Editorial

Stay safe around water this summer

In 2017, there were 116 drownings in Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging residents to observe water safety practices around pools, lakes and spas this summer. May is National Water Safety Month, an observance designed to remind Michiganders to ...

Abrahamson made improvements possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dan Block: Spring has finally arrived at Lemerand Park in Escanaba, home of the 2018 softball State Champion Escanaba Eskymos (MHSAA Division 2). During the afternoons and evenings of this time of year, you’re likely to find the Eskymos playing against ...

Spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Lansing take note, parents want better schools

Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that should serve as a wake-up call to elected leaders. A poll ...

Be safe on the water this summer

With school almost over, the weather warming up and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many will begin enjoying Michigan’s more than 11,000 inland lakes and over 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24. The Michigan ...

Chambers take sensible approach with unified advocacy effort

For communities to grow economically, resources such as attainable housing and accessible child care oftentimes must be in place. And while these needs may not touch as many individual lives in Northern Michigan as in the state’s more densely populated areas, getting the resources in place ...

Shopko and its staff will be missed

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: A hearty thanks to all the ShopKo employees for so many decades of providing a service to our area. Many liked shopping there for a variety of reasons, one of them being the friendliness and courtesy of the staff there. ...

Outbreaks of argument with measles spread

Anyone remember the 2014 outbreak of whooping cough in Traverse City? It happened swiftly one November in a wave that surged through area schools. It started with a smattering across districts — 11 cases at Grand Traverse Academy; seven at TCAPS; five at Westwoods Elementary School, one ...

Put safety first during National Bike Month

Bicycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights and reduce your carbon footprint. However, bicyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with vehicles, and injuries can happen even on a designated path. The number of deaths from bicycle incidents ...

Senate bill sets marker for no-fault reform

Driving down auto insurance rates for Michigan motorists finally moved out of the starting gate Tuesday with Senate passage of a bill that would build more consumer choice into insurance policies. It’s not perfect, but it offers a framework for delivering meaningful reform. The bill ...

Flags raise awareness of need for foster families

Blue and white lawn flags will dot Michigan’s landscape this month to demonstrate the need for loving foster homes for children. Michigan has approximately 13,500 children in foster care. Children of all ages who have been victims of abuse and neglect need temporary foster homes to care for ...

Group makes Salmon in the Classroom possible

This week’s bouquets go to: The Rapid River School fifth and eighth grade classes released their Chinook salmon into the Whitefish River Wednesday. The salmon were raised at the school as a part of the Salmon in the Classroom Project. Our sponsors, Mark Peloza and Mike Verhamme, on behalf of ...

Problem-solvers, not politicians

A collective sigh of relief was heaved Thursday by Michigan’s parents, teachers, school administrators, summer camp directors and staff, child care providers and ... anyone who has anything to do with school-age kids, whether they be your grandchildren or the host of high school kids you hire ...

Infrastructure spending a raw deal for Michigan

There’s no doubt America’s infrastructure is in sorry shape and in need of massive investment. Just look at Michigan’s pock-marked roads and rusting bridges as an example. But the deal sketched out by Democratic congressional leaders and President Donald Trump this week is not the ...

May is Electrical Safety Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared May as Electrical Safety Month to emphasize that plugging into prevention is everyone’s responsibility to avoid electrical fire, injury or electrocution. Citizens are urged to practice electrical safety and be aware of potential home electrical hazards ...

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The number of new Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) diagnoses among young adults has increased substantially over the last decade, largely as a result of the opioid epidemic, and approximately half of these new infections have been identified in females. From 2007 to 2018, the number of women of ...

Take steps to safeguard your home from wildfires

Michigan’s wildfire fire season is often hottest during May and June, but state residents can help prevent catastrophe with simple steps such as burning with care and landscaping their yards to keep fires from reaching their homes. “People are a leading cause of wildfires in Michigan,” ...

State Supreme Court judge was inspirational

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jan Korntved of Escanaba: Last Friday evening my husband, Tom, and I had the pleasure of listening to and interacting with Michigan Supreme Court Judge Richard Bernstein. He is the only blind state Supreme Court justice in the country. Judge Bernstein ...

DNR heroes too often unsung

In Monday’s edition of The News ran a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who posed for the photo holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, accoridng to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the ...

Kid Count data worth considering

Monday will mark the 39th celebration of Earth Day, and the date may be more important to recognize now than ever before. The latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book has been released, and it’s fairly good news for Marquette County. The county ranks 20th out of 82 counties for overall ...