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Merit pay OK’d for teachers

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education on Monday approved merit pay for “effective” and “highly effective” teachers. The board voted for staff having the choice of half a merit day for effective teachers or a full merit day for highly effective staff, or a ...

Honoring contributions to the community, region

MARQUETTE — Compassionate volunteer. Successful career woman. Inspirational leader. Kind mentor. Determined and committed organizer. Effective educator. Strong advocate. Loving mother. These were just a few of the words used to describe Susan Madden of Marquette, the winner of this ...

Marquette eyes parks and rec plan update

MARQUETTE — Marquette’s Community Services Department received feedback from residents about the department’s parks and recreation plan during a public forum at Lakeview Arena Monday evening. With the help of Dick Horton Consulting, city staff is in the process of crafting its five-year ...

Array of benefits

Editor’s note: Living Green is an original Mining Journal weekly series that will profile the many things local individuals and businesses can and are doing to sustain the earth. MARQUETTE — There’s a new array of solar panels in town. The adjoining rooftops of Donckers and The Delft ...

Veteran James, incumbent Stabenow vie for Senate seat

LANSING — West Point graduate with two master’s degrees. Iraq War helicopter pilot. CEO. The first black Republican ever nominated for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan. John James undoubtedly stands out. His next mission: trying to defeat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who has rarely lost ...

Exploring heritage gaining popularity

MARQUETTE— The Marquette County Genealogical Society hosted the second workshop in the Genealogy Topics series, Digitizing Family Photographs, Wednesday evening at Peter White Public Library in the computer lab. “The Marquette County Genealogical Society wants to promote interest in ...

Invasive species, pollution worry people most

LANSING — Great Lakes residents are more concerned about invasive species than climate change, according to a recent poll. But researchers say the two are closely linked. “Climate change is just one more disturbance that helps invasive species to rise,” said Carrie Brown-Lima, ...

DeSantis, Gillum tackle Trump and more in Florida debate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn’t a big fan of Donald Trump, but he said during a televised debate that he’d gladly work with the president to bring money to the state for needed projects. “That’s just not the way it works,” said his ...

Love your Library

Participants stand on the front steps of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette for the Love Your Library event. Library officials asked for 200 supporters to join in “hugging” the building to show how much the facility is loved. Participants circled the library as photographer ...

‘Taking a stand’

Legislation aims to cut utility taxes MARQUETTE — By delaying approval of easements requested by a utility company needed to construct a new natural gas pipeline across county property, the Marquette County Board of Commissioners is gathering that company’s support in opposition of ...

Tax bill explained

MARQUETTE — Senate Bill 1031, a proposed bill that would make certain types of qualified personal utility property tax exempt, has been under much discussion in Michigan, as proponents say it would address high energy costs, but opponents say it would significantly erode state and local tax ...

Snyder appoints two trustees to NMU board

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — Gov. Rick Snyder has announced two appointments to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. Travis Weber of Detroit and Stephen Young of Lansing will replace trustees whose terms expire Dec. 31, according to an NMU press release. “We are ...

Wet weather puts UPPCO’s hydro facilities to work

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — Significant rainfall and cooler temperatures may have dampened the spirits of outdoor enthusiasts this fall, but the silver-lining has been an increase in the production of clean, renewable energy from Upper Peninsula Power Company's hydroelectric generation ...

Archaeology rocks!

Above, from left, Riley Conklin, 8, Chloe Lacrosse, 9, and Theo Hokenson, 6, learn about petroglyphs and create their own at the Marquette Regional History Center’s sixth annual Archaeology Fair Saturday afternoon. Below, after trying some pickled eggs, Levin MacIvor-Andersen, 7, tastes some ...

Ghosts of Lighthouse Point

MARQUETTE— The public is invited to join museum staff — and a few ghostly spirits — for a haunted tour of the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Point during their fundraiser titled The Ghosts of Lighthouse Point. The last tour is from 7-9 p.m. today. Tickets are $10 and ...

Stormwater solutions

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township officials want to work toward educating the public about its stormwater system. Ditches and culverts were the topic of discussion during a joint meeting of the Marquette Township Board and the Marquette County Road Commission on Thursday. By and large, ...

‘Bad math’

By DAVID KOENIG AP Business Writer The CEO of a mining company exploded at Wall Street analysts on Friday, saying they don’t know how to read financial reports and should quit their jobs. “You guys should resign for your lack of knowledge of things,” said Lourenco Goncalves, the ...

Foresters discuss regional forest management

ISHPEMING — Forests aren’t habitats that typically can be left to mature and be well-managed on their own, what with all the human intervention that’s gone on throughout the years. Management activities for various areas, referred to as compartments, in the Michigan Department of ...

DNR to lower Lake LeVasseur in Marquette County

HARVEY — Beginning next month, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will draw down the waters of Lake LeVasseur in Chocolay Township for minor dam repair work and to improve wildlife habitat. Lake LeVasseur is a managed marsh complex, created in 1953 with placement of a dam on ...