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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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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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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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The listening session was opened by drumming and dancing from members of the Bad River and Red Cliff bands of Lake Superior Chippewa.  Jackie Rose, Esie Leoso and Edith Leoso are seen dancing while band members drum.

Ashland Listening Session Sends Strong Message: “There Will Be No Mine”

February 12, 2013   by Barbara With and Rebecca Kemble A microcosm of the global struggle for clean water and land played out in northern Wisconsin last weekend at a listening session held in Ashland concerning SB1/AB1, the new Republican-sponsored mining bill. Impassioned testimony on behalf of the water and Lake Superior was given for […]

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Grothman to Mellen Residents: “Trust the Company”

February 9, 2013   by Rebecca Kemble Wisconsin’s north woods have been crawling with downstate legislators for the past few weekends as a controversial mining bill hurtles toward a final vote. AB1/SB1, a bill that would massively deregulate iron mining activities in the state, passed out of committee earlier this week. For the past two weekends, […]

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Sen. Tom Tiffany with SB1/AB1 co-authors Reps. Scott Suder and Mark Honadel at a public hearing on the bill January 2013.

Mining Advocates’ Talking Points Fail

February 5, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble and Nicole Schulte On Monday, the authors of SB1/AB1, a bill that offers iron mining companies special exemptions from many of Wisconsin’s environmental protection rules and regulations, held a press conference in an attempt to put a bipartisan shine on several amendments they plan to introduce when Senate and […]

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Wednesday, February 6

Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining Committee Members 10:00 AM 417 North (GAR Hall) Executive Session Assembly Bill 1 Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. Committee on Workforce Development, […]

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Stop Abusing Rights of Native Sovereign Nations

[The following is a letter written by Lake Superior Chippewa Bad River Band Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. to Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue Chairman Tom Tiffany explaining what government-to-government relations between sovereign entities entails. Click here for a review of the history of the mining bill in question. -Editors] February 1, […]

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