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Revised shoreland rules
nothing new to Vilas

While it took more years than anyone ever imagined it would to complete the statewide shoreland zoning standards contained in NR 115 of the administrative code, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has struck a compromise that could be a win-win for property owners and the environment.


The Natural Resources Board gave final approval last week to revisions that will ease the impervious surface limit to 30% as long as impacts are mitigated, and a higher amount if property owners treat runoff or can prove it won’t impact the lake or river.


Addressing the concerns of county zoning administrators, the citizen-run board also

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:58 PM
Northern summit shows state partnerships work

Letter to the Editor:

Protecting the environment and promoting economic development are critical to the northern region’s economy and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is here to help every working day and at special events, including  the annual Governor’s Northern Economic Summit.

Business, industry and tribal leaders, along with educators and elected officials, attended the two-day economic development

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM
Candy-flavored tobacco products are lumps of coal for kids’ health

Letter to the Editor:

Take a look around this holiday season and you’ll see cheery colors on Christmas lights, cookies, ornaments, and wrapping paper. Unfortunately, we can now add tobacco products to that list.

New tobacco products are entering the market featuring flavors like cherry, grape and strawberry. Products like little cigars are also packaged using bright colors and sometimes placed near candy on convenience store shelves.

Sadly, these new tobacco products are getting noticed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM
Returned wallet a wonderful gift

Letter to the Editor:

On Sunday, Dec. 15, while filling up at a local gas station, my wallet slipped out of my pocket. With it went my driver’s license, insurance cards, medical cards, several credit cards, library cards and virtually every form of identification I own.

But disaster was averted because a young mother and her son found my wallet on the ice, notified me at home, personally guarded it at the station for a long 30 minutes, returned it to me intact and then refused a reward.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:55 PM
Opposes proposed snowmobile trail-use fee

Letter to the Editor:

I am in full disagreement with the News-Review with regard to Assembly Bill 407 (snowmobile trail-use fee). This bill would destroy what is left of snowmobiling in these times of low employment and frequent loss of snow cover.

I currently own and register two 1993 Polaris and two entry-level 1997 Arctic Cat snowmobiles costing $60 per year. They are used primarily to access a lake to reach an ice fishing location. Only rarely are they provided to visitors for trail rides. While a snowmobile trail exists on the lake, I?do not use it to reach the ice fishing shack. The access is from a lakeside home.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:54 PM
Our view

New snomo trail pass
would help local clubs

Legislators are floating a proposal that would establish an annual state trail pass for Wisconsin snowmobile owners, a change that could generate more than $5 million in additional revenue for trail maintenance.


Assembly Bill 407 would require the purchase of an annual sticker for $34.25, though the fee drops to $14.25 if the sled owner belongs to a snowmobile club. Either way, the legislation will increase the amount of money sledders are paying toward trail maintenance.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:11 AM
Mr. Moe distorted American history

Dear Editor:

Please allow me to not only correct the record, but more importantly, to defend the most consequential document in American history from the distortions put forth in Terrance Moe’s letter last week, “The Declaration of Independence inherently socialistic,” which was a response to mine the week prior, “Foundation of nation is still individual liberty.”

By misrepresenting the clearly stated objective of my letter, which centered around the individual liberty that a minority of Americans are determined to diminish, Mr. Moe was then able to beat the drum for universal health care in an unusual fashion.

Apparently, if one can convince the uninformed

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:10 AM
Kudos to those who returned purse

Letter to the Editor:

To the ladies who found my purse in a cart at Pick ’n Save in Eagle River on Wednesday, Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, and turned it in to the desk, thank you!

I’ve been coming to the Eagle River area since 1945 and next spring I will be making it my home.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:10 AM
Series of bills weaken protection of natural resources

Letter to the Editor:

The balance in Wisconsin is shifting to an unsustainable use of our natural resources. The latest move in this direction is Senate Bill (SB) 302, recently approved by the Wisconsin Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 302 would restrict the Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) ability to regulate high-capacity wells and protect ground and surface water. It would prohibit the DNR from considering the cumulative impact of high-capacity wells on local resources and the people who rely on them.

This bill would undermine the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that the DNR has “the authority and a general duty

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:09 AM
Our view

County, town are right
to help replace the dam

It’s great news for the 70 plus property owners who surround the Tamarack Flowage and the hundreds of recreationists who use the flowage that Vilas County and the town of Conover are pledging to help get the culvert-type dam replaced.


The county, which petitioned the state for permission to construct the initial dam across Little Tamarack Creek in 1941, can’t walk away now. Neither can a town government that constructed East Flowage Road over the area that was refilled by a private party in 1946, after the first dam failed.


Property owners are attempting to take the lead by developing a taxation district that will own the new structure.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:03 AM