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  • See the Penokees
    Book review of 'Discovering the Penokees'
    Discovering the Penokees by Joel Austin, Sweetwater Visions, 160 pages.Joel Austin was born in Wisconsin, but he had never heard of the Penokees until he moved to Ashland. This remote Wisconsin wild land needs to be known; it needs friends....
  • Buddha
    Mining protest by Tibetans leads to crackdown by Chinese police
    The situation in Tibet remains as usual tense. Most recently the Chinese police cracked down on Tibetans over a mining protest reported the Central Tibetan Administration on July 2, 2014. Sources have said several Tibetans in Martak Village in...
  • The moon as seen from Sochi
    Calls for private sector involvement in Russian moon base
    The ITAR-TASS News Agency reported on Thursday that Russian officials are suggesting that there may be private sector involvement in the proposed lunar base being planned for the 2030s. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin noted that possibility...
  • Mining Merger?
    What the Troubled Gold Mining Industry Means for Gold Prices
    Over the past week two major gold mining companies, Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Mining Corp., have been holding talks about a potential merger without any deal being made thus far. Negotiations broke down after the parties disagreed on plans...
  • PollyMet: from laws will protect to packed, testy hearings
    Strib runs interference for DFL
    This articleis a perfect illustration of the Star Tribune running interference for the DFL. Initially, the article's title was "Minn's mining laws will protect public and environment, top official says." Shortly thereafter, the...
  • Final Fantasy XIV gathering jobs
    A Quick look at the gathering skills of Final Fantasy XIV
    Gathering skills; while nearly every MMO out there has their own flavor of them, how many have successfully found a means to make them enjoyable? Grinding your way through a combat class certainly has its appeal, but rarely has there been as much...
  • Grand Canyon obscura
    Native American group successfully challenges Grand Canyon uranium mine
    Last week, Ben Adler of Grist reported on the prevalence of North American Native American groups opposing oil and gas extraction and infrastructure development. In particular, Adler noted First Nations’ opposition to proposed oil pipelines...
  • EPA's Gina McCarthy
    EPA Exterminates the Coal Industry
    Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is looking into the EPA's latest regulations regarding the use of coal in the United States. Prior to Obama becoming president, before a new regulation could take effect, there had to be a cost benefit...
  • Asteroid near Earth
    The legal issues of asteroid mining
    If NASA’s scheme to snag an asteroid and move it into lunar orbit to be visited later by astronauts actually occurs, it will be the first time that a celestial object, however small, was moved from one orbit to another. The technical...
  • South Park Ghost Town
    The Importance of Ghost Towns
    This column has been describing the various hike trails and ghost-towns that exist in Colorado. But behind those articles, the question should arise in your minds about why those ghost towns are worth seeing. One reason why they are is that ghost...
  • This Day in Richmond History: July 30, 1864
    This Day in Richmond History: July 30, 1864
    Union forces outside of Petersburg dig a tunnel under the Confederate trenches and blow a huge hole in the defenses, starting the bloody Battle of the CraterThe Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and Union Army of the Potomac had been fighting...
  • Mining Truth
    Big mining corps try to muzzle Minnesota citizens and make it easier to pollute
    One thing you can count on – while you’re distracted by the latest Hollywood scandal, or spending night and day working yourself to death in your low paying job (or two jobs), major corporation lobbyists are diligently hammering away...
  • Appalachians gather in Washington to fight for the ACHE Act
    Appalachians gather in Washington to fight for the ACHE Act
    On Tuesday, residents, activists, and scientists of Appalachia traveled to Washington, DC to speak directly with members of the House of Representatives and their staff about the ACHE Act. This piece of legislation, if passed, would put a...
  • Why do Republicans not care about big business's threat to our health and earth?
    Why do Republicans not care about big business's threat to our health and earth?
    I missed writing a column on Earth Day, so I will writing this one about threats to our health and environment.The fertilizer plant in West, Texas (south of Dallas) had 1350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that requires disclosure to the U.S....
  • Scott Walker
    Gov. Scott Walker signs bill slashing $171 million from environmental programs
    In February, Wisconsin Republicans introduced a bill which would cut $171 million annually from environmental programs. Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill into law on Monday, officially providing a large tax cut to the mining industry while gutting...