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DNR deserves applause
for quick bag limit update

Despite a late spring and lingering spearing activity by the Chippewa tribes, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) found a way to get daily walleye bag limits adjusted for sport anglers prior to the monster Memorial Day weekend — a huge boost to tourism.

 

The daily limits were adjusted on 447 lakes statewide, including 270 lakes that reverted to the state’s general five-walleye daily bag. The big news here is that 207 of those 270 lakes are located in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties.

 

Even if advanced word of the revised bag limits didn’t reach

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:04 AM
 
Olson Library design vital to fundraising for expansion project

Letter to the Editor:

The Walter E. Olson Library Foundation wishes to clarify some misunderstandings regarding the proposed renovation and expansion of the library.

The Olson Library Foundation is a private, independent and stand-alone organization. It is unrelated to any governmental body. It has its own Articles of Incorporation and set of bylaws. These documents give the foundation authority to, among other things, receive gifts, hold property, invest funds and enter into contracts. When the foundation signs a contract, it signs on behalf of the foundation and no other entity.

When the previously contracted design firm of Durrant

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:02 AM
 
Staff at local vets’ office stepped up to help friend

Letter to the Editor:

It seems that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can only get bad press these days. However, I chose to believe that the caregivers are doing the best they can under a tremendous workload, and it certainly appears that the problems are limited to a portion of the medical centers, not all.

I am not a veteran, so there would seem to be no reason for me to deal with the VA in any matter, but you just never know.

A short while ago, a good friend of mine, a World War II veteran,

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:02 AM
 
Mayor says city following advice of attorneys

Dear Editor:

If only I?had known that the Eagle River City Council does not have to spend money on an attorney for legal advice. No, we could just go to the editorial board of the Vilas County News-Review.

That’s right, they now offer legal opinions. In fact, they will take any complicated legal issue, condense it into a “nutshell,” you swallow it with a large glass of water, (pay no attention to the choking) and everything is OK. See, no need to be “paranoid.”

What am I?talking about?

Well, it seems from last week’s opinion, the editorial board

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:01 AM
 
Watch for turtles crossing roads

Dear Editor:

Turtles are crossing our roads to lay their eggs! It is completely unfair to run them over. Nothing makes me sadder than to see a squished turtle on the road.

Most roads they cross are country roads near wet areas. If you are in too much of a hurry to stop and help them cross the road, please drive around them!

The Three Lakes Waterfront Association and the Three Lakes Girl Scouts

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:00 AM
 
Mayor, city should embrace opportunity

Dear Editor:

We’re almost speechless! We hardly know where to begin to express our astonishment that the Eagle River mayor and City Council are throwing obstacles in the path of the ongoing efforts of hundreds of people in several surrounding communities to build/remodel the library in this little town.

Though we’re relatively new to Eagle River, we’ve been very well aware that an immensely exciting fund-raising effort to expand the Walter E. Olson Library has been taking place for more than five years.

We have eagerly attended several public meetings

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:58 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:00 AM )
 
Phelps needs to improve road signs for public safety

Dear Editor:

The good news is that the town of Phelps fixed and replaced the missing warning signs on Kentuck Lake Road, but a “Stop Ahead” sign and reposition of the badly-positioned “Stop” sign at the end of Nicolet Shores Lane (at Kentuck Lake Road) is still very badly needed.

A serious injury accident previously occurred at this intersection. Unfortunately, since Nicolet Shores Lane is not a Phelps town road, the town will not help completely resolve this safety problem.

I have asked Nicolet Shores Resort management to help

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:58 AM
 
Let’s use Visner design and get shovel in ground

Letter to the Editor:

I have the highest regard for Eagle River’s mayor and City Council, and a keen appreciation for the often thankless public service they provide to our community year in and year out. They are thoughtful and conscientious stewards of our tax dollars and give tremendous value to taxpayers.

However, I agree with last week’s News-Review editorial supporting the local library board’s need to use a building-expansion plan created by local building designer Jeff Visner. Hundreds of donors have contributed or pledged more than $2 million based on the Visner design.

But the mayor and City Council have strongly suggested,

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:57 AM
 
Our view

Time for the city council
to back its library board

The Eagle River City Council is demanding that the independent Olson Memorial Library Board of Trustees use a public bidding process for every step of the library expansion and renovation project, including design and other professional services.

 

In recent meeting commentary, some council members and the mayor have compared this project to the city hall renovation of some 20 years ago, when criminal charges were filed because the city didn’t follow the bidding laws.

 

On both topics, we disagree with the council. We don’t believe their opinions are based in law,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:50 PM
 
Lost one of the best in Fr. William Horath

Letter to the Editor:

If Billy Joel was correct in saying, “Only the good die young,” Father William Horath would have been gone long ago. This past week, we lost one of the best.

Big-time kudos to all involved in any aspect of Father’s wake, funeral mass and luncheon. It was heartwarming to see the overwhelming community support. The outpouring of priests, deacons, fire department and emergency medical services

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:49 PM
 
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