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Pay to Stay: Not everyone can afford jail board

HOUGHTON — “From each person who is or was a prisoner, not more than $60 per day for the expenses of maintaining that prisoner or the actual per diem cost of maintaining that prisoner, whichever is less, for the entire period of time the person was confined in the county jail, including any ...

Trump doubts US intel work

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump appeared to side with controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, citing the activist’s assertion that Russia did not provide his organization with the hacked Democratic emails that roiled the 2016 ...

Pay attention in using heat sources

HANCOCK — After a vehicle crashed into a natural gas line at a SEMCO station on Dec. 23, causing a fire and loss of natural gas for heating for many residents in the L’Anse area, some residents may have turned to alternative heat sources for their homes. Lynne Madison, environmental ...

Safe Heating Advice

• Make sure the heater has a label showing it is listed by a certified testing laboratory. • Before using any space heater, read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels. • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs, loose connections or frayed wires. • ...

End of a Fee: Driver fee deemed unjustified

HOUGHTON — Michigan has been making millions of dollars annually from the criminal justice system over the years, relying on what many feel are excessive fines and fees to boost revenue. However, one of those schemes reached the third stage of its phaseout period this year. Called the ...

Some argue pay-to-stay is wrong

HOUGHTON — Michigan Public Act 118 of 1984 states in part that counties may seek reimbursement for “any expenses incurred by the county in relation to a charge for which a person was sentenced to a county jail.” In many counties across the state, the burden of expenses is being placed ...

Board approves financing

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners met last month and approved: • Paying Hannula Agency Inc. $55,046 for an annual blanket policy covering county property. • Paying Wuebben Construction $73,564.20 for Ontonagon County Park improvements, in addition to investing ...

Interlock devices accurate?

HOUGHTON —  In Michigan, as well as several other states, people convicted multiple times for alcohol-related driving offenses must have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on any vehicle they intend to drive. Anyone with a restricted license that requires a BAIID ...

Mak’s taxi offering free rides for New Years Eve

• Rides will be free from midnight to 4 a.m. Jan. 1. • Rides must start at a bar and finish at the rider’s home within a 10-mile radius of the bar. • For any distance beyond the 10-mile radius, the riders will be charged the company’s regular rates. • There will be ...

Girl injured on snowmobile

DUNCAN TOWNSHIP — A  snowmobile accident in Duncan Township Thursday resulted in injury for 14-year-old female from Fox Lake, Illinois, according to a press release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was riding on trail No. 8/15 near Sidnaw when she lost control of her ...

Night ski open at Porkies

SILVER CITY — The idea of skiing at night may seem strange, but it’s something that has been popular at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for quite awhile, according to Bob Wild. “We’ve been doing it for 20 years,” he said. Wild, Porkies park interpreter, said the ...

Sportsmen behind law allowing wolf hunting

Sportsmen clubs and organizations throughout the Upper Peninsula strongly support a bill pending in the state Legislature to control the wolf population through hunting. Wednesday’s story on the lobbying battle surrounding the legislation incorrectly attributed an open letter to Gov. Rick ...

Interlock device tough on repeat drunk drivers

HOUGHTON — Since Oct. 31, 2010, Michigan law provides that habitual offenders of drunk driving laws may be ordered to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed on any vehicle they intend to drive. Anyone with a restricted license that requires a BAIID must continue to ...

China is manipulator: Trump

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to name China a currency manipulator on his first day in the White House. There’s only one problem - it’s not true anymore. China, the world’s second-biggest economy behind the United States, hasn’t been pushing down its currency ...

Lawmaker’s solution for marriage debate: Remove the state

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri Republican saw last year’s debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected businesses that deny services to same-sex couples bring lawmakers to tears and grind legislative work to a halt. His potential solution: Take state ...

Hospital project moving along

ONTONAGON — The 8,200 -square-foot Emergency Department expansion and inpatient unit renovation at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital is progressing toward its projected completion date in March. The heating and cooling system is currently being installed. All of the walls have been framed and ...

Call to Action: Surgeon general issues report on opioid addiction epidemic

For the first time, the United States surgeon general recently tackled addiction, providing a blueprint for everyone to help respond to this issue which is plaguing many American communities, including many in the western Upper Peninsula. “With the ‘Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, ...

Parting Shot: Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu ...

Trump Q&A covers jobs, Russia, Israel

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald Trump applauded the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailed his transition discussions with President Barack Obama in a series of comments that amounted to the most detailed interaction he’s had with journalists since before the election. In ...