Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Another study?: Why do Jeannette's leaders need another city-staffing study — $26,000 and funded through a state grant — when the city council paid no heed to recommendations of the last study of city services just two years ago? Ad infinitum, Jeannette's leaders have been told that the cash-strapped city cannot sustain its business-as-usual disregard. Conducting another study that says the same thing only furthers the argument for the state's Act 47 takeover of Jeannette.
300,000 & counting: It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, the loneliest place in Westmoreland County was the terminal at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. Now the terminal has surpassed 300,000 passengers and Spirit Airlines has begun flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Here's hoping that besides talk about a new terminal, the airport's short-term future will include more metropolitan destinations and, most importantly, a second commercial carrier.
Bear in the headlights: Never mind deer. Two recent Westmoreland County traffic accidents involving young black bears (in East Huntingdon and Mt. Pleasant Township) are a reminder to all that bears are on the move for the next two months during mating season. Beyond extra attention on roads, residents should exercise caution wherever bears venture, including local neighborhoods. And young children should know to stay away from them.
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