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Real work on ATV trails
will be balancing interests

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors approved last week proposed modifications to the long-range county forest plan that will allow, for the first time, two types of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails to be established — state-funded trails and club trails.


As part of the change in plan direction, the board agreed with its Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee that mention of a 2004 nonbinding referendum that rejected ATV use on county lands, roads and rights-of-way should be struck from the document.


In that vote, 5,457 electors said no to ATV use on county

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:06 PM )
Vilas Board ignored credible witnesses

Letter to the Editor:

The recent Vilas County Board meeting in Arbor Vitae was anything but a fine example of our government “in action.”

The major issue on the agenda was to amend or not amend the Vilas County Forest Land Use Plan, that is, to allow or not allow all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to use Vilas County roads and forests.

The chairman, a lobbyist for ATVs, warned the overflow crowd that demonstrations or applause “would not be tolerated.” The board allowed four speakers from each side to offer stats and examples supporting their view. It was clear fairly early that the board was simply

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:46 AM
Training dogs on wolves is wildlife harassment

Dear Editor:

It is unfortunate a wolf season was written without wildlife professionals, allowing hound dog packs to hunt wolves. Because now, hunters can train hounds on wolves essentially without restriction, possibly by 2015.

Such training could include late November through the end of March, creating many problems. January and February are breeding season when wolves are most intensely territorial. Wolves attack canine intruders, especially dogs. Conflicts are likely.

Hound packs will chase pregnant female wolves during

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:46 AM
Leaders must wake up before it’s too late

Letter to the Editor:

Why doesn’t the federal government get their nose out of its citizens’ business? Everything they get involved in turns into a big mess.

One example is telling the Washington Redskins to change their name; the damage on that is already done. Government says the name is all of a sudden racist. After all these years, now the government says it’s racist; come on, give us a break.

Why doesn’t the Senate pass those lingering bills piling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:45 AM
Take care of Wisconsin by re-electing leaders

Letter to the Editor:

I often have the opportunity to discuss politics with many people. I hear a frequent refrain, “We need new leadership in this country.” I agree. We will vote for president in 2016, but we do not vote for the leadership of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guess what? We do not live in Nevada or Ohio. We do not live in California or Kentucky. There is a limited amount we can do about these positions.

There is an old saying,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:45 AM