Friday: Outdoors

City stormwater projects up close

Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final part of a series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. In Marquette, the city government has been proactive in managing stormwater runoff to Lake ...

Outdoors North

“Some quiet evening, I sit by your side and we’re lost in a world of our own.” — Ben Raleigh and Sherman Edwards It was that instant mashed potato flake kind of snow, soft and fluffy, and it was piling up high as the nighttime moved slowly past. I was looking out the upstairs window ...

Weather impacts forests in U.P.

“Sooner or later you will find a way to feel like sunshine even on a cloudy day, to feel like morning in the dead of night, sooner or later, it’s gonna be alright.” — Kevin Cronin The sound I heard shimmering through the air was abrupt and loud, like the crack of a high-powered rifle ...

K-12 stormwater education: Kids getting involved

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. By Kim Eggleston For the Superior Watershed Partnership Special to the Journal Fixing our ...

Rat rod with an attitude

GWINN — When the weather warms, Matt Couture probably will be seen driving around Gwinn proper in what some people might consider an old jalopy. Not every car, though, has a movie prop of a .45 Colt revolver to shift gears. What was once solely a 1931 Ford Model A sedan is now a “rat ...

Shelldon needs a NEW HOME

MARQUETTE — Shelldon needs a new home. One of the most popular attractions at MooseWood Nature Center is Shelldon, the large snapping turtle whose prehistoric appearance delights many visitors, especially when it stretches its long neck above the water surface. However, his tank is ...

Efforts underway to keep cigarette butts out of lakes

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. MARQUETTE — Everybody’s seen discarded cigarette butts in the street and not thought much ...

Remembering a natural connection

“And everything looks worse in black and white.” — Paul Simon Most any river has a voice and a soul and, like a person, has depth and warmth and cold, but also like people, there are some that seem more alive than others. This river is most certainly one of those living places where ...

Learning a never-ending process

“Take a look at all the detail in a single little thing, just a single little snowflake or a tiny insect wing. Tell me who could make the clouds and make ‘em move across the sky? Who could make your mind and put it here to wonder why.” — Steve Forbert From the time I was a young kid ...

PREDATOR CHALLENGE

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer SKANDIA — Culling the predator herd is a fact of life in ecosystems, and that concept was at the heart of the recent U.P. Predator Challenge. Sponsored by the West Branch Sportsmen’s Club Inc., the event took place Jan. 17-20. Teams of one or ...

Infrastructure, rain gardens and barrels

Editor’s note: This is the third of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. Improving your impact on the stormwater system is all about educating yourself and getting to ...

Lumi on the LAKESHORE

MARQUETTE — A music video can be a compelling way to show off a region’s gorgeous physical beauty. That’s what the band Lumi is doing. Lumi is premiering a music video to build momentum for the release of its single “Home”from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Blackrocks Brewery, 424 N. Third ...

Household stormwater: lawn, garden

Editor’s note: This is the second of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. MARQUETTE — The top cause of poor water quality in Lake Superior and its watersheds is ...

Outdoors North

“Wake up; put your shoes on; drink a breath of the northern air.” — Gary Louris There’s a place I know not far from home where beautiful white birch trees stand together on a rugged hillside that overlooks a shallow, peaceful lake. I’ve known this place since my youngest days. In ...

Open to all

MARQUETTE — Don’t let the lack of snowshoes keep you from hitting woodland trails this winter. The Outdoor Recreation Center, located in the Physical Education Instructional Facility at Northern Michigan University, has a mission beyond helping NMU students enjoy the outdoors during the ...

Stormwater management plays key role

Editor’s note: This is the first of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. MARQUETTE — Stormwater is the rain and melting snow that runs off our lawns, our roofs, our ...

One-of-a-kind snowflakes

“By the dark of the moon, there’s a fire in the night. ” — Bob Corbin My shovel made a “chuff” sound as its metal-edged blade sliced through a frosty crust of ice. Underneath, it was like an ice-cold sugar bowl filled with bushels of soft, granular white snow. Somewhere below ...

Let it snow!

MARQUETTE — One way to get through the winter doldrums, other than hibernating inside your home watching television reruns, is to find a way to have fun with activities that involve snow. Even if they take place at night. In fact, that might be a more poetic and aesthetic setting. A good ...

Man shoots deer in front of duplex, DNR investigates

MOUNT PLEASANT — A dead deer found shot in the middle of a neighborhood, a set of hunting boot tracks, and a strange conversation led DNR officers to a man they say shot a deer in a residential Mount Pleasant area, using the glow of a nearby streetlight to illuminate his target. The ...

Outdoors North: Stars above spark insight for writer

“In a purple vision many thousand years ago, I saw the silent stranger walk the Earth alone.” — Buck Dharma and Sandy Roeser Driving down a snow-covered wintry road, the temperature was dropping like a rock from the top of a 10-story building, straight down and fast. The night was ...