Editorial

State budget surplus serves both policy and politics goals

Spreading Michigan's budget surplus to cover as many bases as possible seems to be the goal of Gov. Rick Snyder's final first-term spending plan, while not-so-subtly answering the demands of election year politics.Presented recently, it's a smart blueprint that gets a good deal of mileage out ...

100DayArtProject a good way to get community involved

It's our belief that arts and culture play a critical role in the fabric of a community.That's why we were so pleased to learn of a community-wide arts program that will span some 100 days.The Community 100DayProject art project will have participants work on an artistic endeavor every day for ...

Valentine’s Day an appropriate time to share adoption story

On a day that's all about hearts, we must thank David and Amy Bond and Judith Wanichek Adams for opening theirs.The Bonds are the young couple from Negaunee who shared the story of their search for David's birth mother in a two-part story that appeared in The Mining Journal Thursday and ...

U.P. 200 offers excitement, fun for everyone

It doesn't seem that long ago that the first sled dogs bolted from the starting gate and sprinted down Washington Street through a large, loud crowd of spectators in the inaugural Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Championships.However, that cold February day was way back in 1990, and from then on the ...

Delft Theater project a boon to city’s downtown area

We were pleased to learn that plans are proceeding apace to resurrect the Delft Theater in downtown Marquette.Mining Journal readers Tuesday found out that the Marquette City Commission the night before had OK'd an application for a Community Development Block Grant to help offset costs ...

Olympics may be recalled for mishaps rather than athletics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us and with the world watching, there have been a great many interesting mishaps taking center stage and overshadowing the actual competition. It's starting to look like the collateral damage the city of Sochi and Russia as a whole is enduring will be what the ...

Cliffs donations underscore firm’s commitment to area

Cliffs Natural Resources recently announced its intention to donate a total of $400,000 to charitable organizations in Marquette County over the next five years.We're happy to see Cliffs continuing its long-standing tradition of supporting the community surrounding its mining operations.The ...

Election season has already started so meet the candidates

Though it may not seem possible, this year's election season is upon us or is at least probably a lot closer than you think. If you need any more proof of this contention, take note of all the political figures making trips to the Upper Peninsula, with increasing frequency.In recent weeks we ...

Changes needed by state to promote hunting

I hesitated to write this commentary regarding the decimated deer herd in knowing the juggling act that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has to endure with pressure coming from the auto insurance industry, farmers, sportsman's clubs, the timber industry and licensing, to name a ...

Michigan has no reason to license so many occupations

Should the state license doctors and lawyers? Almost everyone would say "yes," given the harm that could be suffered at the hands of an unqualified and unscrupulous practitioner.But how about barbers, landscape architects, manicurists and window installers? It's a lot harder to make a case that ...

Olympics should bring out the best everyone

As the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, Superiorland residents have a special interest in that we can watch for athletes who have a connection to our area.The opening ceremonies will be broadcast on WLUC-TV6 starting at 7:30 p.m. today.Some of the locally connected athletes to watch ...

Gwinn schools cited for being tops in Marquette County

Congratulations must go out to the Gwinn Area Community Schools for doing so well in an educational review.It was revealed recently that the Center for Michigan's Bridge Magazine Academic State Champs study released late last month ranks Gwinn Area Community Schools as the best district in ...

Area ski jumping tradition still going strong

The thrill of watching brave athletes sail off the lip of the scaffolding and into the cold February sky at Suicide Hill has been experienced for more than 125 years, and will be repeated again this evening.The 127th annual Ski Jumping Tournament will get under way at about 6 p.m., with ...

Anniversary reminds us how technology has changed society

Today marks a very important anniversary in the history of technology: Mark Zuckerberg 10 years ago on this date founded Facebook and changed the lives of millions forever.It's hard for anyone to deny the social impact Facebook has had on its more than 1.3 billion users worldwide. Since the ...

New North Star program will offer new opportunity

Another early education opportunity could be available to area youngsters come fall with North Star Academy's announcement it's opening a Montessori preschool program, contingent on enrollment numbers.Karen Anderson, North Star's CEO and superintendent, said the program would need at least 15 ...

Grant program should assist local units of government

In smaller communities, it is often difficult to come by required funding for upgrades to roads, buildings and other features. In many cases, without partnerships, much of the work that does get accomplished would never happen.Fortunately, for Michigamme Township -and other small communities ...

Convicted felons must be given an honest chance to work

Those convicted of felonies often face difficulties finding work after being released from prison.The unfortunate result is that many return to a life of crime. A package of three bills in the Michigan Legislature has been crafted to improve the employment opportunities available to state ...

New phone scam in area seeks to bilk residents

Regrettably, we find it necessary to once again use this space to issue an alert to local residents about a telephone scam that is apparently working in our area.According to a press release emailed to area media Friday afternoon by the Chocolay Township Police Department, the caller identifies ...

Recent frigid weather helps this weekend’s event

We Yoopers are a resilient lot. We go about our business, even as the snow piles up, even in incredibly cold weather.A string of days with temperatures in the double-digit below zero category - and wind chills in the minus 50 range - was brutal for even the most experienced Upper Peninsula ...

Trail town title puts city on national hiking map

The Marquette area has made great strides in recent years to develop and maintain the many trails that criss-cross the area.There are pathways for hikers, bicyclists, joggers and skiers, and they get extensive use by many of the area's residents and visitors alike.Perhaps the most prestigious ...