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Clark was trailblazer on Houghton County Board

HOUGHTON — At this point in the 2018 election season, there are three women are running for the Houghton County Board, almost 32 years after the last term of the only woman to serve on the board so far. Barbara Clark of Painesdale served two terms as a commissioner for District 3. After ...

Up for Auction: Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to go on block

EAGLE RIVER — The County Board approved a plan to auction the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to resolve the county’s revenue bond debt and its obligation to repay the grants at a special meeting conducted Monday. Because the lodge was not sold while it was on the market, the Economic Development ...

Commission: Evidence short in council claims

ONTONAGON — Village Council member Tony Smydra delivered a prepared statement regarding his involvement and communications with the village’s Housing Commission members at Monday’s meeting. “I’ve chosen not to comment until now, because I felt it would shift the attention away from ...

Residents urge more public input before vote on jail project

HOUGHTON — A price estimate for an addition to the Houghton County Jail should be available within the next week, Administrator Eric Forsberg said at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. The item could go on the board agenda as soon as May, Forsberg said. The board would have to vote ...

Local group talks wind project with county

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board received a presentation from Wayne Abba, representing Friends of the Huron Mountains, regarding the proposed Summit Lake Wind Project. The presentation attracted a large crowd of almost 50 people, with many addressing their concerns about the wind project ...

Keweenaw County candidates filing for Nov. election

EAGLE RIVER — The terms of several seats in Keweenaw County expire this year, including all five seats on the County Board, along with road commissioner and probate judge. Some citizens have already filed to run, said Keweenaw County Clerk Julie Carlson. “So far, we have John Karvonen ...

No-go for 8: Pintar leaving board

HOUGHTON — County Commissioner Anton Pintar announced he will not seek a seventh term at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. Pintar, a Democrat, said he had decided not to run again after his last election in 2016, but only finalized the decision recently. He represents District 3, which ...

Ontonagon Village Council removes OVHC Board members

ONTONAGON — Following a Village Housing Commission Board meeting in which the board retained the commission’s embattled director, the Village Council voted to remove commission chairwoman Pam Coey and commissioner Sue Kempen at its Monday meeting. The vote immediately ended their terms on ...

OVHC head stays on job

ONTONAGON — After last month’s attempt to suspend Ontonagon Village Housing Commission (OVHC) Director Sally Jarvey failed to garner enough votes from their board, the two commissioners who supported the suspension attempted to fire her at this month’s meeting on Monday. The board voted ...

Bergman works on gun control, opioids, climate change

HOUGHTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, spoke on issues including gun control, opioids and Enbridge’s Line 5 during a Saturday interview at the Daily Mining Gazette. On gun control, Bergman said ensuring safety is paramount, particularly students in schools. He sees mental ...

Houghton holds plan open house

HOUGHTON — Sections of the city’s master plan were mounted on poster board and set up in the City Council chambers for an open house on Monday. By the end of the session, they were dotted with post-it notes bearing various suggestions from residents such as “keep the R-1 homes family ...

Spending, veterans care stay Bergman priorities

HOUGHTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman said if he is re-elected, his priorities would be much the same as they were in his first term. Bergman, R-Watersmeet, spoke at the Daily Mining Gazette during a visit to Houghton Saturday. He filed for re-election Friday, submitting 2,000 petition ...

Baraga Chamber seeks new generation of local leaders

The Baraga Chamber of Commerce celebrated 15 years of operation on Friday evening with a membership mixer at the Ojibwa Casino. The mixer was a night of socializing, food, fun and recognition. “It’s a networking opportunity for our members and an opportunity to publicly recognize our ...

Pot, plants, cash in multi-town sweep

HOUGHTON — A Houghton man was arraigned on three felony charges of distribution of marijuana after an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) operation Thursday. Shawn Peterson, 28, is charged with three counts of delivery-manufacture of marijuana, a four-year felony. ...

Public weighs in on jail options

HANCOCK — Attendees at a Tuesday League of Women Voters of the Copper Country forum on space and safety issues at the Houghton County jail and courthouse asked questions about potential solutions, and gave their thoughts on a successful campaign for a jail alternative might look like. One ...

School Board explores JROTC funding

HANCOCK — The Hancock Public Schools Board held a special meeting Thursday to discuss solutions for funding the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program. The JROTC program is being examined for elimination after budget projections showed the program as contributing to a ...

South Range builds surplus, looks for potential setbacks

SOUTH RANGE — After years of operating on a deficit, the village of South Range reported a surplus for 2017 and is on track to do so again this year, despite unexpected setbacks. Village Council President Justin Marier went over the numbers and gave notice of potential setbacks to watch for ...

No injuries in Chassell blaze

CHASSELL — Firefighters responded to a house fire on Pike River Road Thursday night around 7:15 p.m. The fire began in the chimney and moved up through the walls but was ultimately contained to a single wall of the home. No injuries were reported. A resident's quick use of a fire ...

UP Health System-Portage announced new CEO Thursday

HANCOCK — UP Health System-Portage announced a new CEO for the organization Thursday. Randy Neiswonger will officially begin at Portage on May 29 replacing interim CEO Roy Vinson who has been in the role since August of last year. Neiswonger previously served as CEO and then Corporate ...

Houghton council backs look at road upgrades

HOUGHTON — Houghton City Council members backed looking into additional paving projects for problem local and major streets in the city during a budget work session Wednesday. Councilor John Sullivan referenced the city's asset management plan, which stated it would cost $2.2 million over ...