Editorial

Iron Ore Heritage Trail a regional attraction worthy of upgrades

One of the crown jewels in the region’s trail system, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, received many upgrades in 2016, and more appear to be on the way. The Ishpeming City Council last week heard about the trail’s improvements from Carol Fulsher, administrator of the Iron Ore Heritage ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Delft Bistro nearly finished, ready for opening in downtown

From all accounts, the Delft Bistro in Marquette will open in the next few weeks, capping several years of planning and construction. In the most recent development, the Marquette City Commission last week voted to approve an on-premises class C liquor license, needed to round out the ...

New parking fees, meters in Marquette won’t solve problems

Marquette’s downtown district has seen much success over the years, becoming known as a welcoming place for visitors and natives alike to do business, shop and dine and generally be entertained. However, there are some changes taking shape that might cause at least a few people to second ...

Safety always first when out on area snowmobile trails

Whether you're talking about sled sales, parts and maintenance, gasoline, lodging, food and clothing, snowmobiles comprise a significant portion of the Upper Peninsula's wintertime economy. The economic health of a great many businesses — and employees of the businesses — literally depend ...

Winter getting you down? Heikki Lunta to the rescue

Thanks to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club, area residents will have a special way to enjoy the snow and cold this weekend: Heikki Lunta is back in Negaunee. The Heikki Lunta Festival is back after a two-year hiatus thanks to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club along with Travel Marquette, Ponsse, ...

Zdunek a solid choice to continue as YMCA director

Although it came as no particular surprise, the board that oversees the YMCA in Marquette County voted Monday to make Jenna Zdunek permanent executive director. Zdunek, who has worked for the YMCA for 15 years, had served as interim director for much of 2016, after the previous director ...

Grant would greatly benefit stormwater project along Hawley

Stormwater runoff is a fact of life, and it needs to be addressed. The Marquette City Commission has decided to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency grant so runoff along Hawley Street could be filtered through wetlands before draining into Lake Superior. If the EPA OKs the $401,000 ...

Snyder legacy badly tarnished by Flint water crisis

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

KBIC 2 percent funds being used wisely in community

A pair of drowning deaths last summer in choppy Lake Superior waters off the Little Presque Isle recreational site north of the city of Marquette left the community reeling. And although the specific circumstances made it impossible for law enforcement, US Coast Guard, fire departments or ...

Internet safety to be the subject of public session in Negaunee

There is no doubt that the internet has quickly and continuously grown to become more prevalent in essentially every part of our lives. We use it to shop for clothes, to check our bank accounts or to stay in touch with loved ones. With the click of a mouse you can even order a pizza and have ...

Canadian plan to bury nuke waste near lakes is wrong

Unbelievable. That’s our assessment, and the opinion of many others, of a proposal being advanced by a Canadian company to store toxic nuclear waste in a limestone chamber near Lake Huron. Ontario Power Generation has taken fire since from both sides of the border since it rolled out this ...

Special Olympics Winter Games set for Saturday

It’s a chance to watch some of the most enthusiastic athletes ever: the 2017 U.P. Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games is happening Saturday at Marquette Mountain. We hope many folks find some time to get out to Marquette Mountain to cheer on the participating athletes. These Special ...

Use planned for Citadel in city very appropriate

Plans announced in recent days that the east-side Marquette structure, known generally as the Citadel, has been sold and will once again serve as a house of worship, have a lot of people in the area talking. Located at 223 Blaker St. the venerable structure, noted for its stately ...

Why you should know, and care about pension liabilities

Tuesday’s front page of The Mining Journal featured an in-depth introduction to the newspaper’s series on pension liabilities. Staff writer Mary Wardell’s well-researched article kicks off more stories on this complicated, but important, topic. First, it must be understood what ...

We must all do our part to stop the spread of fake news

According to a story posted three years ago on nationalreport.net, one Colorado pot shop is accepting food stamps. That’s right, taxpayer-funded marijuana for welfare recipients. Er, wait. That doesn’t sound right. We’ve heard it a thousand times before: Just because it’s on the ...

Happy New Year: Now, get cracking on those resolutions

Welcome to the second day of 2017. It's a brand new year, a blank page. Even if you're not one of the 40 percent or more of Americans that make a New Year's resolution, this time in the year typically spurs self-reflection. Millions of Americans resolve to change something they are less ...

Here’s to a busy 2016, and a hope that 2017 will be even better

The final day of 2016 is here, and before you know it, it’ll be over. But as we look through the pages of The Mining Journal and reflect on our news coverage over the past 12 months, it’s clear that this year has been a busy one. And while there have been several significant events ...

Boost good for Trillium House and community

The central Upper Peninsula is the only part of the U.P. without a hospice house. Hopefully, that will change soon. A hospice provides end-of-life care for people with terminal illnesses. It also is an extended home, in a way, for the families of those patients who don’t want to leave their ...

Carrie Fisher’s legacy will be multi-dimensional

Hollywood is known for its spin, with celebrities going on the defensive when something goes wrong in their lives, or being overly concerned about their carefully crafted public personas. Even in today’s more tell-all environment, image can be everything. Yet actress Carrie Fisher, who died ...