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Vilas rejects ATV referendum, OKs route on Highway A

The Vilas County Board voted 14-5 Tuesday night to reject a proposal for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) referendum for county residents this fall.

Meanwhile, the board approved a second resolution to open portions of Highway A in Phelps to an ATV route. The proposed route would be a 3-mile stretch of Highway A from the intersection of Strong Road to Eagle Farm Road. There also would be a 3.4-mile segment from Eagle Farm Road to the Forest County line.

Opponents to ATVs in the county said Vilas held a

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:27 PM
Vintage warbird
Aviation enthusiasts gathered around a 1944 B-25J Mitchell Bomber that landed at Eagle River Municipal Airport Monday. This World War II-era aircraft was from Missouri and was called “Show Me.”                  —Photo By Ken Anderson
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:15 PM
Property values increase after five-year drop: report

Vilas climbs 2%,
Oneida up 1%

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

North Woods property values increased for the first time in six years in Vilas and Oneida counties, with state officials reporting that the  the residential real estate market is showing signs of sustained growth.

Figures based on actual sales in 2013 show property values increased 2% in Vilas and 1% in Oneida, a sign that the real estate market is bouncing back from recessionary times. The report from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) showed the statewide average increase was 2.6% as compared to a 1% decline last year.

The property tax base in Forest County increased 4%.

Five years ago, the North Woods

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:01 PM
Vilas faces input from state group on ATV debate
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

While the Vilas County Board was expected to vote Tuesday night on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance that could open up some county roadways and lands to the recreation vehicles, ATV opponents say board supervisors are being lobbied by out-of-county interests.

The proposed ATV ordinance, which also includes utility task vehicles (UTVs), would designate an ATV route on two portions of Highway A in the town of Phelps — a 3-mile segment from the intersection of Strong Road traveling southeast to the western intersection of Eagle Farm Road,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:01 PM
Wheel-A-Way tour slated this Saturday
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center will host its 23rd annual Nicolet Wheel-A-Way bicycle ride this Saturday, Aug. 30, beginning at approximately 9:20 a.m. at Don Burnside Park, located on Highway A.

The chamber-sponsored event will feature an early-fall bicycle tour of the area and welcomes families and individuals with a desire to see the beauty of the North Woods and the Chequam­egon­-Nicolet National Forest at a leisurely pace, according to Cyd Brunswick of the chamber.

“This is not a race, but a casual

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:57 PM
Three area schools ready to open classrooms Sept. 2
Julie Benson, a secretary at Eagle River Elementary School, prepared school forms for students in the office in preparation for the new school year.                 —STAFF PHOTO
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

Students in the Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps school districts will head back to school next Tuesday, Sept. 2.

By state law, school districts are required to start on or after Sept. 1. The law was passed with the intent to boost the state tourism industry during the last two weeks of August.

New staff members have already reported and teachers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:50 PM
New incubator
Through the vision and generosity of new Vilas County Economic Development Corp. (VCEDC) Chairman Carl Ruedebusch, a 9,500-square-foot building in Phelps has been acquired in order to host new, start-up or expanding businesses. Officials said the community is in need of several operations in order to help growth and stability of the area. Among these initially needed would be a grocery store, a hardware store and a clinic. Gathering for the property closing were, from left, Vilas County Board Chairman Ron DeBruyne, VCEDC Director Bob Egan and Ruedebusch, Phelps Town Chairman Colin Snook, vice president Chris Kuehling and board member Dick Hansen of River Valley Bank, and Sue Carr and Jerry Burkett of Century 21 Burkett & Associates.                                     —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:49 PM
Car show
A?large crowd gathered on Wall Street (picuted) in Eagle River Saturday for the Eagle River Business Association’s annual auto show. Those exhibiting automobiles were busy making sure things looked good and talking cars with event attendees.                 —Staff Photo By                 ANTHONY?DREW
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:48 PM
Pines receives $300,000 in grants for newest schools
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

The Northland Pines School District received two grants totaling $300,000 to further improve educational offerings, elementary/middle school Principal Tony Duffek announced to the school board at its meeting Monday.

Duffek told the board the district was the recipient of a $150,000 grant to further the goals of the SOAR (School of Options and Applied Re­search) charter school  in Land O’ Lakes.

“This will allow us to continue a third year with 64 students,”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:46 PM
County board seeks youth representatives

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors invites youth in grades nine through 11 who are residents of Vilas County to apply to serve as youth representatives on the Vilas County Board.

This initiative provides Vilas County youth an opportunity to play an active leadership role in the governance of the county while enhancing their interest in the operation of local government and civic participation.

Two youth will be selected to serve a one-year term

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:45 PM