Walker is encouraging citizens who use propane to heat their homes to fill their fuel tanks early this season. In addition, state energy officials are reaching out to 25,000 households across Wisconsin that participate in the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) to help fill their propane tanks before cold weather sets in.

“While many people may not want to think about winter heating during the warm summer months, customers are generally able to purchase more propane at a lower price in August and September when supply is less in demand,” said Walker.

“Weather, grain drying, and several other factors put a strain on

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:43 PM
 
Trees Center hosts newspaper group

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s (WNA) 67th annual Trees Retreat, held Aug. 21-22, welcomed members to the Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River and, for the first time, inducted Wisconsin publishers to the new WNA Memorial Pylon.

WNA members from throughout the state gathered to relax in the North Woods outdoors setting and receive valuable educational instruction.

In addition, WNA members and inductee families gathered Aug. 22 for a ceremony honoring the following deceased member publishers listed on the WNA Memorial Pylon:

Larry W. Antony, Fond du Lac Reporter;

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:40 PM
 
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