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New zoning district in Houghton

HOUGHTON — With a potential loophole having been closed, the Houghton City Council approved the creation of an R-4 district Wednesday, as well as its boundaries. The R-4 district was proposed in the city’s latest master plan as a way to address blighted and rundown residential properties ...

Trump’s wall met with skepticism, unease on the US-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO — As President Donald Trump announced his plans for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Border Patrol agents in San Diego on the lookout for drugs and smugglers drove all-terrain vehicles along a barrier that reaches 18 feet, topped by razor wire and reinforced by cameras and ...

Sheriff’s Office going to dogs: Keweenaw County planning K-9 unit

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County Sheriff William Luokkanen recently informed the County Board of a plan to create a K-9 unit. “Going forward, I want to announce to the board tonight that we’re beginning this project,” he said. “Well, we’ve already begun it, but I’d like to formally ...

K-9 unit can assist throughout west UP

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County Sheriff William Luokkanen’s plan of creating a K-9 unit would not only benefit his own county but law enforcement agencies throughout the area as well. “We have mutual aid agreements with other agencies in the areas, and the unit would be available to ...

Policy change cuts individual applicants for Heritage Grants

CALUMET — For the 10th year, the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Advisory Commission is offering its Heritage Grants, but there’s a change in policy, according to Scott See, the commission’s executive director. See said although in years past the grants were offered to the ...

Trump announces ‘major’ voter fraud investigation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering a “major investigation” into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he’s made repeatedly about a rigged voting system. The investigation, he said, will look at those registered to vote in more than ...

Family seeks public’s help in search

HANCOCK — The family of Kenneth Ryan Clark, who has been missing since Jan. 13, is asking for the public’s help in locating the missing man. The Facebook page “Search for Ryan Clark” has been generating some traffic, said Ben Clark, the missing man’s brother. “People who ...

Unwinterlike weather melting carnival’s snow sculptures

HOUGHTON — It’s been relatively warm recently, and the organizers of Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival are keeping an eye on temperatures, because they can affect snow statue building. Bradley Torni, president of the Tech Blue Key Honor Society, organizers of Winter ...

Hearing for dismissal motion on Yik Yak suit set for Feb. 21

GRAND RAPIDS — A federal court hearing on a motion to dismiss a former Michigan Technological University student’s suit against the university after it expelled him over a post made on social media has been pushed back three weeks. The hearing in the case of Matthew Schultz, originally ...

Sawaski trial pushed to June

HOUGHTON — The trial of a former Houghton High School athletic director accused of possessing child pornography is being pushed back to June so that experts can review forensic evidence in the case. Don Sawaski, 72, is charged with two counts of possession of child sexually abusive ...

Trump undercuts bipartisan effort with voter fraud claim

WASHINGTON — Even as President Donald Trump starts reaching out to lawmakers and business and union leaders to sell his policies, he’s still making false claims about election fraud. During a bipartisan reception with lawmakers at the White House Monday evening, Trump claimed the reason ...

High interest in local labor market needs

HANCOCK — After a trade show career day hosted by the Copper Country Intermediate School District, Superintendent George Stockero decided 10 months ago to survey local businesses regarding their future work-related needs. While the survey was being conducted, Stockero and CTE Director Shawn ...

State DNR has $100K to fund deer habitat improvement projects

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement funds available in the Upper Peninsula. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on non-state lands in the ...

Funding available for local conservation projects

HOUGHTON — The U.P. Environmental Coalition is seeking applications for this year’s round of Community Conservation grants. Applications must be submitted by March 10 for the grants, which are designed to allow U.P. communities to to increase their conservation values in their watershed ...

Community volunteers needed for survey of homeless population

HANCOCK — A local chapter of the Continuum of Care (COC) national organization is seeking volunteers to assist in measuring the scale of homelessness in the United States, according to Brian Foreman of the Child and Family Services of the Upper Peninsula. Every January, more than 400 COCs ...

‘Running war’ on media undermines trust

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's "running war" on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday will hold his first ...

MTU prof speaks on U.S.-Russia relations

HOUGHTON — With Russia allegedly sponsoring the hacking of Democratic candidates and operatives, and the inauguration of a president whose relationship with the Kremlin is unclear, the relationship between U.S. and Russia is at a flux point. Roman Sidortsov, an assistant professor of social ...

Plan looks at Superior erosion at McLain State Park

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will spend about $1.25 million on McLain State Park this year, on the first phase of construction to address relentless Lake Superior erosion. MDNR finalized a master plan for F.J. McLain State Park, with $1.25 million appropriated ...

With hopes and fears, a divided America watches inauguration

ADRIAN, Mich. — In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation's 45th president. Among them were a retired autoworker in Michigan who was awe-struck by the inauguration and an immigrant in Phoenix worried about the future. Others avoided ...

With Reservation, Quincy finished, Hancock looks to next street project

HANCOCK — The reconstruction of Reservation and Quincy streets in Hancock finished just three months ago, but there is another street project set for the upcoming construction season. During his report at the regular meeting Wednesday of the Hancock City Council, City Manager Glenn ...