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Penokee Water Protectors Still Patrolling the Hills

February 19, 2017 by Barbara With Water protectors in the Penokee Hills in northern Wisconsin convened yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of stopping the construction of a 22-mile open-pit mountaintop removal iron ore mine in the watershed of Lake Superior. In 2011, lawyers for mining company Gogebic Taconite (GTac) were allowed to re-write Wisconsin mining […]

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Help WCMC Cover the North Dakota Water Protectors Trials: Donate Here

December 30, 2016 by WCMC The trials of the 500+ Standing Rock water protectors arrested over the past several months have begun in Mandan, North Dakota. There is serious concern over the legal crisis that is happening there. Wisconsin Citizens Media Coop would like to cover the water protectors’ trials, and conduct an in-depth investigation […]

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Stop the Scourge of Sand Mining: Workshop on Organizing Communities

December 28, 2016 by Frac Sand Sentinel You are invited to participate in a new workshop to bring people together and empower communities around shared values – and stop the destructive scourge of sand mining. Open to anyone who cares about community democracy and wants to see our Wisconsin values reflected in local government again! Saturday, January […]

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Wesley Clark Jr Apologizes to Leonard Crow Dog for US Military Treatment of Indigenous People

December 5, 2016 by Barbara With On December 4, 2016, veterans from all across the country began arriving at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in a gathering organized by Wesley Clark Jr, veteran and son of Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe NATO. The mission was to protect and serve the water protectors camped out along […]

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When it comes to the water, Hillary Clinton is dead wrong

May 1, 2016 by Barbara With The 2016 race for the Democratic presidential nomination is proving to be rip-tear-claw between those who demand “vote-blue-no-matter-who” party loyalty and those refuse to vote the lessor of two evils and won’t stand with Hillary. To understand why so many won’t back Clinton if she wins the democratic nomination, one must look past […]

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Gold Discovered In the Penokees

April 22, 2015 by Barbara With Upson, Wisconsin – Paul DeMain, spokesperson for the Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) in the Penokee Hills of Iron County, Wisconsin said the recent discovery of gold in the hills “will help create another revenue stream for local family incomes and make a huge difference in family nutrition.” DeMain […]

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Annual County Conservation Congress Meetings April 13

April 10, 2015 by Barbara With On Monday, April 13, 2015, the annual Spring Conservation Congress hearings will take place across the state. Each hearing—one in each county—begins at 7:00 PM. Citizens concerned about Wisconsin natural resources have an opportunity to provide input by voting on a variety of issues and testifying on proposed rule changes relating to […]

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Billionaire Chris Cline can’t afford Iron County lease payment

February 1, 2015 by WCMC On January 30, 2015, the Northland News Center reported that Gogebic Taconite, which is financed by Chris Cline of North Palm Beach FL, had not paid their $10,000 lease payment for land essential for the construction of their proposed open-pit mountaintop-removal iron ore mine in Wisconsin’s Iron County. According to the […]

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UPDATE Timeline of Shame: How a Mining Company Got State and Local Governments to Allow Destruction of Wetlands

November 3, 2014 by Maureen Matesuwic and Barbara With UPDATE: On February 27, 2015, GTac President Bill Williams announced that GTac would be closing their Hurley office and discontinuing their pursuit of iron ore mining in the Penokee Hills at this time. Williams blamed the EPA and the wetlands, which he claimed they did not […]

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Dear Mary Burke: Repeal and Restore Mining Law

October 21, 2014 by Barbara With Dear Mary Burke, I’m not sure where you were back in January 2011, before Scott Walker and his Tea Party Republicans turned this state into a dysfunctional corporate-driven train wreck. I was at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center with Matt Fifield from Gogebic Taconite (GTac) and several hundred of my friends […]

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