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Outdoors

2020 L’Anse lakefront concerts

The Village of L’Anse/DDA has decided to review its 2020 Lakefront Concerts schedule on a month-to-month basis. For example, July’s schedule will be reviewed June 15. It is felt the concerts provide too much joy to the audiences, performers and general public to cancel the entire ...

GCC to add Nordic Skiing for Winter 2020

The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees approved to add Nordic Skiing as a club sport beginning this winter of 2020-2021. A thriving athletic department is a vital component of Gogebic Community College’s strategic and enrollment management plans. “While GCC currently offers four ...

2020 UP Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo canceled

ESCANABA – For the first time in over 50 years, the Trappers Convention/ Outdoor Expo will not be held. The decision to cancel was obviously forced by the current COVID-19 pandemic. “This was a tough decision to make for all of us involved,” stated Roy Dahlgren, president of District 3 ...

ORV route between Hancock and Dollar Bay closed temporarily in Houghton County

The Lake Linden Trail, between the Portage Lift Bridge and Dollar Bay, in Houghton County has been closed temporarily based on a local public health and safety advisory. In reissuing its health advisory Thursday, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department asked the public to avoid activity ...

Reminder: All wild-foraged mushrooms offered for sale must be inspected

LANSING – As the spring wild-foraged mushroom season gets underway, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reminds foragers that all mushroom species picked in the wild to be sold must be inspected and found safe by a certified mushroom expert. In addition, all ...

Health Department reissues chemical hazard advisory in Ripley

RIPLEY – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) continues to advise people to avoid activity in areas on or near the Julio scrapyards in Ripley. This advisory includes sections of the ORV trail owned by the State of Michigan. The advisory was temporarily suspended this winter ...

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 ...