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More than luck was needed to put out fire

May 27, 2016 “We lucked out.” Those were the words of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest Fire Officer Mark Hansen in describing this week’s forest fire in the Devil’s Lake area of Alpena Count. more »»

Pure Michigan: 10 years, going strong

May 27, 2016 In 2006, Travel Michigan quietly launched a new marketing campaign called Pure Michigan in a handful of markets outside of the state. more »»

Concealed pistol licensee responsibilities

May 26, 2016 This week’s question is about the responsibilities of individuals with a Concealed Pistol License during encounters with police. more »»

Someone needs to answer for staff errors

May 26, 2016 President Barack Obama’s administration is in a hurry to release thousands of drug offenders from prison before their original sentences have expired. more »»

Looking forward to time on water

May 25, 2016 There is no fool like an old fool, and this is part two of the story I began sharing last week. I have been associated with Alpena Youth Sailing Club since it’s inception. more »»

Don’t let Hanoi believe we will join any armed conflict it has with China

May 25, 2016 Instead of risking a confrontation with China himself, President Barack Obama has decided to let Vietnam do so over Beijing’s expansionism. more »»

No broken windows a good sign

May 24, 2016 Things in Alpena have never looked better. Spring is finally here (knock on wood – we’ve been fooled before!. more »»

Congress rights liberals’ wrong on WASPs

May 24, 2016 Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots group who flew noncombat missions for the military during World War II deserve to be viewed as veterans. A 1977 federal law codified that. more »»

Most recent move by president won’t have desired effect

May 23, 2016 President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politic. more »»

Cotter’s actions make you wonder

May 23, 2016 In the go-along-to-get-along world of the state capitol, the House GOP speaker is not a charter member. In fact there are some in town who think Rep. Kevin Cotter never read the book. more »»

Good luck and thank you Vernie, we’ll miss you

May 21, 2016 Today marks the final column of “Questions Anyone?” in The News. Alpena resident Vernie Nethercut has decided that the time is right to retire the column. more »»

A birthday for Alpena to celebrate

May 21, 2016 Alpena’s most well-known philanthropist, Jesse Besser, would have been 134 years old today. No one has given more of a legacy to Northeast Michigan over the years than he and his wif. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

May 21, 2016 More on Whip-poo-wills Q. How do you describe a whip-poor-will? A. more »»

Interview with John Miller

May 21, 2016 Every journalist on the planet has been trying to land an interview with Donald Trump's publicist John Miller. Only one did. "Thank you for talking with me, Mr. Miller," I said. "No problem. more »»

Talk to your adult children about smart financial moves

May 21, 2016 If you have children who are finishing college or embarking on their first full-time job, you obviously want them to get off to a good start in their adult and working lives. more »»

Doc: Protect your skin all year long

May 21, 2016 While we wait for warmer temperatures to arrive in Northeast Michigan, it is important to remember to protect your skin all year long. more »»

Warm welcome to visiting Rotarians

May 20, 2016 Alpena, and all of Northeast Michigan, extends a welcome to visiting Rotarians this weekend. more »»

Spend wisely, not frivolously, on disease prevention

May 19, 2016 Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later. more »»

A community filled with givers

May 18, 2016 We are asked almost continuously to give something to a worthwhile charity. more »»

Plan to arm Libya not a good one

May 18, 2016 One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United State. more »»

Games people used to play

May 17, 2016 Though The Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society was published in 2009 it only recently came to my attention. I hope I’m not too late in bringing it to yours. more »»



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Proud to be an American

May 19, 2016 In 2001, after the attacks on Sept. 11 and the beginning of the war on terror The News decided to run a salute to area service personnel — Proud to be an American. more »

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