Editorial

New loan program will assist local businesses

A new fund announced this week will provide a total of $750,000 for loans to Marquette County entrepreneurs to get loans for equipment or working capital.We think this new effort developed by the Lundin Foundation, Eagle Mine and Northern Initiatives will provide a good deal of new opportunity ...

Superior Dome will rock high school football today

Are you ready for some football? Today's the day for you, then, as Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome will be the site of a triple dose of Michigan High School Athletic Association football semifinal action featuring Upper Peninsula teams Ishpeming, Menominee and Forest Park.For just ...

JFK assassination anniversary should give pause to all

There are just a handful of historic events living Americans recognize have galvanized memories to the point that most everyone can recall with clarity where they were and what they were doing when news arrived.Certainly the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 falls into that category, ...

Bell ringers help spread holiday cheer for all

There are many traditions of the holidays that put people into the spirit of the season, from area homes being decorated for Thanksgiving and Christmas to joyful concerts and social gatherings.Perhaps one of the most notable and worthy traditions, though, is the Salvation Army's Red Kettle ...

MTU solar energy study should produce usable results

We'll be interested, along with a great many people, we suspect, to see results of a study launched by Michigan Tech University in Houghton recently to determine if and to what degree snow affects solar panels.MTU researchers who launched the effort project it will to take up to two years to ...

Small investment in Ishpeming fire hall pays off

We applaud the city of Ishpeming for making a modest investment to its fire hall, thereby extending the life of the facility at a reasonably low cost.For about $93,000, a contractor improved the structural integrity of the century-old facility, city officials told us recently.The key feature ...

State meth bills positive steps in combating menace

Legislation introduced by Michigan House Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, would make it illegal to sell products with pseudoephedrine in them to people with drug felony convictions without a valid prescription.Kivela's bill was part of a bi-partisan package of bills aimed at making it more ...

American, US Airways agreement good for Sawyer, region

We'd like to celebrate with Sawyer International Airport the recent good news we've reported regarding the airport, its flights and passenger counts.In an agreement filed Tuesday, US Airways and American Airlines agreed to continue flight service to six airports in Michigan, including Sawyer ...

‘We the people’ must share blame for political mess

Over the past month, Americans have castigated, upbraided, mocked and lampooned their representatives in Washington over their behavior in the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis. Never in the history of the English language has the word "dysfunction" been used so frequently. Poll after ...

Commonsense, planning best in firearm deer season

With the firearm hunting season in full swing, more hunters are the woods than during any other season all year.With the increased numbers of hunters in the woods, the number of deadly weapons being carried also skyrockets.This means everyone - even those not hunting - needs to exercise extreme ...

Canathon helps restock area food pantries

Hunger knows no season, but as winter settles in to the Upper Peninsula, this becomes a time when food banks can benefit from hearts which might be a bit more generous as the holiday season approaches.One of the local efforts making a real impact in the battle against hunger is the 2013 edition ...

Deer Lake cleanup well worth years of effort

It was certainly good news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brought to Ishpeming last week when we learned an area lake may finally be cleaned up.The body of water in question is Deer Lake north of town, which has been listed as one of 43 areas of concern in the Great Lakes region ...

Library program a positive example of grassroots effort

We like a movement that's slowly taking root around the country - including at least two places right here in the Upper Peninsula - that not only encourages reading but fosters a positive sense of community and sharing.The Little Free Library concept goes something like this: Books of whatever ...

Winter driving means safety, planning foremost

Superiorland drivers awoke Monday morning to windshields that needed to be scraped and roads that needed to be navigated - carefully.Although the National Weather Service tells us the skies will be sunny Wednesday and temperatures a moderate 45, winter is here.If history holds, as area drivers ...

If you have a chance today, thank a veteran

Officially declared a legal holiday by the U.S Congress in 1938, Veterans Day has become a time to honor those that honorably served their country in the U.S. military.Today, all across this country we will throw parades for our veterans, hand out flags, proclaim our support for our troops in ...

Motives of road, mine opponents easy to observe

At a meeting Monday night, the Marquette County Road Commission is expected to discuss a recommendation from the Marquette County Board which was passed last week.The county board -acting on the request of opponents of the Eagle Mine and a $20.8 million project to widen, pave and in some cases, ...

Local cities should reap the riches from nat gas drilling

Rochester has lost out for now on an opportunity that could enrich both residents and its government coffers, allowing a misinformation campaign to scare off two Traverse City-based engineering companies that wanted to lease mineral rights on public land. Community members opposed the lease, ...

Superiorland trio of teams continues on championship trail

Tonight, three Superiorland high school football teams - the "Boys of Fall" as so memorably named in a song by country star Kenny Chesney - will continue their quest for a Michigan High School Athletic Association championship.In Division 8, the L'Anse Purple Hornets will travel to Crystal ...

Ski, snowboard hall 2013 inductees best of the best

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame officials in the city of Ishpeming have announced their 2013 inductees.And what a wonderful class it is.According to a hall of fame written statement widely distributed to media this week, they include big mountain skier Scot Schmidt, freestyle pioneer and ...

Food bank can use additional donations

The Ishpeming Knights of Columbus this week kicked off what we hope will be a tradition as the holidays approach - donating to local food banks.The Knights presented a $2,000 check to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Ishpeming, which can certainly use the assistance.According to ...