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A fascinating new study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press provides valuable insights to one of the stranger dynamics in American politics today. How is it, after all, that … more
One of the more contentious issues of 2014, now bleeding into 2015, has involved wolves, wolf hunting and recently the return of wolves here to full protected status under the Endangered Species … more
We went to Mexico on vacation, and found a community that lives and breathes the concept of doing business locally. That, of course, means we avoided any of the big tourist destinations, like Cancun, … more
President Obama’s decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba seems the right move to make during the Christmas season. It’s an act of reason in the face of that old saying, … more
It didn’t take much to coax a story out of Mike Hillman, and once he started talking there was nothing to do but sit back and revel in the force of his imagination. Mike, who died Dec. 11 at … more
An Ely friend once told me, “Whether you believe it can be done, or believe it can’t, you’re right.” I understood that to mean, pessimism doesn’t deliver positive results, and we should get … more
Twenty-five years ago this month, as I watched a piece of newspaper slowly kindle a fire under a brush pile, something caught my eye that changed my life forever. It was a picture of a fellow … more
Since Thanksgiving celebrates the arrival of European immigrants to America and the welcome given by the Indians who had lived here for centuries, I just can’t resist. So many tasty metaphors come … more
We reported last week on a lawsuit surrounding Calgary-based Enbridge Energy’s effort to get around environmental review laws in order to ramp up shipments of tar sands bitumen from Canada through … more
Last week’s announcement that Antofagasta is going to rescue a financially strapped Duluth Metals through acquisition was not a surprise. Duluth Metals had been in a downward spiral since … more
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