Friday, October 31, 2014

Michigan DNR: Revised Public Notice on Eagle Mine metallic mineral lease application

LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) released today, Oct. 31, 2014, a corrected Public Notice concerning a recent application for a metallic mineral lease by Eagle Mine. The Public Notice published in local media on Oct. 20, 2014, failed to include the lease classification: "development with restrictions." Here is the text of the corrected Public Notice:


The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received a request from Eagle Mine LLC, of Champion, Michigan, to direct lease 40.00 acres, more or less, of state-owned metallic mineral rights described as follows:

NE1/4 SE1/4, Section 13, T50N, R29W, Michigamme Township, Marquette County

The proposed lease classification is development with restrictions. 

*This notice is being republished to add the proposed lease classification.

Written comments by interested parties, relative to the leasing of this description, may be submitted to DNR, Minerals Management, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7952. All comments must be received no later than 30 days from the date of publication.*

* The new deadline for comments is Dec. 1, 2014.

Editor's Note: Watch for our article on this, coming soon.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jazz Showcase: an intimate jazz club on Rozsa stage Oct. 31, Nov. 1

Tickets are going fast for the Jazz Showcase -- 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at the Rozsa! (Image courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- See the Rozsa stage transformed into an intimate jazz-club atmosphere with the Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and enjoy two nights of Big Band Jazz "Up Close and Personal" in this "pop up" jazz club setting.

Join the The R and D Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band (JLB), with special guests JazTec and Momentum, both under the direction of Mike Irish, for two great evenings of a wide variety of jazz. The Rozsa stage becomes a jazz lounge with cocktail tables and cash bar, and of course hot jazz provided by two Michigan Tech jazz ensembles, with special guest performances both nights. On the "menu" at the Bebop Bistro is a variety of tantalizing entrees and recipes for a great evening! Be prepared for a sonic gourmet delight!

Music selections will range from Skyhawk, a composition by Fred Sturm, with a floating, atmospheric feel; City, a composition by Jeff Lorber, hot, urban Philadelphia funk (Phunk?); Zsa Zsa Queen, by Matt Harris-moody, reggae feel; Toss and Turn by Lennie Niehaus -- straight ahead swing with a blues tinge; to Bone Talk, by Mark Taylor -- blues featuring the "bone" section.

The R and D Band is a very talented group of young musicians investigating a wide variety of jazz styles. The energy of the R and D Band is infectious! The JLB is known for its commitment to playing and featuring jazz in all of its myriad styles.

Tickets are: Adults $13, Youth $5, Students $5 or Michigan Tech Students Free With Experience Tech Fee. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online at or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC). Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

Green Lecture Series to present "Solar Powering Michigan" Oct. 30

HOUGHTON -- The 2014 Green Lecture Series will present "Solar Powering Michigan" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in G002 Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building, Michigan Tech.

Admission is free. Enjoy coffee, tea and refreshments before the lecture.

Many local markets in Michigan present significant opportunities for solar photovoltaic development due to high electricity rates. The presentation will cover the basics of going solar on your own property -- and the future of solar in the regional energy mix.

Abhilash (Abhi) Kantamneni, PhD student in Michigan Tech's Department of Computer Science, will make the presentation.

Abhilash (Abhi) Kantamneni, second from left, joins in a discussion during the Oct. 3, 2014, Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) core leadership team meeting at Portage Lake District Library. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Kantamneni earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India, and a Master’s Degree in Physics from Michigan Tech before pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. While his research focuses on Artificial Intelligence in the design of smart power systems of the future, his work with solar energy has achieved widespread acclaim across the state and the country. This includes talks at Solar Powering Michigan, Michigan Interpower Faith and Light and Superior Watershed Partnership conferences, and articles by Michigan Land Use Institute, Clean Power Now Michigan, and Midwest Energy News.  His free online "Solar Calculator" is used by hundreds of Michigan residents to estimate the value of going solar. Abhi is currently developing curriculum to prepare returning veterans for the growing American renewable energy job market.

The Green Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Young Women's Art Caucus to hold MONSTER BAKE SALE, Movie Night at Finlandia

The Young Women's Art Caucus at Finlandia University will be holding two fundraising events -- a MONSTER BAKE SALE Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31, and a Movie Night Thursday, Oct. 30, featuring The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Poster courtesy Finlandia University)

HANCOCK -- The Young Women's Art Caucus at Finlandia University will be holding two events to raise funds for a cultural trip to New York City in February.

They will hold a MONSTER BAKE SALE from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, on the 3rd Floor of the Jutila Center, and on Friday, Oct. 31, in Finlandia Hall on the main campus.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Jutila Center, the group will hold a Movie Night, featuring The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a 1975 musical comedy horror film. Admission is $5. Snacks and refreshments are included.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

People's Climate March, Part 3: Home front action -- local art students create People's Climate March posters

By Michele Bourdieu

Along the Michigan Tech Trails, these People's Climate March posters, created by students in Michigan Tech Prof. Lisa Johnson's 3D Design class, who added their own touches to basic designs sent by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and turned them into sculptures, call attention to the march and climate issues. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

HOUGHTON/HANCOCK -- When they signed up for certain art and design classes at Michigan Tech and Finlandia universities this fall, students were unaware they would become involved in a historic event -- the People's Climate March of Sept. 21, 2014. The event attracted 400,000 participants to New York City -- and thousands to other cities participating around the world -- to call for action on climate change.

Through their art classes at Michigan Tech and Finlandia, the students participated in the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative's "People's Climate March art: 30-city wheatpaste action" intended to get the word out about the march and climate crisis issues.*

Houghton/Hancock was one of the 30 cities that participated in the project through these students. Several artists in the Justseeds Cooperative created a series of large posters about the march, and the students were invited to use their creative instincts to turn the posters into art projects to be displayed on campus and in the community in order to call attention to the march and climate change.

Students in Lisa Johnson's 2D Design class add their own creative touches to posters sent to them by the Justseeds Cooperative. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

Lisa Johnson, assistant professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Michigan Tech, said she chose the project for both her 2D Design and 3D Design classes, both of which have been developed within the framework, "Design for Ecological Reflection" -- an idea that ties in to research in which artists, writers, and scientists are coming together as partners, working towards a greater understanding of ecology.

Sculptor and scenic artist Lisa Johnson, assistant professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Michigan Tech, involved her 2D and 3D Design classes in the art project "People's Climate March art: 30-city wheatpaste action," initiated by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative.* (Photo courtesy Lisa Johnson)

"I knew about the project because I'm friends with Rachel Shragis (she is one of the main organizers in New York, and I met her when we were both artists in residence at the Vermont Studio Center)," Johnson explained. "The project was a happy accident and a great fit. My design classes are taught with an eye towards ecological response and reflection, and I was hoping for a project that would help the class spring into making things, being environmentally conscious, and jump start their ability to talk about design and its connection to communities."

Johnson noted the connection with the march came at the right time for her classes.

"We were able to research issues, artists, and other activist events; brainstorm display ideas; get out into the community; work with great images that we could then look at and discuss ("why is this a strong graphic?" what works here?). But the thing I'm most happy about is the connectivity between different communities -- across the U.S. and the world -- and that the students were able to see that connectivity and find links between themselves, here in Houghton, and others around the country."

Dakota Lowrance of Buchanan, Mich., a third-year student in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech, said he was "pretty fluent" in climate change issues through social media, his main source for news, so he was excited to participate in the Climate March project through Johnson's 2D Design class.

Dakota Lowrance, left, a student in Lisa Johnson's 2D Design class, is pictured here with two students from the 3D Design class, who also participated in the project: Zhen Wang of Chang-Zhou, China (center), and Greg Roberts of Holland, Mich. -- both seniors in mechanical engineering. After the completion of their project, the students met with Keweenaw Now for an interview in Michigan Tech's J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library café. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)**

"I was really happy and excited to collaborate with the issues through the class," Lowrance said. "The product was a non-violent approach to climate change issues."

The 3D class mounted images from the poster designs on stands, creating climate change sculptures, which they set up along the Michigan Tech Trails.

Climate change sculpture on the Michigan Tech Trails. Students in Lisa Johnson's 3D Design class created these and set them up along the trails to call attention to the People's Climate March and climate change issues. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

"You design art with an overall purpose in mind," Lowrance noted. "You incorporate principles of art -- for example, movement, emphasis, proportion and balance -- into the final design."

Kier MacArtney of Grand Rapids, Mich., a senior studying live entertainment production and stage electrics, said he thought the Climate March project was an interesting and surprising take on what he expected from the 3D class, since the students became involved in a current issue.

"It was interesting taking a two-dimensional poster and coming up with an idea to make it three-dimensional -- since billboards are boring," MacArtney noted.

Kier MacArtney of Grand Rapids (center) and other students in Lisa Johnson's 3D Design class, carry their Climate March posters to set them up along the Michigan Tech Trails. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

He said it was fun despite the type of glue they were asked to use, which he thought resembled cream of wheat.

"The glue was gross, but environmentally safe," MacArtney added.

Students in the 3D Design class paste climate change images to their sculptures.  (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)**

Students in Johnson's 2D Design class used the poster designs to create large-format, interactive puzzles for the People’s Climate March.

After cutting the images and pasting them on wooden tiles that could be moved around with either hands or feet, the students first placed them in the Michigan Tech's J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library. Later they moved them to the Forestry Building on campus.

Students in the 2D Design class arrange the pieces of their interactive puzzle on the floor of Michigan Tech's J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library. The purpose was to involve others in making their own designs with hands or feet (suggesting the march) by re-arranging the wooden tiles. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

Kristen Doering of Wausau, Wis., a senior in medical lab science at Michigan Tech, also worked on the posters in the 2D class. Doering said she did not know about the march before the class project, but was already interested in climate change and its relationship to medical fields.

"I did research on the Kyoto Protocol a few years ago," Doering said. "Health issues can arise from climate issues."

Doering noted some of her friends (who were not in the design class) got interested in her project and the march when she told them about it.

"They went to the library and snap-chatted me a picture to show they were there," Doering said.

The interactive puzzle created by Lisa Johnson's 2D Design class invites participation and calls attention to the Climate March. On the table in the foreground the students displayed informational brochures about the climate movement. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

Doering said she went to the library and noticed people had moved the puzzle pieces.

"I found it really exciting that the artist (from the Justseeds Cooperative who created the original poster) was impressed with our design -- because it was interactive," Doering added.

Christine Shonnard, a senior at Houghton High School, takes the 2D Design class at Michigan Tech through the dual enrollment program.

"I wanted to take an art class because I am thinking of art as a possible career," Shonnard explained.

Like several of the other students, Shonnard learned about the Climate March through the 2D Design class.

Joining Dakota Lowrance, left, and Zhen Wang, third from left, for Keweenaw Now's interview in the library café are, from right, Christine Shonnard of Houghton, Kristen Doering of Wausaw, Wis. -- both students in the 2D Design class -- and Kier MacArtney of Grand Rapids, a student in the 3D class. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

"I thought it was pretty cool," Shonnard said about the class project and the march. "I think if I had more time and independence it would have been cool to attend the march."

Christine also noted Lauri Davis, her biology teacher at Houghton High School, who also teaches ecology, has included climate change issues in her classes. As an example, she had her class do research on how to design an energy-efficient building.

"She's a really great teacher," Shonnard said about Davis. "I learned about having the building partially underground and walls built into a hill (for insulation)."

Davis also had her class do research on factory farms -- issues pertaining to industrial agriculture, Shonnard added.

While the students from these classes were unable to attend the march, one student from the 2D Design class, Jacob Braykovich of Walled Lake, Mich., a 5th-year student in materials science and engineering, went to New York City the week following the Climate March. He said he noticed, while walking around New York, that some of the climate posters were still displayed.

Jacob Braykovich trims a design for the Climate March interactive puzzle during the 2D Design class. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

"Its powerful that thousands of people from all over the country came together to stand up for such a controversial topic," Braykovich said.

He commented on the dual importance of the class -- both artistic and ecological.

"My appreciation for the way we capture the viewer's eye was transformed through this project. Using balance we were able to draw together many aspects of design while effectively conveying the importance of climate change," Braykovich explained.

Finlandia faculty, art students participate in Climate March poster project

People's Climate March poster from Justseeds Cooperative displayed in the Ryan Street Garden, part of Finlandia University's participation in the art project. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

In Hancock, at Finlandia University's International School of Art and Design, two faculty members participated in the People's Climate March art project: Phillip Faulkner, assistant professor of intermedia, and Phyllis Fredendall, professor of fiber and fashion design.

Faulkner said the goal of the project was "to present promotion materials throughout the two towns in the form of large scale visual art posters to raise awareness of the People's Climate March cause," while involving students in the presentation and creation.

Finlandia International School of Art and Design faculty members, Phillip Faulkner, left, and Phyllis Fredendall, second from left, are pictured here with students who worked on the climate posters -- from left, Deidre Yseult (aka Taylor Ruotsala) of Atlantic Mine, Angie Kilpela of Houghton and Olivia Leukuma of Chassell. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

After learning about the project from Lisa Johnson, Faulkner contacted several local businesses, seeking community partners for the project, and set up three different large posters from Justseeds artists at these locations: Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock, Fifth and Elm Coffee House in Houghton and the Ryan Street Community Garden in Hancock.

People's Climate March poster at the Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock. (Photo courtesy Phillip Faulkner, Finlandia University)

This People's Climate March poster set up outside the Fifth and Elm Coffee House in Houghton was part of Finlandia's participation in the art project. (Photo courtesy Phillip Faulkner, Finlandia University)

Meanwhile, Fredendall incorporated the project into her Color and Composition class, which is held in the Jutila Center in Hancock. Her students made posters about the People's Climate March and set them up in the Jutila Center and outside on the main Finlandia campus.

One large collage poster created by students in Phyllis Fredendall's class is still displayed in the Jutila Center in Hancock. Pictured here with Prof. Phyllis Fredendall are students in her Color and Composition class -- from left, Victoria Wallace, Angie Kilpela, Brandon Hylton (seated on floor), Deidre Yseult (aka Taylor Ruotsala), Joy Petaja and Olivia Leukuma. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Art students Angie Kilpela of Houghton and Olivia Leukuma of Chassell worked together on one of the larger posters, a collage that is still displayed on the second floor of the Jutila Center. In their collage, they incorporated three of the original posters sent from Justseeds Cooperative to Michigan Tech's Lisa Johnson, who shared them with Finlandia.

"Getting the word out about climate change is important," Kilpela said. "It was fun. I had never heard of (the march) until we worked on the project."

Olivia Leukuma, left, and Angie Kilpela with the collage they designed using three different posters sent by the Justseeds Cooperative. (Photo by Phyllis Fredendall for Keweenaw Now)

Leukuma said she didn't know about the march before the project but learned how to "take what we're given and make something out of it -- expand it and get more creative and get across the purpose of the Climate March and where it is."

Both Leukuma and Kilpela said they noticed the posters on the main Finlandia campus attracted the attention of other students.

After adding their personal collage designs to the posters from Justseeds Cooperative, Finlandia art students displayed them on the main Finlandia campus to call attention to the People's Climate March. (Photo courtesy Phillip Faulkner, Finlandia University)

"I heard people ask what they were," Leukuma said.

"They were very catchy," added Kilpela. "I think that's important."

Victoria Wallace of Houghton said she learned from the Climate March project that many people in many places have all come together to change the way the earth is treated and to try to make it a better place with different types of energy and practices.

"Working to make the posters for the world to see was an amazing way to put my own print on the ideas of change," Wallace added.

One student in Fredendall's class, Deidre Yseult (aka Taylor Ruotsala) of Atlantic Mine, said she had heard of the Climate March before the class project but learned more about it in class.

"I'm very eco-friendly and I try to keep up with those issues," Ruotsala said. "I was really happy to see that people of the United States are still working towards a greener future."

Deidre Yseult (aka Taylor Ruotsala) of Atlantic Mine displays a poster announcing an upcoming fundraiser (Oct. 30, 31) for the Young Women's Art Caucus, a Finlandia group planning a February 2015 trip to New York City. A member of the Caucus, Ruotsala says she hopes to see post-Climate March changes in New York if she's able to travel there with the group.

Ruotsala said she worked with student Sarah Williams of Houghton on one of the posters hung on the main campus, across from Finlandia Hall.

"We took a bit longer than the other groups because we wanted to focus on several different problems, such as polar icecaps melting, deforestation, genetic mutation and dramatic climate changes (such as a polar vortex in Hawaii)," Ruotsala noted.

A first-year student at Finlandia, Ruotsala added that she has been active in environmental issues since middle school. At Finlandia she is a member of the Young Women's Caucus and hopes to visit New York City with that group in February 2015. She said she hopes to see "a difference in New York after the march."

* To learn more about the Justseeds Cooperative People's Climate March art project, visit their Web site.

** Update: In an earlier posting, we made a few errors in identifying the classes of the students pictured here. These have been corrected. Thanks to Lisa Johnson for calling our attention to the details.

Editor's Note: This is the third in our series of articles on the People's Climate March and related events.

See also: People's Climate March, Part 1, Letter: Houghton couple travel to New York to march for planet's future  and People's Climate March, Part 2: Video Report: Riding People's Climate Train to New York.

Watch for our photos and videos of the Sept. 21, 2014, People's Climate March -- coming soon ...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wildlife Expert John Vucetich: Why he is voting "no" on Proposals 1 and 2

Wildlife expert John Vucetich, Michigan Tech associate professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, who is also co-director of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose project, speaks in this video on why he is voting "no" on November Ballot Proposals 1 and 2 concerning wolf hunting in Michigan:

John Vucetich, wildlife expert and Michigan Tech associate professor, who has a strong interest in environmental ethics, speaks here about why he is voting "no" on Propositions 1 and 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot. (Video courtesy Keep Michigan Wolves Protected)

Vucetich recently gave a talk titled "The Truth About Michigan Wolves: Deconstructing the Myth" at Detroit’s Wayne State University and at Allendale’s Grand Valley State University. Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer of the Humane Society of the United States, joined Vucetich for the presentations.

Editor's Note: Click here to read "Letter from John Vucetich, wildlife ecologist: Reasons to oppose SB288," posted April 16, 2013, giving reasons he opposed the original bill leading to legislation of the wolf hunt held last year in Michigan.

Guest article: The case against Props 1 and 2

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in Michigan will have the opportunity to vote NO on Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 to end the needless wolf hunt and restore Michiganders' right to have a say on wildlife policy. (Photo of wolf courtesy Keep Michigan Wolves Protected) 

By Jill Fritz, Director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected*
Published in the Lansing State Journal on Oct. 18, 2014
Reprinted here with author's permission.

This November, Michigan voters will find two referendum proposals that, if passed, would strip voting rights and declare a trophy hunting season on wolves. But, we’re confident that when Michiganders review the facts carefully, they’ll say "no" to the trophy hunting of wolves and "no" to this power grab to take away their voting rights.

Proposal 1 would designate gray wolves as a game species and allow a hunting and trapping season on them. There are fewer than 650 wolves in Michigan, and they’ve just come off the endangered species list. After being shot, trapped and poisoned nearly to the brink of extinction, the wolf has been protected in Michigan for almost 50 years. But they’re still recovering. Since their protected status was removed in 2012, more than 1,000 wolves have already been killed in aggressive hunting and trapping seasons in the Great Lakes states.

Responsible hunters eat what they kill, and nobody eats wolves. The use of painful steel-jawed leghold traps, hunting over bait and even using packs of dogs to chase down and kill wolves all may be in store for Michigan’s wolves if Proposal 1 is approved. Let’s not let that happen.

Politicians and state officials exaggerated and even fabricated stories about wolf encounters with people in Michigan to justify opening a wolf hunting and trapping season. Nearly two-thirds of all wolf incidents in the U.P. occurred on a single farm, where the farmer baited wolves with cattle and deer carcasses. And genuine threats to human safety by wolves are extremely rare -- stories of wolves stalking U.P. residents have independently been exposed as false -- and no physical attack has ever occurred in Michigan.

Wolves already are effectively managed in Michigan. It’s already legal to kill wolves when they threaten livestock, pets, or human safety. Non-lethal measures, including guard donkeys, dogs and fencing, have also been effective. All told, even before Michigan’s first wolf hunt began last fall, wolf/livestock conflicts in the U.P. had reduced by more than 80 percent. Simply put, there is no scientific justification to hunt wolves to address conflicts. A hunt would be driven by a desire for a trophy, or out of fear or hatred. There is nothing scientific about that.

Proposal 2 would grant the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) the power to designate wolves and other animals as game species to be hunted, without legislative approval. The members of the Natural Resources Commission are not scientists or experts -- they are political appointees, unaccountable to the public. In a contemptuous move to circumvent a public vote, the Legislature passed this law, giving the unelected NRC unprecedented power to open new hunting and trapping seasons on wolves and almost any other protected species. If Proposal 2 is approved, the NRC can make decisions without any input from citizens. There is no referendum process when it comes to the NRC’s decisions.

A group calling itself "Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management" -- backed by trophy hunting, hounding and trapping lobby groups and businesses -- submitted an initiative that was rubber-stampeded by the Legislature to circumvent the public’s right to vote. This law is unconstitutional and we plan to pursue legal action to strike it down, ensuring that wolves remain protected and that voters keep their constitutional rights. Michigan lawmakers have voted for wolf hunting three times in the last two years, and Michigan residents have twice stopped these laws by placing the referendums on the ballot. Now, voters can demonstrate the importance of maintaining checks and balances on wildlife management matters by voting "no" on Proposals 1 and 2.

Wolves are safe from a hunt this year, but it is imperative that Michigan residents reject the two referenda with "no" votes. Between now and Nov. 4, there will be a lot of rhetoric and fear tactics designed to confuse voters. We trust that the people of Michigan will sift through it all and reject Proposals 1 and 2.

The voters of Michigan should have their voices heard on whether our state’s fragile wolf population of 650 is needlessly hunted. The wildlife of our state belong to all of us. Facts -- not fear, anger and hatred -- should dictate proper wolf management. Our task is to win the ballot measures for November, to save the lives of wolves in Michigan and restore rights of voters to weigh in on wildlife decisions.

Vote "no" on Proposals 1 and 2.

*Editor's Note: Guest author Jill Fritz is also Michigan Senior State Director, The Humane Society of the United States.

Eagle Mine to host Community Forum Series beginning Oct. 27

Lundin Mining Co. is now mining nickel and copper at Eagle Mine and milling at the Humboldt Mill. (Photo courtesy Eagle Mine)

CHAMPION -- Eagle Mine will host a series of community forums this week and next week in order to keep the public informed about activities at Eagle Mine. Since the last round of forums Eagle Mine has begun operations. They are now mining, milling, and shipping nickel and copper concentrates to their customers.

During the forums Eagle representatives will present an inside look at their operations and introduce some of their team members. In addition, they will ask you to participate in the Eagle Mine Community Scorecard. The Scorecard is an opportunity for residents to rate Eagle Mine's performance over the past six months in the areas of safety, environmental protection, local hire, communication, and community development.

Most importantly, the series is designed for a two-way dialog between Eagle and the community. The public is encouraged to come and ask questions about operations and activities.

All forums will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Here is the schedule of dates and locations:

Monday, Oct. 27 -- Michigamme Township Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 29 -- Humboldt Township Hall
Monday, Nov. 3 -- Powell Township Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 5 -- Marquette Township Hall

Enter to win a tour

Attendees at the forums will have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance to take an underground mine tour or a mill tour. One person from each forum will be selected to take up to two guests with them on their tour of choice.*

*Persons must be present at the time of the drawing and 18 years of age or older. For more information, please call (906) 273-1550 or email

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Local Baha'i community to hold informal discussion Oct. 30

HOUGHTON -- The Houghton Baha'i community invites interested persons to an informal discussion meeting on various topics at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. The topic of this month's meeting -- next Thursday, Oct.30 -- will be "The purpose of our life -- what is our inner reality?"

For further information please call 906-523-5542 or e-mail

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Claudia Schmidt, jazz and folk singer, to perform Oct. 25 at Orpheum Theater

Poster announcing concert by Claudia Schmidt, legendary jazz and folk singer, who will perform at the Orpheum Theater this Saturday, Oct. 25. Proceeds will benefit Save the Wild U.P. and Friends of the Land of Keweenaw. (Poster courtesy Orpheum Theater) 

HANCOCK -- Legendary jazz and folk singer Claudia Schmidt will be performing Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Orpheum Theater in Hancock to benefit Save the Wild UP and FOLK (Friends of the Land of Keweenaw).

The evening will begin with a Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or in advance by credit card by calling (906) 485-5100.

Michigan native Claudia Schmidt is known for her original songs accompanied by her 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. To learn more about Schmidt and the 19 albums she has recorded and to listen to a sample of her singing, visit her web site

The Orpheum Theater is at 426 Quincy St. in Hancock.

Green Party Candidate Ellis Boal to speak in Marquette TONIGHT, Oct. 23

MARQUETTE -- Ellis Boal, anti-fracking activist and Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (1st District), will speak at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Peter White Public Library, Lions Room 1st floor, in Marquette.

Ellis Boal, Green Party candidate for the District 1 U.S. Congressional seat now held by Republican incumbent Dan Benishek, will speak at the Peter White Library in Marquette tonight, Oct. 23. (Photo courtesy

Boal is a labor/environmental attorney and long time Green Party member from northern Michigan who last year won an injunction against 13 huge frack wells, three of which would have been the largest in the U.S.

The public is invited to meet the candidate, ask questions about issues of concern and learn more about the political party that is challenging the two corporate parties.

League of Women Voters Forum in Traverse City to be broadcast

Ellis Boal participated in a League of Women Voters Forum in Traverse City, which will be broadcast on Interlochen Radio, available online, at 9 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 23. The forum was recorded on Tuesday, Oct. 21. UpNorth TV videotaped the forum and will feature it TODAY, Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. It can also be viewed on a cablecast Friday, Oct. 24, and after that, online.

Republican (incumbent) Congressman Dan Benisheck, and Democratic candidate Jerry Cannon also participated in the forum.

To learn more about Ellis Boal, visit his Web site,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Sandra Perlow: Permeated Surfaces" to open at Finlandia Gallery Oct. 23

Open Stairway, by Sandra Perlow. Collage, pencil and canvas, 2014. (Photos courtesy Finlandia University)

HANCOCK -- "Sandra Perlow: Permeated Surfaces" will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014.

An opening reception at the gallery will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Sandra Perlow will give an artist talk beginning at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Biomorphic forms float and merge, drift and collide like improvised verse in Sandra Perlow’s painted collages. Her visual plane includes rich fields of color and organic abstraction mixed with layers of found and printed paper.

In Perlow’s collages accumulations of forms and textured surfaces inspired by the view from her Chicago studio perform a visual call and response. Echoing the flow of pedestrians, the colorful pattern of window displays, and the syncopated geometry of buildings and skyscrapers, her compositions are records of movements and matter.

The Great Gate, by Sandra Perlow. Acrylic, collage, and canvas, 2014.

"In my work singular forms move through complex networks, and organic shapes find balance with architectonic structures," notes Perlow. "The visual exchanges reflect the ongoing dialogue between nature, industry and self."

Many of the titles for Perlow’s work come from literary sources. One especially inspiring is Thomas Mann’s four part novel, Joseph and His Brothers. Music helps relax the mind and suggest new imagery. Like the titles, which are suggestive, Perlow listens to the process until she visually feels a response.

Perlow lives and works in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest, California, and in New York City. In September 2014, she participated in a three-person show at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois. This exhibit brought together three diverse artists with the shared interest of exploring boundaries that exist between the natural and artificial.

The artist Sandra Perlow.

Sandra Perlow received her B.A.E. at the School of Art Institute of Design, Her M.A. from the Illinois Institute of Design, and her M.F.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Her work is represented by Dubhe Carreno Gallery in Chicago, Ill., and Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Permeated Surfaces" will be on display through Nov. 24, 2014.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, call 906-487-7500.

Destination cinema at Michigan Tech: 41 North Film Festival Oct. 23-26

The 41 North Film Festival brings award-winning films and filmmakers to Michigan Tech Oct. 23-26. (Image courtesy Michigan Tech University)

HOUGHTON -- The 41 North Film Festival (formerly Northern Lights) celebrates its 10th anniversary with a name change and an outstanding slate of recent
award-winning films and special guests. It will be held from Thursday, Oct. 23, to Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus. The festival is free and open to the community.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, kicking off the festival this year will be director Mark Levinson and his documentary Particle Fever, which follows six scientists involved in the launch of the Large Hadron Collider -- the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. The film provides an unprecedented window into this major scientific breakthrough as it happened.

Edited by Academy-Award winner Walter Murch, the film celebrates human discovery and raises important questions about the limits of human knowledge.

Mark Levinson, has worked closely with directors such as Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) and on films including Se7en, Cold Mountain, and The Pledge. He also has a PhD in Physics from UC-Berkeley. He will be on hand for a Q and A following the film.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, filmmaker, actor and entrepreneur Ravi Patel and his father, Michigan Tech alum Vasant Patel (Mechanical Engineering, class of 1970), will present the new documentary, Meet the Patels. When Ravi Patel, the son of Indian immigrants, finds himself at a romantic crossroads in his late 20s, love becomes a family affair and an adventure in cross-cultural understanding. The film recently won the Founders Grand Prize for best film at the Traverse City Film Festival. It was produced by Geralyn Dreyfous, who was here at the film festival in 2008 with the Academy-Award-winning Born into Brothels.

In addition to these featured events, the festival will offer a great selection of independent films, including the critically acclaimed Boyhood (Linklater, 2014); The Overnighters (Moss, 2014), which won the 2014 Sundance Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking; Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity (Gund, 2014), and the indie sci-fi film, Coherence (2014). There will also be shorts programs and other great events for festival goers.

The event is sponsored by Michigan Tech's Humanities Department, the Visual and Performing Arts Department, and the College of Sciences and Arts. For the full schedule, visit Contact Erin Smith at 906-487-3263 or for more information.