Plenty of journalists have covered – over the past year or so – the often hostile legislative and environmental battle that surrounded proposed iron or mining in the far-off Penokee Hills – located just below Lake Superior.
Although Wisconsin has a new mining law that streamlines permitting; and Gogebic Taconite – a company that sprouted from a Florida-based business – has begun its application process, writer Erik Gunn with Milwaukee Magazine thought the subject deserved a fresh examination.
The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres. It pools resources of the DNR, local government and land trusts. You have only to head up the Milwaukee River to see the funding at work.
You may not know his name, but many of the movies you've seen have been influenced by his work.
Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian left his native Armenia before the World War II, in an effort to escape looming strife. He fled to France and England, where he made theater connections, before coming to the United States to work at the Eastman School of Music.
Filmmaker Marian Marzynski has been telling stories for more than a half-century, but he still has stories to tell and audiences to reach. Marzynski is considered a pioneer in the documentary form known as cinema verite.
And in his latest film is one in a series in which he has mined his own experiences. The autobiographical film, “Never Forget to Lie” is an exploration of his wartime childhood. Marzynski, who is Jewish, was hidden from Nazis by sympathetic Christians in his Polish homeland.
Last week, we talked about an effort to improve the way local government and regular people do business in Milwaukee, through better sharing of data. Another data sharing program is already underway on a larger scale, and there are lives and countries at stake.
More taxicabs could soon be rolling on Milwaukee streets. In 1992, the city capped taxi permits at 350. Now a group of cab owners and at least one alderman want to lift the cap. This afternoon, a Common Council committee will solicit opinions about the quality of taxi service today and whether or not the city needs more.