Sunday, November 18, 2018

Copper Country Disaster Case Managers helping flood victims

Logo courtesy Flood Recovery Project.

HANCOCK -- If you still need help recovering from the June flood, assistance is available.

The Flood Recovery Project - Copper Country, created in October, will assist Copper Country residents facing long term effects from June 2018 flooding, also locally known as the Father’s Day Flood.

Marci Vivian and Dennis Leopold will staff Flood Recovery Project - Copper Country as Disaster Case Managers. They are assessing needs and stand ready, reaching out to help those affected by the Father’s Day Flood. They are also looking into enhancing counseling options specific to flooding.

"This is a commitment to holistically getting their lives back to a place of normalcy," said the Rev. Paul Perez, of the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. "The work of disaster case management is not only material but it’s psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being."

Marci and Dennis work with the Copper Country Team Disaster Recovery Group -- comprised of local church and community leaders, and nonprofit and government agencies. They also work in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is the humanitarian disaster recovery arm of The United Methodist Church.

Their work "officially" got up and running Oct. 5th -- four months after the June 17 flood. There are still a lot of questions Vivian and Leopold are assessing in terms of the community’s needs. They plan on reaching out, at least initially, to as many people as they can.

One thing they know for sure? Lots of people still need help.

Based on their first 150 calls, and how many people registered for aid, they estimate they’ll be overseeing about 80 households for disaster case management.

"We are finding that there are people out there still not recovered," Vivian said. "For a lot of people in the Copper Country, not everybody has the resources."

The case managers have compiled a list of flood-impacted residents from a variety of sources and have been making calls since early October. However, they fear there are more residents out there who are still in need of help. After initial contact is made and a need is expressed, a home visit is scheduled to further assess needs.

From there, the plan is for the case managers to connect the residents-in-need to appropriate organizations and nonprofits and walk them through their full recovery process.

"The need from household to household can vary greatly, and funds will be distributed accordingly," Leopold said.

"Because it’s getting colder, we’re looking for people without furnaces, hot water heaters, as well as homes that have not been cleaned and sanitized yet," Vivian said. "A lot of appliances were submerged, so those have been big needs at this time."

No cost to residents for this service

The disaster case manager service does not cost residents anything; they simply have to reach out to Vivian and Leopold indicating they need help to start the process or opt in when they receive a call from the case managers.

"Our case managers assist from the beginning of their client’s case to the close of it to aid and empower that person to work toward their long-term recovery," Perez said.

"A lot of times we don’t realize the length of time it takes for a community to recover from a natural disaster," Vivian concluded.

How to contact case managers

Leopold and Vivian are based out of the old D and N Bank building (now Huntington Bank) in Hancock, Room 402, and can be reached by phone at (906) 231-6856.

Volunteers, funding needed

They are looking for volunteers with a background in construction to help with flood damage assessments and home repair.

Funds for flood recovery are being collected through the Keweenaw Community Foundation, located in Hancock, as well as Lutheran Social Services -- Lutheran Disaster Response c/o Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Houghton.

For more information visit www.coppercountrystrong.com.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Rozsa Center to host 21st annual Home for the Holidays Gift Mart Nov. 24

The 21st annual Home for the Holidays Gift Mart will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Rozsa Center. (Poster courtesy Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts)

HOUGHTON -- Start your holiday shopping with hand-crafted, U.P. made gifts at the 21st annual Home for the Holidays Gift Mart, open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

This year the Gift Mart will feature more than 40 regional Upper Peninsula artisans and crafts-makers offering fresh holiday arrangements, seasonal décor, handmade jewelry, folk art, basketry, pottery, candles, soaps, woodware, photography, paintings, fiber arts, baked goods, jams and jellies, maple syrup and MORE!

The Rozsa Center is on the Michigan Tech campus. Click here for a map and directions.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Dylan Miner -- artist, activist, scholar -- connects art, indigenous peoples' issues, environmental concerns, more ...

Poster for "This Land is Always," a presentation given by Dylan Miner -- Métis artist, activist and scholar -- on Oct. 29, 2018, at Michigan Tech. In addition to discussing his art, some of which is part of the exhibit "Never Empty" at the Rozsa Center, Miner spoke about indigenous peoples' history, language, ecological concerns and socio-political issues. (Photos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now unless otherwise indicated.)

By Michele Bourdieu
With videos and photos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now

HOUGHTON -- Dylan Miner identifies strongly with his  Wiisaakodewinini, or Métis, ancestors -- a people of mixed indigenous and European ancestry who have lived in both Canada and the United States. Since his own family ancestors lived on Drummond Island in Lake Huron, water, land and settler colonialism are important elements of his art, his activism and his scholarship and teaching.

Miner is Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. He sits on the Michigan Indian Education Council and is a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. Miner holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published more than sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries.

Presenting himself humbly as a learner of indigenous languages, Miner introduced himself to the audience at Michigan Tech in two of them.

At the beginning of his Oct. 29, 2018, presentation in the Great Lakes Center at Michigan Tech, Dylan Miner introduces himself in two indigenous languages and presents an example of his "agi-prop" art, or agitational propaganda, calling attention to the threat of the Line 5 Pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Click on YouTube icon for larger screen. (Videos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

In addition to expressing his environmental concerns, Miner demonstrated how he uses art on social media to call attention to socio-political injustices against indigenous people. He also displayed artwork created by one of his own Métis ancestors:

Miner points out an example of colonial injustice against indigenous murder victims. He explains how he identifies with one of his own ancestors through art.

Bonnie Peterson, a local artist who attended Miner's talk, was impressed by his use of art to communicate messages on social media.

"His work turns the patriarchial power establishment on its head," Peterson said. "He reacts to current events by creating thoughtful, compelling images immediately, and freely distributing them on social media. His image 'no pipelines in/under the great lakes' is especially salient because of the threats to Great Lakes from oil spills, and also robbing the Great Lakes of water."*

Miner also mentioned how he altered some of his images after talking with people directly impacted by extractive industries. He noted as an example his discussions with Menominee tribal activists fighting Aquila's Back 40 mining project, which could destroy indigenous sacred sites and impact the Menominee River. He changed his original design to include the Menominee ancestral bear and the sturgeon.

Dylan Miner altered his original image on this issue after talking with Menominee activists and learning about the mining threat to their sacred sites. (Photo courtesy Justseeds.org)

Collaboration is important in Miner's work. He spoke about working with others to create projects that combine creative activities with environmental consciousness or stewardship, such as a traditional building of a birch bark canoe, an urban sugar bush, Native kids riding bikes and his recent Drummond Island reclamation project.

Here he explains a project of placing old growth white pine from the bottom of Lake Huron in the vacinity of an industrial site near Toronto on Lake Ontario:

Dylan Miner explains the purpose of his recent project called "On the Lakeshore."

The Rozsa Gallery has been featuring Miner's cyanotype art as part of their recent exhibit, "Never Empty," which continues through Saturday, Nov. 10.

Dylan Miner's awasagaam // on the other side of the water. This cyanotype work is part of the exhibit "Never Empty" in the Rozsa's A-Space Gallery through Nov. 10. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

According to Lisa Gordillo, curator of the exhibit, "Miner’s work reimagines the landscape through digitally adjusted images that counterbalance cyanotype and contemporary processes. Cyanotype is an antiquated photographic method developed in 1842, the same year that the Treaty of La Pointe ceded Anishinaabeg Lands in the western Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin. The artist’s use of cyanotype builds a physical and conceptual connection to colonial Land expropriation, capitalist expansion, and the development of new image-making technologies. Our viewpoint is stirred as Miner distorts his original images, applying pigments, minerals, and smoke, shifting their size and scale."

During his presentation Miner described some of the cyanotype works in the Rozsa exhibit:

Dylan Miner describes some of the materials he uses to create his cyanotype images of water, sky, and forest.

In answer to a question from the audience during his presentation, Miner explained his cyanotype process:

Miner explains how he creates the cyanotype images, including the length of exposure to the sun and the addition of materials to add other colors to the cyanotype blue.

Local artist Joyce Koskenmaki, who attended Miner's talk and visited the exhibit, commented on the cyanotype images.

"Dylan’s cyanotype images at the Rosza are beautiful," Koskenmaki said. "His work and his talk speak to me about art for poor people: art that can be done with simple materials, and art with a message. I felt inspired."

Miner also spoke about his work with the Justseeds artists collective, making images with environmental and political messages that he distributes freely through social media.**

Miner displays some historic IWW (Industrial Workers of the World, or "Wobblies") union images he printed and discusses their relationship with his own work and their timeliness today.

Miguel Levy, artist and Michigan Tech professor of physics, who is active in the local Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign group, said he was especially impressed by Miner's connections between art and indigenous resistance.

Levy noted, "Regarding Dylan Miner's talk, I found the connections he made during his talk quite illuminating: [between] the social and political dimensions of his art, between indigenous culture and resistance to environmental devastation, and between the revolutionary potential of the indigenous tradition and its points of coincidence with the anti-hierarchical and anti-capitalist traditions of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union." 

Miner commented on the shocking timeliness today of this historic IWW image from the early 20th century.

Emily Shaw, Michigan Tech PhD student in environmental engineering, who introduced Miner, told Keweenaw Now Miner's stories and connections inspired her to ask herself questions.

"So often we view art and science as unrelated but making art and doing science are processes that require us to ask ourselves what do we know and what skills do I have that can contribute to our learning?" Shaw said. "Dylan opened with those questions and shared the story of his art, weaving connections between land abuses, indigenous rights, and labor unions. I left inspired to make such connections in my work as a scientist."

Dylan Miner has also authored and edited several limited-edition books // booklets. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship through the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He has been an artist-in-residence at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, and The Santa Fe Art Institute.

* Click here to see more of Dylan Miner's work and learn about his projects. Thanks to Bonnie Peterson for this link.

** Click here to learn more about Dylan Miner and the art he shares on justseeds.org.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw to host KLT meeting, panel discussion on Father's Day Flood Nov. 8; Mind Trekkers Nov. 10

(Poster courtesy Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw)

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw will host two events open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 8. The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) will hold its Annual Meeting from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Following the meeting, a panel discussion, "An Overview of Green Infrastructure Opportunities and Preparedness for Future Flooding" will be the first in the Carnegie's 2018-19 Keweenaw Natural History Seminar Series: "The Father's Day Flood: Causes, Effects, and Responses." Both events, to be held in the Carnegie's Community Room, are free and open to the public.

The panel will include speakers David Watkins and Alex Mayer, both Michigan Tech professors, who will discuss the role of green infrastructure and land management in flooding mitigation. The speakers will address the causes of flooding, the impact of land use on flooding, and potential practices and technologies we could adopt in our area to lessen the impact of future floods.

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw is on the corner of Huron and Montezuma streets in Houghton.

Mind Trekkers at Carnegie Museum Saturday, Nov. 10
 
(Poster courtesy Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw)

The Carnegie Museum's Science Saturday will present the Mind Trekkers -- science and fun for the whole family -- from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Michigan Tech University’s Mind Trekkers bring the WOW! of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to the hands and minds of K-12 students (and their parents) under the inspirational guidance of the Mind Trekkers team consisting of undergraduate and graduate students. Visit their Web site to learn about their activities and demonstrations.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve to hold 23rd Annual Meeting and Celebration Nov.7

Poster announcing the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve Nov. 7 in Marquette. (Poster courtesy Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve)

MARQUETTE -- Join the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette for an evening of celebration, education, and fundraising. This year marks the group’s 23rd anniversary, and each year they host a meeting of the membership to let supporters know of their activities and organizational changes and to elect individuals to the Board of Directors.

Also this year the group is helping the National Park Service celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. During the evening, there will be a short presentation of this historic piece of legislation that has helped save rivers across the country. In addition, the unveiling of the Yellow Dog River Story Map will occur. A Story Map is an innovative multimedia tool that can be used to raise awareness for topics like the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

While you are at the event, check out the silent auction -- which is focusing on providing outdoor experiences as well as offering artwork, gift certificates, and gear as fundraising items. Help yourself to light refreshments and great Ore Dock beer as you jam out to the music of Everything Under the Sun. This local band prides themselves on performing a different show every time and focusing on stage presence, flawless sound, and genuine care for the crowd's desire with a wide variety of music.

There is a suggested $5 donation at the door to help cover expenses. The door donation gets you an entry into a drawing for door prizes like a brand new Patagonia backpack and other sweet goodies. Questions contact 906-345-9223 or ydwp@yellowdogwatershed.org.

For more information on the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and their work, visit their Web site.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

41 North Film Festival Nov. 1-4 at Rozsa Center to feature independent films, filmmakers, more...

In a scene from The Unafraid, a new documentary by Keweenaw native Heather Courtney, DACA (Dreamer) student Sylvia speaks at a rally for the right to education. The Unafraid is one of 20 independent films featured in this year's 41 North Film Festival Nov. 1-4 at Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center. (Photo courtesy Erin Smith, 41 North Film Festival director)

By Mark Wilcox, Michigan Tech News Writer
Posted on Michigan Tech News Oct. 30, 2018
Reprinted here in part with permission.

HOUGHTON -- The 41 North Film Festival will be held from Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4, at Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The festival, now in its 14th year, showcases more than 20 award-winning independent films and filmmakers from around the region, country, and world -- along with special events and music.*

All events are free and open to the public. All films are in the main Rozsa theater unless otherwise noted. Michigan Tech students may bring an I.D. and enter through the south door of the theater to tap your I.D. upon entrance to each film. All others, please see the Festival Admission page for information about how to acquire a free ticket for all the films.

While this year’s films focus on a variety of topics from solar-powered flight to the bizarre world of industrial musicals, several films will be of particular interest to Copper Country audiences.

Bisbee '17: A tragic and complicated past

Described by critics as "a ghost story by way of a documentary," Robert Greene’s Bisbee '17 looks at a former copper mining community’s attempt to grapple with its tragic and complicated past. A brutal act of retaliation against labor organizing efforts in 1917 still haunts the town and defines the relationship of the community to its ancestors. Although Bisbee is 2,000 miles from the Keweenaw, the Bisbee mining district was built by men from Calumet, Michigan. The Calumet and Arizona Mining Company, which cooperated with the other companies in orchestrating the ruthless events of 1917, had officers with close family ties to our local copper mines. It is a story that will be both new and familiar to those interested in local mining history.

Bisbee '17 will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Following the screening there will be a Q and A and panel discussion with the film’s director, Robert Greene (via Skype), Sarah Fayen Scarlett and LouAnn Wurst from Michigan Tech’s Department of Social Sciences and Jo Urion Holt from the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

The Unafraid: Heather Courtney and the Dreamers

Keweenaw native Heather Courtney, director/producer of the award-winning Where Soldiers Come From, brings her new documentary, The Unafraid, to the festival. It follows the lives of three DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, or Dreamers, in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualified them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they pursue their right to education and fight for the rights of their families and communities.

In addition to the screening of their documentary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Courtney and one of the students from the film, Alejandro Galeana-Salinas, will participate in a question and answer session. A reception for them at 9:30 p.m. Friday follows the screening and discussion.

Keweenaw native Heather Courtney, director/producer of The Unafraid, will be one of the filmmaker guests at the 2018 41 North Film Festival. (Photo courtesy Erin Smith, 41 North Film Festival director)

Festival Director Erin Smith says, "Heather Courtney is the kind of thoughtful and committed documentarian who is able to bring us close to her subjects because of her profound respect for them. In her hands, huge, often polarizing issues like war or immigration become grounded in the experiences of people who help us imagine their more subtle and complicated dimensions."

Copperdog: A work in progress

Also of particular interest to Keweenaw audiences, is Copperdog (working title) which follows four women mushers and their dogs as they train for the annual CopperDog 80/150. Director Laurie Little and cinematographer Justin Jones, will be in attendance for this special work-in-progress screening of their film at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Some four-legged special guests will be on hand as well.

The Providers: Health care in a rural area

A film of interest to anyone concerned about health care in a rural area is The Providers (2018). Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and the opioid epidemic in rural America, this film follows three health care professionals working in a remote area much like ours.

A scene from The Providers, a film about health care in a rural area. (Photo courtesy Erin Smith, 41 North Film Festival director)

With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers' relationships with marginalized patients, raising as many questions as it answers about health care challenges facing rural communities today. Dr. Leslie Hayes, who is featured in the film, will join Ray Sharp from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department for a discussion following the film screening at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Dr. Hayes was recognized by the White House in 2016 as a Champion of Change and is married to Michigan Tech alumnus David Rich.

STEM in the spotlight

This year, 41 North will screen five films delving into history, issues and accomplishments relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) innovation.

The featured films look at high school students competing for an international prize (Science Fair), an early Silicon Valley startup (General Magic), internet censorship (The Cleaners), the first photograph of the moon taken from space (Earthrise) and the first solar-powered flight around the world (Point of No Return).

Following the showing of Science Fair at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, there will be a discussion featuring a panel of STEM educators.

A little something for everyone

With more than 20 films to choose from, the 41 North Film Festival offers a little something for everyone. However, Smith challenges festival goers to choose at least one film that doesn’t seem like something that would interest them.

"After every festival, one of the things I hear the most is how surprised someone was to discover that they loved a film that wasn’t high on their list," Smith notes. "Use the festival as an opportunity to explore something new."

* Click here for the schedule of films and events. Click on each film for a link to a description of the film.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Rozsa Gallery exhibit "Never Empty" features stories about local, national lands; artist reception is TODAY, Oct. 27

Mule Deer, Doe and Fawn. Aerial photograph by Amanda Breitbach. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- The exhibition "Never Empty," featuring work by artists Dylan Miner of Ann Arbor and Amanda Breitbach of Nacodoches, Texas, is on display through Nov. 10 in Michigan Tech’s A-Space Gallery, within the Rozsa Center. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. A reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Artist Amanda Breitbach will give an artist talk at 6 p.m. during the reception.

The exhibit, curated by Lisa Gordillo, curator and director of the Rozsa Galleries, features photographs by Breitbach and mixed media paintings by Miner. Both artists’ work investigates stories about local and national lands

"Our collaboration is dynamic and thought-provoking," says Gordillo. "The exhibit digs into the myths and the tensions present in our landscapes and the peoples who have histories there. Both artists work to uncover, and to showcase, stories that may not be present at a first glance."

This exhibit is part of Gordillo’s effort to showcase minority voices within the gallery and to pay special attention to First Nation artists.

biidaanakwagoode // clouds in the sky come here, by Dylan Miner. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center) 

According to Gordillo, "It’s very important for all of us, but especially for Michigan Tech, as our campus sits on Ojibwe lands. I hope this exhibit inspires thoughtful conversations about landscape, land-use and the many heritages of our nation."

Amanda Breitbach’s photographs and Dylan Miner’s cyanotype-process paintings recompose the narratives we often speak when talking about "the land," "expansion," and "environments." Together, the two artists dig into the myths and tensions that exist within the landscape and peoples who have histories there.

Breitbach is a photographer whose work focuses on the complex relationships between people and land. She grew up on a family ranch in Montana; she offers portraits of a farm in decline, centered within the expansive high plains. Dylan Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. His work reimagines the landscape as he layers pigments, minerals, and smoke on top of Upper Peninsula images.

The artists’ visit is supported in part by the Michigan Tech Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series, which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. Both artists will spend time with the community during their visit.

Dylan Miner to present "This Land is Always" Oct. 29

Dylan Miner will present "This Land is Always" at Michigan Tech's Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Great Lakes Research Center, GLRC 202.

Miner is director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, associate professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University.

In this talk and informal conversation, Miner will discuss his artistic and scholarly practices related to political and ecological concerns. He will focus on his recent work in particular, but will also discuss collaborative projects and ways that artists can intervene in larger socio-political issues. Given that his work circulates around Indigenous knowledge and issues, Miner will integrate these ideas throughout.

This program is supported in part by the Visiting Professor Lecturer/Scholar Series which is funded by a grant to the Provost's Office from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Ripley Rocks" fundraiser dance for home damaged by Father's Day flood to be Oct. 26

Cynthia Drake's house suffered serious damage from the Father's Day flood last June. A fundraiser dance for Cynthia will be held this Friday, Oct. 26, at Little Brothers in Hancock. (Photo courtesy Cynthia May Drake)

HANCOCK -- Rock Out for Ripley from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, 527 Hancock St, Hancock. This rocking dance party is for the Rebuild of Cynthia Drake’s Ripley Falls Home of Healing. The home and property were devastated by the mudslide and flood on Father’s Day, 2018.*

The rushing, overflowing waterfall above Cynthia Drake's home in Ripley brought flooding and a mudslide that did serious damage to the home and property. (Photo courtesy Cynthia Drake)

Dance the night away with good music, snacks and awesome people! DJ Tularemia will be spinning the tunes. Free-will donations will be accepted as well as a snack to share if you like. Betty Chavis is the generous mastermind for this event!

Please RSVP to: cynthiamdrake@gmail.com or call: 906-370-6686 or click "going" on Facebook at the event.

* See the June 25, 2018, Keweenaw Now article "Father's Day storm spares all but one in Houghton County" by Vanessa Dietz.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Candidate Forum to be held Oct. 19 at Hancock Middle School Auditorium

HANCOCK--The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country (LWVCC) and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce are convening a Candidate Forum to be held for State Senate 38th District; State Representative 110th District;  Houghton County Commissioners in District 2, District 3, District 4 and District 5 (those in contested races); and Keweenaw County Probate Court Judge. The Forum will be held beginning at 6 p.m on Friday, October 19, at Hancock Middle School Auditorium, 501 Campus Drive.

The State Senate 38th District and State Representative 110th District forum will be held from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Following a 15-minute break, the forum for contested races for Houghton County Commissioners and Keweenaw County Probate Court Judge will be conducted from 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. 

Invited Candidates include the following:

State Senate 38th District: Scott Dianda, Democrat, and Ed McBroom, Republican

State Representative 110th District: Greg Markkanen, Republican, and Ken Summers, Democrat

Houghton County Commissioner District 2: Melissa Davis, Democrat, and  Albert Koskela, Republican

Houghton County Commissioner District 3: Glenn Anderson, Democrat, and Ben Jaehnig, Republican

Houghton County Commissioner District 4: Gretchen Janssen, Democrat, and John Sullivan, Republican

Houghton County Commissioner District 5: Roy Britz, Republican, and Sharon Stoll, Democrat

Keweenaw County Probate Court Judge: Keith DeForge and Diana Langdon.

As you may know, the League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages citizens to play an informed and active role in government. Any person of voting age, male or female, may become an LWVCC member. The LWV is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose particular political parties or candidates. The LWV does take positions on issues after a lengthy member study and consensus process.

As this is a forum, not a debate, candidates are asked to respond only to the questions asked by the moderator. They are, however, free to address any appropriate issue during their opening and closing remarks.

This is an LWVCC co-sponsored Forum, and as such, no campaigning material will be allowed inside the Hancock Middle School Auditorium.  The LWVCC will also not allow any loud or rude comments in the form of clapping, booing, hissing, whistling, yelling, etc., from the audience. If this occurs, the forum will be stopped until the audience member(s) can be quieted to allow the forum to continue.

Please note: The LWV Voter Guide for the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election will be published by The Daily Mining Gazette on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

For more information, call or email: Taryn Mason at 906-231-1713 tarynsmason@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Indigenous Peoples' Week events begin Oct. 8 at Michigan Tech

Poster for Falling Leaves Moon Powwow, part of Indigenous Peoples' Week at Michigan Tech. The Powwow will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Wood Gym in Michigan Tech's Student Development Complex (SDC), with a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m. (Posters courtesy Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign in Michigan's U.P.)

HOUGHTON -- Indigenous Peoples' Week at Michigan Tech begins Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, with various events on campus to recognize the contributions and struggles of Indigenous peoples from around the world. All events are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:

Monday, Oct. 8:

Peace activist Miko Peled will present "Freedom and Justice, the Keys to Peace in Palestine," from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in GLRC (Great Lakes Research Center) 202.

Poster for Peace Activist Miko Peled's presentation on Monday, Oct. 8, in GLRC 202 on the Michigan Tech campus.

Israeli-born peace activist Miko Peled will address some of the basic history of the Palestine/Israel question, the Israeli occupation and what this means to thousands of Palestinian youth and their families.

He will also discuss the recent events in Gaza and the role of international solidarity in supporting the struggle for equal rights and freedom in Palestine.

Miko Peled speaks on Peace in Palestine/Israel during a 2015 visit to Michigan Tech. (Keweenaw Now file photo)*

"Some may ask, why is the question of Palestine a part of Indigenous Peoples’ Week?" said Miguel Levy of the Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign in Michigan's U.P. "First and foremost, it is because the Palestinians are the indigenous people to what today constitutes the state of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Secondly, because they are valiantly resisting settler-colonialism in that part of the world. They are facing the same threats faced by the indigenous peoples of North America for over 200 years. Settler-colonialism is a world-wide phenomenon, threatening the genocidal decimation of native cultures and peoples in North America, South and Central America, the Middle East and Australia. And decolonization, the fight for the survival and reconstitution of indigenous peoples and cultures, is its counterpart. Hence, the question of Palestine is a global issue of international import."

This event is sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), the Social Sciences, Physics and Forestry Departments at Michigan Tech, the Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign in Michigan's U.P., the Keweenaw Committee for Justice in Palestine and the Episcopal Church of Marquette.

Thursday, Oct. 11:

Ojibwe tribal member Steven Naganashe Perry, PhD, will deliver the presentation "Michigan Boarding Schools and Multi-generational Trauma," from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in GLRC room 202.

Perry, a decorated veteran, is an activist, educator and philanthropist. He has been involved in numerous campaigns about the environment, wildlife, racism and water. Perry descends from The Naganashe family of Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (Waganakising) and The Pine (Shingwauk) family of Garden River Ojibwe Reserve (Kitigan-zeeping) in Ontario.

Saturday, Oct. 13:

"Falling Leaves Moon" Powwow, sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at Michigan Tech (AISES), will be held from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the SDC (Student Development Complex) Wood Gym. Grand Entries will be at 1 p.m and 7 p.m.

A young dancer and drum at the 2017 AISES Powwow at Michigan Tech. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

The AISES Pow Wow is free and open to the public in order to encourage cultural sharing and understanding of Native American traditions, heritage and identity.

The event will feature traditional singing, dancing and drumming by men, women, children and veterans. A Grand Entry begins each dance session, followed by intertribal singing and dancing.


Thursday, Oct. 18:

Featured documentary, Tribal Justice. The film focuses on using restorative practices and traditional concepts of justice. It will be shown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Fisher 135 on the Michigan Tech campus.
 

In this film two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice.

This film is sponsored by the Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Academic and Community Conduct, the Department of Cognitive Sciences and AISES.

Editor's Note:

* Miko Peled spoke at Michigan Tech in September 2015. See our Oct. 28, 2015, article "Israeli-American peace activist Miko Peled calls for one-state solution to Israeli occupation of Palestine."

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Obituary: Gustavo Bourdieu, 1944-2018

Gustavo Bourdieu, 74, a resident of Hancock, passed away suddenly on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Gustavo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, son of the late Raimundo José Bourdieu and María Genara (Castilla) Bourdieu. Gustavo was raised in Argentina and resided in Peru for more than 30 years. He moved to the United States in the 1990s, working in Georgia until moving to Hancock in 2006. In 2011 he proudly became a United States citizen.

Following his citizenship ceremony in Marquette, Michigan, Gustavo is pictured here with Amy Berglund, right, representing former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, and Jeremy Hosking, former representative of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. (Photo by Michele Bourdieu).

In Argentina Gustavo graduated from a technical secondary school with a focus on telecommunications. In Peru he was a beekeeper and farmer as well as a businessman and telecommunications technician. Gustavo worked a variety of jobs throughout his life, from being a messenger at the Argentina Stock Exchange to installing solar panels and satellite antennas for radio and television in small villages in the Amazon to selling cars and motorcycles and working in a 5-star restaurant.

A man of many interests and many talents, Gustavo was a beekeeper for more than 50 years, an amateur radio enthusiast, a gardener and a great dancer. He taught himself many computer skills and read widely in both Spanish and English. More recently he became interested in metal arts, especially jewelry he hand-crafted from recycled copper and silver, which he sold at the Hancock Tori farmers’ market and other arts and crafts sales.

Gustavo sometimes sold his honey at the Tori farmers' market in Hancock. Here he displays a book with photos to explain to customers how the honey is made. (Keweenaw Now file photo by Michele Bourdieu)

Over the years Gustavo was a member of several amateur radio clubs, including a local Copper Country club, and loved contacting ham radio operators from many countries. He also marched in the local Parade of Nations, representing Argentina. In addition to his many hobbies, Gustavo enjoyed dancing, cooking, photography, repairing old sewing machines and telling stories about his adventurous life.

Gustavo marches in the 2018 Parade of Nations from Hancock to Houghton. (Photo © and courtesy Allan Baker)

In 2008 Gustavo was united in marriage to the former Michele Gilbert.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his son, Gustavo F. Bourdieu Figueroa; and a sister, Angelica Estefanía Bourdieu.

Gustavo is survived by his wife Michele Bourdieu; his daughters María Amelia, Carmen, and Carla Estafanía; his sisters María Carmen and Estela; his niece Carla; his nephews Marcelo, Santiago, and Manuel Augusto; 6 grandchildren; and several cousins.

A Memorial gathering to celebrate Gustavo’s life will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Hancock First United Methodist Church, 401 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI. An informal potluck will be included. Those who would like to are invited to bring a snack to pass. For details call Carol at 906-523-5182.

To view Gustavo’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net. Donations may be made to Save the Bees at Avaaz.org, an organization working to ban pesticides that kill bees around the world.*

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.

*Those who wish to help the bees are invited to sign the Avaaz petition and/or Donate by clicking on Donate button at top of the page.

Inset photo: Gustavo happily completes installation of solar panels on his home in Hancock. (Photo by Michele Bourdieu)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Olé at the Rozsa: Food, Music and Laughter on Saturday’s Parade of Nations Menu

This year's Parade of Nations will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Hancock. (Logo courtesy Michigan Tech University)

By Cyndi Perkins*
Posted Sept. 11, 2018, on Michigan Tech News
Reprinted in part here with permission
2017 Parade videos and photos by Keweenaw Now

Guitar playing and juggling require nimble fingers, and the audience will witness both when Parade of Nations headliner -- the madcap international act Olé! -- performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 15), at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance caps off a day of festivities that begin when the 29th annual Parade of Nations steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hancock. The flag-flying procession -- including floats, horses, marchers in the traditional ceremonial clothing of their countries and the Huskies Pep Band -- makes its way across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Dee Stadium on the Houghton waterfront.

Michigan Tech's Pep Band kicks off the 2017 Parade of Nations in Hancock. (Videos by Keweenaw Now)

At the Dee, the Multicultural Festival features 11 international performances on the main stage and 22 food booths serving cuisine from around the world at affordable prices. Pony rides, a book sale and art projects from local youth add to the fun. Outdoor dining will again be available this year to ease traffic congestion, and a projection screen is designed to make viewing activities on the main stage more accessible. Trivia contests and prizes will be awarded throughout the day -- the biggest of which is a drawing for a Chicago getaway package.

Indian students show off some of their lively modern dances -- a favorite performance at the Multicultural Festival.

More videos and photos of the 2017 Parade of Nations:

Participants in the 2017 Parade of Nations assemble on the Quincy Green in Hancock. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

Japanese students from Finlandia University, in elegant dress, pose for a photo with their English instructor, Janice Cox-Adolphs.

Cindy Miller, second from left, teacher of Spanish and French at Calumet High School, regularly participates in the Parade of Nations with her students.

Gustavo Bourdieu and friends display the Argentine flag as they cross the Portage Lift Bridge. A group from Bangladesh follows.

Chinese students display their float and dragon as they approach the Judges' Table at the Parade.

Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) sing and dance during the 2017 Parade of Nations.

During the 2017 Multicultural Festival following the Parade, Betty Chavis, co-founder of the Parade of Nations in 1990, expresses her thanks to the community for continuing the event, now in its 29th year.

Click here for Cyndi Perkins' full story on the 2018 Parade of Nations.

* Guest author Cyndi Perkins is an award-winning editor, journalist and columnist who writes feature articles for Michigan Tech University.

** For more photos of the 2017 Parade of Nations, see our Slide Show here.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Finlandia's Festival Ruska to bring Nordic culture to Copper Country

Finlandia University's Festival Ruska will celebrate the Copper Country's fall color season with events beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 5. (Logo courtesy Finlandia University)

HANCOCK -- As the leaves start turning in the Copper Country, Finlandia University’s Finnish American Folk School's Festival Ruska provides an equally awesome lineup of cultural programming, this year featuring two remarkable artisans and a pair of Finnish-themed concerts.

This year, events get under way at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a one-night-only performance by the up-and-coming Finnish band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls at Michigan Tech University’s Rozsa Center with their unique style of playing American hard rock songs with a bluegrass sound. The band rose to fame after being discovered on YouTube and has since developed a worldwide fan base that enjoys their quirky stage presence. Tickets for this concert are available by calling (906) 487-2073 or visiting finlandia.edu/seagulls. This concert is sponsored in part by the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Peninsula Chapter.

Two weeks later, the Folk School will welcome noted birchbark weaver John Zasada to the Finnish American Heritage Center for a two-day workshop creating a bread basket. A retired U.S. Forest Service employee, Zasada has devoted much of his adult life to the use and management of birch in northern forests and is eager to share his expertise with would-be artisans of any skill level. The class takes place Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC), with personal instruction from Zasada, who has taught many similar classes at the North House Folk School in Minnesota. Space in the class is limited to eight students, so early registration ($150 per person) is encouraged. All materials will be provided. To reserve your place in this workshop, call (906) 487-7549.

Then, in early October, the international performers of the traveling ensemble Beethoven and Banjos will lead a Nordic folk music workshop at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Any musician who plays a stringed or other folk instrument is encouraged to join the workshop; for only $10 per person they’ll receive hands-on instruction from talented Nordic musicians who specialize in fiddle, nycleharpaa, banjo and much more.

Later that evening, the Beethoven and Banjos ensemble will take the stage at the FAHC for a 7:30 p.m. concert. They encourage you to "come as you are, pay what you can" and enjoy this stop on this group’s annual Upper Peninsula tour. Headlined by well known and longtime U.P. musicians Evan and Laurel Premo, the group also includes musicians from other parts of the U.S., as well as Norway and Sweden.

Finnish American Folk School programming will conclude its Ruska season with a four-week class in Finnish-style boat making, held in conjunction with the woodworking class at Calumet High School. Led by veteran boatmaker Alex Comb of northern Minnesota, the class will include several Calumet High School students, but is open to the general public as well ($400 per patron includes all class sessions). Comb will provide direction into the art of building a Finnish-style rowboat, similar to that seen at the Salolampi Language Village in northern Minnesota. For more information about how you can be a part of this unique opportunity, call (906) 487-7549.

Festival Ruska is Finlandia University’s annual celebration of the fall color season in Michigan’s Copper Country. Finnish American Folk School programming is sponsored in part by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and is managed by the staff of the Finnish American Heritage Center. For more information about the center and its mission to preserve and promote Finnish culture in North American, visit finlandia.edu/fahc.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

4th Annual Pipe Out Paddle Protest against Line 5, Water is Life Festival to be Sept. 1 in Mackinaw City

During the 2017 Pipe Out Paddle Protest, Native and non-Native water protectors gather near the Mackinac Bridge with their kayaks and canoes, display their banners and sing songs about the water. This year the event will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, followed by a Water is Life Festival, both in Mackinaw City. (2017 file photo © and courtesy Miguel Levy)*

MACKINAW CITY -- Two events to protest Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac and to celebrate the water will be held this Saturday, Sept. 1, in Mackinaw City.

The 4th Annual Pipe Out Paddle Protest against the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 1, at Huron St. and Nicolet Ave. in Mackinaw City. A flotilla of dozens of kayaks and canoes will gather offshore from Mackinaw City, raising signs and calling for the shut down of Line 5. Bring your own kayak or rent one onsite. Please RSVP and see the schedule here -- and learn more about getting there, camping, and renting a kayak. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Water is Life Festival poster courtesy Oil and Water Don't Mix.

The Water is Life Festival will follow from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Conkling Heritage Park in Mackinaw City. Lunch will be served at noon, and then all will gather to celebrate water through music (Hip Hop, folk, and native musicians), poets, speakers on Nestle and Line 5 from Flint and Detroit, and also tribal leaders and elected officials. One of Michigan's favorite musicians, organizer Seth Bernard, is the emcee. Bring a chair or blanket for sitting in the grass and a water bottle to use at the hydration stations. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Click here to see the festival schedule and RSVP.

* Click here to see our article on the 2017 Pipe Out Paddle Protest in Mackinaw City.

Monday, August 27, 2018

MDEQ to hold Abandoned Mining Wastes Project Open House Aug. 29 in Lake Linden

Poster for the Aug. 29, 2018, Abandoned MiningWastes Project OPEN HOUSE. (Poster courtesy Amy Keranen, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation and Redevelopment Division)

LAKE LINDEN -- The MDEQ (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) Abandoned Mining Wastes Project OPEN HOUSE (originally scheduled for June 20 and postponed because of the flooding) will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, AUGUST 29, at the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Auditorium. The project team consists of staff involved in the planning, fieldwork, cleanup, and reporting for the project -- along with the On-Scene Coordinator Brian Kelly, from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emergency Response Branch (ERB), who is managing three projects in the area. The team will share their findings with the community with maps and photos to display where they conducted their work, what they have found, and what they have planned.

This informal open house will provide the public with the opportunity to drop in, meet the project team and get any questions answered. Contact Amy Keranen, MDEQ Remediation and Redevelopment Division, at keranena@michigan.gov for more information.

Recent projects include the following:
  • 2017 sampling in former mining ruins in the Mason area, which identified the presence of widespread asbestos and abandoned containers at three of the five properties that make up the area.
  • Evaluation of the PCBs found in the reclamation areas of Lake Linden and Hubbell and connecting them to the presence of PCBs in the tissue of Torch Lake fish.
  • Assistance from the EPA Emergency Response Branch to address the contaminated sediments at the Lake Linden Recreation Area site.
Near-shore sediment sampling in 2017. (Photos courtesy Amy Keranen, Michigan DEQ Remediation and Redevelopment Division)
  • Investigation indicating the presence of widespread asbestos containing materials, residual wastes and abandoned containers throughout the Quincy Mining Company Mason area, including those at the Quincy Mill ruins west of M-26, which is frequented by recreational users. The EPA is in the process of evaluating existing information and planning a potential removal action.
Quincy Stamp Mill No. 1 ruins in Mason.
  • Calumet and Hecla (C and H) Mineral Building waste piles and asbestos cleanup.
  • Calumet Stamp Mill asbestos removal.
Calumet Stampmill foundation after asbestos removal was completed and the area seeded and mulched.
  • Tamarack Sands waste seep removal.
  • Hubbell Smelter Area shoreline drum removal.
This photo shows drum removal from beneath the cap at the water’s edge.
  • Cleanups at the Hubbell Coal Dock property, where PCB containing scrap was burned. 
  • Side scan sonar survey at the Quincy Mining Company operational areas from Dollar Bay down to the Portage Lift Bridge.
The team is planning further projects for 2018.

Click here for details in the Spring 2018 newsletter, "Notes from the Desk of Amy Keranen."

Click here for the Abandoned Mining Wastes Web site and more info.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hey! Ho! Come to the Houghton County Fair Aug. 23-26

By Michele Bourdieu

This year's Houghton County Fair Carnival and Midway rides will open at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, and will run from noon until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. (2017 file photo by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- Hey! Ho! this "town crier" rooster says it's time for the Houghton County Fair with entertainment and events for the whole family:

(Video by Keweenaw Now)

The 2018 Houghton County Fair will be held from 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, through 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Fairgrounds, 1500 Birch Street in Hancock.

In addition to the Carnival and Midway rides, some highlights of this year's fair include Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo, Kevin Kammeraad Copperfly Puppet Show, The ATV Big Air Jumpers, Canines in the Clouds, Livestock shows and competitions, musical entertainment, a Youth Talent Show, Horse shows, exhibits, a beekeeping demonstration, Motocross, Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby and more.

Senior citizens, don't forget the special events for seniors from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday in the indoor arena -- including entertainment, prize drawings and a free lunch!

Gustavo loves the fair! (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Click here for the brochure, including ticket prices, events and a map.

Click here for the schedule of events.

More videos, photos of the 2017 Houghton County Fair:

Exhibiting their lambs are, from right, Eva, Bailey and Kyla.

During the 2017 sheep and goat show, some frisky lambs present a challenge to their young owners. However, with persistence and a little help from judges, the contestants in the competition manage to get their charges lined up. (Video by Keweenaw Now

Can you guess the breed of this cute little brown and white goat? Its owner explains below ...

Posters like these show how young farmers have done research on the animals they are learning to raise. Click on photo for larger version. (2017 photos by Keweenaw Now)

Meanwhile, in the sheep and goat livestock pavilion, it's lunchtime for some of the animals ...

During the 2017 Houghton County Fair, a quiet alpaca is distracted by a noisy sheep neighbor eating his lunch. (Video by Keweenaw Now)

Monday, August 20, 2018

DEQ to hold public hearing Aug. 21 on Humboldt Mill permits for Eagle Mine; public comment periods announced

Aerial view of the Humboldt Mill Wastewater Treatment Plant and the north end of the Humboldt Pit Lake, referred to as the "Humboldt Tailings Disposal Facility" (HTDF). (2017 Photo © and courtesy Jeremiah Eagle Eye)

MARQUETTE -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is holding a consolidated public hearing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Westwood High School auditorium, 300 Westwood Drive, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849, to hear comments regarding the following:

(1) The MDEQ’s proposed decision to grant a request submitted by Eagle Mine LLC to amend Mining Permit MP 01 2010, issued under Part 632, Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, for approval to add additional tailings to the Humboldt Tailings Disposal Facility to a higher elevation than previously authorized. For additional information, contact Melanie Humphrey, MDEQ Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division, 1504 West Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855, 906-250-7564.*

(2) The MDEQ’s proposed decision to modify an NPDES discharge permit issued to Eagle Mine, LLC, Humboldt Mill. The applicant proposes to discharge treated process wastewater, treated laboratory wastewater, treated water treatment backwash, treated sump water, and treated storm water to a new outfall through a pipeline directly to the Middle Branch Escanaba River.
Address of permittee: Eagle Mine LLC,
4547 County Road 601
Champion, MI 49814
Location of mining area: Sections 2 and 11, T47N, R29W, Humboldt Township, Marquette County.

Participants in the hearing will be asked to fill out attendance cards at the entrance of the auditorium indicating intentions to speak. Following opening remarks at the start of the hearing, participants will be called to speak in the order of cards received. Presentations will be limited to three minutes. Opportunities for additional time to speak may be offered if time allows.

Written comment deadlines: Sept. 18, Aug. 31, 2018

The DEQ will accept written comments on the Mining Permit Amendment Request from date of the hearing until 5 p.m. September 18, 2018. Comments may be mailed to MDEQ/OGMD, 1504 West Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855, or E-mail comments to DEQ-Mining-Comments@michigan.gov with "Humboldt Mill" as the subject.

The DEQ will accept written comments or objections to the proposed NPDES permit modification until August 31, 2018. The written comments or objections will be considered in the final decision to issue the permit. Persons wishing to submit comments regarding the NPDES permit modification should go to https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/miwaters/#/external/publicnotice/info/-4966034863216180101/details and click 'Add Comment,' enter information into the fields, and then click 'Submit.' Inquires should be directed to Renee Pionk, Permits Section, Water Resources Division (WRD), MDEQ, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-7958; 517-284-5573; pionkr@michigan.gov.

Documents available

Documents pertaining to the Humboldt Mill Mining Permit Amendment Request and proposed decision may be accessed at the following web page under "Humboldt Mill Permit Amendment": http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_18442-359902--,00.html

Copies of the NPDES permit application, public notice, Antidegradation Demonstration, basis for decision memo, and draft permit are available for review at https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/miwaters/#/external/publicnotice/info/-4966034863216180101/documents or at the WRD’s Upper Peninsula District Office located at 1504 West Washington Street, Marquette, Michigan 49855; telephone 906-228-4853.

* Editor's Note: For background see our Jan. 2, 2018, article, "Environmental groups, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community question Lundin Mining's permit amendment request for Humboldt Mill tailings disposal."