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National ‘excellence’ 
is most-cherished honor

 

As if first place General Excellence from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (NNA) wasn’t enough this year, along comes an honorable mention award (fourth place) in General Excellence from the National Newspaper Association — in competition with weekly newspapers from 50 states.

 

It is one of the most cherished honors the Vilas County News-Review has ever won in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest, the only other national “excellence” designation coming in 2001 — a second place. The winners were announced last week at the NNA’s 2013?Convention and Trade Show in

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:16 PM
 
Area rental businesses need more AIS training

Dear Editor:

This past July, my husband and I wanted to rent a personal watercraft to use while our family was here on vacation. I have been coming to Eagle River as a summer resident since I was born 35 years ago. I was saddened by the sequence of events which followed our initial personal watercraft inquiry.

Let me explain. Even though we are only summer residents in Eagle River, my family has always placed environmental concerns and local issues as very important. We summer on a lake which is thus far lucky (and I mean, simply lucky, after learning about the laws enforcing the spread of invasive

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:15 PM
 
Creed in your deed on mining, polluting

Dear Editor:

It is a very well-known fact that many environmental groups along with the Bad River Band are vehemently against the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Range. While I am all for protecting our environment, perhaps one should ask themselves a few questions before believing what these groups have to say.

A little over a month ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required that the Bad River Band upgrade their plant operations to correct violations of their sewage treatment facility by Jan. 31, 2014. This treatment facility dumps into the Bad River and flows into Lake Superior. The violations included a

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:14 PM
 
Our view

Council’s actions reflect
‘Snomo Capital’ theme

The city of Eagle River appears to be re-stating its case on deserving the title “Snowmobile Capital of the World,” for the city council voted last week to approve an ordinance that creates access routes to residences, businesses and lodging facilities.

 

On a one-year trial basis, the ordinance will allow sledders to use most city streets to get from trails to their destination and back again, provided sledders use the shortest route to an established snowmobile trail.

 

The ordinance prohibits snowmobile operation down most of Wall and

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:21 PM
 
Disappointed town rejected right to camp on property

Letter to the Editor:

The Plum Lake Town Board recently denied my previously existing right to camp on my residential property located within the town.

The town board justified the denial apparently (almost entirely) on statements allegedly made by some of my neighbors regarding the supposed conduct of me and my guests who stayed at the property.  These alleged statements were first gathered and then made public at the July 9 town board meeting by town board Chairwoman Diane Briggs.

The July 9 meeting report, which included direct quotes by members of the board

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:21 PM
 
Let’s avoid another war

Letter to the Editor:

Where were you?

A week ago last Wednesday, we met at the Vilas County Courthouse veterans memorial for a silent candlelit vigil to remember the atrocities that have occurred for the last two years in Syria. As a group of peace activists, we hoped that there would be no more military action in Syria.

It was a solemn hour and then we talked about our impressions of

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:20 PM
 
Tiffany not working for his constituents

Dear Editor:

Tom Tiffany is once again using his position as senator to serve his out-of-state contributors rather than the state and constituents he was sworn to serve. His legislation to restrict access to 4,000 acres of managed forest makes it obvious just who he serves — Gogebic Taconite.

One of Tiffany’s first acts as senator was to introduce the legislation he did not write for an organization that did not elect him. However, they did give him almost $75,000 for his campaign. The phrase that describes this is “being bought.”

Since he is bought and paid for, Tiffany is continuing to give a good

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:20 PM
 
Dentist went out of way to help travelers

Dear Editor:

I would like to recognize Dr. Jason Potrykus for going the extra mile for my wife Saturday, Aug. 24.

She had major dental work earlier in the week in Eagle River at Potrykus Family Dentistry.

We were in Milwaukee for a double family celebration and that morning she had a minor,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:19 PM
 
Our view

Pay tribute to the heroes
in Global War on Terror

Americans live today in a relatively peaceful country, virtually free of terrorist bombs and attacks, because of aggressive policies that began 12 years ago in response to al-Qaida’s suicide bombing of the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

 

As the country remembers this Wednesday the fallen heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, it is time to once again pay tribute to the thousands of victims — including those firefighters, police officers and other heroes who gave their lives while trying to help the victims.

 

To many of us it seems like yesterday that we witnessed

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:05 PM
 
Privilege to access open lands at stake

Letter to the Editor:

How many of us hunt on open Managed Forest Lands (MFL) in Wisconsin? Fish, hike, sightsee or cross-country ski on these lands? Our state has approximately 1.1 million acres of open managed forest lands — open to us all.

Yet soon our State Senate may be asked to vote on a bill that will deny us the privilege of accessing these open lands if the lands are within a proposed iron-mining site. Senate Bill 278, co-authored by Sen. Tom Tiffany, makes a farce of a well-respected program that was created in 1985 to promote sound forestry practices and open more land to the public for recreation.

According to our current law, landowners with at least 10 contiguous acres,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:02 PM
 
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