Editorial

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 ...

Empire Mine reopening isn’t going to happen — just yet

Pump the brakes you unemployed miners — at least for now. Thursday’s headline that Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. isn’t ready to reopen the Empire Mine probably wasn’t the news folks in Marquette County wanted to hear, but there is some hope on the horizon. Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves made ...

Sunshine Week underscores importance of First Amendment

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters is celebrating the freedom of the press by supporting Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive secrecy. “March 10-16, 2019, is Sunshine Week, and the Marquette County League of ...

Olson retirement at Ishpeming will end glorious era

Legendary high school football coach Jeff Olson announced this week he would be retiring after 27 seasons leading the Ishpeming Hematites. It is not hyperbole to state Olson is one of the finest football coaches ever to tread the Upper Peninsula sidelines. His teams won state titles in 2012, ...

Wildcat fans to rock Berry center this weekend

Calling all Northern Michigan University hockey fans. This weekend NMU host the first round of the WCHA playoffs going up against Alaska-Fairbanks. The playoffs will be the best-of-three series including a Sunday game if necessary. NMU is on spring break so most of the students won’t be at ...

Forecasting tool for cold-weather shipping a good project

Research being conducted now should provide both the U.S. Coast Guard and the commercial shipping industry with a valuable new tool in navigating the Great Lakes during cold-weather months. University of Michigan researchers, using a $10,000 grant from the Graham Sustainability Institute, are ...

Drivers: move over and slow down, please

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Isle Royle has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought had already happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale has ...

Lakeshore Boulevard relocation project has much promise

Lakeshore Boulevard stretches for miles along the Lake Superior shoreline in the city of Marquette, from south of Founders Landing and the Lower Harbor ore dock all the way north to Presque Isle and the city’s Upper Harbor. It’s not uncommon for tourists and locals alike to be seen ...

Time to cheer for your favorite local sports teams

Despite the endless snow and the bitter cold of recent days, this, for many, is a most wonderful time of the year as many sports seasons have their exciting finales. Tonight, for instance, will find champions crowned in boys basketball districts. Local teams in the hunt are Marquette, who ...

Great health care going on at UP Health System-Bell

Most of the ink and airtime locally that’s devoted to the health care industry is about UP Health System-Marquette. And not unreasonably, with the huge hospital construction project ongoing and the fact the Marquette facility is a regional referral center. But that doesn’t mean top health ...

Trump campaigns while assaulting Constitution

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump brazenly attempts to rob Congress of its constitutional power of the purse, he seeks to divert public attention by assailing the large field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. He is eager to turn the run-up to the next national election into a premature ...

Keeping printed words alive

In a world where new discoveries in technology are being made every day, our attention spans have only grown shorter. One local resident has found a way to confront that in her own special way. Melissa Derby, who lives in K.I. Sawyer, has started a “pass-along” book program to get used ...