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September 2003 News
Obituary: Keweenaw's Town Crier John Kaleita
LA BELLE -- Funeral services for John Kaleita, age 83, will be held at 11 a.m.
on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Ryan Funeral Home in Calumet. John passed away on Wednesday, September 24,
2003, at the Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Keweenaw Now wishes to extend our deepest
sympathy to Dorothy Kaleita and other members of John's family. We will miss and
remember our Lac La Belle and Copper Harbor news contributor John Kaleita for his sincerity
and his warm and caring personality; his strong interest in the health,
beauty and future of the Keweenaw Peninsula; and his Town Crier
newsletters, some of which appeared on Keweenaw
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Why billions for Iraq while needs at home go unfunded?
-- Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, was one of a dozen Democratic members of Congress
who attended a Sept. 25 meeting called by the White House to seek support for the President's request for some $87 billion in new funding for military and reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Noting his disappointment with FEMA's second denial of any assistance for the $100 million plus in
flood damages incurred by four Upper Michigan counties last
May, Stupak said he asked President Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleeza
Rice, how the administration can justify some of the non-military items for Iraq, when serious and very similar needs remain unmet at home.
TNC completes Keweenaw Tip purchase for Michigan
Posted 09/12/2003 Updated 09/15/2003 and 09/19/03
HARBOR -- On the Keweenaw Peninsula's tip, 6,275 rugged, wild and beautiful acres, including 5.5 miles of forested Lake Superior shoreline, now belong to the people of Michigan. On Sept. 10, 2003, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the State of Michigan completed the historic transaction with a celebratory event in Copper
Harbor, followed by a Keweenaw Star boat trip around Keweenaw Point to the mouth
of the Montreal River and back to Copper Harbor. more
correction: Bare Bluff, owned by the Michigan Nature Association,
is adjacent to the new state land acquisition property. (Photo taken from the Keweenaw Star by Janet Shea)
President Bush's "Clear Skies"
plan would ease industrial pollution rules
MONROE, MICH. -- Nearly 80 protesters turned out to voice concern about the Bush Administration's plan to ease industrial pollution rules during President Bush's appearance at the Monroe, Mich., Detroit Edison coal-burning power plant. Bush touted the benefits of his so-called "Clear Skies" initiative, claiming that it was a "common sense" proposal that would create jobs and improve the economy while protecting the environment. However, the
Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) reported, according to EPA data, the President's plan means the Monroe plant will not be required to cut any of its soot-forming sulfur dioxide pollution, which is responsible for hundreds of premature deaths and respiratory illnesses.
also the Detroit Free Press Editorial
calling on Bush to visit Isle Royale, where inland lakes are "fed mostly by rain and snow melt, and airborne mercury from coal-fired plants shows up in their fish, as it does in virtually every other inland lake in the Midwest."
Parenthood closes Houghton health center
HOUGHTON -- After two years of operation on Shelden Avenue despite opponents'
often objectionable, graphic signs of protest, Planned Parenthood closed its health center in downtown
Houghton on August 21. Services are now available from the Marquette center
through a local phone connection, and birth control is still available on line.
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