Friday: Outdoors

Winter begins to loosen claws on region

“My time’s out of place,” — Billy Cowsill, Jeffrey Hatcher With a choking discontent hanging over my head, I hit the road looking for some peace of mind, something to jumpstart my heart — something to believe in, like springtime. Driving, the narrow-trunked white birch trees are ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Had slow fishing again. The Upper Harbor near the “Bubbler” is now open water and a few anglers launching small boats from the beach were picking up the odd coho, brown trout or Chinook salmon but most were not having much luck. The ice in the Lower Harbor ...

Rock star

MARQUETTE — Her last name is Hill, and she lives in Boulder, Colorado. So, maybe it was Lynn Hill’s destiny to be one of the world’s best climbers. Hill, 58, came to Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall on Tuesday to talk about her experiences that have landed her on the ...

Making the best of the ‘winteriest winter’

MARQUETTE — Some people deal with winter by shoveling snow and plowing driveways as the need arises, and simply getting through the rest of the season. Others have more fun with it, taking to the woods to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Then there’s Justin Sailor of Marquette, more ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Fishing has been slow. Those going out of the Lower Harbor caught a few splake or a couple Menominee however most caught nothing. Night anglers have caught burbot. Most were using minnows for splake and burbot or a single egg and waxworm for whitefish. Those ...

Ice diamonds, Kim Richey accent visit to forest

“But the sun came up and the sun went down; spring was waiting beneath the frozen ground and I’ll be seeing you around, so it goes.” — Kim Richey/William Paul Deasy When I stepped closer and reached for her arm, her hand and forearm were buried in the cold, deep snow. I closed my hand ...

Attitude for altitude

ISHPEMING — Some of Bryan DeAugustine’s days — make that a lot of them — are spent walking the halls of NICE Community Schools, where he is superintendent. Other days are spent off the ground, such as on a mountain summit in Wyoming or on an ice cliff not far from Lake ...

Public invided to upcoming DNR sessions

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan citizens the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at ...

Protecting Buffalo Reef

GAY — The multi-agency Buffalo Reef Task Force is moving forward on several fronts in its efforts to protect the underwater natural reef off the Keweenaw Peninsula from being smothered by migrating copper mine tailings. The problem was created roughly a century ago, when dark-colored mine ...

Outdoors North

“There’s a blizzard coming on, how I’m wishing I was home, for my pony’s lame and he can’t hardly stand.” — Harlan Howard The plaintive sound of simple chords played on a piano can open up my heart and mind on these cold winter days. The sound fills the room and moves through the ...

Cold blue skies and long winter shadows

“I was waiting for the sun, and then I walked on home alone,” — Gary Louris and Mark Olson When I opened the curtains, I was heartened to see the sun beginning to reach its long arms up to the tops of the trees from the horizon. I knew it wouldn’t be warm like a summer day, once it ...

Burbot babies

MARQUETTE — It’s not the most sought after game fish, and it’s professionally managed even less. However, the burbot is an important part of the Great Lakes ecosystem, and any research probably will help people better understand this species. A major breakthrough has taken place in ...

Outdoor recreation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon set a record for the number of campers at state parks last year, and the number of day-use visitors was the second-highest ever, according to a report by the state's Parks and Recreation Department. The report said 2.9 million people camped at a state park in ...

Eichinger draws on outdoor tradition in role as DNR director

By JOHN PEPIN Michigan Department of Natural Resources LANSING — As a boy, Dan Eichinger could be found with a spinning rod in hand, haunting the tree-lined banks of the Middle Branch River, trying to avoid the stream’s suckers in favor of a tug on his line from a big brown ...

City stormwater projects up close

Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final part of a series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. In Marquette, the city government has been proactive in managing stormwater runoff to Lake ...

Outdoors North

“Some quiet evening, I sit by your side and we’re lost in a world of our own.” — Ben Raleigh and Sherman Edwards It was that instant mashed potato flake kind of snow, soft and fluffy, and it was piling up high as the nighttime moved slowly past. I was looking out the upstairs window ...

Weather impacts forests in U.P.

“Sooner or later you will find a way to feel like sunshine even on a cloudy day, to feel like morning in the dead of night, sooner or later, it’s gonna be alright.” — Kevin Cronin The sound I heard shimmering through the air was abrupt and loud, like the crack of a high-powered rifle ...

K-12 stormwater education: Kids getting involved

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. By Kim Eggleston For the Superior Watershed Partnership Special to the Journal Fixing our ...

Rat rod with an attitude

GWINN — When the weather warms, Matt Couture probably will be seen driving around Gwinn proper in what some people might consider an old jalopy. Not every car, though, has a movie prop of a .45 Colt revolver to shift gears. What was once solely a 1931 Ford Model A sedan is now a “rat ...

Shelldon needs a NEW HOME

MARQUETTE — Shelldon needs a new home. One of the most popular attractions at MooseWood Nature Center is Shelldon, the large snapping turtle whose prehistoric appearance delights many visitors, especially when it stretches its long neck above the water surface. However, his tank is ...