Editorials

Northern Initiatives using common sense in lending

One of the Marquette business community’s top leaders made some valid points last week during an address to the Operation Action U.P.’s annual get together in Marquette. Dennis West, who is president of Northern Initiatives of Marquette, served as keynote speaker for the gathering, the ...

Family physicians play crucial role in health care

Chances are you grew up seeing a Dr. Somebody, as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. Maybe has treated three, even four generations of your family. But ...

As hackers disrupt, InfraGard may hold key to security online

Guarding oneself against the unknown is an ancient concept, and one that has likely contributed to the survival of a number of species throughout history. The “unknowns” out there in this great world are plentiful, and many more than we’d ever expect are preying on the young, the old, ...

Group that combats invasive species seeks new partners

The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition, or WRISC, invites you to join us as a partner. WRISC was formalized in 2010 when the first round of partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, signifying their support for regional cooperation on invasive species education and ...

Help Flivvers hockey Pink the Rink on Monday

If you haven’t heard, the Kingsford High School hockey team has a pretty good season going on at 14-6-1. That normally would be reason enough to take in a Flivvers hockey game. But Monday has added incentive to be at the Mountain View Ice Arena at 6 p.m., even for those who might not ...

Keep fire hydrants, emergency exits clear of snow

After it snows, the first thoughts usually are on clearing walkways, driveways and parking areas. Better add fire hydrants and emergency access points to that list, Michigan Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urged this week. When called on, rescue workers and firefighters can’t waste critical ...

Ishpeming would do well to be on National Register

We see only good things coming from Ishpeming’s downtown commercial district being included on the National Register of Historic Places. The city council recently approved a resolution supporting the effort, which can take as long as 18 months to complete. Architectural historian Jessica ...

It’s past time to take this flu season seriously

Last week provided several chilling reminders of the dangers of ignoring this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered a statistic that should shake people out of complacency, if they’re smart: 1 in 10 deaths reported in a week’s time in the United States were ...

Staying safe on the slopes this ski season

With ski season well under way, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs offers a few suggestions to make sure that day on the slopes stays a safe and fun activity. Michigan uniquely offers 55 active licensed ski areas that operate more than 300 ski lifts, ranging from rope ...

Some bad actors at the local movie theatre

Barb: My wife and I recently attended a local theatre. This theatre has recently upgraded their entire building and now has two levels of seating. They have a VIP area, which gives you a nicer seat, more room to stretch and wider spaces between seats for the armrests. Very nice, but they do ...

Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks gets proper notice with new quarter

The U.S. Mint and the National Park Service had an event Wednesday to launch the “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” coin which commemorates Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising. According to The Associated Press, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter is the 41st ...

Some tips to mark Healthy Hearts Month

February is designated as Healthy Hearts Month. Makes sense, given Valentine’s Day. With that in mind, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department has some suggestions on ways to lessen the risk for cardiovascular disease, or CVD. “Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases ...

Any government recycling effort step in right direction

With his time in office starting to dwindle, Gov. Rick Snyder laid the groundwork for what could turn out to be a robust state-led recycling initiative going forward. Snyder, in an executive order signed late last week, ordered all state government facilities to provide recycling services ...

Trying to keep the cold at bay this winter

As this colder-than-usual winter — even for the Upper Peninsula — continues, it perhaps is time to check in with those you know are on limited incomes who might be hard-pressed to keep warm during such subzero conditions. This already has been a much more severe winter than the past two, ...

Snyder needs to act on Mackinac straits pipeline

The Associated Press reported last Monday that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refused to halt the flow of crude oil through twin pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway as they are inspected for gaps in exterior coating, saying there was no imminent threat of a spill. Snyder cited the potential for a ...

Nick Baumgartner provides inspiration to area students

Bouquet From the Marquette Mining Journal: Iron River native Nick Baumgartner is more than an Olympic team member, he’s an inspiration to children, especially those who like him are Yoopers. Getting ready to participate in snowboard cross in his third Olympics, Baumgartner took time out ...

Effort to upgrade ski jump venue deserves support

We are only about a week away from what is considered the premier sporting competition in the Iron Mountain area each year. But this may, regrettably, be the final year for the Bellin Health Pine Mountain Continental Cup ski jump tournament, unless the Kiwanis Ski Club gets some major help to ...

Reasoning behind hunter pink defective, dated, derogatory

Blue is for boys and pink is for girls, right? We thought this kind of thinking went out decades ago, but apparently that’s not the case. A memo recently submitted to the Michigan House Natural Resources Committee in support of pink hunting attire seems to suggest pink still is the ...

Utility bill telephone scam making rounds

Upper Peninsula Power Co. officials recently warned of a telephone scam making the rounds among UPPCO customers. According to Brett French, UPPCO vice president of business development and communications, some UPPCO customers have received calls claiming to be company representatives ...

Take steps to cut down on winter work hazards

Winter offers special challenges in terms of workplace safety, especially for those that have to spend time outside in cold and snow, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency advises. No employer can control the elements. So ...