June 2007 News
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June 2007 News
Businesses feel the heat: Lake Superior warms up, part 3
By Katie Alvord Posted 06/30/2007
On June 21, the Senate passed an energy bill that would increase
average vehicle fuel efficiency, a measure meant at least in part to combat global warming. Meanwhile, in the Copper Country,
some businesses -- particularly those based on winter tourism -- might already have been feeling global warming's effects. In this
final segment of a three-part series on climate change in the Lake Superior
Basin, Katie Alvord looks at ways local businesses have already been affected by warming temperatures, how some have
responded with potential solutions and what some scientists say about the future of winter in our area.
Photo: Making snow at Mont Ripley Ski Hill near Hancock. In warmer winters, ski areas rely more on artificial snow.
The tall, slanted pipe in left foreground is newer, more energy-efficient snowmaking equipment.
(Photo © 2007 and courtesy Mont Ripley.)
Photos of 2007 Keweenaw Chain Drive bike races posted
-- Photos of the 2007 Portage Health Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival bike races
are now available on Brockit.com. These
quality photos, taken by Brockit's professional photographers Adam Johnson and Tess Steube, include a variety of individual and group photos of the race.
They are available for viewing or purchase. Results of the races, held June 16,
2007, on the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trails in Hancock, are posted on
the Chain Drive Web
site. Races included 32- and 16-mile races, the Junior Chain Drive and (for
Father's Day) father and offspring teams. The Chain Drive race will help support
a purchase of 280 acres
for the Swedetown Recreation Area in Calumet. Visit Keweenaw
Trails for more information on local trails and upcoming running and biking
Photo: Terry Kinzel of Hancock rides in the
16-mile race during the 2007 Keweenaw Chain Drive. Kinzel and his wife, Sue
Ellen Kingsley, who maintain their Churning Rapids trails for community biking
and cross-country skiing, both participated in the race. Click on photo for
larger version. (Photo © 2007 Brockit.com.
Reprinted with permission.)
Cardboard boat races offer challenges,
"pirate" fun at Bridgefest 2007
By Michele Anderson Posted
-- The "Pirates of the Keweenaw" cardboard boat races
offered "pirates" of various ages the challenge of keeping afloat in
competitive races on the Portage Lake Ship Canal near Houghton Beach on Sunday,
June 17. The "pirate" theme inspired some creative sailing garb and
added an element of friendly rowdiness
to the traditional rivalry between crews representing the cities of Hancock
and Houghton. Keweenaw Now offers readers this three-page photo
essay of the shenanigans and community fun. more
Photo: Crew members of "Technicolor Magic,"
a boat that tried to carry 14 "pirates," hit the water laughing as their
cardboard "catamaran" splits in two during its one and only race. The
shipwreck won it a prize for Best Sinking. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)
Lake Superior Basin feeling heat: Part 2
By Katie Alvord Posted
The next G-8 summit starts on June 6 in Germany; and, with climate change high on the agenda, George W. Bush has responded to European pressures
by announcing his own counter-proposals for stemming greenhouse gas emissions. As world political leaders debate what to do about climate
change, several scientists from around Lake Superior say local plants and animals are already showing the effects of rising average
temperatures. Their findings range from northward shifts in bird and small mammal ranges to unexpected plankton blooms to a
diminishing moose population on Isle Royale, and some are expressing concern about what a
warming climate might mean for our future. more
Photo: Isle Royale moose shows areas of skin rubbed bare due to tick
infestation. Moose lose fur when they rub against trees in an attempt to remove ticks.
Warmer temperatures favor ticks and make moose more vulnerable to winter tick infestations.
(Photo © 2007 John Vucetich. Reprinted with permission.)
Two MTU students bike to Seattle for cancer survivorship
By Jeff Dambrun Posted
HOUGHTON -- An idea that started as a half-serious joke several years ago between Michigan Tech students Jay Prescott
and Jeff Dambrun has now materialized into a reality. Jay and Jeff have created the
Superior-Pacific Ride for Survivorship, a bicycle journey from Houghton, Mich., to Seattle,
Wash., as well as a
grassroots fundraiser through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization
that supports cancer survivorship efforts. Jay and Jeff are now on their way,
and donations and pledges
will be accepted until they reach Seattle in mid-June. Donations will go not
only toward cancer research, but toward other important areas like education and social support for survivors and their families.
Photo: Jay and Jeff with their bikes on a trail near Freda, Mich. (Photo © 2007 Ben Bittner. Reprinted with permission.)
Lake Superior warming fast: Researchers surprised by strong trends
By Katie Alvord Posted 05/03/2007
A growing number of regional officials and researchers have been examining how
climate change may already affect air, water and ice within the Lake Superior basin.
This regional work is taking place as the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completes
its Fourth Assessment Report on the state of the world’s climate. The IPCC is releasing its 2007 assessment in segments, and the next will be released Friday, May
4. In the first in a series of articles on climate change, Keweenaw
Now guest writer Katie Alvord reports recent climate changes affecting Lake
Superior, as researched by scientists at the University of Minnesota Duluth and
Michigan Tech University and as observed by meteorologists and by officials at
Isle Royale National Park and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. more
Photo: Ice melting along the Lake Superior shoreline in late
March 2007. (Photo © 2007 Katie Alvord. Reprinted with permission.)
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