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CopperFest celebrates region’s heritage

ONTONAGON — This weekend marks the third annual CopperFest celebration of Copper Country heritage and history. Highlights include fireworks, lumberjack performances, bonfires on Lake Superior and a car show. Ontonagon classics like the Adventure Mine, Lighthouse tour, Old Victoria mine ...

DNR lists trail fixes

HOUGHTON — An official from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Tuesday the top trail flood damage priority is the Bill Nicholls Trail, which is a key connection for riders traveling across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Jeff Kakuk, a DNR trails specialist, told Western Upper ...

Hancock looks at flood issues on city streets

HANCOCK — City Manager Glenn Anderson gave council members an update on flood funding, repairs and damages at their Wednesday meeting. “We’ve obviously accomplished a lot in the last month,” Anderson said, noting that July 12’s “mini-version” of flooding has caused additional ...

Manager contract approved

HANCOCK — The City Council unanimously approved a new city manager contract for Barry Givens after a successful second attempt at negotiations. “I’m very happy to say that we have come to this tentative agreement with Mr. Givens,” announced hiring committee member Paul LaBine. The ...

Board members needed for Ontonagon schools

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) has four seats open on the School Board, and with one week before the deadline to file for the 4-year term, no one has filed, according to County Clerk Stacy Preiss. The four OASD Board members whose terms are expiring are Tammy ...

Houghton residence raid seizes drugs, cash

HOUGHTON — Cash and drugs were seized Wednesday in a raid by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) and Houghton Police Department, Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police-Calumet Post at a city residence. A 19-year-old male was arrested at the ...

Flash mob of flash flood relief volunteers photo’d

HANCOCK — “Say pasty,” came the call as Copper Country volunteers and residents posed Tuesday in Copper Country Strong T-shirts for a group photo celebrating their efforts in helping the area recover from the June 17 flash flood. Exactly one month after the flood, the relief army of ...

State DNR citizens panel addresses trail damages

HOUGHTON — The Bill Nicholls Trail should be reopened by fall, while other closed Department of Natural Resources (DNR) trails with more extensive damage could wait until next year, DNR staffers told residents Tuesday. The regularly scheduled Western Upper Peninsula Citizens Advisory ...

Calumet village considers road repair millage

CALUMET — A Calumet resident at Tuesday’s regular meeting asked the council to consider paving a portion of Ninth Street that is essentially dirt. The section between Scott and Elm streets, he said, is in dire need of paving. Village President Dave Geisler asked UP Engineers and ...

Township gets USDA loan for sewer jobs

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The North Houghton County Water and Sewage Authority will receive a $900,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue work on improving the wastewater, sewer collection and treatment system, according to a release from Anne Hazlett, assistant to the ...

Quarry makes CC rock-strong

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Businesses across the Copper County responded to June 17 flash flooding with an outpouring of support. Among them was Valley View Quarry, now a key part of the rebuilding process. The only quarry in the area, Valley View, is operated by Great Lakes Mineral and husband and ...

Big boat lays over near bridge

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Onlookers gawk at the Qing shortly after it docks in Houghton Monday. The nearly 150-foot motor yacht, flying a Cayman Islands nautical flag, is making a tour of Lake Superior.

H-PT schools officials reporting progress in construction projects

HOUGHTON — Construction is staying mostly on schedule for voter-approved improvement projects funded by a bond issue by the Houghton-Portage Township Schools District. The $10.895 million bond issue approved in 2017 includes upgrades to the school athletic complex, infrastructure and ...

Practice makes perfect: Firefighters use Portage Lake as water source

HANCOCK — Commuters early Monday night might have spotted plumes of water being shot above Portage Lake, part of the Hancock City Fire Department’s efforts to be fire-ready. The department practices monthly on the third Monday. On this occasion, it was practicing a technique called ...

Home Port: Pearl Harbor sailor laid to final rest in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — Seventy-six years after his death in the attack at Pearl Harbor, Navy Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley returned home Saturday to his final resting place. Valley was buried with full military honors at the Holy Family Catholic cemetery to an outpouring of military and community ...

Followup deluge is tougher slog

HOUGHTON — The heavy rain that hit the Copper County Thursday morning is still having an impact in some areas. Jon Stone, coordinator of the Volunteer Resource Center, said many homes were reporting water back in basements after Thursday’s rain, particularly along the M-26 corridor ...

Wetlands are natural flood tools

HOUGHTON — As demonstrated with the recent floods, wetlands provide many benefits to both humans and wildlife, most notably water filtration and water regulation. The state of Michigan was once about 50 percent wetlands. Today that number has been cut in half, said MTU ecologist and ...

Beach trash cleanup part of cultural event

BARAGA — Lake Superior Day activities at the Sand Point Lighthouse Day Use area last week included a cultural ceremony for the water, beach cleanup and a “lunch and learn” presentation. The cleanup included more than 50 people covering seven miles of beach along the Keweenaw Bay on Friday ...

Flood damaged 3.6M docs

HOUGHTON — Court records were among the Houghton County Courthouse items damaged in the June 17 flood. A vault containing circuit, family and probate court records on the basement level was flooded. The county is insured for the loss of the records, Administrator Eric Forsberg said at ...

Baraga County hit with $700K in flood damage

L’ANSE — Baraga County roads fared relatively well during the storm on June 17, but they weren’t unscathed, according to Baraga County Road Commission Engineer Doug Mills. “We lost one larger drainage structure in Keweenaw Bay,” Mills said. There was also surface damage on Point ...