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Beware of scams going around Copper Countrty

CALUMET - Two scams are going around the Copper Country, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post, and personnel want to advise the public, according to a news reslease.The first scam involved a phone call with the caller advising that he or she has won the lottery and needs to send ...

Blue economy: Water can float MI finances

HOUGHTON - Water has always been crucial to Michigan's economy, says John Austen, providing blue highways for voyageurs and ore freighters and waterfront homes for the heavy industry that drove growth for most of the 20th century.Austen, director of the Michigan Economic Center and president of ...

Governments can use blue water to raise green money

Michigan cities can exploit lakes' and rivers' recreational value to promote economic development, said John Austen, by redeveloping city waterfronts to turn them into places professionals want to live, drawing the skilled workers that will lead economic growth.Milwaukee was the first regional ...

League of Women Voters hosts gerrymandering forum

HOUGHTON - When Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry manipulated the boundaries of a state senatorial district after the 1810 census to benefit his political party, a Federalist paper said it resembled a salamander.The portmanteau "gerrymander" has been used to describe the process ever since. But ...

Houghton Middle School plans greenhouse, garden

HOUGHTON - This spring, Houghton Middle School will be adding a greenhouse and garden.Middle school science teacher Sarah Geborkoff gave a presentation on the project to the School Board at its meeting Monday night.It will be a collaboration between a few different sources: middle school and ...

HEET hosting LED bulb giveaway

CALUMET - The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is holding the first of two Great LED Light Bulb Swaps on Saturday in Calumet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Siskiwit Reception Hall.The first 100 households that bring in an old incandescent bulb can swap it for a new, energy-saving LED light ...

Students learning to apply scientific method in field

HANCOCK - The Gorden G. Barkell Elementary School is just one example of many schools enjoying science-based activities such as Family Science Night.In addition to the science nights, students also have frequent opportunities to enjoy field trips that combine fun with discovery and learning.The ...

Hancock school board renews superintendent, principals contracts

HANCOCK - The Hancock Public Schools Board of Education took action on personnel issues at its regular meeting Monday, including the renewing of the contracts for the two principals and the superintendent.Superintendent Monica Healy told board members she met with Gordon G. Barkell Elementary ...

Tech brings engineering expertise to local schools

HANCOCK - Some local schools, such as Hancock's Barkell Elementary School, place great importance on science and engineering, even at the grade school level.In many subjects, teachers, classrooms, and entire schools often receive help from outside sources, such as Michigan Tech.Barkell ...

10 things to know today: Tuesday, March 22, 1016

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. EXPLOSIONS ROCK BRUSSELS AIRPORT, SUBWAY; AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE KILLEDAuthorities tell everyone in the Belgian capital to remain where they are. The blasts came just ...

Environmental group convenes in Baraga

BARAGA - Most of the time, says board member Jon Saari, the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's focus is "to identify problems and issues in the landscape" that threaten U.P. environmental health."We're a watchdog to individuals and government," he said.For two days each year, though, ...

Keweenaw Bay’s Point Abbaye project gets $10K UPEC grant

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) announced the first award of the UPEC Community Conservation Grant Program."The 2016 recipients are proof that this program will make lasting conservation accomplishments" remarked Acting UPEC President Nancy Warren.Of seven applicants, three ...

10 things to know today: Monday, March 21, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. HISTORIC MEETING ON TAP IN HAVANAThe sit-down between Obama and Raul Castro may offer critical clues about whether the U.S. president's sharp U-turn in policy will pay lasting dividends.2. ...

Adding to coyote hunt

LANSING - Coyotes may need to get even wilier to make it through the summer.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering whether to extend coyote hunting seasons to year-round, for both day and nighttime hunting. New regulations that could be approved by the Natural Resources ...

Veteran angler far from figuring fish

HOUGHTON - Casey Adams is a Michigander, and got his bachelors degree at Lake Superior State largely so he could fish the St. Mary's River rapids, he told members of Copper Country Trout Unlimited at their March 15 annual meeting.He learned most of his fish-tracking craft out west, and was ...

Extended hunt idea gets mixed reviews

LANSING - Proposed Michigan Department of Natural Resources regulations to legalize coyote hunting year-round aren't expected to have a huge impact on coyote or deer numbers statewide, but they're significant enough to draw notice from both animal-rights advocates and hunters.Bruce Crossing's ...