Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrate the UP! 2017 is underway in Marquette through March 25

Wetland of the Chocolay Bayou Preserve Project (Photo © and courtesy Christopher Burnett of the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy)

MARQUETTE -- The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) presents Celebrate the UP! 2017 in Marquette this week with evening events and -- on Saturday, March 25 -- an all-day series of presentations, followed by a panel discussion and public reception. All events are free and open to the public.

This year's keynote speaker, writer and naturalist John Bates, will talk about "A Spirit of Place and Learning to Be at Home" at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, in the Federation of Women's Clubhouse. Saturday's events will take place in the Federation of Women's Clubhouse (FWC), the Landmark Inn (LI) and the Peter White Public Library (PWPL). Click here for the schedule of presentations on Saturday.

Other highlights for Saturday include the following:

Afternoon Children’s Program, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (FWC)

Book Discussion: Half-Earth by E.O. Wilson, 11:30 a.m. Join Jon Saari, Dave Allen and Mary Martin in discussion. (PWPL)

Panel Discussion at 4 p.m.: "Making Conservation Work in Communities: Recent Success Stories" (FWC) featuring Pointe Abbaye (Keweenaw Land Trust), Pilgrim River Watershed project (Copper Country Chapter Trout Unlimiited), Chocolay Bayou Preserve (Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy), and the Yellow Dog Community Forest (Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve). A reception will follow the Panel Discussion (FWC). All are welcome for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Evening Events:

Wednesday, March 22:

Putting Wetlands into Words, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at FWC: Invitational poetry reading inspired by paintings and photographs of the Wildcat Canyon Creek and Mulligan Creek wetlands. Poets include Esther Ayers, Milton Bates, Rochelle Dale, Lynn Domina, Amber Edmondson, Kathleen Heideman, Janeen Pergrin Rastall, Christine Saari and Russell Thorburn.

Friday, March 24:

UPEC Annual Membership Meeting, 5 p.m.: This public meeting will be held in the Wave Room of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. (PWPL - lower level)

Sing the Wild UP! Songwriting Competition, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Winners of the competition will perform their compositions live at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

For more information and maps for locations visit http://upenvironment.org/celebrate-upper-michigan/.

 Click here for the info flyer.

Dr. Jason Oyadomari named Dean of Suomi College of Arts and Sciences at Finlandia

HANCOCK -- Dr. Jason Oyadomari has been named Dean of the Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS) at Finlandia University. Dr. Oyadomari has been serving as the Interim Dean for more than a year.

"Jason has done an exceptional job in his leadership role over the past 14 months as Interim Dean," said Fredi de Yampert, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. "I am confident Jason will continue to professionally represent and advocate for the faculty, staff and students with SCAS and across the Finlandia campus."

Dr. Oyadomari has been with the university since 2006 when he was brought in as an adjunct faculty member. In 2008 he moved to a full-time faculty role and in 2015 he earned tenure status. His disciplines include aquatic ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, fisheries biology and biostatistics.

"I’m honored to be appointed as Dean," said Dr. Oyadomari. "I like the small environment here at Finlandia; it allows us to respond quickly to the unique student and faculty needs."

Prior to being hired at Finlandia, Dr. Oyadomari earned his Ph.D. in biology from Michigan Technological University, M.S. in biology from Eastern New Mexico University and B.A. in zoology from University of Hawaii, Manoa. While taking on the additional duties associated with the role of dean, Dr. Oyadomari will continue to teach courses.

"That was important to me -- I love to teach," he said. "While giving up some teaching was difficult, I get to interact with a greater diversity of students now. I also enjoy planning and organizing, as well as looking at the future growth of our programs."

SCAS is the largest of the four schools at Finlandia University in terms of students and programs and includes the university’s general education curriculum. Currently the school is home to more than a dozen academic programs.

Click here for a full biography of Dr. Jason Oyadomari.

To learn more about SCAS at Finlandia click here.

Inset photo: Dr. Jason Oyadomari. (Photo courtesy Finlandia University)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Michigan Tech to commemorate World Water Day with week of activities March 20-23

Boat docking facility next to Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center boathouse and view across the Keweenaw Waterway. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) has several events planned to commemorate World Water Day 2017. While officially celebrated on Wednesday, March 22, events throughout this week on campus focus on the issue of clean water.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is "Wastewater." Globally, 80 percent of all wastewater flows back to nature without being treated or reused. Not only does this pollute the environment, but valuable nutrients and potentially recoverable materials are lost.

Daisuke Minakata from Michigan Tech's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department says, "Wastewater is no longer a collection of liquid and solid wastes but our valuable resource so that we can create potable water from wastewater with advanced treatment technologies and recover valuable materials and even energy from waste. In this sense we no longer call it a wastewater treatment plant but water resource recovery facility."

Reuse of wastewater is the theme of Michigan Tech’s World Water Day Keynote lecture by George Tchobanoglous, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Tchobanoglous will present "Planned Potable Reuse: The Last Frontier" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Dow 641. In his talk Tchobanoglous will address wastewater reuse by discussing water quality, technological developments, cost, and public perception. His areas of interest include wastewater treatment and solid waste management, and he has been the author or co-author of 23 textbooks and eight engineering reference books. A reception will follow the lecture.

Tchobanoglous says, "One way to meet the increasing demand of fresh water is to augment public water supplies by means of planned potable reuse of a community’s treated wastewater."

Tchobanoglous will be a member of a panel discussion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Great Lakes Research Center, room 202. The panel, moderated by Latika Gupta from the School of Business and Economics, will discuss "Water: Health, Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Communities." Joining Tchobanoglous will be Evelyn Ravindran and Stephanie Kuznick of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Neil Hutzler of the Portage Lake Sewage Authority, and Ratish Namboothiry and Joe Azzarello of Kohler Co.

Making water cleaner will be the aim of the Dirty Water Competition from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in the MUB commons on the Tech Campus. Teams of three or four members will attempt to clean up dirty water using only the materials provided -- sand, gravel, alum and activated charcoal. Registration is free, but limited to the first 30 teams. Members of the winning team will each receive a $25 Michigan Tech gift certificate.

The exhibit "Water’s Edge: Paintings by Danielle Clouse Gast" continues at the GLRC (first and second floors) through April 30.

A Wastewater Footprint Display is in the MUB (Memorial Union Building) Commons Area, March 20-23.

The Student Poster Competition is displayed in Dow Lobby-Campus side, March 21-22.

Michigan Tech's Green Film Series will present Last Call at the Oasis at 7 p. m. Thursday, March 23, in Forestry G002.

Michigan Tech’s World Water Day events are sponsored by the following Michigan Tech departments and centers: The Great Lakes Research Center, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, the Ecosystem Science Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Visual and Performing Arts, and The Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 15 is deadline for comments on NPS draft Environmental Impact Statement to Address Presence of Wolves on Isle Royale

By Michele Bourdieu

Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green and staff members field questions from the public during the well attended Feb 15, 2017, meeting at the Magnuson Hotel in Houghton. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

HOUGHTON -- About 124 concerned residents and visitors packed a conference room at the Magnusun Hotel in Houghton on Feb. 15, 2017, to ask questions on the four alternative actions (A, B, C, and D) proposed by the National Park Service (NPS) in their draft Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS) to Address the Presence of Wolves on Isle Royale. The deadline for the 90-day public comment period on this draft EIS is this Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

According to the NPS park planning Web site, "The purpose of the draft plan/EIS is to determine whether and how to bring wolves to Isle Royale to function as the apex predator in the near term within a changing and dynamic island ecosystem. A decision is needed because the potential absence of wolves raises concerns about possible effects to Isle Royale's current ecosystem, including effects to both the moose population and Isle Royale's forest/vegetation communities."

Since the public meetings held in February, NPS offered two Webinars for public questions and answers and posted the audio recordings of the Webinars on their Web page.*

Before taking questions from the public at the Feb. 15 meeting in Houghton, Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green gives a brief introduction on the reasons for the proposed introduction of wolves to Isle Royale, including the potential effects of climate change on moose. Click on YouTube icon for larger view. (Video by Keweenaw Now)

Of the four proposed alternative actions, the Park Service presently prefers Alternative B, Immediate Limited Introduction. Under Plan B wolves would be introduced starting immediately as follows:
Timing: Starting immediately, completed within five years.
Number/Duration of Releases: Multiple release events, lasting up to five years.
Number of Founding Wolves: 20–30 within the first three years.
Supplementation of Wolf Population: After the third year, if an unforeseen event occurs, such as disease or mass mortality, that impacts the wolf population and the goals of the alternative are not being met due to this event, wolves may
be supplemented for an additional two years. No additional supplementation after year 5.
Radio Collaring: Wolves immigrating to the island would be radio collared on a case-by-case basis, plus up to all wolves introduced to the island would be monitored via radio collar.

Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green explained why Plan B is the preferred alternative.

"At this point in time, B is the preferred alternative because by having only a 5-year window to put wolves on the island you limit the impacts to the wilderness values."

Green also noted the inbreeding in the present wolf population (down to two surviving wolves) was caused by the genetics of one breeder female being passed on through the population for 58 years.*

"If the introduction as proposed occurs, it will start the population with a broader genetic base (more breeding females and males)," she said.

Alternative C, Immediate Introduction, with Potential Supplemental Introductions, differs from Alternative B basically in the number and duration of releases: Under Plan C multiple release events could take place. The number of founding wolves would be 6-15 wolves during the initial release event. Supplemental introduction would occur as needed over the 20-year life of the plan, based on consideration of a variety of metrics.*

Nancy Warren, Wolfwatcher Coalition executive director and Great Lakes regional director, noted during the Feb. 15 meeting that Plan B could be modified to extend beyond the 5-year limit.

"My recommendation would be a modified Proposal B that incorporated some of the components of Alternative C," Warren said. "It would be based on environmental changes and what happens with the moose population."**

A number of questions from the audience dealt with the methods of capturing the wolves, where they would come from, and how they would be brought to the island.

Mark Romanski, chief of Natural Resources for Isle Royale National Park, replies to a question on the means of capturing wolves for release on Isle Royale. Phyllis Green shares some points made by visitors to Isle Royale in their comments. Also pictured here is Liz Valencia, Isle Royale chief of interpretation and cultural resources. (Video by Keweenaw Now)

Green noted comments from some wilderness advocates indicated they preferred Alternative A, No Action. Under Alternative A, no introduction of wolves would occur; however, wolves would not be prevented from immigrating to or emigrating from the island on their own.

Finally, Alternative D, No Immediate Action, with Allowance for Future Action would mean that wolf introduction would not start immediately but may occur. Multiple release events could take place, beginning with 6-15 wolves. Supplemental introduction would occur as needed over the 20-year life of the plan, based on moose population.

Click here to submit comments online or hand deliver comments to Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896.

* Click here to access the draft EIS, the Webinar recordings and public review banners on the Alternatives and other information.
* Editor's update: Setting the record straight: We incorrectly stated that the cause of inbreeding included the male genetics. Phyllis Green actually attributed the inbreeding to the genetics of the breeder female only. Thanks to Liz Valencia for this correction.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Celebrate International Women's Day by boldly supporting world-wide women's issues

San Francisco members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, United States Section, carry their anti-nuclear banner at the San Francisco Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017. Designed by former Keweenaw resident Mary Jane Williams and friends, copies of the banner were also carried during the Washington, D.C., Inauguration Day march on Jan. 20, 2017; the Women's March in D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017; and a Women's March in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Photo courtesy Mary Jane Williams)

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day -- a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The theme of this year's International Women's Day is "Be Bold For Change."  To find out how you can participate see www.internationalwomensday.com

Saturday, March 04, 2017

National Wolfwatcher Coalition to NPS: Modify Plan B on Isle Royale wolves to insure sustainable wolf populations

[Editor's Note: March 15, 2017, is the deadline for comments to the National Park Service (NPS) on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to Address the Presence of Wolves on Isle Royale.* The following are comments submitted to NPS by Nancy Warren of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition.]

By Nancy Warren, Wolfwatcher Coalition Executive Director and Great Lakes Regional Director

We appreciate the effort put forth in the development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for addressing the presence of wolves at Isle Royale National Park by utilizing the best available scientific data in consultation with researchers and biologists.

While, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition is supportive of Alternative B -- Immediate Limited Introduction, the preferred alternative, we suggest that Alternative B be modified to include a contingency plan should a catastrophic event occur during the life of the plan.

Under Alternative B, wolves may be supplemented for an additional two years if an unforeseen event impacts the wolf population. But, after five years, no additional wolves will be placed on Isle Royale.

Research is clear that wolves must be present in sufficient numbers to fulfill their ecological role.

There must be sufficient flexibility to insure genetic diversity for wolves in the unlikely event disease or mortality reduces the population to less than 12 individuals or less than 3 breeding females. We recommend that, at a minimum, the plan be evaluated every five years to insure there are sustainable populations of wolves for the foreseeable future. Any remedial actions should be based on the advice and recommendations of researchers and biologists.

Under the best possible scenario, wolves will not be translocated to Isle Royale until late 2018. The island is already showing signs of degradation due to over browsing by moose. The moose population continues to increase. No ice bridge formed this year and it is unlikely that the two remaining wolves will successfully breed. It is unknown how much longer these two wolves can hang on.  

We ask that the NPS make every effort to expeditiously review the DEIS comments, evaluate the scientific data, issue the final plan/EIS and consider placing wolves on Isle Royale sooner, rather than later.

Inset photo: Nancy Warren of National Wolfwatcher Coalition. (Keweenaw Now file photo.) 

*Note: Click here to access information on the Draft EIS and to comment.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Indigenous Environment Network responds to forced evacuation of DAPL resistance camps

    Standing Rock Camp opposing Dakota Access Pipeline is being evacuated by force. (Photo courtesy Indigenous Environmental Network)
    CANNON BALL, N.D. --At 2 p.m. CT on Feb. 22, 2017, water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp were evicted by the Army Corps of Engineers. Despite efforts from camp leaders requesting more time to clean up the camp, the Army Corps remained firm with its plans to vacate the camp. The Army Corps claims jurisdiction of the land that the camp is located on even though the land is within the unceded Fort Laramie Treaty land and territories.
    Individuals who voluntarily left camp prior to 2 o’clock had the choice to take a bus to be transported to an evacuation center, or relocate to other campsites outside of the eviction zone. Water protectors remaining in the camp now face risk of arrest.
    There are three other campsites in the area for water protectors to relocate to: Sacred Stone, Cheyenne River, and Four Bands camps.

    Various law enforcement jurisdictions were on site including Morton County Sheriff's, North Dakota State Highway Patrol and the North Dakota National Guard and National Park Service Rangers. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement established a traffic checkpoint and barricade on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation land, on Highway 1806, to the south of the Cannonball River bridge.
    The following is a statement by Tom Goldtooth, the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network:

    "We are appalled by today’s forced evacuations of indigenous people at the Camp at Standing Rock; they are a violent and unnecessary infringement on the constitutional right of water protectors to peacefully protest and exercise their freedom of speech. It hinders the camp cleanup process and creates confusion and chaos that puts the Missouri River at risk of pollution from construction and camping debris.
    "Today’s expulsion is a continuation of a centuries-old practice, where the U.S. Government forcefully removes Indigenous people from our lands and territories. We urge supporters of the water protectors to continue to resist this travesty by organizing mass mobilizations, distributed actions, speaking out against the violations of the Treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and continuing to source up the capacity for litigation and grassroots organizing against the Dakota Access pipeline.
    "Our hearts are not defeated. The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning. They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started. It burns within each of us. We will rise, we will resist, and we will thrive. We are sending loving thoughts to the water protectors along the banks of the Cannonball River, today. May everyone be as safe as can be."*
    * See #noDAPL on Twitter.
    Editor's Note: See also: NMU prof arrested at Standing Rock.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Unity March participants show support for international members of Michigan Tech community affected by travel ban executive order

Videos and photos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now

Carrying signs and flags participants in Michigan Tech's Feb. 9, 2017, Unity March demonstrate their solidarity with international faculty, students, staff and families affected by Donald Trump's Jan. 27 Executive Order 13769. Some marchers wear a white article of clothing as a sign of peace. (Photos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

HOUGHTON -- Undaunted by frigid temperatures, wind and snow on Feb. 9, 2017, about 300 people joined together at Michigan Tech for a Unity March to show support for friends, professors, students, neighbors, and colleagues from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. They marched in solidarity with Academics United rallies around the country in opposition to Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769, issued on Jan. 27, 2017 -- a travel ban against immigrants and visitors from these seven Muslim majority countries.

Participants first gathered at the Husky statue on campus, where Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz addressed them with words of welcome and encouragement.

Gathered in the center of campus, Unity March participants listen to a welcoming talk by Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz.

"This is not a protest; this is a celebration," Mroz said. "It's a celebration and a support of the things that we value."

Michigan Tech University President Glenn Mroz greets faculty, students, staff and community members gathered for a Unity March to show support for international faculty, students, staff and families affected by Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769 against immigrants and visitors from 7 countries. Click on YouTube icon for larger video size. (Videos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

Stephanie Tubman, geoscientist and former Peace Corps volunteer, who introduced President Mroz, noted the importance of carrying the flag in the march.

"Today we carry these flags as a reminder that this country should be for all of us, that immigrants have long contributed to the Copper Country and to our country in general, and that we believe that opportunity for all is a fundamental value of the United States," Tubman said.

Following the welcome from President Mroz, Scott Marratto, Michigan Tech assistant professor of philosophy, spoke about the diversity in the campus community and the need for universities to stand up for democratic, secular values that make that diversity and openness possible.

Scott Marratto, Michigan Tech assistant professor of philosophy, speaks about the important role of universities in supporting diversity and values of truth, openness, tolerance and non-discrimination. Erika Vye, recent Ph.D. graduate in geology, leads the participants in singing "This Land is Your Land," as they begin the march.

Setting out two-by-two, the marchers walked across campus and down College Ave. on the sidewalk to the miner's statue near the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce,

Marchers walk peacefully in a very long line from campus down College Avenue toward downtown Houghton.

After arriving at the miner's statue, marchers return to campus via College Avenue. Passing cars honk in support. Enjoying the snow, several children accompany their parents in the march.

Mojtaba, an international graduate student at Michigan Tech, participated in the march.

"It was not a protest -- just a peaceful march supporting international students and faculty and the value they bring to the community," Mojtaba said. "Enforcement of the order nationwide was temporarily halted by court order, but the news talks about a new ban that will be signed by President Trump on Thursday, instilling incredible fear in all of us."

Sue Ellen Kingsley of Hancock also commented on the march.

"It was gratifying to see the large number of people that showed up in spite of the bitter cold," Kingsley said. "I'm so glad to see how many of us, including the university administration, favor the diversity of our community and commit to defending it."

Michigan Tech has signed a letter the American Council on Education (ACE) circulated to  US higher education institutions regarding the recent executive order on immigration.

The letter is addressed to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly. The body of the letter expresses US higher education’s principles concerning international students, researchers, faculty and staff.

Michigan Tech has launched a new web site regarding President Trump's Executive Order. Click here to visit the site.

Monday, February 20, 2017

DEQ Public Notice: Feb. 22 is deadline for public comments on draft renewal of WHITE PINE COPPER REFINERY Renewable Operating Permit

[Editor's Note: We regret the late posting of this public notice. We just found it today.]


The Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division (AQD) is holding a public comment period until February 22, 2017, on the draft renewal of a Renewable Operating Permit (ROP) under consideration to be issued to WHITE PINE COPPER REFINERY, INC. located at 29784 Willow Road in White Pine, Michigan. The facility’s Responsible Official is Zachary J. Halkola, Chief Operating Officer.

Major stationary sources of air pollutants are required to obtain and operate in compliance with an ROP pursuant to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act of 1990 and Section 5506(1) of Part 55, Air Pollution Control, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The ROP is intended to simplify and clarify a facility’s applicable requirements and compliance with them by consolidating all state and federal air quality requirements into one document. The proposed ROP will result in no emissions change at the facility.

Copies of the draft ROP and the Staff Report are available for inspection at the following locations or you may request a copy be mailed to you by calling or writing the District Office at the address and telephone number listed below:
The AQD Permits Internet Home Page - http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps
Upper Peninsula District Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, 1504 West Washington Street, Marquette, Michigan 49855 (Phone: 906-228-2905)
LANSING: Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, Constitution Hall, P. O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7760 (Phone: 517-284-6776)

All persons are encouraged to present their views on the draft permit. Persons wishing to comment or request a public hearing should submit written statements by February 22, 2017 to the attention of Ed Lancaster at the District Office referenced above. The decision maker for the permit is Janis Ransom, Acting Upper Peninsula District Supervisor.

If requested in writing by February 22, 2017, a public hearing may be scheduled.

Comments will also be accepted at the public hearing, if held. Persons needing accommodations for effective participation at the public hearing, if held, should contact Ed Lancaster at the District Office referenced above a week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

"My Copper Country," paintings by Georgi Tsenov, at Community Arts Center through Feb. 25

Paintings by Georgi Tsenov are now on display in the Copper Country Community Arts Center. The exhibit, "My Copper Country," continues through Saturday, Feb. 25. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock presents "My Copper Country" -- plein air paintings by Bulgarian artist Georgi Tsenov on display through Feb. 25 in the Kerredge Gallery. Tsenov lived in Houghton with his wife and children from 2009 to 2016. While here he was inspired to paint hundreds of paintings and had many exhibitions. He says, "…the Copper Country turned into a golden land for me. I discovered a constellation of wonderful friends and I was happy to live and paint among them."

Georgi Tsenov is the son of a famous Bulgarian sculptor and is from Sofia, Bulgaria. He received his education at the National School of Fine Arts in Sofia. Tsenov is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists and has received numerous awards and solo exhibitions in Bulgaria. In April 2011 he had his first exhibition in the United States at the Copper Country Community Arts Center. It was titled, "My New Streets." The current display is his twentieth solo exhibition in the U.S. He and his family currently live in Scotland.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This exhibit is made possible with a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information call (906) 482-2333 or visit coppercountryarts.com.