Editorial

Chocolay Raptor Center deserves community support

The Chocolay Raptor Center again came to the rescue of injured wildlife, the latest being two rehabilitated American kestrels released back into the wild at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course Wednesday. It’s another success story for the center, which has been doing as much as it can to save ...

Classic car show to serve a much larger purpose

Third Street in Marquette will be lined with some real hot rods this weekend as the first-ever “Classic Cars on Third Street” takes place this Saturday. Organizers tell us the event has received a pretty positive response so far, and it is expected to draw people from across the Upper ...

Blame from violent attacks must lie on responsible parties

On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held for Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into demonstrators who were protesting a white supremacy rally. Heyer, 32, was with a group of counterprotesters that were gathered to show an alternative viewpoint to the ...

Possible Vista Theater restructuring seems the right decision

Being financially prudent often makes sense, but it can come with difficulty. The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council has a plan to restructure the operations of the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee, basically separating the theater’s players and producers from the people raising funds ...

Local veterans relief fund something worth looking into

Without a doubt, many of us will face financial hardships at one point or another during our lives. A bit of good news for veterans in Marquette County is that they can find some assistance through the Soldier Sailor Relief Act. The state-mandated program, administered by the Marquette ...

Ore to Shore a positive for our local area

This past weekend, Marquette County welcomed roughly 2,000 bicyclists for the 18th annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. The competition is touted as the Midwest’s largest mass-start, point-to-point race, and each year the buzz of bicycles is heard rolling through the trails and streets ...

City should proceed with caution when taking on debt

Though there was some dissent among officials, the Marquette City Commission recently approved a pretty sizable contract for infrastructure and energy upgrades which contractors say will save the city millions of dollars over the next two decades. Whether it’s gasoline for the family car or ...

Trump needs cool head, statesmanship in dispute with NK

Someone needs to turn the heat down on the rhetoric flying between Washington, D.C. and President Donald Trump and Pyongyang and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Threatening each other on nearly a daily basis with destruction, nuclear and otherwise, is doing little to promote peace and ...

Marquette Maritime Museum a great community asset

The Marquette Maritime Museum is a jewel in our community. As it plans a number of events to mark Maritime Month, we hope community members attend one or more of these events to support the museum which has as its stated mission “to preserve and protect the maritime history of Marquette, Lake ...

Federal report on Asian carp contains good ideas, plans

Although it took longer than expected and the delay caused some to allege the Trump administration was playing politics with the health of the Great Lakes fishery, a federal report containing a series of recommendations on how best to battle the invasive Asian carp in a key access in Illinois ...

New state report on Empire Mine shutdown offers community hope

A report commissioned by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. in April, “The Empire Mine Layoff and Economic Future of the West End and Marquette County,” was released today. The project was spearheaded by Northern Michigan University professor Michael J. Broadway and Olivia ...

Dillman a great choice for U.P. Vet of the Year award

It’s hard to imagine a more deserving recipient for the prestigious Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year award than Larry Lee Dillman. The Negaunee man, who is a Vietman War veteran, was recently notified that he was the 2017 winner. Dillman served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 24 years, ...

Being informed voter key to our democracy working as it should

Founding father Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying: “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” We believe an informed electorate is ...

Growing Marquette County Fair continues to delight attendees

The smell of elephant ears, Croatian chicken and manure will fill the air this coming weekend as a wide open field in Sands Township, dotted with a few permanent structures, becomes saturated with vendors, vehicles, carnival rides and fairgoers. The Marquette County Fair is slated to kick off ...

Pictured Rocks now can be considered money — literally

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County will soon get national recognition of an unusual variety when a particularly scenic stretch of beach appears on a special quarter. Set for unveiling in 2018, the design representing Pictured Rocks depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree ...

N.Y. Times notice underscores region’s positive attributes

Yoopers don’t need validation: we know how awesome the Upper Peninsula is. Still, it’s nice when someone from the outside “gets” the area and all it has to offer, scenery-wise, cuisine-wise and activity-wise. And that’s what just happened when New York Times Travel Editor Steve ...

Competition served city, residents well in recent garbage bids

The Marquette City Commission this week voted to stick with Waste Management for curbside garbage removal. The fact that the commission put the cost of curbside removal up for bids ended up saving the city over $200,000 per year. Eagle Waste & Recycling out of Eagle River, Wisconsin, ...

New Marquette County League of Women Voters a positive step

The current political climate is a strange one. Nationwide, it’s very polarized, with all sides sometimes being unyielding or at least antagonistic to each other, regardless of who is “right.” Locally, many issues face residents, from new development to millage renewals and other ...

Eagle Mine mineral lease request has a lot of people talking

Intriguing. That’s how we’d characterize a request from Eagle Mine to lease the mineral rights on thousands of Upper Peninsula acres including a small number of acres in Marquette County. According to Meagen Morrison, social responsibility adviser at Eagle Mine, most of the Marquette ...

Region represented on new statewide education committee

Two of 24 teachers from districts across the state selected to serve on a committee to guide implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act are from the Upper Peninsula. Chris Woods is from Calumet while Gina Pepin is from Escanaba. They will join 22 others from K-12 public schools in ...