Editorial

Marquette Police Department deserves congratulations

The Marquette Police Department, long known as a highly professional agency with top people all through the ranks, has recently gone where no Upper Peninsula police department has gone, achieving accreditation from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The feat places MPD ...

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Development of the IOHT kiln project good for the area

History buffs and just anyone who enjoys the Iron Ore Heritage Trail have an opportunity to support an effort that aims to resurrect the historical Carp River beehive kiln and feature it on the new destination plaza along the IOHT. Anyone who frequents the Marquette area is familiar with the ...

Play written by vet of year provides valuable insight

We encourage everyone to try to get to the Vista Theater in Negaunee to experience “The Brain Trust,” a play written by Marquette County Veteran of the Year Bill Hager. As detailed in a story this week by Mining Journal Staff Writer Lisa Bowers, Hager has dedicated his time to service of ...

New security system will have big upside for Marquette jail

As of Monday, the Marquette County Jail is the Upper Peninsula’s first jail to have a full-body scanning security system. The jail has begun using a Soter RS X-ray body scanner, made by OD Security North America. The X-ray scanner was needed, Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said, as ...

Short-term rentals worth watching in Chocolay Township

Short-term rentals. Ask nearby residents if they have an opinion on them, and likely you’ll receive a variety of strong-worded answers. The Chocolay Township Board on Monday voted 5-2 in favor of a new ordinance regulating all rentals, which include short-term ones. Short-term rentals ...

Sinotte departure from UPHS a real loss to community

The medical community, indeed the community at large, received a dose of bad news last week when it was announced that Brian Sinotte, market president of UPHS and CEO of UPHS-Marquette, would depart the position effective June 21. Sinotte has worked here for the past three years, arriving at ...

End-of-life planning something all of us should do

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Gwinn school millage failure was major disappointment

If you want good schools, you have to pay for them. It’s that way in the Gwinn Area Community Schools District and everywhere else, for that matter. We understand many people are on a fixed or limited income, but the GACS millage request for 1.75 mills for 10 years for a sinking fund to ...

Local artists have unique opportunity to display work

Local artists seeking a venue to display their work my have caught a break from UP Health System-Marquette. Hospital officials have invited local artists to apply to have their work put up in public areas of the new hospital, which is scheduled to open June 2. UPHS has formed a committee to ...

Hoping for a fair conclusion to west end water issue

The Ishpeming City Council voted on Wednesday to table a proposed catastrophic water loss policy until its June meeting, and to negotiate with property owners Ashley and Matt Cody separately. The large bill was caused by a broken pipe in the crawl space of the Codys’ rental home which went ...

River Valley Bank initiative a positive community effort

We are hoping a record number of people participate in Saturday’s River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge, an event that supports brain tumor research and raises awareness. Now in its 14th year, the event shows support for those impacted by brain tumors by raising funds for the Upper ...

Young Author’s Conference nutures children

Learning the differences between nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and the like is part of just about every grade schooler’s education. They are, after all, the fundamentals of writing. However, like creating a watercolor painting, writing involves more than technique. To help ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth, since becoming the dominant species awhile back. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United ...

Health review reports positive results for Marquette County

Although the results were far from perfect, we like a new survey of 100 urban up-and-coming communities by U.S. News & World Report that found Marquette County was rated the fifth healthiest of 100 urban up-and-coming communities. The national review, dubbed the 2019 Healthiest ...

Food insecurity is solvable problem if we choose to

Ever heard of Abraham Maslow? He was an influential psychologist who came up with a theory of how humans can reach their full potentials. His article titled “A Theory of Human Motivation” appeared in a 1943 edition of “Psychological Review.” In it, Maslow describes an ascending order ...

Today a good day to think of ways to prevent wildfires

Although some local residents are still reeling from this week’s unexpected — and unwelcome — snow dump, and forest fires caused by summer heat and wind are the furthest things from their mind, the wildfire season is just around the corner. In fact today has been designed by Gov. ...

Superior Arts Youth Theater play a treat this weekend

Has the latest wave of winter weather got you down? The Superior Arts Youth Theater has a treat to get you out of that rut this weekend. With three casts including over 70 local youth performers, SAYT will present its second annual Play Festival at Northern Michigan University’s Forest ...

NMU graduates ‘commencing’ to next chapter

Time really seems to zip by, doesn’t it, because here we are again at Northern Michigan University’s graduation weekend. It seems like just the other day it was winter commencement, but in fact at 10:30 a.m. Saturday another set of graduates will grab their diplomas and set out to conquer ...

Founders Landing project good for city

What’s not to love about a view of a lake, especially Lake Superior? But what’s not to love about robust city coffers that fund much-needed municipal projects and programs? It’s about a healthy balance, and we believe a development agreement approved by the Marquette City Commission ...