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Kitwin not viable for reuse as county jail

HOUGHTON — A 2010 study by the Michigan Department of Corrections on regional jail and facility re-use examined the feasibility of converting Camp Kitwin, near Painesdale, to a jail. Examination of the facility found several costly shortcomings. While the facility had been offered to the ...

State, county officials saw jail overcrowding coming

HOUGHTON — On Feb. 21, Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean invoked Michigan’s Jail Overcrowding Emergency Powers Act due to chronic overcrowding of the county jail, but state and county officials have known for years the overcrowding of the facility would reach a critical point. In ...

Next in line to lead Russia probe: Rosenstein has respect

ASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats worry the appointment of a Jeff Sessions subordinate to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election won’t be a clean enough break from the embattled attorney general. But the veteran prosecutor in line for the job may be uniquely ...

Highland Copper appoints leaders

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Last month, Highland Copper announced hiring Denis Miville-Deschenes as president, CEO and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. “Mr. Miville-Deschenes is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design, development and construction of mines ...

White Pine acquisition closing date set

HOUGHTON — Copper Range Company and Highland Copper Company Inc. announced their agreement Thursday to complete the acquisition of the White Pine project June 30. “The final closing of the acquisition is subject to releasing CRC from certain environmental obligations associated with the ...

County looks at jail alternatives

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Justice Center Study Committee, in its 2009-2010 criminal justice facilities study, considered alternatives to the Houghton County Jail, and studied both the Work Camp at the airport and Camp Kitwin, near Painesdale. The committee report described the Work ...

SmartZone gets funding

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has approved a 15-year extension in funding for the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation’s SmartZone, a non-profit business and technology incubator comprising the cities of Houghton and Hancock. The new authorization extends ...

Clark family offers reward to find Ryan

HANCOCK — The family of Kenneth Ryan Clark is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Ryan, Marilyn Clark, the missing man’s mother has announced. “The family is going to be offering a reward for the safe return of Ryan,” Marilyn said. “We have had ...

After 6 weeks, no progress in search

HANCOCK — No progress has been made in the search for a missing Hancock Township man who disappeared a month and a half ago. Kenneth “Ryan” Clark, aged 33, has been missing since the early morning hours of Friday, January 13, when he left his home near Lakeview Drive in Hancock. He has ...

Sturgeon Stocking: DNR tries to restore Ontonagon River population

ONTONAGON — The village is supporting the ongoing effort of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to restore lake sturgeon in the Ontonagon River. “It’s a suitable habitat for lake sturgeon,” Village Manager Joe Erickson told the Village Council on Monday, before it ...

Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Featured artwork will be published in the Daily Mining Gazette during March. Shown above is “Winter Fox,” a work by Julia ...

Former ABC News employees urge stand against Trump

NEW YORK — More than 230 former ABC News correspondents, executives and producers have signed a letter urging the network’s current top executive to take a firm stand against any Trump administration effort to curtail press access. The letter, which circulated on a Facebook forum for ...

Calumet clerk criticized for multiple meeting no-shows

CALUMET — Village Clerk Rob Tarvis came under fire from Village Council members at last Tuesday’s meeting. Tarvis was not present to defend himself, which was one of the criticisms. The meeting was the second consecutive meeting in which Tarvis was absent. Resident Nathan Anderson ...

Local students competing in state poetry competition

HOUGHTON — Students from the Copper Country are heading to Lansing this week to compete against students across the state in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition. In the nationwide program, students memorize and recite classic poems. The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid ...

Clerk’s performance ‘attacked’

CALUMET — Village Clerk Rob Tarvis received criticism over his performance at last week’s regular monthly meeting. Trustee Peggy Germain said Tarvis was in violation of the law when he refused to attach a letter to the previous month’s meeting minutes written by her. Also at issue, ...

Speech viewers stunned by on-script, less fiery Trump

Who was that calm, composed man, and what has he done with Donald Trump? That may have been the most common reaction from the viewers of the president’s address to Congress on Tuesday night. Those looking for fireworks came away empty. What they witnessed instead was a poised and ...

Business as usual: Sparks fly at Ontonagon council meeting

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council heard the beginning of the Declaration of Independence from resident Bill Johnson during the public comment period at Monday’s meeting. “You’re public servants, not dictators,” said Johnson, who has regularly sparred with the council over a ...

DNR holding forums on wildlife habitat

HOUGHTON — Private landowners can accomplish wildlife habitat enhancement goals and objectives by carefully implementing a well-written resource management plan from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Using a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, the DNR will offer ...