Editorial

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 ...

County on board with best move in water level study

The Marquette County Board decided recently to study declining aquifers and lakes, including Martin Lake at K.I. Sawyer and a potential recharge plan for the Sands Plains aquifer, which provides drinking water for numerous area residents.The problem of sinking surface and subsurface water ...

Obamacare hurts state business but Republicans must back off

Kalamazoo-based, medical-products maker Stryker Corp. says Obamacare's 2.3 percent medical device tax will cost the company $100 million this year, reducing its research and development budget by over 20 percent - meaning a loss of 1,000 workers. The Fortune 500 company is just one of many ...

Slain journalist Pearl worthy of downstate honor

Every type of discipline has it's heroes.Professional firefighters, for example, can and do point to the firemen and women who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.If you make your living in law enforcement, Trooper Paul Butterfield of the Michigan State Police made the ultimate sacrifice ...

Restoration of dune grass needs a little assistance

There's no doubt that the Lake Superior shoreline is one of the most distinguishing features of the city of Marquette.The shoreline meanders for about 10 miles from the east to west city limits, and contains a variety of shore types, from sandstone shelves and cliffs at Presque Isle Park to ...

When glory days make a triumphant return

It's a special kind of wonderful that the Marquette Senior High School 1968 football team is having a reunion Friday, which is homecoming day at the school.This reunion will be a chance for the younger generation to witness the long-lasting unity created as one of the rewards from a group of ...

United Way annual campaign ramping up efforts

The United Way of Marquette County has announced this year's campaign co-chairs as the annual area nonprofit fundraising drive swings into high gear.While the campaign officially kicked off Aug. 24, campaign materials are being packed up, distributed and mailed right now.This year's goal is ...

Red Earth Classic initial running a success

The inaugural running of the Red Earth Classic seems to have been successful.Despite relatively brisk temperatures and overcast skies, the 18-mile mountain bike competition started in downtown Ishpeming Saturday.Between the short and long all-ages courses and the two-and-a-half-mile kids race, ...

MGH construction deal great for area, region’s medical care

The project itself was big news. Marquette General Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare plan to build a new, $290 million 265-bed regional medical center. The only bigger news was the development's possible location - within the city limits of Marquette.MGH CEO Gary Muller made the ...

Dillon must clean up issues, refocus on state work, position

When you're one of the folks entrusted to jingle the change in Michigan's pocketbook, there's not much leeway for being in a situation where you look like you're all thumbs.State Treasurer Andy Dillon is in such a scenario right now. According to Gannett Michigan reports, Dillon's campaign fund ...

State well on way to achieving 2015 energy mandate

Some good news was released Friday from the state of Michigan on efforts to meet a renewable energy mandate.The draft report, prepared by the state Public Service Commission and the Michigan Energy Office, found that energy providers in Michigan are on track to meet their 2015 renewable energy ...

U.P. Honor Flight pays tribute to yesterday’s heroes

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight recently completed its fifth successful mission and we'd like to thank those involved in the planning of the journey.The Honor Flight's goal is to bring every World War II veteran from the Upper Peninsula to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial in their honor ...

Fishing, hunting fee hikes regrettable, necessary

Although no one seemed to be happy about it, Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday signed into law the first significant fee increases for hunting and fishing licenses in more than 15 years.Flanked by officials with various outdoor groups and Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Snyder put the ...

Ishpeming farm plan has potential to better area food

It doesn't take a large piece of land in the country to plan a farm, just ask Dan Perkins of Ishpeming.Perkins came up with the idea to set up Partridge Creek Farm on an 8.25-acre strip of land in Ishpeming and while the tract may be small as farms go, his plans are far from small.Located in ...

Leadership needed to solve bridge-road funding riddle

A story on Monday's front page of The Mining Journal should have caught everyone's attention. Authored by The Associated Press, it detailed an AP study of bridges in the state of Michigan and the news was a mixed bag, at best, and not altogether unexpected.The AP review found that a number of ...

Positive moves coming for Third Street district

We are excited to see the the plan, set to be unveiled Tuesday, for the future of the Third Street Corridor.The city, in conjunction with the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, secured a grant and this spring brought a group of specialized city planners in to look at the area of North ...

Legislation best way to handle ‘big box’ assessments

State Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, and state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, are behind legislation intended to change the way so-called "big box stores" -like Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse- have their true cash value assessed for taxes.We think it is a good idea that the ...

Everyone should grieve loss of state police trooper

For Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, it was in all likelihood a routine traffic stop in a routine shift in a routine day on patrol in downstate Mason County.Last Monday, however, it ended in tragedy, when the officer was shot by the side of the road. A passerby summoned help ...

Response questioned

To the Journal editor:On Sept. 7, I was going to the convenience store on K.I. Sawyer when I saw a man lying on the sidewalk. I immediately stopped to see what was wrong.He appeared to be in need of medical but of all days I had forgotten my cell phone. I waited for someone else to stop and ...