It's Saturday of Christmas weekend, and it feels like it's Christmas Eve. If it seems like Christmas falling on a Monday (and Christmas Eve on a Sunday) seems unusual, it's because it hasn't happened for a while. Because of a quirk in the calendar (a few leap years) we've gone 11 years without a Monday Christmas, the last … Continue reading Merry Christmas, and Billy Peeble, One More Time
NDCC 49-22.1-02 "Statement of policy. The legislative assembly finds the construction of energy conversion facilities . . . affects the environment and the welfare of the citizens of this state. It is necessary to ensure the location, construction, and operation of energy conversion facilities . . . will produce minimal adverse effects on the environment and … Continue reading Some Questions for the Refinery People
I really thought (and kind of hoped), when I read in the paper Friday morning that the State Land Board had said good-bye to its long-time North Dakota State Land Commissioner, Lance Gaebe, that the next story I would read about him would be his appointment as director of the USDA Rural Development office in … Continue reading Musical Chairs Leaves Land Commissioner Without a Job
Today’s announcement by the North Dakota Department of Health that it is preparing to issue an Air Quality Permit to Meridian Energy to build the Davis Oil Refinery three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park should come as no surprise. Once again, the state of North Dakota rolls over to the energy industry, but this … Continue reading Refinery Near National Park Gets Preliminary Okay
I'm wiping tears from my cheeks as I copy Dan Rather's post from his Facebook page today. When I see Dan Rather, I see America. I See America By Dan Rather When the time comes, and I hope it comes soon, to bury this era of moral rot and the defiling of our communal, social, … Continue reading Dan Rather: I See America
This one is for North Dakotans, and those who follow North Dakota politics. I received an e-mail this week from some thoughtful person who thought I might be interested in a fundraising event for State Representative Al Carlson, the Republican Legislative leader. Turns out I wasn’t interested in the fundraiser, but I was interested in … Continue reading Anybody Want to Have a Fundraiser? Here’s a List.