Friday: Outdoors

German POWs were interned in Upper Peninsula

“You’re takin’ me back, a long, long, long time ago.” — Rick Nielson In this northern hardwood stand, along the edge of a clearing, cracked concrete foundations lie below a blanket of dead leaves and rusted and worn strands of metal wire are twisted within the low branches of the ...

A snowy irruption

HARVEY — A person coming across a large white owl resting in what appears to be a lethargic manner might understandably be concerned. Is it sick? Or is it just resting? Lately, it could likely be the latter. The Marquette area in recent weeks has been visited by many snowy owls — ...

465 bee species are identified

AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan is home to about 465 bee species, according to a first-ever census that scientists hope will provide information helpful for conserving the insects, which perform the vital chore of pollinating crops and wild plants. The number might ...

Gone fishin’

Thin ice has formed on most of the smaller inland lakes on the west end. The ice is thin and not safe for foot travel. Colder weather is predicted for the end of next week and beyond which should help with the freezing process and could provide some early ice fishing. • Little Bay De Noc: ...

Senate passes $1.5 trillion tax package

By ALAN FRAM, MARCY GORDON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false ...

Outdoors provides break from holiday madness

“Up there’s the heavens, down there’s a town. Blackness everywhere a little light’s shine, blackness, blackness draggin’ me down, come on light the candle in this poor heart of mine.” — Joni Mitchell It was a strange late November afternoon with a couple of inches of wet snow ...

DNR dredging buys time

GAY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently completed an emergency dredging project in Keweenaw County to restore the Grand Traverse Harbor channel for commercial and recreational boating. A public meeting of the task force to kick off the effort to develop a long-term plan ...

Local briefing

Lake fish plan commentary GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are taking feedback on a long-term plan for managing Lake Michigan fish populations and future stocking activities. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hosting the last of three public meetings on the topics ...

Gone fishin’

Thin ice has formed on most of the smaller inland lakes on the west end. The ice is thin and not safe for foot travel. Colder weather is predicted for the end of next week and beyond which should help with the freezing process and could provide some early ice fishing. • Little Bay De Noc: ...

Owls help open window to nature’s wonders

“Hey, little one, so far from home and so alone.” — Dorsey Burnette and Barry De Vorzon In the fading daylight of a late winter’s afternoon, the cross atop the mine’s towering headframe, though unlit, was clearly visible, high above the Egyptian revival-style obelisks capping the A ...

Help outdoors online

MARQUETTE — Mark Nov. 28 on your calendars. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the ...

King salmon future in lakes uncertain

DETROIT (AP) — King salmon has helped create a multibillion-dollar sport fishery in the Great Lakes, but ripple effects of invasive species have left the fish’s future less certain. The king, or chinook, salmon was first transplanted into the Great Lakes from the Pacific Northwest about 50 ...

Oversight office relocates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is moving Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes from the state Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. Snyder says the switch will take effect Dec. 28. It won’t change the office’s core mission of advising the ...

Gone fishin’

In the western Upper Peninsula, cold weather has formed ice on most of the inland lakes, although the ice was not safe. • Ontonagon River: Those that want a mid-day break from deer hunting are encouraged to fish the Middle Branch downstream from State Highway M-28 (Agate Falls) which offers ...

The human experience of ‘just being out there’

“Boy from the country, he left his home when he was young Boy from the country, he loves the sun,” — Michael Martin Murphy When asked, hunters — like anglers, hikers, campers and others who enjoy the outdoors — often say the richness of their experiences in the woods is created by ...

Michigan’s trapping tradition, a challenging, time-honored pursuit

Michigan Department of Natural Resources LANSING — Anyone who has spent much time in Michigan knows that hunting and fishing have always played major roles in the state’s heritage. Michigan is, and has long been, known nationally for the quality of its outdoor recreation. But one ...

Build your own snowshoes at DNR workshop

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer a snowshoe-building workshop at Tahquamenon Falls State Park from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16. This all-day workshop, for ages 16 and older, will take participants step by step through the process of weaving their own ...

Elk license plates available Dec. 1

LANSING — Starting Dec. 1, a new wildlife license plate will be available in Michigan. The current common loon plate will be replaced with an elk plate to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan. “We are excited for the changing of the guard,” said ...

Gone fishin’

• Lake Gogebic: Was producing some walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. • Menominee River: Anglers caught the odd Chinook salmon along with the occasional brown trout or walleye. The better fishing was between the Hattie Street Dam and the US-41 Bridge with small spoons and minnows. • ...

Storm damage summons ‘watchers’ to lakeshore

“Like a ghost on a canvas, people don’t see them.” — Paul Westerberg In the late 1990s, abstract artist Peter von Tiesenhausen embarked on a 5-year traveling sculpture project that brought mysterious human figures carved out of spruce 21,000 miles across Canada, often transporting them ...