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Lights out

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of permanently taking its coal-fired Shiras Steam Plant offline, with the suggestion to demolish the facility before too long. Board member Ed Angeli was excused from the ...

2019 Progress Edition in today’s Mining Journal

MARQUETTE — Inside today’s issue of The Mining Journal is the newspaper’s annual Progress Edition, which provides readers with the area’s highlights for the past 12 months. With a dozen sections, stories cover a wide range of topics, from mining to dining and everything in ...

US Supreme Court declines to hear case

MARQUETTE — The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month denied the Marquette County Road Commission’s request to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to veto the construction of County Road 595, a proposed 21-mile road that would run between Marquette County Road AAA ...

Stormwater solution found in Marquette Township

MARQUETTE — Officials in Marquette Township are moving ahead with efforts to help the Marquette County Road Commission resolve runoff and drainage issues within township borders that are causing damage to roads. The Marquette Township Board at its March 19 meeting unanimously directed its ...

Not playing around

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission on Monday unanimously passed a resolution in support of applying for a grant to build a universally accessible playground at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Commissioners Jenna Smith and Jenn Hill were excused from the meeting. The inclusive playground ...

New Soo lock in federal budget request

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently announced the new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie has been included in President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request to Congress in the amount of roughly $75.3 million. These funds are sufficient to ...

DDA to consider TIF district expansion

NEGAUNEE— The newly revitalized Negaunee Downtown Development Authority is considering expanding its tax-increment financing, or TIF, district borders beyond the city’s traditional downtown. The DDA on Monday reviewed a TIF proposal from City Manager Nate Heffron that could increase the ...

Trucked-in food helps rural hungry

LANSING — For Michiganders struggling with food insecurity, mobile food pantries are just one way to increase access to healthy foods, as a network of agencies works to bolster education and expand food services in hard-to-reach regions. Mobile pantries are a logical step in the fight ...

River Raisin battlefield park to begin construction in 2020

MONROE, Mich. — The River Raisin National Battlefield Park will begin most of the construction for the historic Michigan site’s estimated $100 million redevelopment next year. Toni Cooper, executive of the national park’s foundation, recently unveiled details and a timeline for the ...

Learning is fun

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University students had the opportunity to step into their shoes as future teachers for a day and educate local youth at the 2019 Winter Weekend College for Kids. Children registered for one of three courses depending on their age. Kindergarten and first grade ...

Trump takes victory lap

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, Attorney General William Barr ...

Repurposing objects into art

MARQUETTE — Objects can take a variety of paths when they are discarded. They may be taken to a thrift store, brought to a landfill or recycled. They can also be diverted from these paths and repurposed to create works of art. Christine Lee, an assistant professor of wood/sustainability at ...

NMU Sustainability Week activities noted

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s EcoReps, a sustainability peer-to-peer education program for NMU students, is hosting multiple activities on campus for NMU Sustainability Week, which runs today through Saturday. All events are open to the ...

PWPL to host film event

MARQUETTE — Foreign Flicks, a new program dedicated to contemporary films from around the world, presents the 2017 drama “Foxtrot” at 6 tonight in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room. This is a BYO dinner event. Told in three acts, this drama reveals the stages of parental ...

Whitmer budget would direct $180M more toward drinking water

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a $180 million plan to boost the quality of tap water across Michigan, from replacing lead pipes and school drinking fountains to combating chemicals that are contaminating public supplies and private ...

Ecotourism workshop held in Chatham

CHATHAM — A group of people gathered at the Chatham Township Hall along M-94 Thursday evening to participate in a “community conversation” focused on ecotourism in the Upper Peninsula. About 15 people attended the workshop, which was was led by David Kronk, a former park ranger of the ...

Michigan changes testing for eighth-graders

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan eighth-graders will see changes in state testing this spring in a step that could better prepare students for college entrance exams. In April, the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test will replace the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress in math and English ...

Land conservancy working to protect Sturgeon River

From the Superior Watershed Partnership MARQUETTE — The Superior Watershed Partnership Land Conservancy has announced a new program to permanently protect over four miles of the wild Sturgeon River. This unique 944-acre parcel includes over 21,000 linear feet of riverfront property. ...

Dems debate Mueller strategy as findings loom

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats plotted strategy Saturday as they awaited the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with senior lawmakers demanding full transparency and preparing for next steps if the ...

City to discuss inclusive playground at Mattson Park

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will determine Monday whether to apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Development grant to help fund a universally accessible playground at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Creating an inclusive playground has been on the city’s agenda for ...