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Company: 320 new jobs in mine

WHITE PINE — Highland Copper Co. expects to employ up to 320 people within a few years to mine copper in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for the next 15 years or more. As the company continues work on a feasibility study of the park land, officials are hopeful on-site ...

Police: Bridge jumper won’t be charged, should recover

HOUGHTON — The man who jumped off the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Friday is expected to make a full recovery, Houghton Police Lt. Nick Roberts said Tuesday. The 33-year-old Houghton man jumped from the west side of the bridge into the Portage Lake Shipping Canal Friday in a suicide attempt, ...

Council sticks with monument plan

CALUMET — Plans for a black granite memorial commemorating the victims of the Italian Hall disaster will continue as planned, despite requests from one of the memorial committee’s members to take in more public input and consider an alternate design of glass. The council deadlocked 3-3 ...

Digging in Desolation

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette A firefighter digs through the rubble of a destroyed workshop in Chassell after a fire swept through the unoccupied building Monday on Junkkari Road.

Celebrating Youth Art Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Inspired” by Sophia Erikson, a ...

Fire destroys workshop

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — A Chassell Township building was gutted in a fire Monday afternoon. The fire began about 3:30 p.m. in an unoccupied building located off Junkkari Road. A passerby, a member of a fire department in the southern Upper Peninsula, saw smoke from U.S. 41, said Deputy Jon ...

Fire Dept. finances figured in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — The Village Council and the Fire Department approved changes Monday night regarding firefighter benefits. Firemen will now be paid $12 per hour for emergency calls, required training and business meetings, as well as $6 per month for the last-call bonus. In addition, the firemen ...

Tribal Council gives itself stipend raise

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community increased stipends from $250 to $350 for council members who attend meetings to the end. President Chris Swartz was the tie-breaking vote, passing the motion after a debate. Vice-President Jennifer Misegan suggested the increase based on her ...

Celebrating Youth Art Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Gothic Rose” by Taylor Heinonen, ...

Anti-global warming projects to be chopped

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming. The order will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in ...

Acceptance in state program could spark development

HOUGHTON — The city has been accepted into the state Redevelopment Ready Communities program.  The state gave Houghton notice on Tuesday, City Manager Eric Waara said.  As part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp, the program assists communities in building tools to become more ...

Emergency response lessons learned

BARAGA — While teamwork helped solve the gas outage in L’Anse last Christmas, the unexpected explosion also showed where improvements could be made in the event of a future emergency. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community heard reports from emergency management and tribal police department ...

Keweenaw Gold Club proceeds help fund local organizations

HANCOCK — Membership in the Keweenaw Community Foundations’s Keweenaw Gold Club increased again this year, as attendees of the club’s recent fundraiser wanting to join the club purchased stone tiles created from rock from Keweenaw County mines. The Keweenaw Gold Club began in 2015 with ...

MTU rings in Iranian New Year

HOUGHTON — The Iranian Community at Michigan Technological University celebrated the new year and the coming of spring with its fourth Norooz celebration Saturday. Will Lytle, graduate student government president, asked Saide Fard, a mechanical engineering student, a series of questions ...

Easter dinner held April 16

HANCOCK — Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly will be serving its first meal of the year on April 16 when it provides Easter dinner for their elderly friends. Julie Beck, LBFE elder services coordinator, said sit-down dinners will be served at 2 p.m. at nine locations. Hot meals will be ...

WEC plans for Baraga plant look ‘firm’

BARAGA - Representatives from the WEC Energy Group and Semco Energy Gas Company updated the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community about its efforts to build an energy station in Baraga Township. "Things are looking much more firm," said John Estes, from WEC Energy, who added the company has ...

Keweenaw Gold is a success again this year

HANCOCK — Keweenaw Community Foundation’s annual Keweenaw Gold event was took place on March 15 at the Bonfire Steakhouse Bar and Grill in Houghton, and according to Jim Vivian, executive director of KCF, the fundraiser was a success. This year’s Keweenaw Gold theme was “Blueprints of ...

Western UP helps Kansas fire victims

Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw county residents have started a campaign to help the farmers in southern Kansas that fell victim to the historic Starbuck fire, which destroyed 461,000 acres in Clark County. The relief effort from the Western UP includes trucking round bales of hay. ...

More road work for Hancock this summer

HANCOCK — The city will experience another summer of road construction work, but it won’t take as long as the projects on Reservation and Quincy streets did last summer. Al Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation at the Ishpeming Transportation Service ...

Sidewalk sloping at Kestner Park waterfront wall

HOUGHTON — Department of Public Works employees were digging up a section of sidewalk at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park Thursday. Mark Adams, DPW employee, said the workers were trying to determine why the sidewalk located next to the retaining wall for Portage Lake is dipping for most of ...