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Baraga readies to move ahead with trail project

The Baraga Village Council will continue with Phase 2 of the trail project that is a combined effort with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. At the village council meeting on Tuesday evening they announced the approval of a $300,0000 grant for Phase 2 of the trail, from the Michigan Economic ...

Upgrades to city’s outdoor rink complete

HANCOCK — Hancock’s Laurn Grove ice rink upgrade project is complete, just in time for the winter skating season, according to a release from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The upgrades have been on-going, using grant awards as part of the KCF’s Youth Advisory Council Spring 2017 ...

Ontonagon Republicans talk development

ONTONAGON — On a night when the nation was focused on the special Alabama U.S. Senate race, which was won by Democrat Doug Jones, the Ontonagon County Republicans talked in-depth about economic development in the county. “While we have not heard a lot about Highland Copper, I have heard ...

Walking to REACH a goal of reducing disparities

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Health System has launched their new REACH walking program. The KBIC is receiving grant funding from the Center of Disease Control and the Inner Tribal Council of Michigan, whom they have a cooperative agreement with. According to the CDC, REACH is a ...

Food pantries cannot receive expired food

HANCOCK — Local food pantries are receiving large amounts of donated food items that have expired, or have been opened and partially consumed, items that because they are either old or opened, cannot by law be distributed. Captain Leonita Schweigert of the Salvation Army and Tom Vichich of ...

Omega House workshops help those with grief

HOUGHTON — The Omega House held its Grieving With Love During The Holidays workshop on Saturday. The free workshop offered advice and support for those who are grieving and people supporting family and friends in grief. The purpose was to explore contemporary and personalized ways of ...

Halfway House firm update

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has decided on the firm that will help design their new Halfway House that will be located in Brewery Road in L’Anse. “On Nov. 30 the Tribal Council decided on the UP Engineers and Architects Inc., said KBIC assistant chief executive officer ...

Portage Health and Hospice needs volunteers

HOUGHTON — Hospice volunteers provide comfort and companionship for families in need, and play a crucial part in keeping Portage Health and Hospice running smoothly. “A lot of people volunteer for hospice because they’ve had a positive experience with hospice,” said Volunteer and ...

Salvation Army funds raised used in local community

HANCOCK — Every year the Salvation Army of Hancock holds its Red Kettle Campaign during the holiday shopping season to raise money, which will fund its operations and programs for the next fiscal year. While the organization relies on this fundraiser, there are some people who hesitate to ...

Navigating the internet: MTU students host session on digital technology

HOUGHTON — MTU BASIC (Building Adult Skills in Computing) students host a series of events to teach community members how to use and navigate through digital technology. BASIC is an outreach program made up of students and faculty members who offer tutoring for adults who are interested in ...

Officials push to close talent gap: Career ed part of state goal

LANSING — To eliminate what is described as a Michigan talent gap, officials are working to improve career path education and future planning. With that in mind, Gov. Rick Snyder designated December as Career Exploration and Awareness Month. “We just want them to be armed with all the ...

Union contract negotiations

ONTONAGON — On Monday, the Village Council approved a new contract for public employees. Negotiating with The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, several changes were made to go into effect Jan 1. The contract renegotiation resulted in a two percent increase in ...

Recycling 101: Acceptable and non-acceptable

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) wants to remind the public that plastic shopping bags are not acceptable in the curbside recycling programs. A number of minor problems have surfaced in the program, the responsibility for which lies with all parties involved, ...

Meth-testing program in place for KBIC

The Keweenaw Bay Housing Authority’s Drug-Free Agreement Lease Addendum is well underway. The addendum will affect tenants living in all properties under its ownership. The addendum is “a proactive approach to begin testing for methamphetamine activities in the KBIC community. We want to ...

Man sentenced for marijuana

BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. (AP) — A man described as the “kingpin” behind a marijuana operation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison. The government says Spencer Ward and his associates sold $475,000 worth of marijuana. More than 40 people ...

Student council leaders address Hancock faculty

HANCOCK — The Hancock High School conducted its weekly faculty meeting Monday morning, and the newly elected student council president, Michael Lancour, a senior, was present to represent the student body. Although he had no topics or issues to discuss, Principal Ezekiel Ohan gave Lancour the ...

Simplifying winter marina access in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — The Village Council is moving forward to ensure marina access in winter for both recreation and safety. All council members voted in favor of the move Monday, just one month after community member Vicky James proposed it in November. At the time, the suggestion was recommended ...

Tech students tackle environment

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library hosted a public forum on environmental issues that affect us globally and locally. The forum was presented Monday evening by Michigan Technological University students from the Communications for Natural Resources course. The forum consisted of ...

Buffalo Reef meeting postponed

LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — Government officials have postponed a public meeting to discuss protecting crucial fish spawning areas on a Lake Superior reef in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The state Department of Natural Resources says the meeting on the threat to Buffalo Reef originally ...

Hometown Christmas a huge success for Ontonagon residents

ONTONAGON — A weekend of Christmas festivities descended on downtown Ontonagon for another year of fun. The 17th Annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas celebration turned out to be one of the biggest the community has ever seen. Organizers attributed the large turnout for the events, and to ...