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Cancer survivors deserve

the community’s support

The 15th annual Northwoods Relay For Life is scheduled this Friday, June 20, with a goal of raising $84,000 for the American Cancer Society and its research and education programs.

 

Raising that kind of money in the fight against cancer is extremely significant, but we would argue that the Relay For Life event serves an even greater purpose.

 

This year we are asking more people to attend the event not for the reason of raising additional funds, but to show community support for the honorary caregiver, the honorary survivor and the hundreds of cancer survivors who will take a victory lap around the track Friday evening.

 

The applause that echoes around the Northland Pines High School track at the public announcement of each participating cancer survivor is vital to helping those individuals and families who stand on the front line in the battle against cancer. It’s all about community. Won’t you add your hands to the cause?

 

Just as cancer affects people of all ages, the Relay For Life is a family event where everyone can be involved. Besides walking for pledges and support of the cause, the vigil includes a Locks of Love tent, a luminaria ceremony, a live auction, entertainment and both food and refreshments.

 

Family-oriented activities will start at 5 p.m. with bucket truck rides sponsored by the city of Eagle River, a dunk tank sponsored by the Conover Lions and the Northland Pines girls soccer team, and a Bouncy Castle.

 

The Northwoods Relay For Life is more than a fund-raiser. It is a significant event in the lives of many who have faced cancer as a survivor or caregiver. It is one way a community can directly support those individuals who are most affected by this devastating disease.

DNR shouldn’t mess with

the safe harvest formula

While we are generally elated with the state’s announcement that the daily bag limit for walleyes was increased from one to two on 21 northern lakes — including nine in Vilas County and two in Oneida — we are concerned about the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) oversetting its bounds.

 

Don’t think tribal biologists and tribal attorneys aren’t keeping close tabs on any move that favors sports anglers over tribal spearers, especially if those moves might violate existing safe harvest formulas that were approved by federal courts.

 

The rub is that state biologists have been saying for decades that the average angler catches only one or two legal walleyes a day. That being the case, the recent change could double angler walleye harvest on the lakes in question for the rest of the season.

 

We hope the DNR is using more than guesswork here, because abusing its sole management authority could leave the door open for criticism and legal recourse for the tribes and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Let’s not chance destroying the credibility of a safe harvest formula that helps control the tribal spearing harvest.

Behind the editorial ‘we’

 

Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:11 AM
 

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