Late Edition, March 7, 2021
Lady Unafraid, L'Anse's "David and Goliath" situation, Circle Power winding up to build turbines, and more
You may have noticed this in your inbox a little bit earlier lately. I’m pushing to get it in your inbox on Sunday morning. First, so you can read it over breakfast (or lunch). Second, so I can take a day off on Sunday, which is usually slow for news anyway. It’s one of those mental health things, you understand.
Work is pushing forward on establishing a community-based news nonprofit. This week I attended a Q&A session with the Tiny News Collective, who’s just launching a program designed to equip people like me with the tools and resources needed to be successful. Their application period opens this month, and I’m going to be pushing hard to qualify. It would be a great springboard, and could really shorten the amount of time launching will take.
We also started selecting a name. I’m excited to share more with you, but things aren’t ready yet.
I thought I’d share a couple more of my favorite CopperDog 150 photos, too.
If you want more than this, you’ll have to check them out on social media.
Celebrating the Legacy of Women
Just as last month I gave space each week to Black writers to recognize Black History Month, during March, a.k.a. Women’s History Month, I’ll be devoting space to a series of women.
I’m excited to bring you an author many of you may already be familiar with, Carolyn Peterson. She has been a wonderful source of support for me personally and Late Edition this year, and her writing has been featured in a variety of publications. I first grew familiar with her optimism, kindness and faith through her letters to the Daily Mining Gazette.
Carolyn has written a lovely piece called “Lady Unafraid”, which relates the trials of a young woman in the 19th century to modern times.
UPPCO and L’Anse star in ‘Goliath v. David’
I’ve been following this case for a while, and I’m happy for the chance to cover it again. Maybe this case seems irrelevant to you because you don’t live near L’Anse, but if UPPCO wins, it could have some pretty broad consequences.
UPPCO is claiming rights to continue serving these customers, but where does customer choice come in?
Check out the details from Late Edition. Including oral arguments from UPPCO’s appeal, and the court’s decision after them.
UPPCO is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court now.
Houghton County getting wind turbines?
Circle Power has been working on building twelve wind turbines to the west of South Range, Trimountain and Painesdale.
Ontonagon fires village manager
Some government officials are still held accountable, as related in guest-writer Bruce Johanson’s brief from this week.
Ontonagon’s Black History
Many people have been pointing out that Black history isn’t just for February, so in that spirit, I’d like to present you a guest-written piece on the Black history of Ontonagon, which includes the tales of two influential Black men.
The Keweenaw National Park Service also has a short article on the second man that Johanson profiles.
Hey, that’s neat!
So this is a little silly, but I’ve been listening to Poolside.fm this week. Not when I’m working, it’s a bit too distracting for that, but when I need a five-minute vacation, it hits the spot.
Here’s a little taste of the user interface:
Just kind of simple and carefree, right? If you can read the date in the top right corner, it says March, 1997.
The video feed loops a mix of commercials, found footage, music videos, and scenes cut from TV and movies in the early 1990s, and the music is an upbeat and light throwback, too.
It’s designed to boost your mood, and just the kind of thing I need in March as I’m waiting for winter to end.
If you prefer a dark, neon-80s feel, give Nightride.fm a try instead.
I’d like to do something similar to this locally, or perhaps participate in this program. I’d also like to create a a more central source for information on public meetings. Let me know if you think that’s worth putting extra time into.
Journalists in Myanmar have been arrested and silenced, and in Afghanistan, three were recently shot to death as they left their office. It was not an accident.
Check out the first couple episodes of the Keweenaw Logbook. The stories are unique to the Keweenaw, and the hosts are personable and charming. Great for a drive into (or out of) town!
After bills that would expand the Freedom of Information Act to cover politicians in Michigan repeatedly fail, citizens are pushing for a ballot drive to enact the rules without the help of the politicians concerned.
While payouts of this kind are reportedly fairly common, the shroud covering former state health department director Robert Gordon’s departure has made the money involved an contentious public issue.
A story about the soldiers of the future, from the journalists of the future. Written by student writers with NMU’s The North Wind student paper.
These reveal more details about what happened, and when, on that day of infamy.
There are so many lies on the internet, and the Associated Press goes out of their way each week to thoroughly debunk some of the biggest. It’s always worth the read.