DNR Looking For Frog, Toad Survey Volunteers


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers throughout the state to assist with its annual frog and toad survey, an effort that helps biologists monitor frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state.

Declining populations of frogs, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest amphibians are disappearing due to habitat loss, pollution, disease and collection.    

“In Michigan, over the past 20 years,


DNR Recruiting Off-Road Vehicle Safety Instructors

ATV trail riding between Champion and Big Bay, Marquette Co.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking instructors for its off-road vehicle safety education program. This volunteer opportunity allows ORV enthusiasts to pass along their love and knowledge of the sport to new riders, while teaching them safe and responsible ORV operating skills for an enjoyable riding experience.

All instructors must attend a three-day academy to learn policies and procedures, classroom management and teaching concepts. Instructors will have the chance to experience various aspects of ORV operation,


House Approves $175 Million In Extra Road Funding

Drivers using roads throughout Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties will be helped by legislation approved today by Rep. Beau LaFave.

The $175 million financial investment will be for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early this summer with local and county crews receiving added fund as well.

“Driving from Iron Mountain to Lansing and back every week has given me plenty of reasons why this funding is needed,” said LaFave,


U.P. Reps Testify Against LaFave’s Airbow Legislation

State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) voted against House Bill 5180 today in the House Natural Resources Committee, with state Rep. Scott Dianda(D-Calumet) also testifying against it.

The bill would allow the use of a pneumatic airbow or gun during open firearm or bow hunting seasons, and passed the committee on a 6-3 party-line vote.

HB 5180 was sponsored by State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain), and it now goes to the full House of Representatives for a vote.


Road Commission Asks Loggers To Haul In Morning

Seasonal weight restrictions have been put in place in most counties in Lower Michigan, but not yet here in the Upper Peninsula. In Delta County, the road commission says it is trying to hold off as long as possible before imposing those restrictions. They are asking loggers to start doing their hauling between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m., starting this Friday. Weight restrictions are imposed every spring on many state and county roads to cut down on the amount of damage done during spring break-up.


Six Students Graduate From LSSU Escanaba Center

Six area residents have successfully completed their requirements for a bachelor’s degree and graduated following the Fall 2017 semester from Lake Superior State University (LSSU). Graduates are eligible to walk at commencement in May.

Graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration-management is Michael Bayerl of Menominee and Jerri DeMenter of Rapid River, DeMenter also earned a marketing minor; in criminal justice is Jacob Koish of Escanaba and Katlyn Sagataw of Houghton;


Travel Marquette Hires New Executive Director

The Travel Marquette Board of Directors has named Susan Estler as its new executive director.

Estler has more than 20 years as a marketing professional with a decade dedicated to destination marketing.

“Over the past 10 years, Marquette County has grown to be a top destination in Michigan, our board believes that Susan has the experience and vision to take us to the next level, furthering our brand and awareness on an even greater level,” stated Brian Jensen,


Gladstone, Marinette To Host Teen Fishing Tourney

The Marinette and Gladstone High School Fishing Teams plan to host their first annual “Little Bay deNoc Ice Fishing Last Jig” tournament on Saturday, March 10th, in Little Bay deNoc.

It’s for seventh-through-12th graders, and schools can register more than one team. The cost is 20-dollars per angler, which includes a meal ticket and a student raffle ticket for a door prize.Teams may consist of either 4 students, or 3 students and 1 adult.


Study Suggests State Business Program Not Working

The Michigan Business Development Program has failed to spark job growth in Michigan counties where the state-subsidized projects are located, according to a study released today by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

The six-year-old program is the successor to the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, the unsuccessful multibillion dollar tax credit program. Primarily run by the Michigan Strategic Fund, the MBDP gives subsidies, loans and other handouts to select businesses if they meet certain criteria.


Bay College Holding Leadership Conference In IM

Bay College West Campus is set to host their first Leadership Conference on Thursday, May 17th.  The conference will benefit individuals interested in learning about effective methods for managing and promoting productivity within their organization. Anyone looking to develop their leadership skills will benefit from attending this event. 

Top experts in a variety of fields will provide advice from their own experience, allowing attendees to better understand what it means to be a leader.