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.
Time to resign: Cheswick council members Jonathan Skedel and Neal Hohman haven't shown up for a meeting in about nine months. If they don't want to serve, they should get out — and quit collecting the $100-per-month pay. The council has no legal recourse to boot them from office and both have two more years on their terms.
Kudos: To Lindsey Rowe. The 18-year-old Leechburg Area High School senior stepped up to serve the unexpired term of a Gilpin Township supervisor who resigned. We think it's great someone so young wants to get involved in government and public service. We wish her well.
That said: We certainly question the wisdom of the Gilpin supervisors for appointing Rowe, considering her father, Dennis, is a sitting supervisor and she probably will resign in about six months to attend Mercyhurst University in Erie. Township officials said she was the only person who submitted a letter of interest, but we wonder how hard they looked for candidates and why they didn't wait a little longer.
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