Editorial

No-smoking effort working but more must be done

We applaud news from Lansing this week noting that what started as a small effort to help people kick a nasty habit has turned into a major health initiative.According to a story published by The Associated Press, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline has grown from a regional pilot project offering ...

Project Keep Kids Warm is difference for many families

Many people greet winter with great enthusiasm, thrilled by its chilly beauty and excited to participate in the many activities that mark the season in the Upper Peninsula.But for many families struggling to make ends meet, winter is a time of dread.Not only do they have concerns about paying ...

NMU concussion research potentially could help many

The damaging effects of sports concussions has drawn much attention in recent years, particularly at the pro sports level.There have been programs developed to track athletes who suffer head injuries to ensure they don't return to action too soon, threatening even greater brain damage.These ...

For Negaunee, it’s all about choices in cable TV flap

The news from Negaunee this week wasn't exactly new: The city owned and operated cable television system is operating at a deficit, again, and no one seems to know how to fix it, again.A Page 1 story in Tuesday's Mining Journal penned by Staff Writer Zach Jay had all of the details. According ...

KLT congratulated for preserving Hungarian Falls

Congratulations go out to the Keweenaw Land Trust for preserving a small slice of the Copper Country for future generations.The non-profit trust acquired a 10-acre parcel of property from Torch Lake Township located north of Lake Linden in Houghton County. On the property is Hungarian Falls, a ...

NMU’s ROTC program has proved worth over years

After 44 years at Northern Michigan University, the familiar sight of U.S. Army cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program clad in Army fatigues on campus may soon be a thing of the past.That's because the Army earlier this month sent a notice to NMU -and 12 other universities across ...

Time grows short to find solution to power plant issue

We support Gov. Rick Snyder in his quest for any solution that keeps the Presque Isle Power Plant operating and does not result in unaffordable rates for consumers.We also agree with previous assessments by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. that the plant, which employs 170 ...

New tools should be used to battle auto insurance fraud

Those who specialize in auto insurance fraud are deceptively thorough in crafting bogus documents to fool authorities.The result of their high-tech phony handiwork is that honest Michigan drivers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars in higher insurance costs.To crack down on the mounting ...

Police alert residents to new money scam working in area

There is another scam working in the Upper Peninsula that we, and local law enforcement authorities, want to warn residents about.According to a front page story in Friday's paper penned by Journal Staff Writer Jackie Stark, Michigan State Police spokesmen said the scam involves people posing ...

Baraga Avenue Harvest Festival this weekend

An exciting new event hits the community Saturday thanks to the efforts of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.The event is the inaugural Baraga Avenue Harvest Festival, which will take place in the 100 block of that street. This celebration of autumn and its harvest will feature food ...

County Road 550 delays necessary, unavoidable

You don't have to drive very far up Marquette County Road 550 to realize there is a whole lot of construction going on.In fact, it becomes evident as you leave the city of Marquette and head north, running into the first project at the Dead River bridge over 550.The roadway from Marquette to ...

Credit goes to MGH’s Muller on variety of fronts

Marquette General Hospital president Gary Muller announced his retirement this week effective Dec. 31.Muller, who arrived in Marquette in November 2007, will continue in the role of president and CEO of Superior Health Partners, an affiliation of nine Upper Peninsula hospitals and Blue Cross ...

Location of wreck in Lake Superior a significant feat

Just months after locating the long lost lake freighter Henry B. Smith, which had disappeared in a wicked Lake Superior gale in 1913, researchers have located another wreck on the bottom: the Scotiadoc.The Associated Press reported that the 424-foot Scotiadoc sank after colliding with the ...

Recognition of Dompierres, school very appropriate

It isn't often that government gets it right the first time around but that's the case with an award given last week to the Dompierre family and the Ishpeming Public Schools by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.Last Friday, the Dompierres and school received a civil rights award for their ...

Peaking fall color a dazzling draw for residents, visitors

The Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association in Kingsford is projecting the peak of the fall color season to be upon us in many parts of the Upper Peninsula this week or next.From blue skies over blazing hardwoods to peaceful ponds and gently flowing, salmon-filled rivers, the ...

Snap entitlement judgments will hurt young, vulnerable

The proponents of cuts to the nation's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program say they would like to replace "the lifestyle of government dependency with the self-respect and upward economic mobility that comes from work." So would we.So would the millions of Americans who supplement their ...

Blackrocks Brewery expansion a project that refreshes

If you're a lover of craft-brewed beer, and even if you're not, you have to love Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette.Undeterred by an economy that still faces challenges, the folks that own and operate the popular North Front Street watering hole acquired the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on West ...

Loss of Ben Mukkala has been felt by entire community

It has been a bit more than a week since Ben Mukkala passed away.As we reflect on his storied life, we hope our friend - a longtime Mining Journal columnist - knew how much he was loved and respected.Since his passing, The Mining Journal has received phone calls, emails and letters from people ...

Study good first step in determining ore dock future

The Marquette City Commission took the first steps Monday toward securing the future of one of the city's premiere landmarks: the Lower Harbor ore dock.The commission approved a $78,000 contract with GEI Consultants of Marquette to study the ore dock's structure and condition - an analysis ...

Dams in state badly in need of repair, replacement

Several weeks ago, an Associated Press report that bridges in the state of Michigan that are in difficult condition made headlines.Now, it's dams.In an in depth story for Sunday's editions, The Detroit Free Press reported that dams scattered all over the Michigan map are in varying states of ...