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Vaping focus of high school meeting

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Marquette Area Public Schools staff and community officials “cleared the air” during a special informational meeting held Thursday at Marquette Senior High School. “Clearing the Air” was geared toward educating parents of ...

Partridge Creek Farm is perfecting vermicomposting

ISHPEMING — Grow a carrot with vermicompost mixed in the soil, and grow one without it. See which one grows better. Partridge Creek Farm now is offering vermicompost — created when worms are mixed with food scraps and other materials — to the public for use in gardens. Partridge Creek ...

Impact of hospice

MARQUETTE — When the clock struck noon on Thursday in Marquette, a choir of hand bells joined local church bells to honor and recognize those who have died under the care of hospice, as well as their families. The Marquette County Bells for Hospice event was held at the Marquette Commons. It ...

Report discloses how much toxic coal ash Michigan utilities produce

LANSING — Michigan electric utilities in 2016 generated nearly 1.5 million tons of coal ash, a waste material that can threaten water with arsenic, lead and mercury, according to a recent report. The toxic ash is often placed in landfills and waste ponds next to power plants and can ...

Blight battle continues in city of Ishpeming

MARQUETTE — Blight as defined by Merriam-Webster, is simply “a deteriorated condition.” But to government agencies, blighted properties — if left unchecked — have the potential to put strain on municipalities and their residents. The Marquette County Land Bank Authority has been ...

City talks lighthouse park plan

MARQUETTE — Capital projects proposed for the new lighthouse park in Marquette were discussed Thursday afternoon by city officials and residents inside the former U.S. Coast Guard station located on the park’s property. The roughly 5-acre waterfront parcel that rests along Lake Superior ...

US adds robust 250,000 jobs; pay growth fastest since 2009

WASHINGTON — The final major economic report before Tuesday’s congressional elections showed that U.S. employers added a stellar 250,000 jobs in October and raised average pay by the most in nearly a decade. At the same time, the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low of 3.7 ...

First 2 adenovirus cases in Marquette County confirmed

MARQUETTE — Marquette County has now seen its first two confirmed cases of Adenovirus 14 — a type of adenovirus that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections — in patients who have been hospitalized due to the illness, according to the Marquette County Health Department. These ...

Pros and cons

MARQUETTE — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to make a decision on Proposal 1, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, a proposed voter-initiated law that would legalize recreational marijuana if a simple majority of voters cast their ballots in favor of the proposal. With the decision ...

Ballot prop detailed

MARQUETTE — Proposal 1, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, is a voter-initiated proposal that would “authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through ...

Panel mulls 2019 budget shortfall

ISHPEMING—Ishpeming officials continue to wrestle with a projected shortage in the city’s general fund in 2019. During a special Ishpeming City Council meeting on Wednesday, councilors expressed concerns about a projected shortfall of $171,800 even after significant cuts. City Manager ...

GLRC receives $6,000 grant

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Recovery Centers Inc. recently announced that it has received a $6,000 grant from the Superior Health Foundation to train 10 to 20 teachers from across the Upper Peninsula in the mental health and high school curriculum. The eight-hour training will take place March ...

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

PITTSBURGH — The anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty today to federal charges that could put him on death row. Robert Bowers, 46, was arraigned one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charges him with ...

Do you believe in GHOSTS?

MARQUETTE — Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, sometimes things just can’t be explained. As grey clouds fill the sky and shriveling leaves drop to the cool ground, some claim that autumn is a time when senses are heightened. After all, the word “fall” derives from the Old ...

Tales about the authors

MARQUETTE — The following three authors have books written about ghost stories and supernatural experiences around the Upper Peninsula. The authors interviewed people who were willing to share personal experiences and other tales. By digging into historical documents, death certificates, ...

Ishpeming school officials talk tests

ISHPEMING — Top Ishpeming educators believe state tests are just a small part of determining classroom achievement, and there’s a better way to measure success. Seth Hoopingarner, principal at Ishpeming Middle/High School, talked about recently released SAT and M-STEP scores for public ...

Saying ‘No’ to hate

MARQUETTE — Eleven candles were lit beside the names of each victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Community members of all religious denominations gathered on the lawn of the Temple Beth Sholom in Marquette for a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost after Robert Bowers ...

City approves utility rate hike

MARQUETTE — Marquette city residents will see an increase of about 21 percent on their monthly water, sewer and stormwater bill come December. For all three utilities combined, an average customer will be charged around $16.78 more per month, or $201.36 annually. Rates will be evaluated at ...

Community survey results show need for PEG channel

NEGAUNEE — Survey says: Negaunee residents would like to tune into a public access channel. Of the 135 responses to the Community Needs Assessment survey sent out by the city in September, 107 respondents indicated that they felt the city would benefit from a Public, Educational and ...