Because most of the local news is just too frustrating, here are a few headlines from the Mining Journal in Marquette, Michigan.
Isle Royale wolves face more woes (April 5, 2009): “HOUGHTON (AP) – The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park are suffering from backbone malformations caused by genetic inbreeding, posing yet another challenge to their prospects for long-term survival, wildlife biologists said Thursday.” They’re stuck on an island, see, and even though there are probably more wolves just a few miles away (as the wolf runs), there’s all that water that doesn’t freeze up as much anymore. A debate is on over whether humans should do something to intervene.
Avant garde soundscape to be performed (posted April 3, 2009): The Marquette Symphony Orchestra commissioned a work by a local composer, Ashley Rose Fure, who is currently studying in Paris and will come back to get her Ph.D. at Harvard soon. Granted, it’s not Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, but it’s a great start and who knows where she goes from there? I wonder if my local contact can tell me what he thought of the concert, since he knows someone who’s in the orchestra.
Walkin’ for a cause (posted April 7, 2009): “MARQUETTE – Male students and community members walked around Northern Michigan University’s campus in high heels on Monday as part of the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event. The goal of the event, aside from raising money for the Marquette Women’s Center, was to raise awareness about sexual assault. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Geez, some days I have problems with my harness boots… but I’m all for this sort of thing.