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Candidate suggests county jail solution

ONTONAGON — The issue of the Houghton County Jail went outside the county line this week. 110th state representative candidate, Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, addressed the Ontonagon County Republican Party as to how the jail could be more than just a Houghton County-jail. Markkanen is ...

Man filling gaps as a mentor

HANCOCK — Years after his own graduation, Staff Sergeant Chris Bates has returned to area schools to fill a gap he saw growing up and encourages others to do the same. Last year, Bates began mentoring Barkell Elementary School students on topics like bullying, responsibility and personal ...

Local mines set tour season length

HOUGHTON — Symbols of the historical heritage of the Copper Country, the Adventure, Delaware and Quincy mines draw visitors from all over the United States and the world. The mines will soon be open for the 2018 tourism season. Moving into the 2018 season, the Quincy will be the first to ...

UPPCO plans to pass savings down

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) plans to pass along savings from the new federal tax law to its customers, company representatives said Monday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed into law at the end of 2017, effectively lowering corporate tax rates from 35 ...

Opioid funding in omnibus bill

WASHINGTON — The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett praised an omnibus spending bill that includes an additional $20 million for a key USDA program that is helping address the nation's opioid crisis Friday. The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump ...

More green burials in Copper Country

Green burials continue to gain popularity in the area, according to a speaker from the Keweenaw Green Burial Alliance (KGBA) Tuesday at the Portage Lake District Library. KGBA Board member Stephen Jukuri described green burials and informed those attending of the options available in the ...

Kayak launch site supported by county

COPPER HARBOR — The Keweenaw County Board went on record at March’s regular monthly meeting as supporting Grant Township’s Department of Natural Resources Passport Recreation Grant program for the financing of a kayak launch site to be located at the Michigan DNR Copper Harbor Marina. ...

MSP stepping up texting patrols in April

April is “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” Month, and law enforcement officers across the state of Michigan will be stepping up patrols for motorists who text while driving, according to a release from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. Michigan’s texting law prohibits drivers from reading, ...

School offers students personal safety resources

HANCOCK — The police department is looking to get more personal safety materials in the hands of local kids. The materials would include a handbook for each student that comes with online safety video access, a customized local app with local safety contact information and digital ...

Snowmobile season extended

The Department of Natural Resources announed Monday it has extended the snowmobile season on its trails through Sunday. There will be one groomer in operation on trails north of Calumet. 

Raising awareness for breast cancer with bras

The Michigan Technological University Society of Intellectual Sisters (SIS) held its 14th annual Bra Show to raise money and spread awareness for Breast Cancer on Saturday. SIS is an organization for women on campus that promotes diversity, sisterhood and scholarship amongst its members and ...

Houghton OKs Portage Cove lighting

HOUGHTON — Portage Cove is about to become brighter. The Houghton City Council approved $64,520 for additional street lighting, which was bid out to Erico Electric of Hancock. Erico was the lowest of three bidders, with another being rejected for an incomplete bid. The amount covers a ...

Vigilance, bridge construction discussed

ONTONAGON — In a public statement at last week's Village Council meeting, Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Weaver urged residents to be alert and report suspicious behavior. “I just wanted to ask all of you to be very vigilant,” Weaver said, explaining that officers pay close attention to tips ...

Ontonagon hears RAD proposal

ONTONAGON — Robert Beale of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) spoke to Village Housing Commission residents, Commission Board members and Village Council members earlier this week on whether or not to join RAD to address issues involving the commission’s apartment building. “Public ...

Dangerous buildings ordinance gets update

HOUGHTON — Houghton amended its dangerous buildings ordinance Wednesday to further define what constitutes danger and update the requirements for notice. The City Council took up the matter on the advice of the city’s new legal counsel, said City Manager Eric Waara, who termed the changes ...

Onto. water rate hike suggested

ONTONAGON — A rate evaluation presented by John Holland from the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA) Quality on Tap at Monday's village council meeting recommended a water rate increase. The findings were recommended to the water committee to go over and suggest a path of ...

Rowe receives road commission honor

HOUGHTON — A member of the Houghton County Road Commission Board has been recognized for his work statewide. Ken Rowe, vice chairman of the Houghton County Road Commission Board, recently received a Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of Michigan ...

Houghton crash injures one

HOUGHTON — An 85-year-old Hancock woman driving south on M-26 struck the vehicle of an 18-year-old female Hancock resident who was traveling north, according to a release from the Houghton Police Department. At approximately 11:25 a.m., Houghton police responded to the two-vehicle personal ...

Students raise $1,500 for teacher memorial

CALUMET — In memory of beloved sixth-grade math teacher Steven Lancour, Washington Middle School students raised $1,500 for the Lancour family. “Some people are just teachers, and some people are born teachers, and Steve Lancour was born to teach, so he’s sorely missed,” said school ...

Discussing diversity in outdoor spaces

Dudley Edmondson continued the conversation of diversity in outdoor spaces on Saturday morning as a part of the “Celebrate Diversity and the UP Environment” events this weekend. Edmondson presented research gathered through the writing of his book, “Black and Brown Faces in America's ...