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Friday: Outdoors

Gone Fishin’

Upper Peninsula The cold temperatures are making ice; however, anglers still need to use caution. Indian Lake: Had ice and reports of walleye and perch being caught. Manistique Lake: Had reports of crappie, walleye and pike caught on South Manistique. Manistique River: Was producing a ...

Severe winter storms impact area forests

“By the dark of the moon I planted, but there came an early snow.” — Michael Martin Murphey/Larry Cansler The arched green cathedral ceiling of the forest was awash in white, with freshly fallen snow covering everything from the red pines to the blueberry bushes that were buried deep ...

NMU alumnus ‘climbs’ high in creative career

By MOLLY GAUDREAU Student writer Northern Michigan University Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University alumnus Scott Crady (2019 BA) is taking his degree to new heights ... literally. He spends his days in the mountains of Colorado providing photo and video ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ice conditions were still poor. While most of the inland lakes were covered with ice, recent snowfall of a couple inches has insulated it, resulting in very poor conditions. Extreme caution needs to be used by those wanting to head out and do some ice fishing. There is no ice ...

Recent winter storm gives writer inspiration

“But never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm.” — Stevie Nicks With tremendous force, dumping a whole big feather pillow’s worth of snow down over the countryside, winter bared her big white teeth and snarled, scattering people and animals to soft, warm hiding ...

Hare apparent

ISHPEMING — Hare today, gone tomorrow? Not if conservationists and interested citizens have their way. The snowshoe hare, whose brown fur changes to white in the winter for camouflage and gets its name from its large hind feet to adapt to deep snow, was the focus of a Tuesday forum ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: The entire Upper Peninsula is snow covered and some areas near Munising had more than 2 feet on the ground. This will make for very poor ice conditions. The little ice that was on the inland lakes will now become insulated and the warm water underneath will ...

Johnny Appleseed’s forgotten wonderland

“Waving back to folks on shore, I should have thought of this before,” — Diane Hilderbrand and the Monkees The path down through the snow-covered branches of spruces and balsam firs was wildly overgrown since the last time I was here. I could hear the water rushing, tempting and ...

Predators, prey and preservation

MARQUETTE — The snowshoe hare is a critical prey animal in the region, particularly for the bobcat, fisher and pine marten, meaning a decline in the snowshoe hare population can impact the well-being of these predator species. However, there are steps landowners can take to help support ...

In Brief

North Country Trail Assoc. seeks donations MARQUETTE — The North Country Trail Association is launching #GivingTuesday with a $20,000 matching gift. Giving Tuesday is an annual movement to create an international day of charitable giving on the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving, at the ...

Carli-Roell

MARQUETTE — Robert and Margo Carli of Marquette along with David and Julie Roell of Channing announce the engagement of their children, Robyn Carli and Kevin Roell, both of Marquette. The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and a 2010 graduate from Northern ...

Exploring memories and the road of life

“Memory can’t you see, that’s not what I should be; after all she meant to me, I’m just a memory,” — Kostas/Raul Malo I’ve been wondering lately about dynamics, incidence, memory and time — particularly about how the swirling and blending of these ingredients can produce ...

If there’s a wheel, there’s a way

By EMMA KUKUK Michigan DNR ESCANABA — Michigan’s outdoors should be accessible for all people to enjoy. All too often, that isn’t the case. Whether it’s a lack of understanding or inaccessible facilities, outdoor spaces aren’t always welcoming to people with ...

In brief

Your fish missing a fin? MARQUETTE — Have you ever been fishing Michigan waters and pulled in a fish with a missing fin or one with an external tag on it? Several fish species found around the state are marked in some way, and the details on the fish and the tags are important to several ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: On Lake Superior, surface water temperatures were in the low 40’s. Deep snow could be found along the northeastern end of the Upper Peninsula. • Little Bay De Noc: Only two launches have been used because some are closed, and some had ice. Most use the Kipling ...

On an isolated island surrounded by ice

“On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow, I am a rock, I am an island,” — Paul Simon The moon was bright, casting blue light across the sparkling snow and down through the frozen trees. I could almost hear those trees groaning as they bent with the wind, out there in the freezing-cold ...

Funding a forest

WATERSMEET — The Wildcat Falls Community Forest project, a forestland conservation effort in Ontonagon County, has recently gained momentum with recent support from two sustainable forestry funds: the Upper Peninsula Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund of the Community Foundation of the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: Salmon and brown trout are still present in area streams in Keweenaw, Baraga and Marquette counties. Winter fishing has begun in Iron County with 6-inches of ice reported on some of the smaller lakes. With that said, anglers will need to use extreme caution if ...

Fishing expedition includes burst of color

“In the wintertime, when all the leaves are brown and the wind blows so chill.” — Steve Miller On several occasions over the past few weeks I have been treated to whimsical displays of leaves bursting into the air, often with the help of a convincing wind gust. The leaves fall to the ...

From school to skiing

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer BIG BAY — It takes a Big Bay village to raise a child. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Monday to celebrate a new trail connecting Powell Township School to the Big Bay Pathway. “It’s really a special and beautiful little trail,” ...