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December 2003 News
Toys still needed for Keweenaw families
EAGLE RIVER -- Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti's "No Kid Without a Toy for Christmas" drive
will provide gifts for about 80 needy children this Christmas. Toys are still
needed for the older children, ages eight and up. Despite stormy weather on Dec.
10, Eagle Harbor Inn customers donated many toys, cash and gift certificates for
the toy drive at the fifth annual toy drive party held by Inn owners Mary and
Richard Probst of Eagle Harbor. The Houghton County Sheriff's Office also
participates in the drive, serving about 100 children in Houghton County. more
Silent Sports magazine article features Keweenaw's Ski Tigers
HOUGHTON -- A recent article on Keweenaw cross-country skiing in
Silent Sports (Waupaca, Wis.) features the Ski Tigers -- the Copper Country's own youth skiing club. The article, "The Keweenaw: Youth movement leads the way in the new hotbed of Nordic skiing," by Lee Borowski, gives the history of the Ski Tigers, founded in 1991 by Beth Heiden, former U.P. resident and world champion in speed skating and biking. Borowski also describes parents' involvement in the Ski Tigers and lists improvements on the local cross-country trails. Thanks to Mike Abbott for the link to the article.
Photo: Ski Tiger Isabel Sharp, now 7, has been skiing since the age of 3. Isabel, daughter of
Keweenaw Now guest writer Ray Sharp and Wendy Sharp, is a second grader at E.B. Holman School. (Photo courtesy
Shawn Oppliger and www.keweenawtrails.com. Reprinted with permission)
BBC Analysis of
Saddam's capture: Turning Point for Iraq?
LONDON -- Paul Reynolds, BBC News Online world affairs correspondent, says,
"The capture of Saddam Hussein is being presented by the coalition as a turning point for Iraq leading to reconciliation and political stability," but he adds a note of caution.
See also the Dec. 14, 2003, Reuters articles, "Arabs
Have Mixed Emotions About Saddam Capture"
"Captured Iraqi Tip Led to Final Push on Saddam."
CommonDreams.org reports its most forwarded article this week is Jeff Cohen's "Bush and Iraq: Mass Media, Mass Ignorance."
From land use planning to zoning: Keweenaw's progress
RIVER -- The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners voted recently to accept and sign an agreement with the Planning and Zoning Center, Inc.
(PZC), of Lansing, Mich., to have Mark Wyckoff, one of Michigan's top zoning experts, update the 1975 County Zoning Ordinance -- now that the County Land Use Plan has been written and adopted. Wyckoff, president of PZC and editor of Planning and Zoning News, will soon
begin Phase One of his proposed zoning update plan. He will also help county officials apply for a $38,500 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Coastal Management Program grant to fund
the zoning update. more
Stupak votes "No" on huge Omnibus Bill
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, voted
on Monday, Dec. 8, against approval of an $820 billion dollar Omnibus spending bill, saying the 3,000-page bill was cobbled together in closed-door meetings and combines improper policy legislation with cuts to important programs. The bill passed
in the House 242 - 176 and now goes to the Senate. MoveOn.org is opposing the
bill with volunteer outreach and a national cable network television and newspaper ad exposing "The most outrageous Christmas List in
History" -- a laundry list of early Christmas gifts from George W. Bush and the Republican Congress to their special interest friends and contributors in Washington.
Research shows canoes
impacting Isle Royale loons
Posted 12/02/2003 Updated with more photos 12/07/2003
HOUGHTON--Loons, whose haunting calls are a hallmark of the
north woods, may be at serious risk from an activity beloved by many wilderness visitors. Joseph Kaplan, Michigan Tech researcher, who has been studying the nesting behavior of loons at Isle Royale National Park, says recreation, especially canoeing, on Isle Royale's inland lakes seems to be having an impact on loons' productivity.
World AIDS Day is Dec. 1
Posted and Updated 12/01/2003
HANCOCK -- Observed annually since Dec. 1, 1988, World AIDS Day serves to strengthen global efforts to address the challenges of the AIDS pandemic, which has killed 22 million and continues to spread throughout the world. The World AIDS Day Web site estimates that over 42 million people worldwide, including about 900,000 Americans, are infected with HIV/AIDS and millions more will be infected by the end of the decade. The
Western Upper Peninsula Health Department offers free HIV testing by
appointment. Visit their Web site
for more information.
In the Houghton/Keweenaw area call (906) 482-7382.
For Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS in English and Spanish, visit the World AIDS Day Web
For news on AIDS prevention and research and how you can help, visit the amfAR (American Foundation for Aids Research) Web
can also take action through the Sojourners
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