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Vilas Board amends plan for ATVs

County roads, forests
could get trail system

By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Vilas County Board voted 15-4 last Tuesday night in favor of an amendment to the 15-year Vilas County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on some public roadways and designated trails in the county forest.

Board supervisors discussed the matter for more than two hours in front of nearly 400 concerned citizens at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall.

Four separate amendments to the language of the original amendment

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:20 PM )
Three Lakes, Phelps set firemen’s picnics

The 56th annual Three Lakes Firemen’s Picnic will be at Cy Williams Park and the grounds of the Information Bureau on Maple Lake this Sunday, Aug. 3, from noon to 5 p.m.

The fundraiser for the department will feature youth games, prizes, music, food and refreshments, according to Fire Chief Dave Kirby.

Food will include brat­wurst and roasted corn. Beer and soda will be available and entertainment will be pro­­vided.

There will be a number of raffles

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:57 PM
As part of a joint snowmobile grass drags and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rendezvous event last Saturday in Three Lakes, the Nicolet ATV?Club set up a mud pit that drew hours of participation and spectator interest.                   —STAFF?PHOTO
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:57 PM
New bike trail
Wisconsin DNR Secretary Kathy Stepp (with scissors) along with major donors Liz and Richard Uihlein, and a host of other dignitaries officially opened Phase IV of the Manitowish Waters-Boulder Junction bike trail Saturday. The $1.2 million 8.3-mile segment of trail runs from North Lakeland Elementary School to Boulder Junction.                 —Photo By Ken Anderson
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:54 PM
Eagle River Chain group seeking input via survey

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association (ERCLA) is seeking input on the Chain’s management plan, and has sent out a survey to property owners.

The association began a comprehensive lake management plan for the entire lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes last year.

The plan is phased, spanning four years from 2013 through 2017.

The first phase began on Cranberry and Catfish lakes in 2013,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:51 PM
Pick-up available for donations to ERRA’s Youth Days Auction

The Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) has announced its annual Youth Days Auction will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, at the Eagle River Sports Arena, and the group is now accepting item donations.

The association will perform pick-ups of donated items between 5 and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 14.

“We accept most items for donation,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:51 PM
Local newsman dies in Green Bay at 84

Richard “Dick” Timmons — the longtime editor and publisher of The Rhinelander Daily News — died at 84 years of age Sunday, July 20, in Green Bay. Timmons was born June 9, 1930, in South Orange, N.J.

He attended Hillyer College/University of Hartford in Connecticut.

A veteran of the Korean War, Timmons served as a classified documents specialist in the Army Quartermaster’s Office at Seventh U.S. Army Headquarters near Stuttgart, Germany.

Timmons spent more than 46 years in a

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:51 PM
Training session
Personnel and equipment from five fire departments gathered at the Woodruff Fire Station for a training session last Monday evening. These firefighters filled a portable water tank with water.     —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:50 PM
Minocqua woman dies in crash

A?three-vehicle accident last Thursday morning involving a tour bus on Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae resulted in the death of a 67-year-old woman from Minocqua and 14 other injuries, according to a press release from the Wisconsin State Patrol North Central Region Wausau Post.

Barbara C. Hilleque was fatally injured in the crash, which occurred at approximately 10:09 a.m. on Highway 51 near Old 51 N.

A vehicle driven by a Hilleque was struck by a

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:50 PM
West Bend man drowns in Lake Shishebogama

A 56-year-old West Bend man has been reported dead after a drowning incident on Lake Shishebogama in Minocqua Saturday, according to a report from the Minocqua Police Department.

The subject, Russell E. Steiner, was transported to Howard Young Medical Center and was pronounced dead Sunday, July 27, at approximately 7:30 a.m. by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities received a 911 call at approximately 10:58 p.m. Saturday night from the residents of 8919 W. Minch Dr. in Minocqua. It was reported that a person in Lake Shishebogama appeared to be struggling. Rescue efforts were immediately initiated.

Prior to emergency personnel arriving on scene,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:19 PM )