VILAS COUNTYNEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWSWEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011
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Kim Simac,Republican can-didate for the 12th DistrictState Senate in the Aug.16 re-call election against Demorac-tic Sen.Jim Holperin,said shehas nothing to hide when itcomes to accusations aboutpaying her personal incometaxes.The Democratic Party of Wisconsin demanded lastweek that Simac produce stateincome tax records that theysay show she paid no net in-come tax to the state in 2001,2004,2005,2006 and 2008.But Simac,who owns a pri- vate horse riding club justsouth of Eagle River,said thereare many small business own-ers in similar situations.“My business has struggledfor years,especially with adown economy and a hurtingtourism industry,”said Simac,who is running against incum-bent Holperin.“There havebeen years when my net in-come has fallen into a taxbracket that has no year-endtax liability.”Tom Tiffany,state represen-tative for the 35th AssemblyDistrict,said Holperin and hisDemoctratic allies used thesame attack on him in the clos-ing days of the 2008 senatecampaign.“I understand SenatorHolperin’s desire to confusethe tax issue because of hisstatement that he voted for‘enough tax and fee increasesto sink a good-sized battleship.’It is hurting him,”said Tiffany.Tiffany said the attack onSimac,by the We Are Wiscon-sin PAC,steps over the linefrom political debate to person-al attack.“In our family’s situation,my wife,Chris,does our book-keeping,both personally andfor our business,”said Tiffany.“Senator Holperin is intimat-ing that my wife and I are taxcheats.Clearly,SenatorHolperin is trying to misleadthe voters.In fact,shouldn’tSenator Holperin let the citi-zens of the district know,whether it is me or Kim Simac,that our tax liabilities are cur-rently paid?”Meanwhile,Simac is underfire for a recent announcementthat her patriotic children’sbooks were outsourced to beprinted in China.Her 2007book,titled “American SoldierProud and Free,”proclaims aprinted in China label on thededication page.“With so many great localprinting houses here in north-ern Wisconsin,I can’t under-stand why Ms.Simac wouldfeel she needs to outsource herbook to China,”said local au-thor and publisher KathleenMarsh,owner of Otter RunBooks LLC in Townsend,in aWe Are Wisconsin PAC pressrelease.Simac said as a first-timepublisher she sent her busi-ness to a printer in Menasha,RR Donnelley,making an ef-fort to have her books pub-lished and printed in Wiscon-sin.“It was not until the wheelswere in motion that I learnedthat the books were to beprinted outside of theMenasha office,”said Simac.Simac said that when shesigned with a publishing housein 2010,it was under theagreement that all her books,including any future titles,would be printed in the UnitedStates.“We do live in a global econ-omy;I’m running for office tomake sure that Wisconsin is astrong player in that economy,”she said.“As a citizen and busi-nesswoman,I make every ef-fort to give my business to localshops right here in Wisconsinand the North Woods.As a sen-ator,I will fight to help smallbusinesses grow and thrive.”
Candidate Simacclears the airon taxes, books
The District 12 State Sen-ate candidates Jim Holperinand Kim Simac are expectedto participate in two upcom-ing forums,according to orga-nizers of the two events.The Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups will host aforum for the two candidatesFriday,Aug.5,from 10 to11:30 a.m.at the Oneida Se-nior Center in Rhinelander.Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.The center is located at 1103Thayer St.in Rhinelander.WRJO radio station inEagle River will host a forumTuesday,Aug.9,at 6 p.m.Theforum will be broadcast liveon 94.5 FM.The forum will bemoderated by John Helgeson,WRJO news director.Simac,a Republican,ischallenging Holperin,the in-cumbent Democrat,in the Aug.16 recall election.
Two election forums setforDistrict 12 candidates
Cranberry Lake Associationwill hold its annual meetingSaturday,Aug.6,at 9 a.m.atthe Lincoln Town Hall,locatedat 1205 Sundstein Road inEagle River.The meeting agenda will in-clude the treasurer’s report,membership report and elec-tion of officers and board of di-rectors.There also will be anoverview of the four-yearaquatic invasive species (AIS)management program onCranberry Lake,which in-cludes the chemical treatmentof Eurasian water milfoil,mapping and monitoring,grants,costs,bridge loan fromFirst National Bank of EagleRiver,and the long-term pro- ject scope,objectives and fund-ing sources.The meeting will also ad-dress purple loosestrife,anoth-er invasive species recentlyidentified on the Chain.Thetalk will include the strategiesrecently initiated to halt itsspread.The future of AIS manage-ment also will be discussed,along with water quality mon-itoring on Cranberry Lake anda description of the CleanBoats,Clean Waters program.The Native Plant ProtectionPledge will be explained andattendees will be able to signthe pledge.Bill Klase,UW-Extensioneducator for natural resources,will be the guest speaker.He’lldiscuss oak wilt,a fatal oaktree disease discovered lastsummer on Cranberry Lake.This case of oak wilt was thefirst reported case in VilasCounty.Klase will inform the groupabout the cause of oak wilt,itssymptoms,treatment andwhat can be done to preventthe spread of this fatal disease.Property owners uncertainof weeds near their shorelinecan take a sample to deter-mine if the weed is Eurasianwater milfoil.Member input is needed onstrategies to increase member-ship.The meeting is open to thepublic and isn’t restricted tomembers of the association.For more information,call(715) 479-6873.
Cranberry Lake Associationsets annual meeting Aug. 6
CLYDESDALESPARADE— The world-famous Bud-weiser Clydesdale horsesparaded through down-town Three Lakes lastThursday evening. Mas-sive crowds gathered towatch the horses maketheir debut from the trailer(below) before the lengthyhitching process began(above). After the eightClydesdales were hitched,Budweiser employees, ac-companied by a dalma-tian, made old-fashioneddeliveries to Three Lakesbusinesses (right).--Staff Photos ByKURTKRUEGERand ANTHONYDREW
North of the Tension Zone