Editorial

New festival offers respite from winter blues

We couldn’t be more excited to learn about a brand new festival coming to Marquette, just in time to help chase away the winter blues. It’s touted by its organizers thusly: “To celebrate Marquette’s love of both winter and music, a group of the city’s non-profits have joined forces ...

Wandering wolf aside, Isle Royale relocation program the right choice

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland. The female was one of four wolves placed on the island in an attempt to repopulate the species, which was ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

Utility, emergency crews to be lauded for ice storm response

The aftereffects still linger from Monday’s ice storm, but they could have been worse. You have your local utility workers and others to thank for that. An estimated 10,000 people were without power at the height of Monday’s storm, but only 400 didn’t have it as of Tuesday ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to ply trade

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

Count of homeless people provides valuable information

In the little brick building in Marquette’s downtown where pizzas used to be served, people are now seeking shelter and hope. At 447 W. Washington St. is the Room at the Inn Warming Center, a place that offers the things many of us take for granted every day to people down on their luck. A ...

Loss of Todd Honch felt by community

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the death of one of the best newspaper carriers we have ever had. Todd Honch had been delivering the newspaper as an independent contractor for 20 years. Todd always had a great disposition and he was very much loved by his customers. Todd was ...

Marquette County LWV getting closer to becoming own chapter

We’re pleased to report that the Marquette County League of Women Voters unit, which technically is a part of the Delta County league chapter, continues to take steps to become its own organization. And that’s good news for area voters, especially in this day and age when partisan politics ...

Hockeyville, this is a great weekend to show support

This is a weekend during which Marquette can show why it was chosen Kraft Hockeyville USA in 2016. Not only will the Northern Michigan University Wildcats be facing off against WCHA foe Bowling Green both Friday and Saturday nights at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, there will be ...

New UPAWS facility is real community asset to facilitate adoptions

On Tuesday, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter opened the doors to its new facility, located at 815 M-553 South in Gwinn (Sands Township). The shelter spent the previous two weeks relocating from the old shelter to the new one. “This is going to be a wonderful facility for the ...

Planning the city’s parks and recreation world moving forward

Updating a master plan is needed for municipalities to continue on a proper course of action in many areas. Locally, one of the latest plans to be updated was the city of Marquette’s five-year Parks and Recreation Plan, which will serve as a guide for future projects and to help seek grant ...

Snow shoveling should be done with care, caution

Old man winter has done a lot more than simply visiting sub-zero temperatures on the area in the past week. According to local officials, as much as a foot of snow, pushed by gusting winds, has piled up, especially in the outlying areas, snow that has to be relocated from drive and ...

Residents should become involved in Negaunee project

We join Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron and the newly reactivited Downtown Development authority in encouraging city residents to get involved in the planning process for the city’s downtown. The DDA, which had been inactive for some time, held its first meeting recently and is focused ...

BLP Board doing what it can to address noise complaints from residents

Although it’s going to cost some money to fix, the Marquette Board of Light and Power seems to be going in the right direction on addressing noise complaints related to Marquette Energy Center operations. Exactly how much, at this writing, is unclear, although the BLP Board last week voted ...

Happy birthday! State marking 182 years young today

It was 182 years ago today that the Great Lakes State became whole, when President Andrew Jackson gave his stamp of approval to make Michigan the nation’s 26th state. How many of you knew that the Michigan Constitution was written in 1835, two years before the state was formally admitted to ...

Weekend of Noque races are a welcomed winter event

It’s a weekend winter enthusiasts absolutely love and local businesses must savor. It’s Noque weekend. The 21st running of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon is set for this weekend. The main events are point-to-point cross-country ski races, but there are events for snowshoers and skijorers ...

Attending open house a good way to learn about climate change

Some people swear climate change is happening while others don’t believe it. In what category do you fall? If you want to learn more about the issue, consider attending the discussion of the Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Plan at an open house set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at ...

Corporate sponsors support major wintertime events

A pair of key corporate entities have stepped up in the greater Marquette area in support of major wintertime events. mBank, it was revealed last week, has earmarked $10,000 for the 30th annual Upper Peninsula 200 sled dog races, joining The Mining Journal and Eagle Mine as major sponsors of ...

Bitter temps should prompt caution in outdoor activities

With bitter cold temperatures inhibiting outdoor activities for the past couple of days and more cold weather predicted for the next several days, Michigan State Police are advising residents exercise care and caution when outside. “Extremely cold temperatures can be hazardous and ...