Outdoors

Locks open Pandora’s box

What is Pandora's box and what locks you ask? Pandora's Box was an artifact in Greek mythology. Actually it was a large jar given to Pandora by Zeus as a wedding gift, with the instruction to never open it, as it contained all the evils of the world. In today's world, Pandora's Box means to ...

The walleye are here!

This past Monday Portage and Torch Lakes became home to 1.2 million walleye fry. They were provided by Fisheries Division, MDNR and stocked by members of the Copper Country Walleye Association (CCWA) via boat and automobile. No planes or trains yet!This is the fourth consecutive year that CCWA ...

Rain, mist and misfit creeks

It was a Pacific Northwest kind of day, Monday. Cloudy. Misty. Mist fading into rain. Rain fading into mist. So I went looking for a Pacific Northwest kind of place.I decided on Hungarian Falls, a decent two-mile walk down the old railroad grade. Closer than Oregon or Washington state. Lots of ...

Fly me to the moon … in search of fish

As warmer weather approaches more and more people are turning their attention towards fishing. Whether it's the thrill of the chase, the opportunity to get fresh fish, or just getting outside and being on the water, the sport of fishing is an addiction shared by many. There are many different ...

Marietta gets one more race in

LUTSEN, Minn. - James Marietta took home first-place honors in three divisions at the Cor Motorsports Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge last weekend.Marietta finished atop the cross country semi-pro division, as well as hill cross pro 600 stock and hill cross pro open stock.He added a pair ...

Giardia — not Saturday Night fever

So is it, a) An Italian chef, b) Manager of the NY Yankees, c) A flower in your mother's garden, d) A Greek opera singer, e) A musical group, f) What Bemidji State hockey fans get, g) All of the above, or h) None of the above? It is definitely not your mother's gardenia! The closest would be ...

Rolling smoothly on new spring tires

As it turns out, the revelation wasn't as earth-shattering as I first thought it would be, and the experiential revolution was not so dramatic as I had hoped. But I'm still pretty happy with my new tires.The revelation I am speaking of was learning last week that the rims on my Kona Unit 29er ...

Birds, meteors flying around this month

t's spring and the bird migration is in full swing. I haven't noticed many newcomers to our bird feeder yet, but I was glad to finally have a flock of evening grosbeaks start visiting this winter.A few robins have been spotted over the past couple weeks and their numbers keep increasing. I was ...

Marietta masters new style of racing

GREENLAND - A new form of snowmobile racing made its debut this past Saturday. It was a combination of a hill climb, snow cross and cross country race, and called a hill challenge. Winning all four of the classes he entered, then taking both the Kissel Chevrolet Pro Mod King of the HIll and ...

Grayling restoration efforts past and future

Last month we learned that by 1900 our native Michigan grayling were extinct in the Lower Peninsula, but were hanging on in Houghton County's Otter River.The Otter River grayling were the only natives remaining from a once very abundant species.This remnant population was also in danger of ...

Swift changes: seasons and colors

Tuesday night I went out skiing along the Torch Lake shore, out on the old sand bank the stamp mills and the regrinding mills left behind. Out on the old C&H stamp sand and tailings, covered over as they are now with clay and dirt and, as the days go by, less and less snow.The snow that ...

Rules change for snowmobiles in National Forests

CALUMET - If you enjoy snowmobiling on state forest lands, a new regulation may mean a change in your route.According to the Jan. 28 release of the Federal Register, designation for roads, trails and areas on National Forest Service lands is required to provide over-snow vehicle use, in a ...

As thaw begins, so does sap run

The temperature finally broke 32 degrees since, I can't remember, was it Halloween? The snowbanks are starting to shrink during the day and you can hear water dripping off the buildings and trees. I've seen people outside in shorts.All of this is a sure sign spring is on the way. I can even ...

Ripley racers roll at regional championship

RIPLEY - Three members of the Mont Ripley Racing Team, Jenna Stein (15), Allyson Fenton (14) and Katherine Jarvis (14), competed at Marquette Mountain in the USSA/Central Division U14 and U16 Championships. The races took place over three days from Feb. 20-22. The field of 180 competitors from ...

Kaurala a contender for King of the Hill at Caspian climb

CASPIAN - Snowmobile hillclimbers from three states met at this past Saturday's Mid America Championship Hillclimb. The MACH took place at the former Caspian Ski Jump, a hill that took its toll on drivers and snowmobilers and a hill that only allowed three drivers crest the top and make it ...

Grayling a relic of fishing days gone by

There once was a fish called the Michigan grayling;Whose numbers through human activities began failing;Lumberjacks, fishermen, and others were affecting their population;Fisheries biologists attempted to increase them through propagation;But all efforts to prevent extinction were ...

Ski Tigers finish first at frigid state meet

HOUGHTON - With temperatures hovering around zero and wind chills as low as minus-30, the Copper Country Ski Tigers Nordic ski team braved the elements to compete against several other teams from Michigan at the state championship meet at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center.The races ...

Snow sculptures remain after Winter Carnival

By now the Winter Carnival statues in Houghton and Hancock are starting to get a little long in the tooth. Snow that has fallen has softened the edges of London's famous double-decker buses, blunted the crests of Hawaiian waves, and otherwise rendered the variations on the theme of vacation ...

This weekend is Winter Free Fishing Weekend

MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering its winter free fishing weekend this weekend, with no fishing license required for anglers testing their skills against the state's gamefish.Though other fishing regulations remain in place, residents and non-residents can ...

LaCosse puts the power down in Sagola drag races

SAGOLA - Champion is more than just where Matt LaCosse calls home, it is a title he has had at many snowmobile drag races over the year. It was this past Saturday that LaCosse put another trophy on the mantel.This trophy is special. It was the Sagola Sportsman Club Tip Up Town Top Gun Trophy, ...