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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 08:19 am:

The construction of the Rosza Center on the Michigan Tech campus made the Pasty Cam on this day eight years ago. There were no other daily Internet photo features in the U.P. back in those days, as it would be several years before regional newspapers would seriously begin using the web. For this type of coverage Pasty Central was named the Information Technology Site of the Year back in the winter of '99-'00.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 08:13 am:

Good Morning!
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By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 08:29 am:

Good Morning everyone! 53 degrees and very windy here in Houghton. Have a great day!!!

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 08:29 am:

Good morning second today is good for me. Normally don't get up till nine.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 08:29 am:

Or maybe third

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 09:17 am:

I got fourth!

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 09:27 am:

Great day here in the Keys,bright sky and sunshine.
Hope it is as nice wherever you are.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 09:32 am:

Happy Anniversary Mrs. and Mr. Trolldiva!!

By Sunrise Side MI (Ilovelucy2) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 10:08 am:

Ahhh.... another Glorious Day on the Sunrise Side, It's so much fun to watch the perennials popping up! It won't be long now....Everyone have a BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY and remember those who where devastated by the horrible tornadoes.

By JARMO ITÄNIEMI (Japei) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 10:53 am:


By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 11:10 am:

Good Morning, Everyone! It is a beautiful, but windy day here in mid-Michigan. We should be under a Red Flag Warning (for fire hazards) here, like Copper Country is today. There was a house fire on a lake about 10 miles from here yesterday afternoon that also took out another home & endangered at least two other homes on the lake, because of the high winds and low humidity.

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 01:37 pm:

Thank you Mr & Mrs. Deb! 12 years! Cant believe it!

By kathie Murto (Murtomania) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 02:20 pm:

ALOHA from the beautiful island of Maui!! The expected weather report is 88 with lots of sun. another beautiful day in Hawaii. We have one more week to spend here and then back to MI. Relax and enjoy your Sunday.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 05:01 pm:

Hello, nice and Sunny but windy in Pinckney. Finally got my annual sticker for the state parks, we do a lot of hiking down here by us in ours. And always check out the parks up north too.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 05:16 pm:

What I wouldn't do for 68° and 12% humidity right now. At last check, it was 83° with 81% humidity in Houston, making for a heat index of 94...... blah!!!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 05:22 pm:

12% humidity with high winds, though, makes for great fire danger! I never heard whether they ever finally managed to fully put out the "Baraga Bump" fire in Baraga county. The last I heard, they had called in fire fighter specialists from several states, to free up some of the locals, in case other fires started. They really need rain up there!

By dlp (Babyseal) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 08:51 pm:

Marianne: Here is an update on the Baraga Bump fire from today's Marquette Mining Journal. And yes, we need rain badly! It finally stopped snowing here :)
Crews contain Baraga blaze
Stubborn wildfire

By CHRISTOPHER DIEM Journal Staff Writer

BARAGA — A wildfire that burned more than 1,100 acres in Baraga County was contained on Saturday.

However, with hot and dry weather conditions predicted for today, fire crews remain on alert.

“(Fire crews) have a fire line around the entire fire,” Bob MacGregor, a fire information officer with the Ottawa National Forest, said Saturday afternoon. “It’s contained within the lines, but there’s still smoke kicking up in the middle.”

The fire area covers 1,127 acres. One area of smoke located on the north bank of the Sturgeon River was spotted by aircraft on Friday and was suppressed by a 20 person crew from Indiana using backpack pumps and hand tools.

Other small fires found in berms created by the dozers that made the fire lines were detected by crews and put out.

MacGregor said 118 people, representing four fire crews, are working to put out the fire, along with four water units and one dozer. Included are a Bureau of Indian Affairs crew from Baraga and firefighting units from New Hampshire, Missouri and Colorado.

“We haven’t released anybody because the weather for (today) is supposed to be again dry and hot with winds,” MacGregor said.

The fire broke out April 27 from a prescribed burn on U.S. Forest Service land, about four miles northwest of Covington along the Baraga County/Houghton County line.

“We really are in a very dry, extreme fire condition for right now,” MacGregor said. “(Local residents) should be careful with any fire they use. We are going to keep putting out the smokes and keep mopping further into the interior, (we’ll) try to get this thing buttoned up.”

Partly cloudy skies on Saturday with lower temperatures and higher humidity were favorable to fire crews. But today’s forecast is projected to return to red flag conditions with dry weather and temperatures into the 70s.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also battled a four acre blaze on Saturday near Naubinway, said Al Keto, a resource protection manager with the DNR in Harvey.

Keto said he expected fire conditions to last through Monday.

“It doesn’t look too good for rain” (today), he said. “The central and eastern Upper Peninsula will probably have pretty good fire danger yet on Monday.”

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 09:31 pm:

Thank you, Babyseal, for the update! I'm glad they finally have it contained. I wish it were completely out, but hopefully it will stay contained. I had been following the story in the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette & WLUCTV6, but I had not heard anything about it for a couple of days.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Monday, May 7, 2007 - 02:54 am:

Starting a prescribed burn in that weather sounds somewhat goofy to me. Results may be just as were to be expected.

Hi Marianne Y - sorry I'm late, but the computer room at the university doesn't open until 0800! :)

By Beverly, San Jose (Beverly) on Monday, May 7, 2007 - 06:49 pm:

Talked to my brother a few minutes ago who lives in Baraga and he said they were getting some rain which they really needed as it was so dry there. He thinks the fire may be contained but you never know about those under ground peat bogs (I think they are called) they could burn for a long time.

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