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January 19, 2018

New developments on Vilas dump
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Vilas County forestry committee chairman Steve Doyen, pictured at Thursday’s meeting, is intent on exploring whether the county should withdraw land from the county forest and not replace it with property acquired elsewhere.
Evan J. pretzer/lakeland times

Vilas County forestry committee chairman Steve Doyen, pictured at Thursday’s meeting, is intent on exploring whether the county should withdraw land from the county forest and not replace it with property acquired elsewhere.
The long-running series of discussions in Vilas County about acquiring new property to expand the existing landfill near Eagle River took another turn during a meeting of the Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee on Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Eagle River man bound over for trial in shooting death
A 19-year-old Eagle River man accused in the shooting death of a Conover man Sept. 3 has entered not guilty pleas to all charges. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Former Arbor Vitae resident charged with four felonies
A Wausau woman with ties to the Arbor Vitae area faces the possibility of up to 28 years in prison for four felonies she's been charged with. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Vilas County backs away from opioid lawsuit
The effort by some in Vilas County to have the county board take a larger role in helping combat the opioid and opiate abuse epidemic suffered a setback Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 12, 2018

Contested races for Vilas and Oneida county boards in 2018
The spring 2018 election looks to be a relatively quiet one where the election of supervisor for the Vilas County board is concerned.

There are 21 supervisors and only one contested race. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Vilas County revolving loan idea moves forward
The Vilas County board's economic development and tourism committee Tuesday voted to move forward with a revolving loan fund geared for economic development. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 5, 2018

How short term rentals work in the Northwoods
Earlier this year while crafting the 2018-19 biannual budget, state legislators included an amendment which legalized short-term rentals of less than 30 days in single-family residential districts across the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 29, 2017

Transit commission talks appointing fiscal manager
The Oneida and Vilas County Transit Commission took a step towards steadier fiscal ground during its meeting Wednesday when it discussed the creation of a new position to manage the finances of the group. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 29, 2017

Boulder Junction police officer proposal back in consideration
With supervisor Denny McGann absent, officials in the town of Boulder Junction revisited a Nov. 21 decision to block a law enforcement initiative for the town. The idea itself as well received during the town board meeting Tuesday night. (Subscriber access)
Friday, December 22, 2017

Transit commission approves 2018 budget
The Vilas-Oneida Transit Commission, which oversees the Rhinelander-based Northwoods Transit Connections, approved a proposed 2018 budget Thursday.

It will now be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for approval. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vilas County board hears ways to get engaged against opioid abuse
Illicit drug use in Vilas County.

It isn't a new issue by any means and has been written about in stories published in The Lakeland Times in just over the course of the past few years as committees such as the Vilas County board's tribal concerns and law enforcement committees have talked about what has been done and what needs to be done to combat an issue which has become what many public health officials as well as law enforcement officials say is a nationwide epidemic. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fath takes new vehicles request to committees
On Monday, the Vilas County Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Committee discussed sheriff Joe Fath's multi-meeting attempt to get approval to purchase new vehicles for his deputies in 2018, and the finance department's subsequent undercutting of his initial proposal when he was no longer in their presence. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 27, 2017

Child care facility closed while investigation conducted
A Vilas County daycare facility is under investigation by the state of Wisconsin.

Joe Scialfa, the communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, said a child fatality occurred at Little Tykes Playhouse on A-Ki-Wen-Si Drive near Minocqua on Sept. 26.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Substitute care in Vilas County remains a challenge
In 2014, the Vilas County board budgeted for 2015 $650,000 in the county social services budget for substitute care, which includes adoption and foster care. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vilas County Courthouse exterior to receive partial restoration
As part of his progress report to the Vilas County Public Property Committee on Tuesday, Samuels Group - the contractor working on the renovations - vice president Kurt Berner revealed the entrance to the building which faces Court Street will be restored to its 1930s appearance when work is completed. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Vilas County supervisors compromise on compensation
With the Oneida County board's administration committee looking to revamp pay and compensation for supervisors, Vilas County supervisors last week approved a compromised on a resolution regarding supervisor pay. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Vilas County supervisors OK resolution for security plan
The Vilas County board approved Tuesday a resolution allowing the board's public property committee to budget for and implement a courthouse access and security plan. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 29, 2017

Oneida-Vilas transit commission to get funds
In an effort to cut costs, the Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission, the board of directors who oversee Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC), last week approved changes in how NTC will operate. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 29, 2017

One step forward, and another back
The Vilas County Highway Committee heard arguments in support of and against Manitowish Waters Bike Trail (MWBT) Inc's proposed cycling trail improvements during its meeting Tuesday. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Rentals to rise?
"This was not well thought out. The way the language has been put into the bill did not deal with the issue in any manor where anybody would have the ability to deal with the issues which could be created out of this problem." (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Locking down
The Vilas County Public Property Committee passed a resolution to increase security at the courthouse during the meeting on Sept. 12. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017


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