Editorial

NMU makes right move in banning tobacco on campus

Northern Michigan University is implementing a new tobacco-free policy, which although might inconvenience a few people, will benefit the greater good.NMU will prohibit students as well as university employees and visitors from using tobacco, including e-cigarettes and oral tobacco products.In ...

WICFD shines in Upper Peninsula competition

In a show of nearly complete dominance, the West Iron County Fire Department sparked past its Upper Peninsula competition in the 120th Annual Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters' Association Tournament held over three days in Quinnesec.For the fourth-straight year, West Iron's volunteer ...

Volunteers make weekend festivals in area possible

Undaunted by a largely uncooperative Mother Nature, who had the temerity to mix rain with fog while punctuating both with bright sun and blue skies, thousands of people attended Art on the Rocks and the OutBack Art Fair in Marquette this past weekend.The fact that the weather was, shall we say, ...

MAPS sinking fund millage request deserves support

Our subscribers know that The Mining Journal has consistently played a community watchdog role over the years, especially when it comes to millage requests.For example, several years ago when the Marquette Area Public Schools asked voters to approve a bond proposal, we could not support the ...

Funds to help counties deal with freeze-up a start

It appears state and federal governments are coming through with some assistance for counties that suffered during the deep freeze of the winter of 2013-14.Gov. Rick Snyder announced this week that nine counties in northern Michigan, including six in the Upper Peninsula, will be able to receive ...

Gwinn clock tower restoration a community effort

"Time Marches On" is the theme for the Gwinn Fun Daze parade Saturday and it's quite an appropriate one as the event is in part a celebration of the restoration of the community's 100-year-old clock tower.The clock tower will have its formal dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, marking a seven-year ...

Bankruptcy at Algoma won’t impact iron range

Essar Steel Algoma Inc., Canada's second-largest producer of integrated steel last year and one of Cliffs Natural Resources biggest customers, filed for bankruptcy last week, hoping to restructure and refinance its debt.Essar purchases all of its iron ore from Cliffs, which it has a contract ...

Detroit pension cuts regrettably necessary

Bankruptcy is a painful thing, for individuals, companies and, although not as common, cities. Sometimes unfortunate - but necessary - measures are needed for a return to solvency.City workers and retirees in bankrupt Detroit Monday approved pension cuts in a landslide following two months of ...

Tourism holding steady in Upper Peninsula

Some good economic news for the Upper Peninsula surfaced Monday in the form of a story published by The Daily Press, the Mining Journal's sister newspaper located in Delta County's Escanaba.In a nutshell, the piece found that despite this summer's rather unusual weather patterns - miserable ...

Journal coverage on primary election will be thorough

On Sunday we kicked off our extensive primary election coverage with stories concerning the Marquette Area Public Schools sinking fund millage request and an overview of the candidates facing off on the Aug. 5 ballot in a variety of races.We believe solid election coverage is one of the most ...

Candidate forum in Marquette will showcase runners

The 40 Below Young Professionals of Marquette County is hosting an inaugural non-partisan candidates forum in Marquette on Thursday.The forum will showcase candidates for the Marquette City Commission and Marquette County Board and will be at 6 p.m. in commission chambers of city hall.We think ...

Dianda shows ability to gain bipartisan support

It seems all we hear from Washington these days is how the two major political parties just can't get along. Gridlock seems to be the normal operating procedure, while bi-partisanship is close to becoming an endangered species.There are countless examples of proposed legislation promoted by the ...

Midterm elections:not the time for inane distractions

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public's attention from the Democrats' problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate?With public opinion polls showing President Obama's sinking approval rate, in the ...

‘Live forever’ mentality in teens needs replacing

It seems like not a day goes by that we don't read about or hear about the loss of a teenager or a young adult and it always seems a pointless loss that happens for no reason and we can't help but feel for those left behind.There's something different about how things are in the world today. ...

Pivoting to foreign policy, Rick Perry strikes two adversaries

WASHINGTON - President Obama's yearning to become a peacetime president continues to be frustrated by the reality on the ground in the Middle East, and by Republicans' zeal to capitalize on it politically at home.The disintegration of Iraq, the emergence of a new extremist "Islamic State," a ...

This weekend is a chance for music lovers to enjoy

This is a weekend for music lovers to rejoice in the Marquette area because the 36th annual Hiawatha Music Festival begins today and runs through Sunday at Tourist Park in Marquette.Hiawatha brings a variety of traditional-style music to the stage like bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, ...

Support needed for ‘Fence for Fidoes’ effort

Animal shelters in the region that take in stray and abandoned animals have come a long way in recent years.The old set up was to house dogs, cats and other unwanted animals in whatever type of shelter was available. Then if no one adopted them in a set time period, the animals were ...

Bus tours fun way to learn history

The rain might have passed by the Marquette area for the near future, but temperatures still aren't in the 70s, even though it's mid-July. However, if you still want to get out and about in the city, there are plenty of unique and fun options.The Marquette Regional History Center's popular bus ...

Marquette’s beaches are beautiful, but are not always safe

There's something about summertime in Marquette, especially when it comes to spending time next to the world's largest fresh-water lake, Lake Superior.While the beauty of the lake and all it has to offer draws many onto and next to Lake Superior, we want to remind everyone how dangerous the ...

Libraries offer summer learning, entertaintment

The sun is shining, the fish are biting and bicycles are more than ready to ride.But what to do with your kids when those and other summer time activities begin to wear out their welcome?We at The Mining Journal think a trip to the local library is just the ticket.As a newspaper, we are avid ...