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EAS Defense: Service is paid for by users, benefits everyone: airport manager

HOUGHTON — In the face of the elimination of the Essential Air Service program called for in the Trump administration’s budget proposal, Houghton County Airport Manager Dennis Hext defended the program at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. The federal program is used to maintain small ...

Western UP avoids blow of recent erratic weather

The erratic early spring weather will still be unsettled the remainder of the week into next week, but warmer-than-normal temperatures will prevail in parts of the Copper Country for at least a couple days. Jaclyn Ritzman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, ...

County considers foreclosed building for office space

HOUGHTON — A commercial building recently foreclosed upon could have use for Houghton County as office space, Treasurer Kathleen Beattie told the County Board Tuesday. Beattie suggested the board walk through the building at 402 W. Sharon Avenue, which was formerly a dentist’s ...

Employment outlook in UP, Michigan not looking bright

HOUGHTON – While Michigan’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent for January 2017, the unemployment rate for the Upper Peninsula was 2.2 percentage points above that of Michigan’s, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Bureau of Labor Market Information ...

UP unemployment ticked up in January, highest rate in state

HOUGHTON – Unemployment in the Upper Peninsula increased in January, moving higher by 1.3 percentage points to 7.9 percent, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. Total employment declined ...

Funding Search: Library looking to overcome loss

HOUGHTON — There hasn’t been a fundraising effort for the Portage Lake District Library since money was raised about 10 years ago for the construction of the library’s current building, but Director Dillion Geshel said another fundraising effort has started to keep it open six days a ...

More Bridge Lane Closures

HANCOCK/HOUGHTON — On Monday, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was closed for maintenance, according to a written statement from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The maintenance resulted in closures Monday of up to 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3:30 ...

Gov. candidate calls for culture of accountability

HOUGHTON — Contrasting his public health experience with the CEO-style leadership he said has hurt the state, gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed spoke with Houghton County Democrats Monday night. Abdul El-Sayed spent two years as executive director of the Detroit Department of Health ...

Strong winds cause damage in Marquette area

MARQUETTE — An early morning storm with wind gusts reaching more than 70 mph ripped through some of the most densely populated areas of Marquette County, causing sweeping power outages, road closures and severe damage along its path. Todd Kluber, a meteorologist at the National Weather ...

Body recovered from Portage Canal

HOUGHTON — At approximately 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Houghton Police were dispatched to the Kestner Waterfront in response to a call in reference to a body floating on the water between the city dock and the shore. Members of the Houghton Police Department, the Hancock City Police, Michigan ...

Public invited to Hope House shelter meeting

HOUGHTON - Anyone interested in supporting the Hope House Emergency Shelter in the Keweenaw is invited to a meeting this evening. Local volunteers will share what they learned from some central Upper Peninsula shelters at a meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Hope Fellowship Church ...

Sheriff declares emergency at jail

HOUGHTON – Pursuant to county jail overcrowding act 325 Sheriff Brian McLean this week updated county officials of overcrowding at the Houghton County main jail. Under this act, if the number of jail inmates exceeds 100 percent of the rated design capacity of the facility for seven ...

Aspirus celebrates new Emergency Department

ONTONAGON - Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital will have an open house Thursday to celebrate the new emergency department and inpatient care unit. “We are really excited to celebrate these new unit renovations with the community because it’s all about bringing the highest levels of care and ...

Houghton anatomy students visit Tech

HOUGHTON — Houghton High School anatomy students visited Michigan Technological University Friday for a taste of college biology and physiology coursework Friday morning and afternoon. “We bring them up here and try to give them some hands-on activities and hopefully inspire some ...

UPEC: Drilling damages park

HOUGHTON — According to members of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) and its Mining Action Group, exploratory drilling turned part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park into “an ugly, mile-long mudhole.” UPEC issued a press release Tuesday, critical of the ...

Report: Copper Country incomes worse off than rest of state

HOUGHTON — A report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways stated 40 percent of Michigan households do not have sufficient income to pay for the necessities, which includes housing, childcare, food, health care, taxes and transportation. More than 1.5 million Michigan households ...

Drill site in state park is now ‘off-limits’: Company

Highland Copper Co. indefinitely suspended mining exploration in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park Tuesday, after the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's Mining Action Group raised concerns about condition of the land and questioned the state's response to the muddy ...

L’Anse robotics team does well first time out

L’ANSE — The L’Anse High School FIRST Robotics team is a rookie, but Cara Wightman said she’s pleased with how the students have performed the first time out. Wightman, who is the team’s coach, said the LHS team is called the Aluminum Sting in recognition of the school’s nickname ...

Highland’s most recent drill site not in state park

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reiterated Highland Copper’s most recent copper exploration along a Gogebic County Road in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is county land and not under its jurisdiction. “None of Highland Copper’s exploratory work has since been ...

Tech hosts panel on economics of climate change

HOUGHTON — While people may have become familiar with graphs of rising temperatures, they less often see it phrased in terms of the economic cost. Michigan Technological University's Economics Club hosted a panel discussion on the economics of climate change Thursday featuring academics ...