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Spreading the Cost: Millage eases taxpayer burden for all schools

HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education program is jeopardy, or at least in danger of losing classes. The CTE program is currently operating at a loss of $70,000 per year, a loss the ISD cannot afford indefinitely, which is why the ISD is ...

CTE revenue will make Tech a partner

HANCOCK — Even as the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education program stands in danger of drastic reduction, George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, knows firsthand its value. If the millage is passed, the revenue would create, among others, computer ...

Local economy relies on CTE

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education (CTE) program is important to the future economy of the area, according to many sources. “I’ve heard from many local companies that are scared,” George Stockero, CCISD superintendent said in ...

Signs stolen from Bete Grise Preserve in Keweenaw County

EAGLE RIVER — Three new signs and posts were discovered stolen last week from the Bete Grise Preserve, the Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) reported. Gina Nicholas, HKCD chairwoman, said that the signs were located near Deer Lake in Grant Township. “While most of the ...

Several local school districts continue to get good rankings

There are several organizations which do rankings of schools around the country, and some Copper Country schools did well recently in one of those ranking systems. U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings used a four-step criteria to rank schools either gold, silver or ...

Life Changer: TV carpenter says CTE was key to his success

HANCOCK — Jason Cameron is a home improvement contractor, a finish carpenter, and a TV personality who hosts three do-it-yourself shows. He is also a an advocate for career and technical education (CTE), and spoke about it in a recorded video produced for the Copper Country Intermediate ...

CTE continuing to impact careers

HANCOCK — A former student of the nursing assistant program in the career and technical education (CTE) program through the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) said the program offered more than it claimed. Becky Nakkula said she took the nursing assistant program during ...

State gets public input on plant’s permit applications

L’ANSE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) took notes on area residents’ concerns during a public hearing on permit applications for the L’Anse Warden Electric Co. MDEQ Air Quality Division and company officials were on hand to answer questions before and after ...

Ready or not, Kestner grass area will open in August

HOUGHTON — People will soon be able to walk on the grass at Kestner Waterfront Park. Because of the wet, cool spring that had extended into July, the grass has not sprouted as anticipated, City Manager Eric Waara said. “The fescue is not popping,” he said. “Other people have it in ...

Skate park bids go out

HOUGHTON — Requests for proposals for the East Houghton Skate Park are about to go out, City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The skate park committee provided a list of 18 companies “We’re going to get that out in the next week, and hopefully we’ll ...

Coming Onto. biofuel refinery to employ 250

ONTONAGON — Plans to construct an advanced biofuels plant in Ontonagon next summer are moving forward. Ontonagon’s Lost Bowl Development partnered with SynSel Energy Inc. and a U.S.-based financier to develop a $300 million biorefinery on the site of the town’s former Smurfit-Stone ...

Drone Demo: Smelter gets bird’s-eye search for potential cleanup issues

RIPLEY — Drones are becoming ubiquitous, not only on battlefields, but also soaring over communities and specific locations, such as the former Quincy Smelting Works site in Ripley. David Banach, assistant research scientist with the Michigan Technological University Research Institute in ...

Heroin dealer sentenced

L’ANSE — A Green Bay, Wisconsin, man was sentenced to 11 months in jail in Baraga County Circuit Court Tuesday for delivery of heroin in Baraga in March. Breon Garner, 26, pleaded no contest in June to delivery of less than 50 grams of a substance containing heroin, a 20-year felony. The ...

Hancock school chief chosen

HANCOCK — After interviewing the final two candidates for the Hancock Public Schools superintendent position Monday, the Board of Education chose current principal Kipp Beaudoin for the position. The process to choose a new superintendent began July 10 with four candidates, Mark Brenton, ...

Questions Posed to Superintendent Finalists

HANCOCK — Here is a sampling of questions the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education asked Monday of candidates Mark Brenton, principal of Polk Elementary School in the Dearborn Heights School District No. 7, and Kipp Beaudoin, principal of Hancock Middle School and Hancock Central High ...

Old School’s Future: Village forms group to decide building’s fate

ONTONAGON — The village is proposing to form a committee or commission to deal with the planned acquisition of the old school on the Greenland Road. “We would like to take it off the tax rolls,” Trustee Tony Smydra said at Monday’s Village Council meeting. “The different portions of ...

Keweenaw County’s Public Safety Day to be annual event

MOHAWK — Keweenaw County’s Public Safety Day drew large crowds of people who got to meet emergency service personnel, watch the Jaws of Life in action, and also got to get a close-up look at vehicles and equipment that may one day save their homes and lives. Included in the event’s ...

Baraga Powwow Weekend: Community rather than ceremony celebrated at event

BARAGA — Thousands came to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s 39th annual Maawanji’iding, or powwow, this weekend in Baraga. Friday night had 439 registered dancers, 10 drum groups and 800 to 900 others in attendance, said Gary Loonsfoot, the KBIC’s director of cultural resources. ...

Local schools make national rankings

HANCOCK — A number of Copper Country high schools recently received a bronze ranking in the US. News & World Report Best High School rankings. In the Copper Country Intermediate School District Houghton High School got a silver ranking, placing 38th in the state. Hancock, Calumet, ...