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Disaster prep saves lives

HOUGHTON — When a natural disaster occurs, the global community responds with aid and resources, but what about before the disaster happens? One global nonprofit focuses on preparation in some of the most vulnerable areas of the world before the disaster strikes. GeoHazards International is ...

Car fire in Baraga causes no injuries

BARAGA — The Baraga Fire Department responded to a car fire outside Superior Video on U.S.-41 at 4:44 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. No injuries resulted from the blaze. The car, which belonged to an employee, ignited while it was parked outside the building. The fire was first reported by ...

Rare 1845 mineral map up for auction

DALLAS, Texas — A very rare map of the mineral lands of western Upper Michigan will be offered at auction by Heritage Auctions Rare Books and Maps of Dallas on Thursday. The map, according to a release from Heritage Auctions (HA), was completed in 1845 by Andrew Gray of the US Government ...

Perfect labor storm threatens road fixes

HOUGHTON — The first round of field work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began Wednesday in east Houghton near Michigan Technological University, while a statewide construction labor-management dispute threatens the chances of finishing road projects this fall. City ...

Houghton dispensary to stay open after latest extension

HOUGHTON — The medical marijuana dispensary in Houghton is among those getting a reprieve with the announcement of another extension for businesses seeking to become licensed under new Michigan law. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs extended the deadline to Dec. ...

Trench Warfare: World War I trench offers living history experience

HOUGHTON — The special commemoration World War I & the Copper Country (WW1CC) is creating a replica of a firing trench on US 41 and MacInnes Drive, one of the projects noting the centennial of the World War I armistice. The trench project, which began on Friday, is still under ...

County sets public jail forum dates

HOUGHTON — Houghton County will hold seven public hearings this fall on the $11 million proposal for an addition to the jail, the County Board announced at Tuesday’s meeting. Also Tuesday, the League of Women Voters in the Copper Country announced the publishing of a study on the jail ...

Publisher: Exclusive local news remains top priority

HOUGHTON— New Daily Mining Gazette publisher Randy Cutright is ready for a new adventure in the Copper Country. Moving with his wife Stephanie and two dogs, Cutright transitioned from director of operations for Ogden Newspapers in Marshalltown, Iowa, to what is his first publisher role at ...

New help: SBA aid granted for those affected by flooding

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Flood-impacted businesses, residents, renters and non-profits will be able to apply for low-interest loans through the Small Business Association (SBA) starting today. The loans come after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied individual assistance to ...

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge sold officially

EAGLE RIVER — The sale of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge was finalized with John Mueller of Austin, Texas, on Sept. 5, and it removed Keweenaw County from further obligation or debt to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Economic Development Corporation (EDA) and Rural Development ...

Contract awarded for Buffalo Reef dredging

DETROIT — Dredging of stamp sands between Gay and Grand Traverse Harbor is now slated to take place next summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week awarded the contract to Petersen Companies of Minocqua, Wisconsin. The company will dredge about 27,500 cubic yards of stamp sand at ...

L’Anse discusses potential change in service technicians

L’ANSE — Chris Chartier, the director of distribution services with WPPI Energy (WPPI), presented the Village of L’Anse trustees with a potential solution for linemen, the highly-trained workers who service electrical lines. At the end of January 2019, Ontonagon County REA (REA) will ...

Kick off: Sen. Debbie Stabenow stopped in Houghton to help launch campaign

HOUGHTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow visited the Houghton County Democratic Party headquarters Saturday night, one of several Upper Peninsula stops as part of the kickoff for the “One Campaign for Michigan.” Stabenow, D-Michigan, is running for her fourth term against Republican John ...

Morgan: Health care, infrastructure top issues

HOUGHTON — With less than two months left before the general election, Democratic U.S. House of Representatives candidate Matt Morgan said he’s sensing momentum. “We’re using every bit of time we have to get out, knock on doors, talk to voters and engage, because that’s the way ...

Walking for suicide prevention

L’ANSE — More than 130 people walked through downtown L’Anse on Saturday to raise awareness of suicide prevention programs and financial support for them as part of the 5th annual Suicide Prevention Walk organized by Baraga County Communities That Care (BCCTC). About $7,000 was raised and ...

Sun, Fun: Tech students enjoy K-Day fun in Chassell

CHASSELL — Michigan Tech students descended on Centennial Park and the downtown for the 2018 K-day (Keweenaw day) Friday. The Tech tradition gives students a chance to learn about groups and activities on campus. Normally held at McLain State Park, festivities were moved to Chassell due to ...

Modern technology used to dig a 100 year-old trench

HOUGHTON — Construction of a replica World War I firing trench began Friday morning on the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and MacInnes Drive on the Michigan Technological University. While the infamous trenches of the Great War were dug by soldiers using shovels, the World War I & Copper ...

Snyder authorizes $3.7 million FEMA match

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The state of Michigan will help cover the 25 percent local match required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now authorized to match approximately $3.7 million, the move by Governor Rick Snyder will aid the local municipalities of Gogebic, Houghton and ...

UPSET offers rare look into battle against drug-making

ZEBA — Representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) presented information about how they work in the community to fight drug abuse to members and leaders of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) on Thursday night at the ...