Archive | February, 2013
Overpass Light Brigade, Madison WI on the eve of the legislature hearing the mining bill

UPDATE: Rep. John Nygren Drinks the Mine Water

February 27, 2013 by Barbara With Last night at Inn on the Park, WCMC caught up with Rep. John Nygren (R-89) and had some conversation about mining and water.  He begins by telling us we have nothing to worry about, but by the end, we are told we have good reason to worry. I believe […]

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L to R: Washburn Mayor Scott Griffith, Carl Dorsch (Ashland), Rusty Barber (Lac Courte Oreilles), Ashland City Council Richard Ketring, Bad River Tribal Chair Mike Wiggins Jr, Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald, (hidden) Rose Soulier (Red Cliff), Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen, Red Cliff Councilman Marvin Defoe, Brian Bainbridge (Red Cliff), Ashland County Board Member Charles Ortman,

State-wide Opposition to Mining Bill Grows

February 26, 2013 by Barbara With Yesterday, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe called a press conference to demonstrate growing solidarity against SB1/AB1, the mining bill that would strip control away from local governments and exempt mining companies from having to abide by current air and water standards. Members of a coalition made […]

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newcommittee

Monday, February 25

Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges Committee Members 9:00 AM Executive Session Pursuant to Senate Rule 25 (4) (am), the Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges will vote by paper ballot on the following items: Cruz, Natalie Of Hartland, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending […]

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Map: Great Lake Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Reps. Clark and Wachs Issue Warning: Mining Bill Violates Public Trust Doctrine

 February 22, 2013 by Barbara With Representatives Fred Clark (D-Sauk City) and Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) have issued a warning calling on all legislators to reject the new mining bill SB1/AB1 on the grounds that it violates the Public Trust Doctrine. The doctrine was originally established in 1787 as a way to proclaim that all […]

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Wetland Gems

Northern Officials Unite in Defense of the Water

February 21, 2013 by Rebecca Kemble and Barbara With In a strong statement of unity, elected officials from Ashland and Bayfield Counties traveled to Madison for the Superior Days lobbying effort and a press conference concerning the new mining bill being rushed through the legislature next week. The mayors of Ashland, Bayfield and Washburn were […]

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newcommittee

Wednesday, February 20

The Senate will also be meeting at 12:00 PM. Committee on Urban and Local Affairs Committee Members 10:00 AM 300 Northeast Informational Hearing The Committee Chair has invited representatives from the following organizations to present their respective 2013-14 legislative agenda: The Wisconsin Counties Association The Wisconsin Towns Association The League of Wisconsin Municipalities Invited speakers […]

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Map illustrating the topography of the Bad River watershed.

Elected Officials Demand Superior Days Remove Mining From Lobbying Agenda

February 18, 2013  by Barbara With In a press release sent out today, Ashland City Council member and Superior Days participant Kelly Westlund renewed her request to the organizers of the grassroots lobbying event to remove mining from this year’s agenda. In a letter dated February 15, 2013 addressed to Superior Days Coordinator Linda Bruce, […]

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Singers sharing their messages in song, sign and banner on February 13, 2013.

The Songs Dave Erwin was Hired to Silence

February 18, 2013   by Joseph Skulan Every weekday from noon to 1 pm, for the past two years, citizens have gathered in or outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol to express their dissatisfaction with the Walker regime, its policies, or anything else that bothers them. Informally known as the Solidarity Sing-Along (SSA), the event […]

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mine

Walker Blames Top Employer in Ashland County for Lack of Jobs

by Todd and Dotty Richmond [EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is a open-source correction/continuation of a February 12, 2013, AP article written by Todd Richmond. While the AP may accept such a stenographic offering as even minimally adequate, Todd’s mother Dotty does not. Consequently, Dotty forced Todd to redo his homework assignment, this time getting the facts […]

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Figure 3: How the GTac diagram differs from reality.

GTac Circulates Deceptive Illustration of Proposed Iron Mine

February 10, 2013  by Joseph Skulan A disturbing feature about the plans for an iron mine in the Penokee Hills near the shore of Lake Superior is that so little information about these plans has been made public. To date, Gogebic Taconite (GTac), the company that claims it intends to build the mine, has refused […]

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