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Vilas board approves ATV amendment to plan
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Vilas County Board voted 15-4 Tuesday night in favor of an amendment to the 15-year Vilas County Forest Comprehensive Land 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 hundreds of concerned citizens at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall.
Four separate amendments to the language of the original amendment under consideration were voted down during the course of discussion.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:23 PM | Updated ( Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:28 PM )
Star Lake woman dies after rescuing juvenile

A 47-year-old Star Lake woman died last Tuesday after rescuing a juvenile swimmer on Star Lake in the town of Plum Lake.
Karen Wessel was transported by Spirit Helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m.
An 8-year-old male also was transported to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff for immediate treatment related to the same incident.
The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at approximately 12:39 p.m. reporting two adult females attempting to rescue three children who were swimming in Star Lake.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:10 AM
Panel favors per capita for ambulance payments
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

Members of the Ambulance Study Committee unanimously voted last week to base the cost of ambulance service through Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital on the percentage of each municipality’s total population.

While the total subsidy paid by the city of Eagle River and towns of Lincoln, Washington, Cloverland and Hiles was about $71,000 for 2014, Ministry Health Care is requesting about $277,000 for paramedic-level emergency service in 2015 — an increase of $206,000.

The shares being recommended by the committee are as follows:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:56 PM
Dock scenes
One of the new exhibits at Artarama in Eagle River Saturday featured the 3-D custom dock scenes by Jen Norqual of Naples, Fla. The artist showed one of her works to Beth Preston of Las Cruces, N.M.                   —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:55 PM
Albaugh avoids Vilas jury trial, pleads no contest
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Former Eagle River Woman of the Year, Michelle Albaugh, avoided a jury trial and entered a plea in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday.

Albaugh, 38, was charged with one count of theft from a business setting greater than $10,000 and one count of identify theft when she was the treasurer of the Eagle River Jaycees.

According to the criminal complaint,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:54 PM