August 2007 News
August 2007 News
Keweenaw Now moves
to new BLOG Sept. 1
HANCOCK -- Readers, this Web site, www.keweenawnow.com
will move to our NEW BLOG, http://keweenawnow.blogspot.com, beginning Saturday, Sept. 1. All the articles, photos and links published on this site since October 2001 will still be accessible in our Archive, thanks to
Smartisans.com. When you go to Keweenaw Now you'll be able to access this valuable record of News, Views and Happenings up to Aug. 31, 2007. Then click on the
BLOG link to read the new
articles, see photos and, if you wish, take advantage of our new blog feature --
comment on the articles or on any issues of interest to our readers. Thanks to all of you for visiting
Keweenaw Now and -- to keep yourself informed -- please visit our new
contest deadline extended to Sept. 7
HANCOCK -- Readers,
Keweenaw Now is extending the photo contest through Sept. 7, 2007. Just in case you capture that great view of Lake Superior during the Labor Day weekend, it will still be eligible!
The photo should express a personal, environmental, economic or spiritual connection people have to Lake Superior. (Photos of local beaches ecologically connected to Lake Superior -- such as Hancock, Houghton or Chassell on the Portage Canal -- are acceptable as entries.)
Categories are wildlife, landscape and stewardship/education (e.g., cleaning up
a beach or leaving it cleaner than you find it, learning about the lake, etc.).
Visit the Keweenaw
Now Blog for details and rules.
Photo: Keweenaw sunset with freighter. Photo
taken near the Keweenaw Tip from the Isle Royale Queen IV during Reading the
Landscape cruise June 30. (Photo © 2007 Michele Anderson)
Houghton County Fair Visit: part
From kids' fun to prize-winning tomatoes to tough, competitive horse-pulling, Keweenaw Now captured some
highlights of the Houghton County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at the Fairgrounds in Hancock.
See our photo essay, "Houghton County Fair Visit: part 1," now published on Keweenaw Now's
new blog. See also our first
video -- an interview with some Fair celebrities!
Photo: Inside the Houghton County Fair Exhibit Building, Sean Godmere, 3, son of Shane and Michele Godmere of Centennial Heights, tries his steering skills at the Toddler Driving School -- in the company of Houghton County Fair Queen Genny Gierke of Chassell. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo
Heritage Celebration: Photos
Keweenaw Now's photographer, Gustavo Bourdieu, wandered around Main Street Calumet's Heritage
Celebration in Agassiz Park last Saturday, Aug. 18, and took photos for readers of our new
blog. Check out these photos of some highlights of the day and feel free to add
your comments on the Keweenaw
Photo: Krista Cone, center, Miss Coppertown 2007,
reigned over the Calumet Heritage Celebration last weekend. Pictured with her are other candidates Kelsey Johnson, right, and Kelsey Eddleman. (Photo
© 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)
research project seeks info on local Finnish-American musicians
By Hilary Virtanen Posted 08/20/2007
HANCOCK -- Do you have traditional Finnish musicians in your family tree? Do you have any recollections of a musical neighbor from decades past?
If you do, Hilary Virtanen, a Copper Country native and graduate student of Scandinavian Studies and Folklore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
would like to meet you during her visit to the Upper Peninsula this month.
Virtanen hopes to interview descendants and acquaintances of thirteen Finnish-American musicians recorded in 1938 by folklorist Alan Lomax, famed for his work with blues legends Huddy “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and Muddy Waters.
Her research is part of an album compilation project conducted by Professor James P. Leary, also of the University of Wisconsin.
Read more on Keweenaw
Now's new Blog.
Creek comments requested
HANCOCK -- A group of concerned citizens is requesting that residents write
to Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson to express their views on the City of Hancock's potential sale of Government Lot #5 parcels immediately east of Swedetown Creek along Highway
203 for three residential lots. The area in question
represents the south side of the river mouth and protects forests, wetlands and
sandbars. Read the article on Keweenaw
Now's new blog.
Creek, near the proposed land sale, is a recreational area for residents. (Photo
© 2007 Joe Kaplan. Reprinted with permission.)
Planning Commission hears
public comment on proposed waterfront sale
HANCOCK --The City of Hancock's potential sale of Government Lot #5 parcels immediately east of Swedetown Creek along Highway 203 was the subject of several public comments presented to the City of Hancock Planning Commission on July 23, 2007. This city-owned property is opposite a public access recreational spot, also city property, used as a boat launch at the place where the creek empties into the Portage.
Residents have expressed opposition to the city's proposal to sell the lots
because of their proximity to a recreational area. The Planning Commission
approved requesting a registered land survey of the entire Government Lot 5 to assist the commission to study the use of the property as
requested by the City Council and to request that it be due prior to the
Commission's August 27th meeting. Read the article on Keweenaw
Now's new blog.
resident John Slivon, left, addresses the Hancock Planning Commission and City
Manager Glenn Anderson, right, on the proposed sale of public land near
Swedetown Creek. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 Michele Anderson)
DEQ grants preliminary approval to Kennecott sulfide mine application,
schedules public hearings
LANSING, MARQUETTE --Despite an internal investigation focused on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s
(DEQ's) mismanagement of the application review process for a proposed sulfide
mine under the Yellow Dog Plains and Salmon Trout River, near Marquette, the DEQ
announced on July 30, 2007, that it "has resumed its review of the Eagle Project Mine permit application
and reinstated its earlier proposed decision to approve a series of permits to the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company."
The DEQ calls this decision "only a proposal," noting that public hearings have been scheduled near Marquette at the West Branch Community Center
(on old KI Sawyer Air Force Base) in Forsyth Township September 11-13, as well as at the Lansing Center on September 19.
The public comment period will remain open through October 17, and written comments can be sent to DEQ/DNR Kennecott Comments, Office of Geological Survey, P.O. Box 30256, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7756, or by e-mail at
National Wildlife Federation attorney Michelle Halley said acid mine drainage and the mine's roof caving in are among public concerns that still have not been addressed. "The application is deficient and the operation would undeniably cause pollution," Halley said.
Read more in the July 31, 2007, Mining Journal article, "Mine backers, foes get set for hearings."
Visit Save the Wild UP for more information on this update.
Photo contest deadline extended to Aug. 31
HANCOCK -- Keweenaw Now is extending the deadline and broadening
categories for our Lake
Superior Photo Contest through Aug. 31, 2007. Send us your favorite
photo of Lake Superior or a related body of water, beach, etc., in the Lake
Superior basin. Categories include landscape (the beauty of the lake), wildlife (if
you can catch them) or responsible action / education (e.g., doing something to leave the
beach cleaner than you found it, learning /teaching about lake ecology, etc.) We will
accept photos of or near
the lake taken any time this summer -- between May 1 and Aug. 31, 2007. Winners
will be posted on our new blog, www.keweenawnow.blogspot.com.See
blog for contest rules. P.S.: If you have a short community announcement, post it as a
comment on the blog!
Photo: Limnologist Judith Budd tests the lake
level at a point near Copper Harbor for participants in the Reading the
Landscape Shorelands program on June 30, 2007, aboard the Isle Royale Queen IV.
Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)
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