Editorial

DNR officer’s quick action saved boy’s life

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Education funding needs improvement

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $128 million increase for K-12 schools, which may be good news for some but still a cause for concerns for others. The budget will continue to allocate extra money to the lowest-funded school districts to reduce the equity gap between those districts and the ...

Don’t shoot messenger of real local news

Left, right and in between, we will cover the news here, there and everywhere for the residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties no matter where it falls in the spectrum of politics, values systems or worldviews. On that you can rely. This newspaper will continue to report ...

We’ll stand fast with shield of truth

For journalists, scientists, educators and all truth tellers, these are times that try the soul. The enemies of truth have always been around, mostly hiding in the tall grass. But the dawning of the information age, which has spread powerful technology to users who by and large remain ...

Unfunded public benefit liability needs reform

State government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and elsewhere say governments at all levels can no longer afford. Conservatives are pushing reform in the face of $14 billion in unfunded ...

‘Pre-Carnival’ headline based on facts, truth

At the recent Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting for local business and community leaders, Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz presented a letter to the attendees written by Brian Kass of the Blue Key Honor Society stating its disappointment in the “Pre-Carnival ...

Workable plan for management of wolves needed

The news recently a wolf had been found dead in Iron County, shot and tossed Sunday off a road in Stambaugh Township was unfortunate but not particularly surprising. For much of the nation, the wolf is a symbol of the wild — or, perhaps, a scary spectre from a fairy tale — but remote and ...

Carnival helps keep snowfall a light burden

Snow cascaded across the Copper Country on Tuesday, setting an all-time record for this day of the year in Houghton County with 10.8 inches. As per usual, Keweenaw County’s snowfall was even more. It was hit with a 15-inch dump, according to the Keweenaw County Road Commission, which is ...

Buying solar power good for energy future

Plans announced recently by the Alger-Delta Electric Association to purchase power generated by solar panels is a very definite step in the right direction. The power will be generated by hundreds of thousands of solar panels WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resource plan to construct near the ...

Solar project good for UP environment

Students at Marquette Area Public Schools seem to be getting a good education about an issue that is a fairly important one for many of us here in the Upper Peninsula — energy. Considering recent legislative changes, federal mandates, shuttering power plants, reliability issues, ...

Prepare now for replacement of Obamacare

President Donald Trump isn’t delaying his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. On his first business day in office, he signed an executive order offering some relief from the law’s oppressive regulations. Congress is equally eager to take action, but any major shakeup will create ...

Practice safe food preparation all year-round

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl, to be played Sunday, draws more ...

School boards do good work for community

It could be argued — convincingly, some might say — that sitting on a school board of education is among the most thankless jobs of its type out there. That’s not to say the work accomplished by such panels is neither rewarding nor important. Because we know for a fact that both of ...

Student input solicited for NMU’s project

Northern Michigan University, and an engineering firm in its employ, are taking well-advised steps to determine what students might want in a renovated university center. NMU has committed to spending $17.5 million to complete all phases of the renovation of the Don. H. Bottum University ...

Give your input on proposed shooting range

When we think about the Upper Peninsula and the places we call home, a common thought that likely comes to many of our minds is hunting. There are quite a few of us Yoopers who either take part in that activity firsthand or know of at least one person who does. For a lot of us, it’s a ...

Promote UP economy with holistic marketing

A top economic developer from the Twin Cities told Upper Peninsula business officials last week that the U.P., with its substantial natural resources assets, should be marketed as a regional package. “Every region has to be authentic and unique into itself and its solutions, but there’s ...

Don’t wait to become a blood donor

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And seasonal obstacles like busy holiday schedules, blood drives canceled due to inclement winter weather, and illnesses like the flu sidelining potential donors can hamper efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply. That’s why, since ...

Despite changes, Noquemanon will be great competition

We hope the U.S Postal Service won’t mind us co-opting a spin on its motto: Neither rain, nor lack of snow, nor sleet will keep the Noquemanon Ski Marathon organizers and participants from making the annual event one of the best races in the world. And while Mother Nature has pulled some ...

We’re making your expression more timely

Voices of the Copper Country communities we serve need to be heard — and they need to be heard in the most immediate manner that we can provide. Promoting the expression of those voices is an ongoing maintenance issue at this newspaper. We’re always searching for ways to enhance those ...

Prep students for future jobs in Copper Country

Strike while the iron is hot. On one hand, exponential advancements in digital and cyber technology have created jobs that have outpaced much of the older and high-school educated work force. The new world of high-tech design and engineering requires extensive, advanced-degree training. On ...