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Michigan Tech holds disaster drill

HOUGHTON — If a fuel tanker overturns in a multi-vehicle crash near Michigan Technological University, Tech employees and emergency responders will know what to do. Because they have already done it. Tech hosted a disaster drill on campus Thursday night, acting out a scenario where a ...

DNR gives trails update in Houghton

HOUGHTON — Department of Natural Resources staff gave updates on work being done to restore trail access in the Houghton area at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The goal is to restore trails to the condition they were in prior to last June’s floods, said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper ...

Chimney fire in Torch Lake

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Firefighters put out a chimney fire at a garage on Baulman Road in Torch Lake Township Wednesday afternoon. The fire, which was put out in about 10 minutes, did minor damage to the building, said Brad Banfield, first assistant with the Dollar Bay Fire Department.

1K lose power in Houghton Thursday

HOUGHTON — About 1,000 customers lost power in the Houghton area after an equipment malfunction Thursday night. The outage occurred at 5:01 p.m., knocking out power to 1,015 customers in the Houghton area, said Brett French, Upper Peninsula Power Co. vice president of business development ...

Voters say ‘no’ to wind

L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — Voters defeated a L’Anse Township referendum to amend its zoning ordinance to allow wind energy projects on commercial forest land. The no vote garnered 315 residents (55 percent), while only 257 (45 percent) voted in favor of the amendment. The no vote overturns a ...

CCISD, voters built CTE program, students coming

ere enrolled in the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education courses. Next year’s enrollment is projected at 323. “We obviously built what was needed, and kids are taking advantage of it,” CCISD superintendent George Stockero said. Stockero and ...

Easter dinners from Friends of the Elderly

CALUMET — Seniors across the Western Upper Peninsula found companionship and good meals Sunday at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Easter dinners. Sixty-nine people had come for dinner at Sacred Heart Church in Calumet, with 24 volunteers making meals and serving, said volunteer David ...

Ahmeek Fire requests help with new building

AHMEEK — The Ahmeek Volunteer Fire Department facility is completely inadequate for the department’s needs, and needs to be replaced, Tony Spagnotti and Debbie Mann of the fire department told the Keweenaw County Board Wednesday. They asked the board for a resolution of support for the ...

Lighthouse preservation grant for Eagle Harbor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than $113,000 in state preservation grants has been awarded to three Michigan lighthouses, including one in Keweenaw County. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority says the funding will help pay for work at the North Manitou Shoal Light, Grosse Ile Light ...

New Year’s celebration: Great Start hosts family gathering in Houghton

HOUGHTON — Families gathered to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Houghton Elementary gymnasium on Monday night for the second year, with a countdown celebration that started at 8 p.m. and a sparkling grape juice toast. The event was sponsored by the Copper Country Great Start Parent ...

Wetlands and toxic cleanup among subjects of new bills

With the passing of New Year’s Day, the stack of bills being advanced to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk by the Republican-controlled legislature has come to a halt. There are still dozens of recently passed bills to review for readers. Senate Bill 1211 was introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson on ...

Snyder and Republicans get more bills passed

As the year draws to a close, so does Gov. Rick Snyder’s window to pass bills sent to him in the marathon-like December legislative session. Snyder vetoed or signed around 200 bills to clear his desk before governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer is sworn into office on Jan. 1. Senate Bill 1238 and ...

CHTC seeks partners in other local clubs

COPPER HARBOR — With the approval of the Keweenaw County Five-Year Recreation Plan, the Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) is also preparing to move forward with plans for increasing its number of miles of trails, and working with other groups to refine existing trails, and refine how the ...

Changed leadership: Vollrath to take over vet clinic

HOUGHTON — Dr. Thomas Cole is retiring from the Copper Country Veterinary Clinic (CCVC) and selling the business to Dr. Rebecca Vollrath. Cole has been a veterinarian for 44 years, working in Colorado with his father before moving to Houghton in 1985. He worked out of the Portage Lake Animal ...

Sheriff’s Office warns of counterfeit bills

According to the Houghton County Sheriff's Office, a large number of counterfeit bills were discovered on Dec. 21. The bills, which otherwise resemble legitimate currency, have Asian characters printed on them. The sheriff's office is collaborating with Houghton City Police, Michigan State ...

Plenty for CHTC to be proud of in what lies ahead

COPPER HARBOR — Nathan Miller, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC), said the organization is looking forward to 2019, and expanding the trails the club owns. Part of the enthusiasm is due to the five-year Keweenaw County Recreation Plan recently approved by the Keweenaw ...

Job training changes coming

Several bills that passed during December’s legislative session in Lansing concern job training and licensing in Michigan. House Bill 5697 extends the sunset on a portion of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (NJTP) that allows community colleges to issue bonds to fund training programs ...

Arrest made: Breaking and entering results in felony charge

HOUGHTON — A breaking and entering occurred at Swift True Value Hardware on Shelden Avenue sometime between late Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to the owner of the business, Marilyn Swift. Houghton City Police responded to the call Thursday morning at approximately 7:20 ...

Federal Highway Administration match money not approved

Among the many bills that the state legislature passed in the last month was a special appropriations bill that included money for several projects in the Upper Peninsula, but did not include Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) match money that cities and road commissioners had been pushing ...