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Outdoors

Getting older and colder this winter

I return once again to this messy sanctuary of countless books and musical instruments, a soft couch and a sturdy wooden rocking chair. Outside my window, the night is cold enough to crack. It’s one of those times when walking on certain floors in the house I can feel the cold reach up ...

Prune oaks in winter to prevent oak wilt

You probably aren’t thinking too much about yard work this time of year, but winter is the best time to do any pruning you have planned for your oak trees. If you want to trim back your oak trees, remove any branches, or even take down a tree for firewood or hazard management, winter is the ...

Cougar video caught on trail cam

HOUGHTON — A Houghton man became the latest Michigan resident to capture footage of a cougar last month. Eli Schaefer captured video on Dec. 30 of a cougar taking down a deer on a camera he placed at one of his favorite hunting spots near Toivola. He didn’t find out what he had until ...

Join the first cohort of Michigan Healthy Climate Corps Program

Are you or someone you know interested in supporting climate action and exploring a future in Michigan’s growing climate and clean energy economy? The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Office of Climate and Energy (OCE) is excited to announce the job openings for ...

Chasing the moose

The sky was bright blue and sunny with a few clouds floating by above us. I felt happy to be outside anywhere, feeling numb with my senses dulled by the blur, stress and anxieties of the holidays. But the place my boots would take me today was far better than just anywhere outside. My ...

Mont Ripley reopens after warm weather closure

RIPLEY — Long lines of skies and snowboarders came out Saturday for the reopening of Mont Ripley. The Michigan Technological University ski hill had opened in December, but shut down again before Christmas due to abnormally warm temperatures and rain. There’d been 4 inches of rain in ...