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Editorial

Transformation of old Coast Guard property moves on

Another step is being taken in the long journey to have the old U.S. Coast Guard property on Marquette's Lower Harbor transferred to the city.This action involves the Coast Guard mitigating some relatively minor environmental concerns on the property, mainly associated with lead-base paint that ...

Body camera bill leaves much to be desired

Having police officers wear body cameras generally is a good idea. It's an official recording of what transpires during an incident, which can be invaluable when an officer's actions are called into question and evidence is needed.However, recently introduced legislation regarding body cameras ...

Fast action by local physician saves life of cross-country skier

What are the odds that a previously-healthy cross-country skier, competing in a regional race, would suffer a heart attack as he approached the finish line and have his life saved by another racer who happened to be a physician coming up from behind?Awfully long, we'd say. But, remarkably, ...

Lake Angeline boat launch a positive development

A Michigan Department of Natural Resources plan to construct a boat launch and access site at Lake Angeline in Ishpeming is a sound project.The goal, according to city and state officials, is to increase access to the lake for city residents, anglers, kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts. ...

NRTF grants will help specific projects above the bridge

Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation authorizing the latest round of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants, which included $2.4 million for a dozen recreation development projects and four land acquisitions in the Upper Peninsula.Statewide, the trust fund board recommended 69 ...

NEZ effort in Ishpeming good deal for taxpayers

The city of Ishpeming seems like it's on the right track with expanding the first district of its Neighborhood Enterprise Zone.Under Michigan's 1992 Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Act, cities like Ishpeming can establish areas in which homeowners and developers are eligible to have a portion of ...

After all these years, Pigs-N-Heat game still going strong

It is easy to take for granted how much one hockey game does for our community. But Wednesday night's Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund benefit hockey game deserves a huge round of applause.Now in its 32nd year, the game is the major money raiser in support of the fund that helps local residents who ...

Newest orphanage proposal garners guarded support

The old orphanage in south Marquette has been an eyesore for years as it has sat empty and dilapidated, but a recent proposal for redevelopment has potential for success.The downstate Farmington Hills firm Home Renewal Systems LLC has hopes of doing a $15-million renovation of the building, ...

Sunshine Week stresses importance of open government

If you have a gripe with a local zoning board of appeals or city council but can't make it to its meeting, you often can read about it the next day in the newspaper, see it on the TV or hear about it on the radio.You can thank Michigan's Sunshine Laws for that.This week is the annual Sunshine ...

UPEC annual conference a valuable educational tool

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition held its annual "Celebrate the UP!" series of presentations at the Landmark Inn, Peter White Public Library, Federated Women's Clubhouse and First United Methodist Church over the weekend.Overall, hundreds of interested folk attended the lectures, ...

Voices for Youth quietly doing great work in area

It's hard to overestimate the value of programs, no matter what their origin, that are designed to help children and young people in crisis.Those people, after all, are society's future, here and elsewhere. That's why we like a longstanding initiative operated by Lutheran Social Services of ...

Public’s cooperation sought in tree clearing, bat support

The Marquette County Road Commission has asked for the public's cooperation as it works on a tight deadline to clear trees along a handful of road and bridge construction projects, including two in Marquette Township, by the end of the month.Work to clear the trees is mandated to take place by ...

Range Bank, Skytta well deserving of distinguished awards

It is our pleasure to join the Marquette-area business community, and indeed the community in general, in congratulating the distinguished service winners announced at the Lake Superior Community Partnership's annual dinner Thursday night.This year's business recipient was Range Bank, which ...

Rochon a great selection for Officer of the Year

Congratulations to Marquette County sheriff's Deputy Betsy E. Rochon for a well deserved honor, 2014 Police Officer of the Year.Rochon received the award from the Marquette County Law Enforcement Administrators Association Wednesday at the University Center at Northern Michigan University. The ...

Potholes prevail with coming of milder temperatures

It certainly raised the spirits of area residents to have a little warmth arrive this week following a prolonged period of frigid, snowy weather.Temperatures rising into the 60s and plenty of sunshine chased the winter blues away, as well as sent a good deal of the snowpack melting into area ...

Warming temps have made ice unstable on area waterways

Winter's not yet over and the season has brought its share of subzero temperatures, snow and ice. However, warmer temperatures this week probably are bringing out the spring fever in some people.Warmer weather, though, still poses a danger.Although this winter has been colder than some previous ...

Ishpeming energy efficiency program a bright idea

We support a move made by the Ishpeming City Council last week designed to make the city more energy efficient.Under a memo of understanding approved by the panel, City Manager Mark Slown and Michael Larson, office manager at Michigan Energy Options' Marquette office, will work together to ...

New ownership at the Landmark Inn in Marquette

It's official. After several months and much speculation, Marquette's venerable Landmark Inn has changed hands.The Graves Hospitality Corp. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the buyer. The company, according to its website, has decades of experience working with major branded hotel groups such as ...

NRTF grant supporting good work on Alger County project

The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $2,275 grant to AuTrain Township to help fund the purchase and installation of an EZ Dock System as part of the AuTrain Heritage Trailhead Development project.This is the latest of several donations made by several entities to this worthwhile ...

No on May 5

To the Journal editor:Here are more reasons we should vote no on May 5.In "Democrat" Rick Snyder's latest shell game in Lansing, he has, once again, proven he hasn't a clue on how to run a public entity. When he forcefully transferred corporate tax liabilities to working families in Michigan, ...