Local News

Keep White Street one-way? Public split

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council conducted a public hearing on the issue of leaving White Street one-way up-bound to Lincoln Drive, or return it to two-way. The council voted to make the street one-way up-bound in 2014, citing concerns about traffic volumes and safety issues on the narrow ...

Celebrating roots: CopperFest comes to Ontonagon County

ONTONAGON — CopperFest 2017 celebrates Ontonagon County's historical roots in mining and timber this weekend with a wide variety of events. Visitors to “Harbortown” on Friday can enjoy a twin pin, four-person golf scramble at the Ontonagon Golf Club, but things really heat up near ...

Digital project at Tech logs decades of changes

HOUGHTON — Local history enthusiasts can now study changes that have occurred in the Copper Country from the 19th century through the mid-20th century, using a recently launched digital map-based project, according to a June 9 article by Mark Wilcox. “This digital map-based project allows ...

CC youths take home 4-H shooting prizes

CHANNING – Six Copper Country youths were among 50 of the best shooters in the Upper Peninsula at the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club on June 10, to compete in the annual 4-H Regional Shoot, according to Anne Kretschmann, Michigan State University Extension 4-H coordinator for Houghton and ...

Dianda: State budget fails UP residents

LANSING — State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, said Tuesday he voted against the state general government budget and the education budget because they fail the communities, residents and students of Michigan, and particularly of House District 110. “This budget fails because it still ...

Ontonagon holds final forum on old school

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council will decide the fate of the former Ontonagon school next week, having conducted two town hall meetings on the subject and collected numerous surveys to find out what the community wants. About 25 people attended the most recent meeting Monday ...

Going back: Houghton HS principal to resume teaching

HOUGHTON — Houghton High School's principal will be returning to the classroom. Patrick Aldrich will be stepping down from the position to teach at the middle school, he said at Monday's Houghton-Portage Township Schools board meeting. He will mostly teach seventh-grade English, along with ...

Finn dignitary to visit Hanka site

ASKEL — Friday, as part  of the Hanka Homestead's Annual Heritage Day, Finland's U.S. ambassador will perform the flag-raising ceremony of the Finnish and American flags at 3 p.m.  The day will also include more than 15 different demonstrations/workshops, including Log-skidding, children ...

Ways to ward off ticks this summer

HANCOCK — The weather is warming up, which means all manner of tiny creatures are showing themselves, and that includes ticks. Terry Frankovich, medical director for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, said the health department hasn’t received a significantly large volume of ...

Preventing Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a tick, typically a deer tick, infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is easily preventable and can be treated with antibiotics if identified early. Use the following tips to protect yourself from Lyme disease. • Be aware of ...

New radio station launches

HOUGHTON — Houghton Community Broadcasting is proud to announce the all-new 99.3 The Lift. “99.3 The Lift” features the Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) format. The new format began broadcasting on 99.3FM and 1400AM WCCY at 3 p.m. Friday. Listeners are encouraged to place the window ...

Ranger III offers summer cruises

HOUGHTON — Join Isle Royale National Park aboard the Ranger III for summer 2017 Keweenaw Waterway Cruises. Scheduled cruises will occur on July 13, July 20, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24. All cruises depart at 12:30 pm from the Isle Royale National Park Houghton Visitor Center. Passengers must ...

Beach Warning: Signs in Lake Linden advise visitors of contamination

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council approved complying with Western Upper Peninsula Health Department recommendations for signage to be placed on the Lake Linden beach area regarding contaminated soil and sediment, as well as placing a rinsing station by the beach pavilion, at its ...

Houghton dips into its cash to balance budget

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved a $12.7 million budget for the coming fiscal year at its meeting Wednesday. At $3.7 million, the general fund budget is a more than 5 percent increase over last year reflecting the council’s desire to spend down some of the city’s cash ...

2nd meeting set on fate of old Ontonagon school

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village is having a second public town hall meeting on the fate of the old Ontonagon school next week. The topic is complicated. The village is considering acquiring the property, which will otherwise be put up for tax sale, and is open to community suggestions on ...

Summerfest replacing Seafood Fest

HOUGHTON — After more than 30 years, the Houghton Rotary Seafood Fest fundraiser has been relegated to the pages of history. The Rotary, however, has moved on to something else, somewhere else and sometime else. U.P. Summerfest will take place at the Dee Stadium on the waterfront June 30 ...