Editorial

DeVos missed mark in proposing cuts to Special Olympics

The budget proposals coming out of Washington, D.C., these days have us scratching our heads. On top of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — which we’ve discussed recently on this page and strongly opposed — a severe funding cut for the ...

Cambensy, Benson correct in trying to improve trust in government

We like the motivation driving a pair of state officials who hosted a town hall meeting in the Peter White Public Library in Marquette — transparency in government and the improved trust in government that transparency will engender. State Rep. Sara Cambensy and Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Marquette Mountain spring event set for this weekend

Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes the Marquette Mountain Spring Skiesta, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. “After this pretty hectic season of changes and community interaction we really want this event to be one last big celebration for everybody in the ski community and ...

Don Ryan a worthy recipient of Pellonpaa award

The first recipient of the Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award is a deserving one. Don Ryan, who hosts his own television show on WLUC TV6 and Fox UP, “The Ryan Report,” was honored Monday at the Ramada Inn. The award’s namesake is himself notable. Pellonpaa, also a ...

Progress Edition publishes today, is snapshot of area

There are any number of ways to gauge the economic vitality of an area. Some are statistical in nature and others are anecdotal. Superiorland residents have the best of both worlds in the annual Mining Journal Progress Edition, which publishes today for 2019. This year, it’s over 100 ...

Social media being used to spread false tax rumors

It seems that every day more news arrives on how social media has been misused, often for nefarious purposes. What follows here is yet another example of this misuse. Michigan Treasury Department officials and local assessors report a surge in inquiries from residents who have read on social ...

Sturgeon River land should be preserved as green space

Hats off to the Superior Watershed Partnership Land Conservancy for the work the organization is doing in preserving and opening to the public a small tract of western Upper Peninsula property along the Sturgeon River. The SWP has launched an international campaign with Canada to raise $2.1 ...

‘Transparency’ legislation positive step but more needed

Legislation churning its way through the Senate right now, if enacted, would take a good step toward improving transparency of government here in the Great Lakes State, but still falls short of a complete home run. It’s a rare phenomenon that doesn’t tend to happen very often these days, ...

State gearing up for sale of recreational marijuana

The wheels of the state bureaucracy turn, albeit somewhat slowly, in support of rules on the sale of recreational marijuana. According to the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, a draft set of rules should be ready by summer, perhaps as early as June, regulating the commercial ...

Mariuzza’s speech inspires

We were impressed by the talk given at this week’s Economic Club of Marquette County meeting by Ishpeming native Kristen Mariuzza, the general manager of Eagle Mine. Mariuzza was personable and articulate in addressing the club, speaking about the career path that’s led her to this key ...

Paw Pals with Pet Partners a great program for kids

Youth services at the Peter White Public Library have gone to the dogs! Every Thursday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. all children are invited to Paw Pals with Pet Partners where they can visit or read to a friendly, calm dog in the Great Room, located in the lower level of the library. ...

Negaunee on right path in pursuing facade grant

What town wouldn’t want a little sprucing up? Although there are many ways a downtown in particular can improve its appearance, facades provide some of the most visible means to looking better, particularly to tourists. Residents already know what’s inside a building, but a business with ...

MSP coordinates effort to prepare for severe weather

Michigan State Police are out this week with an advisement on preparing for severe weather and this one isn’t about ice or snow. An MSP press release notes that the week of March 24-30 has been designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The agency’s Emergency ...

McBroom gets involved with important issues

It didn't take Ed McBroom very long to get involved with substantive matters that are important, we believe, to many in the state, namely transparency in public bodies doing the public’s business with public dollars. McBroom is sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution E, which would open to the ...

Proposed cuts to Great Lakes programs shouldn’t stand

Since 2010, more than $2.4 billion of federal money has been allocated to support cleanup efforts and other projects in the Great Lakes region. Some people may question whether that investment was worth the return. We’ll respond by saying: without a doubt. The Great Lakes Restoration ...

Show some U.P. pride in the Patriots squad

Way to go, Westwood Patriots girls basketball team. Dispatching opponents with great defense and a well-tuned offense, the Patriots have advanced to the state quarterfinals after whipping Charlevoix, 47-29, Wednesday night to claim the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 ...

Scammers using high tech to fleece people out of money

If nothing else, scammers are persistent, specifically the ones who are using an old trick punched up with some new technology. Readers will recall several years ago scammers were calling residents in the region and elsewhere, demanding that credit card information be updated on the ...

Try to spread a little goodness tomorrow

When you get out of bed and start your day tomorrow, don’t forget to spread goodness. The first Spread Goodness Day was observed last year after being organized and promoted by local resident Anna Dravland. The day is set aside to, simply put, emphasize kindness. Last year, Dravland said ...

Caregivers support group addressing significant need

Ask any caregiver, short or long term, while the work is a labor of love and rewarding on multiple levels, it can be tiresome and indeed, lonely. Because of that, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice is now offering a monthly Caregivers Community Support Group. The first meeting was set for ...

Helping kids in foster care possible through tax returns

Michigan residents have an opportunity to support young people in need and do it with only modest financial commitment. The Fostering Futures Scholarship Fund is tied to state income tax returns, according to a Michigan Department of Treasury poress release. Residents filing their Michigan ...