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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