Friday: Outdoors

Hemlock trees provide inspiration for writer

“She’s knotty but nice, reaching for the sky, she don’t like snow or ice.” — Gordon Lightfoot In the burnt sunlight of a late afternoon, I followed a rocky trail down one side of an ancient volcanic rock face. The steep trail was rugged and twisted down into the forest below. Once ...

TRAIL TECH: North Country Trail Association offering online maps

MARQUETTE — Following the blue blaze markers along the North Country Trail is a good way to stay on the trail, as is a good old-fashioned waterproof, tear-resistant paper map. A little technology, though, can’t hurt. Matthew Rowbotham, the North Country Trail Association’s Geographic ...

In brief

DNR seeking fishing feedback MARQUETTE — As the winter fishing season gets under way, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that fisheries staff again will be stationed at several locations throughout the state in order to interview them about their fishing trips. The ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA Snow on the ice is causing some slush which makes it harder to see areas that may not be safe and also makes travel on the ice a bit more difficult. Those heading out will need to be careful. • Lake Gogebic: Continues to provide opportunities for walleye, northern pike, and ...

Winter’s icy blasts underscore nature’s beauty

“New York Times said it was the coldest winter in seventeen years. I didn’t feel so cold then.” — Bob Dylan With my warm Canadian couch throw pulled around me, I sat watching the national evening news on television. Apparently, someone up north left the door to the icebox open and a ...

In brief

Agency offers 2 ice fishing courses this winter CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — If you’d like to learn how to fish through ice, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering lessons this winter. The DNR Outdoor Skills Academy’s Hard Water School ice-fishing course will be taught Jan. ...

Counting crows

MARQUETTE — Ornithologically speaking, Christmas isn’t over. Audubon’s 118th Christmas Bird Count season began Dec. 14 and ends today. It’s a way for “citizen scientists” to help professional scientists understand population declines and range shifts in North American ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA Inland lakes in this region have ice however caution still needs to be used because of deep snow and slush insulating most of the lakes. • Courtney Lake: In Ontonagon County had anglers fishing for brook trout. • Lake Gogebic: Anglers are fishing for walleye and ...

Reflections on the ‘big wild river of no return’

“But I’ll see you in the sky above, in the tall grass, in the ones I love,” – Bob Dylan Walking in the sunlight, over the rusted pine needles covering the trail along the river, I was listening to the sound of the water as it rushed through granite boulders and tumbled over logs ...

DNR details closures of state snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is alerting snowmobilers to several trail closures in effect. The DNR wants the public to be aware of the closures, particularly in this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, said Rob Katona, DNR central Upper Peninsula trails ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA Due to heavy snows and balmy weather, ice conditions from Marquette west were unsafe for foot travel. Pretty much all the inland lakes had a few inches of snow along with a layer of slush on top. For the eastern half, first ice anglers were out however caution needs to be used ...

‘Drinking Gourd’ a beacon to follow on way home

“Where the great big river meets the little river, follow the drinking gourd.” — Traditional With the dizzying blur of holiday rush around my head, I stepped out into the cold snow off the edge of the frozen steps. Icy winds wrapped tightly around me, trying to find their way down ...

In brief

Contamination to be addressed LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $52.8 million supplemental budget bill that includes money to respond to an emerging chemical contaminant found across Michigan has been approved. The law enacted Wednesday allocates $23.2 million to address groundwater contamination ...

One more time

LANSING — Philanthropy continues to have a prominent role in the historic reintroduction of the Arctic grayling to Michigan, with the award of a $180,000 gift from the Henry E. and Consuelo S. Wenger Foundation to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The funds will support a ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Due to heavy snows and balmy weather, ice conditions from Marquette west were unsafe for foot travel. Pretty much all the inland lakes had a few inches of snow along with a layer of slush on top. For the eastern half, first ice anglers were out however caution needs to be used ...

Vacation enables reconnection with people, land

“Down on the coastline, Highway 1, people headin’ out for the sun. That’s where I found you, long time ago.” — Neil Young With the terrible news of tremendous fires blackening thousands of acres of the Golden State of California, we circled high above the flames, eventually finding ...

In brief

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in deer at farm BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a deer from a farm where deer are raised in the Lower Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development says the disease was ...

Creating a road map

HARVEY — People who enjoy the Iron Ore Heritage Trail can have a say in what they want for the trail. Maybe a lot can be said considering the trail stretches 47 miles across the Marquette Iron Range from Republic Township to Chocolay Township. Not only does the IOHT provide a recreational ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Heavy snows throughout the western Upper Peninsula warrant extreme caution when going out on any lakes that have frozen. On the east end, ice is just beginning to form on most lakes and waterbodies. • Lake Gogebic: Anglers were ice fishing Bergland Bay on the north end of ...

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 ...