October News -- December
November 2001 News
Finlandia forum opens dialogue on international concerns
HANCOCK -- International students from Michigan Technological University and
Finlandia University held a forum to promote intercultural
understanding on Oct. 30 in the Finnish-American
Heritage Center at Finlandia University. The Forum, titled "Views of America from other
places," attracted both students and local residents, several of whom asked
questions and offered their own views related to the aftermath of the September
11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon
in Washington, D.C. more
Little Brothers serve Thanksgiving meals to seniors
COPPER CITY -- Senior citizens from Copper City, Allouez, Ahmeek, Mohawk and
Fulton enjoyed one of many Thanksgiving dinners prepared and served
on Thursday, Nov. 22, in several Copper Country locations by Little Brothers
Friends of the Elderly. The Community Hall in Copper City was the scene of the
traditional turkey dinner for north end residents. more
Groups file lawsuit to protect Ottawa National Forest's wild, scenic rivers
MARQUETTE -- Three Great Lakes area conservation organizations have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that
hundreds of miles of rivers in the Upper Peninsula's Ottawa National Forest have been purposefully
neglected by the United States Forest Service. The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 15, 2001, involves The Black, Ontonagon, Paint, Presque Isle,
Sturgeon and Yellow Dog Rivers -- all federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. See the story by the
Center for Biological Diversity on
their Web site. more
Black Bear constructs Mt. Bohemia septic system without DEQ permit
MARQUETTE -- Mt. Bohemia developer Black Bear, Inc., has begun constructing a septic system for the ski
hill without receiving a Groundwater Discharge Exemption permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
(DEQ), Waste Management Division. The permit has been delayed because of a concern by DEQ Surface
Water Quality Division that the phosphorous content of the wastewater must be limited and
monitored to protect the quality of Lac La Belle (lake). more
extinguish small fire on MTU residence hall roof
HOUGHTON -- Michigan Technological University's Public Safety Department is
investigating a small fire on the roof of the Wadsworth Hall cafeteria that was
extinguished early Friday morning, Nov. 9. more
MTU reports bomb incident under investigation
HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech's Web site news reports a summary of events following the Nov. 5 discovery and dismantling of two explosive devices on campus -- one outside of the forestry building at Michigan Tech and one outside of the adjacent U.S. Forest Service lab. No one was injured, but police evacuated all persons considered to be in harm's way. The FBI, the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency (ATF), and local law enforcement investigative officers have formed a task force to handle the investigation. The report states the university received no advance warning of the incident and, to date, no organization has taken responsibility.
North Woods Conservancy buys Seven Mile Point
CALUMET -- The North Woods Conservancy (NWC) has purchased Seven Mile Point (SMP) from Lake Superior Land Company and plans to allow limited public access to the acreage. The ecologically sensitive parcel, located on the north shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Allouez Township, contains 32 acres and 1,506 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, including sand, cobble and 1.1 billion year-old bedrock beach. The Michigan Natural Features Inventory calls Seven Mile Point one of the gems of the Keweenaw.
Guatemalan visitors offer Copper Country cultural exchange
HANCOCK -- Thanks to the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project (CCGAP), a family from Fronterizo 10 de Mayo, a village of former refugees from the 1980s massacres of indigenous people in Guatemala, has spent two weeks visiting local schools, churches and community groups to share experiences and offer an enriching cultural exchange.
U.S. House bill to ban Great Lakes drilling for two years
WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Nov. 1, the United States House of Representatives is expected to approve a fiscal year 2002 appropriations bill that includes language agreed upon by the House and Senate to ban drilling for gas and oil under the Great Lakes for two years, while the Army Corps of Engineers studies the environmental impact of such drilling.
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