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Editorial

PFAS water crisis demands action from government

Michigan is at the center of an environmental disaster — and strong leadership is desperately needed. Now. More than a dozen communities across the state are already affected by PFAS as the chemicals contaminate drinking water, creating a real public health threat. Recent news stories ...

Past time to establish justice for Emmett Till

“Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.” –Yevgeny Yevtushenko Although we are reasonably certain the famous Soviet and Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and screenwriter was referring to something else altogether when he wrote those words, the concept could ...

Thai cave rescue shows good still remains in world

Tuesday’s edition of The Mining Journal featured an Associated Press article that stated all 12 boys and their soccer coach had been rescued from the flooded cave in northern Thailand, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world. The boys and their coach were trapped in the ...

Hold invasive species in check by skirmishing

By this point in history, we believe most Michigan residents are well aware of the existence of invasive species, the often tiny (although not always) critters and plant life that end up doing great damage to area and regional water habitats. Most of what we hear, in terms of the battle to ...

Keep eye out for breakout of wildfires

As celebrations continue throughout the summer, the public is encouraged to put fire safety first. Fire weather danger is particularly high during this time of year, with increased wind speeds and low humidity in the forecast. “It doesn’t take much to start a wildfire,” said DNR fire ...

Operation Dry Water focuses on boating sober

Operation Dry Water. It’s a name that catches your attention, makes you think — which is a good thing. Because it’s aimed at getting people to think twice about mixing boating and alcohol. This weekend leading up to the Fourth of July holiday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Prevent spread of invasive aquatic species

The summer recreation season is in full swing, bringing boaters from all over to fish and float on Michigan’s lakes. When watercraft are on the move, though, that means aquatic invasive species — non-native plants and animals that spread rapidly and have negative effects on recreation and ...

Millage renewal a no-brainer: ‘Libraries Rock’

"Libraries Rock!" is the new slogan of Capital Area District Libraries' summer reading program, and it's true. 10.3 million items checked out; 1.7 million computer sessions logged; 4.8 million visits to one of 13 branches; a gathering place for community members; opportunities for kids, teens ...

U.P. football all-star players pay it forward

The Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game is much more than a clash on the gridiron. Of course, some of the finest football stars from the class of 2018 from all over the U.P. will be competing at the Superior Dome at 1 p.m. Saturday. But the players are doing more than practicing for that ...

UP officers get honored by state MADD

A couple of our local police officers were recognized at the state level for their achievements related to the enforcement of impaired driving. Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputy Aaron Griffin and Ishpeming Police Department officer Kirby Frantti were honored earlier this month at a ...

Use fireworks with caution this July 4 holiday

Independence Day is Wednesday, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday, if not already lighting them up this weekend. That can represent a colorful home show of lights and sound — or a potential danger to the person firing off those pyrotechnics or, ...

Stay safe this summer with these advisories

Summer has arrived and Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will ...

Dog credited with saving lost child’s life

In what may be the feel-good story of last week, a downstate dog is credited with saving the life of a child lost near the village of Paw Paw in rural Van Buren County. Princeton Peake, 2, was missing from is home early Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press. Myhia Perez, the ...

Utilities should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multimillion dollar utility company ...

New perspective seen through eyes of children

Seeing through the eyes of a child brings perspective, as the people of the Copper Country were reminded in a sorrowful lesson last week, when news came of 12-year-old Thatcher Markham’s death resulting from the flash flood. Since the June 17 flood, we have seen Copper Country residents, ...

Keep pets in mind around fireworks

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. Be mindful of the following: – Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays. – Turn the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. ...

Understanding OCD important in helping people

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a persons wellbeing. Obsessive compulsive ...

Copper Country, western U.P. cruelly battered

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Casperson says he has stage 4 lung cancer

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and that it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Buried tanks pose challenge to development

The city of Ishpeming recently hit a little snag in the process of completing its multimillion-dollar water infrastructure project. In the course of replacing a good share of the city’s water system this summer, construction crews working near the intersection of Pearl and First streets ...