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ATV Use Would Compromise Silent Sports Funding
6:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Conover Delays Action on Bike Trail Project

A push for ATV access in Vilas County is prompting the town of Conover to reconsider construction of a bike trail.
Credit Robert Thigpen

Conover hasn’t yet decided whether to change course on its plan for a federally-funded bike and snowmobile trial.

The Conover Town Center was packed and tempers flared last night during a special town board meeting called to discuss allowing ATVs on part of the trail route.

An ATV trail in Conover would connect trails between Eagle River and Phelps. But silent sport enthusiasts were concerned that motorizing the trail would be a danger to bikers, pedestrians, and equestrians alike.

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Moving Ahead With Master Plan
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NRB Delays Decision on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail

ATV use could be part of the master plan that DNR staffers will be working on for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The public will have a few more chances to give input before ATVs are allowed on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander. 

The state Natural Resources Board has postponed a decision on ATV access for a specific trail, opting instead to first develop a master plan for the property.

DNR property planner Tom Watkins says that will allow managers to take a broader look at how the property should be used long term.

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Federal funding at stake
5:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Conover May Question Its Bike Path Plan

A path for walking, biking and snowmobiling could fall by the wayside if the Conover Town Board decides to back out on its grant-funded plan.
Credit Belal Khan

The town of Conover may reconsider its plans to build the first leg of a bike trail connecting Conover with Phelps. The move comes alongside Vilas County’s push to explore more ATV route options. 

Conover town board members are scheduled to discuss Wednesday whether to back out of an 850-thousand dollar bike path and snowmobile route. 

Funding has already been lined up from the Department of Transportation and local snowmobile clubs. 

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Trails Could Link Up With Others
2:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Eagle River Considers ATVs Downtown

ATVs are sometimes controversial because of complaints about noise and safety, but others say they're a great tourism driver.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River is looking into a plan to allow ATVs on some downtown streets.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says a committee is figuring out a proposal that would detail specific routes.

“At this point no decisions have been made except coming up with a plan for it, and at that point people will have something to vote on.” 

The town of Lincoln is also looking into allowing ATVs on town roads.  

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Accident Saturday Night
10:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Rhinelander Man Dies in UTV Fatality

A UTV accident in the town of Little Rice has left a Rhinelander man dead. 

52-year-old Richard T. Johnson was killed when his UTV apparently left the roadway when going around a curve on Gobbler Lake Road, northwest of Tomahawk. 

According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on Saturday night at about 10:40 pm.

A woman passenger was also injured and was transported to a Wausau hospital. 

Her name has not been released.

Voters Won't Weigh In This Fall
11:09 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Vilas County Approves ATVs on County Highway A in Phelps

ATV use on Vilas County property has been controversial, with most residents voting against the idea in 2004.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Vilas County is likely to see ATVs on some stretches of county property.

The Vilas county board voted 14-5 last night to approve an ordinance which will allow the town of Phelps to use a section of County Highway A to extend town ATV trails.  The decision effectively overturns a 2004 referendum vote in which a majority wanted no county ATV trails, as well as a subsequent county board resolution banning ATVs on county properties and roads.

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Packed Arbor Vitae hall
11:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

VC Board Approves Adding ATV Use To Land Use Plan

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The Vilas county board voted 15-4 last night to amend the county's land use plan to allow motorized trails on county land and roads. The vote is a victory for those seeking to overturn a 2004 referendum vote where a majority wanted no county ATV trails and a subsequent county board resolution banning ATV's on county properties and roads.

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Weighing Environmental Impacts
3:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

LDF Considers ATV Trail

ATVs and UTVs are welcomed by some, but others fear the environmental damage they may bring.
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Lac du Flambeau officials are wrapping up an environmental assessment of a proposed ATV/UTV trail. The Lakeland ATV Club wants to build a trail that would pass through the reservation. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the proposed trail would be about 23 miles long.

“It runs from the Oneida county border of the reservation – which would be the southwest corner of the reservation – east to the Woodruff Arbor Vitae area.” 

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Eight Miles of Iron Gate Road Open
12:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

More of Willow Flowage Opens to Vehicles

More areas of the Willow Flowage are open to vehicle traffic this fall.
Credit Ryan Afflerbaugh

Willow Flowage roads may see more ATVs and UTVs.  The DNR’s Natural Resources Board has approved an amendment that increases motorized vehicle access. 

Thomas Shockley is the DNR’s Willow Flowage Forester.  

He says the public weighed in on the original management plan for the Flowage.

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How to Minimize ATV Risk
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

ATV Safety Classes Could Reduce Deaths

Oneida County Deputy Brad Fogerty says ATV use is on the rise.
Credit Robert Thigpen

With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year.  Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations. 

“Rules of the road.  And what causes the majority of the crashes.  In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV.  And a lot of it is just basic safety rules. 

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