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Council discusses police staffing

HOUGHTON — Houghton City Council members were receptive to overtime for police at this week’s budget workshop. The projected budget for the next fiscal year, the first in which overtime was separated from salaries and wages, included $21,300 for overtime. Council members suggested the ...

No Fooling: Winter weather coming back hard

HOUGHTON — Don’t put those winter jackets away yet. The forecast for the near future calls for more snow and cooler temperatures into April. The Upper Peninsula is in for more snow this weekend, particularly for the Keweenaw Peninsula area, said Jonathan Banitt meteorologist out of the ...

‘Extra’ funding not enough for roads barely making grade

L’ANSE — Although local road commissions are expecting to receive more funding for roads and transportation projects this year, it is not enough to fix many problems. Baraga County Road Commission engineer Douglas Mills said the county will get $195,000 out of the $175 million that ...

Budget session looks at police staffing

HOUGHTON — With overtime now a separate line item in the Houghton’s police budget, the City Council discussed how to set the right amount during a Wednesday budget work session. Councilor Rachel Lankton questioned why police overtime had gone over budget for the prior year. Budgeted at ...

Keweenaw County discusses ISP rental rates on its towers

EAGLE RIVER — The County Board last Wednesday discussed the topic of internet service provider (ISP) contracts, something Charlie Hopper of Pasty.Net had brought up during a presentation at the February regular monthly meeting. Among the items Hopper suggested changing were electricity and ...

More funds for rural mental health coming

The Copper Country Mental Health Services Board might be receiving additional government funding as discussed at its Wednesday meeting. Executive Director Cari Raboin introduced the proposed plan to the board members, explaining that her and Finance Director Susan Serafini received the ...

Numbers showing good year for Mountain Lodge

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is being made ready for the coming 2018 summer season, and the facility has survived the winter, according to KML Coordinator Harvey Desnick — other than being buried under four feet of snow. Things are going well, he reported to the KML Board at ...

Shrinking population increases water rates

ONTONAGON — Why are water rates high in a village with so much natural water on hand? There are a number of issues leading to Ontonagon’s high rates and many of them also apply to other Upper Peninsula communities, although each system has many differences. The system was evaluated by ...

Balanced $3.7M budget planned on bottom line

HOUGHTON — After some of its cash reserve was spent last year, Houghton is again working on approving a balanced budget for the upcoming year, with City Manager Eric Waara presenting a $3,686,498 General Fund budget Wednesday at the first of four budget work sessions. The city’s cash ...

‘It’s a scary time’: Baraga County holds opioid forum

L’ANSE — Baraga County residents address the opioid epidemic at an opioid and heroin awareness community outreach meeting Tuesday at the Zeba Hall. The meeting was put on by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Service and Division of Drug Enforcement, with a presentation ...

Calumet’s clerk: Law prohibits appointed staff doing clerk work

CALUMET — Village clerk Julie Dahlstrom disputed what administrator Joe Snow said regarding the administrator performing duties of the clerk in a recent interview with the Daily Mining Gazette. Dahlstrom has been the clerk since March, 2017, when she was appointed to fill the elected ...

Raw waste flows in lake

COPPER HARBOR — About 400,000 gallons of raw, untreated wastewater was released from a Grant Township lagoon into the Lake Superior watershed earlier this month, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) confirmed to the Daily Mining Gazette on Monday. The incident occurred ...

State gears up for pothole season with more funding

With the extra $175 million for roads included in the spending bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last week, county road commissions have been assigned the task of determining how to use the funds. The legislature signed the bill due to the “massive pothole season” happening statewide. ...

Ontonagon blight needs addressing, say public, council

ONTONAGON — A proposal to create a millage to deal with blighted buildings in the village was raised Monday following a lengthy discussion and numerous public comments at a Village Council meeting. The discussion arose after resident Gunnard Killoran commented that there was siding falling ...

Winter experiment for Fitzgerald’s was success: manager

EAGLE RIVER — This winter marked the first year that Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, also known as the Fitz, has been open during the winter. “We were just ready to be open in the winter,” said Marc Rea, who runs the establishment with Mike LaMotte. Considering the needs of the employees, ...

Walk On School Gun Violence: Locals protest school shootings

HANCOCK — More than 100 Copper Country residents marched across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Saturday, in a demonstration against school gun violence as part of nationwide March for Our Lives demonstrations. Participants carried their signs and flags across the bridge, drawing honks from ...

Benefits factor adds to JROTC cut issue

HANCOCK — With Hancock Public Schools Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program being examined for elimination due to estimated budget shortfalls, instructor benefits are contributing to the issue. According to the contract between Cadet Command and schools with a JROTC ...

In memory: Family pays for comic books to honor son

HOUGHTON — People coming into Black Ice Comics recently to pick up the books they'd ordered found their orders had already been paid. The good deed came courtesy of an anonymous buyer paying tribute to his son, a soldier with the U.S. Army who died in December while stationed in Texas. The ...

Pocket Park is not a park

CALUMET — Village Trustee Virginia Dwyer said again Tuesday that the property on Fifth Street adjacent to Bucko’s Party Store is not a park, but a vacant lot. According to public records, Dwyer is correct. After the Red Garter Inn was destroyed by fire several decades ago, the ...