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Naming of poet laureate good for Upper Peninsula

Poetry and the Upper Peninsula are intertwined, and that’s a good thing. Marty Achatz, an Ishpeming native, has just been named the U.P.’s third poet laureate, succeeding Andrea Scarpino and Russ Thorburn. Achatz was to give a reading, along with other poets and writers, Tuesday night ...

Proposed state enviro committees would seem a positive move

State legislative moves to reestablish a pair of citizen oversight committees to keep an eye on environmental enforcement have a lot of people talking — in and out of the capital. House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills in the respective chambers to set up panels to monitor the ...

Public forum on police matters of interest to readers

From time to time over the years, we’ve used this space to recommend that our readers seriously consider attending this gathering or that public session, because we felt whatever it was, held sufficient importance that attendance would likely advance some public good. That, then, is the ...

Sugarloaf grant effort will pay many dividends

Marquette County’s Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area is one of the region’s premier jewels when it comes to outdoor recreational attractions. The breathtaking vantage point the mountain offers provides a unique perspective of our state’s north coast. At the summit, you can easily see ...

City continues its commitment to green space

One of the key factors that mobile, professional types often cite in deciding where to live is the amount of publicly available green space that’s in a given area. What is the status of the local parks system? What amenities can be found and where? How about trails, non-motorized and ...

Mark Ulrickson scholarship is very much appropriate

The establishment of a scholarship fund in memory of a Marquette-area ophthalmologist is a wonderful way to secure his legacy in our community. The Mark Ulrickson Memorial Scholarship Fund will present $1,000 annually to a Marquette County student who excels academically and demonstrates ...

Ishpeming skate park a worthy goal for council to pursue

The Ishpeming City Council unanimously voted its support this week for the construction of a skate park in that city. The project, discussed on and off for the past three decades or so, enjoys the broad support of young people, a fair number of whom attended the meeting when the council took ...

Jail diversion grant a good way to handle mentally ill offenders

What good comes out of putting a mentally ill person behind bars without the proper treatment? Pathways Community Mental Health recently received a $260,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a jail diversion program in Marquette County. The purpose of the ...

Negaunee working with MDOT on water main project

The city of Negaunee’s recent decision to OK the construction of a new water main through the U.S. 41 rock-cut between Croix Street and Chippewa Drive appears to be a win-win situation. Last week, the council approved installing an 8-inch main permitting improved water service to the ...

Urban agriculture not going away in Chocolay Township

Professional planners call it urban agriculture, the practice of growing and raising that which is typically found on rural farms in urban environments. For some, that means vegetable gardens, everything from modest deck and balcony tomato patches to full-blown backyard gardens, complete with ...

Safety always first when venturing out onto area ice

Even though we may not be completely finished with the cold temperatures this season, this weekend’s warmer than normal weather is a clear indication that the spring thaw is certainly on its way. We’ve all seen how the layer of ice covering the Great Lakes can remain long after the snow ...

What is Trump afraid of most?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style. Why does ...

Weekend filled with great events for whole family

What a weekend we have coming up. Not only does the area host the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Championships, one of winter’s best events, but a plethora of other great happenings take place in Marquette and the vicinity. The U.P. 200, of course, includes three sled dog races, the main race, which ...

Number of people killed in vehicle crashes going up

Just when we thought it was safe to go out onto the nation’s highways, we now learn the number of people killed each year is increasing. According to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety cited in an Associated Press story, U.S. traffic deaths rose 7 percent to 35,092 ...

DNR officer’s quick action saved life of Gladstone boy

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

State education budget a step in right direction but more must be done

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $128 million increase for K-12 schools, which may be good news for some but still a cause for concerns for others. The budget will continue to allocate extra money to the lowest-funded school districts to reduce the equity gap between those districts and the ...

Marquette Township US 41 underpass project has merit

Plans to run a non-motorized underpass beneath U.S 41 in Marquette Township appear, at a glance, at least, to have merit. The concept to place the underpass in a location that connects the south Noquemanon Trail Network to the Little Presque Isle public trail system is one that has been ...

Negaunee council beginning to look at city DDA restart

The Negaunee City Council is considering whether to restart the city’s Downtown Development Authority, putting it back into working order more than a dozen years after the panel apparently just stopped meeting. The council, business leaders and others in Negaunee have been discussing this ...

Unfunded public benefit liability must be addressed

Call it the 600 pound elephant in the living room, the problem that few people in positions of power want to discuss. Call it what you will but state government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and ...

Newly released economic data from Cliffs is good news

Cliffs Natural Resources released a batch of financial statistics Thursday that offered more than a little evidence the company is starting to turn the corner. Long-buffeted and in dire straits along with much of the rest of the domestic iron ore and steel industries, Cliffs reported ...