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Lower panfish bag limits
eyed without justification

Without offering up any biological evidence that a problem exists regarding panfish populations and size structure, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing an experiment on 110 lakes that will reduce daily bag limits to as low as five a day on some of the best lakes in the North Woods.


The theory is that anglers want larger panfish and that reducing the annual harvest through stricter bag limits will result in longevity and larger length for the surviving fish. The agency wants six years to see if the theory has any validity.


Our uneducated guess is that the experiment would succeed,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:04 AM
Silent sports draw tourists to Vilas

Dear Editor:

At the July 22 Vilas County Board meeting, many supervisors listened, not to the people they are supposed to represent, but to outside special interests as evidenced by all-terrain vehicle (ATV) representative speakers and ATV club audience members they invited from outside Vilas County to pack the meeting.

If supervisors wanted input from county residents,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:03 AM
ATV referendum is just delay tactic

Letter to the Editor:

When things don’t go your way, try your best to delay the outcome. That is the reason all-terrain/utility task vehicle (ATV/UTV) opposition wants a referendum.

This opposition starts with two people in the town of Presque Isle and swells to about 35 puppets who march to their tune.

After the almost unanimous Vilas County Board vote (16-3) in Arbor Vitae,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:03 AM
Personal attack typical response from Left

Letter to the Editor:

Re: Jeff Laadt letter of Aug. 5, 2014.

I wrote a Letter to the Editor July 29 criticizing a July 23 commentary written by Robert Reich in your paper.

Jeff Laadt wrote a response to my letter on Aug. 5. Rather than confining his thoughts to the issues,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:02 AM
Vilas County voters deserve new ATV referendum

Letter to the Editor:

On Aug. 26, 2014, the Vilas County Board will vote on an ordinance that by law will officially open Vilas County roads and forest land to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and repeal the 2004 binding resolution.

Many myths are circulating about the 2004 non-binding referendum that resulted in the 2004 binding resolution as well as the need for a new 2014 referendum to allow Vilas taxpayers a voice in their government.

Myth No. 1: The 2004 referendum “was the result of a two-year campaign

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:02 AM
Businesses will follow tourists

Dear Editor:

In response to the letter last week that Eagle River needs a development plan — agreed!

Eagle River does need a plan, every town needs a plan. But let’s not think a few simple changes will make big improvements.

Eagle River was the premier destination because

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:01 AM
There is plenty of space

Letter to the Editor:

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading the Letters to the Editor from those folks who are advocating a countywide referendum on the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) issue in Vilas County. It would seem to me that government works best when it works close to the issue.

What I mean by that is currently there are definitely local municipalities that strongly favor ATV routes and trails in their community. There are also definitely local municipalities that strongly oppose ATV routes and trails in their community.

Think about this for a moment. Does it really make sense for a municipality

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:01 AM
Our view

The ERRA and its auction
need community support

If you get a chance this Friday and Saturday, it would pay dividends for the North Woods community and its youth to show some support of the 52nd anniversary Youth Days Auction, sponsored by the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA).


The auction is a place to find great deals on all kinds of new

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:52 AM
Maybe city residents could stop ATV route

Dear Editor:

In light of the Vilas County Board disrespecting the wishes of the voters in regard to the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) issue, I discovered some interesting information in the Wisconsin statutes for the residents of the city of Eagle River.

Under the indirect initiative process available to residents of Wisconsin cities and villages, electors may propose, via petition, that the city common council or village board pass a desired ordinance or resolution without amendment.

In addition, s. 66.0101(6) permits electors

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:52 AM
Vilas supervisors adopted binding ATV resolution in ’04

Letter to the Editor:

Mr. Dick Decker in his letter to the Vilas County News-Review Aug. 6, 2014, states, “When the Vilas County all-terrain vehicle resolution, 2004-25 is referenced, it is seldom defined as nonbinding or advisory only. Let’s tell it like it is because that is what it was.”

Mr. Decker is incorrect about the resolution. The 2004-25 resolution is indeed binding by unanimous

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:51 AM