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Prep key in coping with disaster

HOUGHTON COUNTY — You  never know when a disaster could strike, as the recent Father’s Day flooding demonstrated, and that is why it’s important to always be prepared. “For those that are not prepared, it takes them longer to recover,” said Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Debbie ...

Last Update: Lodge goes to auction

EAGLE RIVER — History was made on June 20, when Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Coordinator Harvey Desnick gave his last monthly KML update. The lodge will be auctioned on July 26 and will pass from Keweenaw County ownership after more than 84 years. “We are up and running, as everybody ...

PHF announces $3.8M goal in flood response

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation announced the Flood with Love action plan to guide its allocation of funds raised for relief after the June 17 floods in the Copper Country. In a release Thursday, Executive Director kevin Store estimated the Portage Health Foundation would provide ...

Carmen comes to Rozsa Center

Charles Eshbach/For the Gazette The opera “Carmen,” which had a performance Thursday evening at the Rozsa Center, will have a return engagement at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets available at the door. For more details, go to pmmf.org.

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON — The FEMA and State assessment teams wrapped up their work in Houghton County Thursday and will be moving on to review flood damage sustained in Gogebic and Memominee Counties. The Volunteer Reception Center, currently located at the Evangel Church on College Avenue mved to the ...

SBDC offers update on recent flood recovery

The Michigan Small Business Development Center of the Upper Peninsula, in response the flood damage, continues to collect information on all small businesses in the region that were affected or sustained damage from the flooding. This could include physical damage to property, loss of sales due ...

Connecting Chassell to Houghton via trails

CHASSELL — A collection of local officials and trail enthusiasts are looking at the possibility of creating a trail authority with reconnection of Chassell and Painesdale snowmobile trail as a major goal. In the preliminary stages and talks now, a group met Wednesday to discuss ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON – A collection event for household hazardous waste has been scheduled for Friday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held on Macdonald Street behind the Lake Linden Village Park. A complete list of items that will and will not be accepted is included in a separate ...

DNR Begins Restoration of Recreation Trails

HANCOCK – Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials are preparing to reopen some recreation trail areas of Houghton County that were hit hard by heavy rains on June 17. The rains did significant damage to DNR-maintained ATV and snowmobile trails in the Houghton–Hancock area. ...

Hazardous waste collection event

LAKE LINDEN — A collection event for household hazardous waste has been scheduled for 10 a.m to 6 p.m. July 6. The event will be held on Macdonald Street behind the Lake Linden Village Park. The event is only for Houghton County residential flood victims. Residents are encouraged to ...

H-PT hears bond work update

HOUGHTON — Most of the bond upgrades for Houghton-Portage Township Schools should be in place by the time school starts, the on-site supervisor for Johnson Controls said at Monday’s school board meeting. The athletic field should be ready for the start of football season on Aug. 6, said ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON — With the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources reporting their estimated cost to repair the damages sustained in Houghton County, the total cost for all damage to public infrastructure now sits at approximately $100 million. This ...

MDOT requests federal aid

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today requesting emergency relief funds to repair flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula. If granted, the funds would be ...

County officials ask for slowing of supply donations

The response to our recent flood disaster has been overwhelming, and the Copper Country cannot be thankful enough for the support that's been received. However, as of now, volunteers have reached a point where enough normal supplies are on hand. Officials are now asking that the flow of ...

Budget hearing held for Ontonagon Area School

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Area School Board held its annual general fund budget public hearing Monday afternoon. Even with the three-year average showing a declining enrollment, the budget proposed by the district's business services manager, Linda Karttunen, showed the results in revenues ...

Ontonagon renews several contracts for coming year

ONTONAGON — A one-year contract for Superintendent Jim Bobula was renewed by the Ontonagon Area School Board at its meeting on Monday. The board also approved the renewal of the contracts for one year for both Linda Karttunen and Kristie Ollila. Karttunen is the business services ...

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes made in Ontonagon meetings

ONTONAGON — Starting July 9, regular meetings of the Village Council will begin at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The change came after Village President Ken Waldrop requested it be moved to 5 p.m. if possible, due to scheduling conflicts in winter months. After a suggestion by Trustee Don ...

Bottled water donations not needed, but long list of needed items remains

HANCOCK — Houghton County supply distribution centers have more than enough bottled water to get the community though the recovery process, but still have a strong need for items such as dehumidifiers, fans, face masks, metal rakes, Gatorade, squeegees, wheelbarrows, general cleaning supplies ...

Village Council member speaks out about disincorporation petition

CALUMET — The possibility of the disincorporation of the village has raised concerns among village residents as well as trustees, some of which were discussed at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Trustee Peggy Germain said during a discussion at Tuesday’s regular meeting that the issue has ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON – The preliminary estimate submitted to the State of Michigan for damage to Houghton County infrastructure including county and local roads along with municipal water, sewage and drain systems etc. stands at approximately $50 million. This does not include damage to state assets such ...