Editorial

NIT basketball celebrating 50 years of excellence

It has become such a part of the Upper Peninsula spring, we might take it for granted, just a bit.But the Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament, being played for the 50th time this year, deserves a huge round of applause.It started out small back in 1965, but the NIT has blossomed into an ...

Firefighters work around, through frigid conditions

Another sure sign that this past winter has had severe, lasting, negative impacts emerged recently as it was reported that fire hydrants are frozen in some local communities.Officials from Ishpeming and Negaunee estimate at least 50 percent of their fire hydrants are probably frozen.That is ...

Distracted walking may be responsible for train deaths

First there was distracted driving, when someone behind the wheel of a moving vehicle pays an inordinate amount of attention to something besides the road. These days, it’s usually cell phones, and more specifically, cell phone texting. The people that pay attention to such things tell us ...

Hats off to tough Sentinels team for great playoff run

The Marquette Sentinels U16 girls hockey team has made us at The Mining Journal - and all of Marquette, for that matter - awfully proud with the dream season it's had, finishing with a run at a national title this past weekend.The outstanding group of young women dominated through the nation's ...

Decision makers should take note of new education study

It seems as though a new study is released every day outlining some problem or success story we should all pay attention to.It's easy to get lost in the sea of numbers. It's also easy to ignore or forget studies that do highlight real issues.We hope this doesn't happen with the Education ...

Additional funds for roads welcome but more needed

This week, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced a combined $60.9 million in special winter road maintenance money was being distributed from the state to counties, villages and cities across Michigan, including a total of $2.7 million for the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties.The ...

Higher ed investment must be made priority

Each day, statewide, there are more than 65,000 jobs waiting to be filled by qualified applicants. To fully understand the magnitude of this problem, visit the state's employment website: www.mitalent.org.But Michigan's lingering challenges are not the result of a lack of jobs; they are the ...

Severe winters play key role in deer mortality

I read with interest the recent Mining Journal op-eds by Richard P. Smith and George Lindquist debating Upper Peninsula buck harvest regulations.While I have a great deal of respect for both writers, I challenge some of their conclusions.More importantly, I can't understand why they're ...

Bill pending in House may not lead to lower electrical bills

We're all about paying less for electricity, but we're unconvinced that a bill pending in the Michigan House would lead to lower bills, and we're satisfied to see this legislation on a slow track.Energy deregulation is getting a lot of attention recently, in spite of the fact that a bill that ...

Effort to increase state foods in institutions worthy

We support an effort that got off the ground this week that encourages schools, hospitals and other institutions to use increasingly larger amounts of food from the state of Michigan.The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental ...

Digitalizing Journals worth community support in vote

Bringing history into the digital age. That's the objective of a grant program for which Peter White Public Library in Marquette is a finalist in the state of Michigan.Online voting for the grant program has begun and continues through April 15. The winning request will have up to 12,500 pages ...

Former Cliffs Dow site offers great opportunities

The city of Marquette is blessed with some wonderful stretches of Lake Superior shoreline, and has taken care in making sure the property is put to wise uses.This includes retaining ownership and either leaving or restoring some parcels close to their natural states, such as the city's beaches ...

Peer 2 Peer program a bridge to understanding

A special program in Gwinn Area Community Schools is making it easier for students in the general population to understand students with special needs - and it seems to be working.Peer 2 Peer involves an elective class that allows peers, or general-education students, to work with these ...

County to again seek emergency declaration

MARQUETTE - With costs continuing to rise and the results of winter freeze-ups expected to worsen, Marquette County officials plan to submit a new request for a state emergency or disaster declaration from Gov. Rick Snyder this week.The action comes after a recent Senate committee hearing in ...

Readers can help select best in local businesses

Have a favorite automobile dealership? How about restaurant, or appliance store or car wash or dozens of other kinds of local businesses?If you do, and most people do, a chance to make your preferences known is at hand in the form of The Mining Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards.This marks ...

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Parkinson's is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. It involves the malfunction and death of vital brain cells called neurons. Symptoms include tremors of the hands, arms, legs jaw and ...

New Sawyer study should help chart community’s future

If used properly, a new study examining resident viewpoints and other information at K.I. Sawyer, could help pay great dividends for the small community, which has been making diligent strides to improve itself over the past several years.K.I. Sawyer has 2,624 residents, is unincorporated and ...

Who is watching out for Marquette’s interests?

The city commission of the city of Marquette has long known that the Eagle Mine owners wanted to haul ore from the mine to Marquette County Road 550 and Sugar Loaf to Wright Street and west through Marquette Township to U.S 41 and west to Humboldt for processing.I wrote the commissioners and ...

Development on our lakeshore? Not so fast!

In a recently published issue of The Mining Journal (March 12), I read about a Marquette City Commission vote to allow the U.P. Community Rowing Club to build a very large building on the Lake Superior shoreline.Commissioner Sara Cambensy was the lone no vote. Her reasons for her no vote were ...

Now is perfect time for Gov. Snyder to order fracking review

Gov. Rick Snyder deserves a lot of credit for proposing to spend more than $100 million on a year-long effort to protect and restore Michigan's vast water resource, the greatest in the nation.The "water strategy" initiative will focus on dealing with invasive species, toxic pollution, ...