Editorial

Calumet library Friends book sale

To the editor: We the Friends of the Calumet Public Library held our annual fundraising book sale on June 24, and it was extremely successful. Many individuals and businesses helped greatly. We heartily thank: Dan Riutta Contracting, who donated two months of book storage space. Econo ...

REA serves members best by being open

Given the sorry state of access to public information in this state, the Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association (REA) might be allowed to keep the press out of its meetings — maybe — but it is the underlying principle of access and information laws in this country that allowing ...

Do we really need switchblade knives legalized?

File this next one under hard to believe but true nevertheless. There is a group of Michigan senators who believe switchblade knives should be legal. And they believe it strongly enough that they approved a bill repealing the ban. Remarkably, that measure was OK’d by the senior chamber this ...

CTE success stories pay off for all of us

All of us share in the success when local students who receive career technical education (CTE) move from high school into good-paying local jobs. Those students get good jobs without being burdened with college student loan debt and become taxpayers and contributors to the local ...

New power plant in Baraga will also produce revenue

Baraga County taxing bodies will benefit if the Michigan Public Service Commission approves a Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. (UMERC) proposal to build two plants in the Upper Peninsula, including one in Baraga County. UMERC claims the plant will generate $1 million in taxes annually ...

Group studies tsunamis on Great Lakes

An interesting, albeit somewhat unusual gathering, took place this week in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan’s Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research is hosting a three-day meeting of experts who are seeking ways to warn the general public about tsunamis on the Great Lakes. ...

Newsprint still reigns in delivering news, advertising

Besides being something real you can hold in your hands, containing unchanging news and advertising content, the print version of a newspaper is literally a better read than the digital version. Nobody’s got a 13-by-22-inch spartphone or tablet screen, and that’s not going to be the next ...

Pasty origin uproar erupts as festival begins

As part of our daily mission to inform the people of the Copper Country of news they need to know, those who attend this weekend’s Pasty Fest in Calumet should know about Friday’s breaking news out of Great Britain: An official from Historic England claimed Cornish pasty was invented in ...

Reporting drilling impacts within park is our job

We exist to report the news of Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties, whether that news is good, bad, happy or sad. If it’s verified information that is important enough that people here need or want to know about it, we will report it, and we will not be intimidated or coerced in ...

Self-driving cars looking like road of destiny

At first glance, it doesn’t seem possible, but who knows? By 2030, electric self-driving cars will dominate our roads. That’s according to a report from RethinkX, an independent research group that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its ...

Mich. Vietnam vet awarded Medal of Honor

A downstate man will be the first service member or former service member to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Former U.S. Army combat medic James C. McCloughan of South Haven is scheduled to receive the nation’s highest military honor in ceremonies in the White House ...

Arts funding vital for schools, communities

What do the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, the University Musical Society and the Mosaic Youth Theater all have in common? They all receive critical support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Funding from the NEA contributes to arts and ...

Mining a delicate balance of enviro vs. economics

Mining has, for some time now, been considered by many a contentious issue, and a delicate balancing act between a means of providing desirable economic benefits and a process that potentially leads to avoidable long-lasting environmental concerns. Precisely that situation, where opposing ...

No place spared from opioid addiction crime

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to crack down on opioid crimes. A new unit in Schuette's office is prosecuting crimes involving heroin and other opioid-based drugs as the state confronts an overdose epidemic that claimed almost 2,000 lives in 2015. The four-person Opioid ...

Be safe in firing up the grill this summer

Now that summer unofficially has begun, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t already happened. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting corn and vegetables. Best to be careful, ...

DNR program offers education and recreation

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making available an interesting opportunity that will allow participants to be entertained while engaging in a learning experience. The agency is launching its Hatchery Passport Program, which will reward visitors to all six state fish ...

State unit battling opioids already paying dividends

Give the state credit for trying to get out in front of what some term an epidemic of opioid-based deaths and crimes in Michigan. State Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is expected to announce his candidacy for governor in the near future, announced organization of the Opioid Trafficking ...

Soo Locks project should be OK’d by Congress

At a time in Washington, D.C., when partisanship is so rampant, about the only thing lawmakers in both parties can agree on is that they can’t agree on much, Democrats and Republicans in Michigan’s delegation have found common ground. The elected officials, meeting on Mackinac Island this ...

Part-time legislature could be golden idea

Some states have part-time legislatures, some do not and some are in-between, with legislators in those “hybrid states” typically not earning enough to make a living without another source of income. In fact, the National Conference of State Legislatures lumps states into three ...

Essay contest celebrates higher purpose

An organization which works to help veterans and others with mobility challenges enjoy the outdoors, is launching an essay contest, named after a downstate resident. Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors has announced its first annual David Pollie Classic essay contest. Pollie was injured in a ...