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Outdoors

UPPCO announces day-use of recreation areas will remain open

MARQUETTE — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and isolation may have dampened the spirits of outdoor enthusiasts in the last six weeks. However , some good news prevails as Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO0 announces that it’s recreational sites are becoming ...

DNR to allow open burning; permits still required

Just over a month since it suspended open burning across the state in response to COVID-19 concerns, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that it will begin issuing burn permits starting today. “We’re going to issue burn permits based on local fire risk and weather ...

50th Anniversary of Earth Day local events

The following is a collective list of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: Daily, Apr. 21st through May 10th An any time Tribute to Earth Day self-guided walk featuring Houghton Elementary 4th grade Earth day Art at KLT Paavola Wetlands. ...

Copper TRACES education event update

The fourth annual Copper TRACES educational event at Keweenaw National Historical Park has been cancelled due to Michigan Executive Order No. 2020-42, and the transition of physical school attendance to remote learning. After reviewing all other options, park staff are unable to find a way to ...

Pine Mountain Music Festival Postponement

The Board of Directors of the Pine Mountain Music Festival has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Season due to the uncertainty of our venues along with the mobility and safety of our patrons and friends. Our 30th anniversary celebration presentation of Appalachian Spring along with the ...

Baraga Co. prosecutor: Motorized fishing allowed

L’ANSE — Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary said on the county’s website he interprets the state emergency executive orders as allowing people to fish from a motorboat if proper social distancing is followed, contradicting guidance provided by the state and the Department of ...

With increasing temperatures, be on the alert for ticks

With outdoor recreation as one of the few exceptions to the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order combining with warmer temperatures, people are heading outside to enjoy the beauty of the Upper Peninsula. The increase in temperature also brings out ticks. Local residents are already finding ...

Michigan National Guard to support Sparrow Hospital during COVID-19 response

LANSING — Members of the 110th Civil Engineering Squadron, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, have been requested through the City of Lansing Office of Emergency Management and the State Emergency Operations Center to assist Sparrow Hospital with the construction of a large medical ...

Nature issues stay-at-home order

HOUGHTON — After weeks of light snowfall, the Keweenaw is getting hit with what is hopefully one last snowstorm for the season. Places along the water could get as few as 14 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, said Ryan Connelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in ...

Lake Trout Classic canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The list of events to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow. The latest event to be canceled is the Lake Trout Classic Fishing Tournament. This long-running tournament based out of the Ontonagon Marina was to run in the end of May. “Due to unpredictable weather later ...