Area News

Randazzo to Run for Circuit Judge

Michael Randazzo, practicing prosecuting attorney for Reynolds county, has announced he will run for 42nd Judicial Circuit Judge, Division 2.  Randazzo has served in various roles throughout this region, including as a Municipal Judge for Sullivan, Leadington and Iron Mountain Lake, a City Prosecutor and City Attorney for Arcadia, Leadwood, and Viburnum, as well as…

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Vengence Is Mine

By Sue Hagan A childhood friend, the preacher’s daughter where we attended church, became her father’s sermon subject one Sunday. Jill’s misbehavior (using her parents’ bed as a trampoline) and the welts and bruises on her behind from the belt-whipping he gave her were presented as a lesson on proper discipline. My mother was livid;…

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No Budget, No Values

The reason the controlling political party in Congress produces a budget for the federal government every spring is to lay out their priorities for the next ten years, to set spending levels for the numerous federal agencies, and to share those numbers and ideas with the American people. As a sitting Member of the House…

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A Secret Place in the Woods

As much as I love to hunt and fish, I was born a naturalist first and foremost, and I have made much of my living actually working as a paid naturalist for two state park systems, for the National Park Service and for a natural heritage commission.  I continue that even now. Several times a…

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Impeachment Circus Finally Leaves Town

Finally—after months of wild accusations, public testimony from 17 witnesses, unconstitutional tactics by Washington Democrats, and anoutcome known long ago—the impeachment of President Donald Trump has fallen flat on its face. Even before the President was elected, the Washington political establishment had desperately tried to remove him, the Left first started talking impeachment nearly 1,200…

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Earthquakes actually happen in Missouri

  Are you ready? Do you have a plan? February is Earthquake Awareness month and the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) and the Missouri Insurance Education Foundation (MIEF) want to encourage homeowners to assess their financial readiness to recover in the event of a major earthquake event in Missouri. Missouri is the third…

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USDA to Invest $56 Million in 2020 to Help Farmers Improve Water Quality

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $56 million this year to help agricultural producers improve water quality in more than 300 high-priority watersheds across the country. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is continuing two of its successful landscape-level water quality efforts, the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and National Water…

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Prohibiting Cell Phones in Prison

Greetings Friends of the 144th Legislative District! It was nice to have Heather Michalek and Brian Parker, both from Iron County visit me at the Capitol this week. Heather was there for Western Governor University Advocacy day and Brian was there with Prosecutors Association lobbying for particular bills that affect their profession. If you are…

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Hunters Converge On Jefferson City

Greetings Friends of the 144th Legislative District! What a busy, busy week this has been for me at the Capitol! I had 4 of my bills being heard in different committees which has kept me extremely busy preparing and presenting. House Bill 1292 has seemed to get the most attention from folks in our area.…

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The Burning Debate

By Sue Hagan Is it nobler to ignore someone who advances conspiracy theories or should one take pen against a sea of lies and distortions? Since reading 8th District Republican Committee Chair Ray Rehder’s column two weeks ago (“Environmentalists pose a bigger threat to America than climate change”), I’ve pondered whether to return to a…

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