Election fraud unfound, turbines stir up discord, budget discontent on council
Front Page, June 19, 2021
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KISMA reaches out to the public
I got out to the park Saturday afternoon and found students from the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area presenting publicly about their work, how they do it, and why it matters.
I took the opportunity to shoot a new video event coverage story. The audio is a little rough because of the wind, but surprisingly good at the same time. I shot this all with my smartphone and a tripod. I think this is something I can continue to do. I’m just going to go microphone shopping.
Sen. McBroom finds no election hacking
Senator Ed McBroom has spent the last six months leading the commission investigating potential tampering or vote switching during the 2020 presidential election, which included testimony that received national news coverage. On Tuesday evening, he answered some questions at the Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting, via Zoom, in advance of the release of the commission’s full report. The report is expected to be released this week.
He said he’s been unable to verify any election hacking or fraud claims.
There was also extensive comment on potential wind turbine development, the sale of land to the newly-established Copper Island Academy, and a presentation — which received quite negative feedback — about the New Points program, a new local needle exchange.
Hancock passes budget, amendment with one councilor opposed
The Hancock City Council passed its budget, despite the dissent of Councilor Will Lytle, and previewed the upcoming recreational millage renewal.
Other News (aggregated, not sponsored)
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By Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press
As fewer people take interest in working elections, people with more extreme views and beliefs are able to fill those positions.
By Reuters Staff, Reuters
“Social media users have been sharing a quotation falsely attributed to U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, saying that veterans should learn to support themselves and she plans to shut down the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and take away soldier welfare, giving the money to refugee families.”
By Jesse Wiederhold, Upper Michigan Source
The excitement in this story is that the Strawberry Festival, one of the local favorite events canceled during the pandemic last year, is back in 2021! I’ll be out of town that weekend, so don’t look to me for coverage on this one, sorry.
By David Eggert and Mike Householder
If you haven’t heard this already, you might be certifiably living under a rock (or in the woods), but it’s always good to get a few extra details that aren’t always offered on the tv, radio, or in a tweet.