In 2004, Vilas county voters said they did not want the county to allow ATV trails on county lands and forests. Two years ago, the town of Phelps approved an ordinance allowing the ATV's on town roads, but needed approval by Vilas county to use county road "A", a key route. The county board rejected Phelps' request then. Recently the town board approved a similar request as the one two years ago and again forwarded it to Vilas county.
One of two Vilas county committees has approved the town's request and sent it onto the other.
A biking and walking trail planned between Phelps and Conover is getting a financial boost. Great Headwaters Trails has gotten 90-thousand dollars to begin work on a 5 mile section between Phelps and Conover. Half of that is coming from the DNR. It’s being matched by money from state snowmobiling funds and Great Headwaters Trails.
But Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Curry says trail construction is still not fully funded.
The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.
The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival.
Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News. He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism. Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s:
A new assisted living center has opened in Rhinelander. The Rennes Health and Rehab Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
A few dozen staff members, community leaders and patients gathered at the new nursing facility to celebrate its opening. But the Rennes Health and Rehab Center has actually been taking care of patients since March 1st. That’s when the group closed its location in Phelps and moved 33 patients to the new Rhinelander facility.