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Some damage in Ontonagon wind blast

ONTONAGON — Sunday’s strong winds toppled several trees and one barn, but overall the damage was minimal. There was some damage to trees with downed branches around the village, but nothing too serious, said Village Manager Joe Erickson. Undersheriff Jerry Balcomb said the tree damage ...

Houghton County begins third week of recovery

HOUGHTON – Weekend downpours caused only minor delays in repair work being done on roads and culverts in and around Houghton County over the weekend. Local officials say it was a good test of the work done so far but cautioned there is still much to be done. “Our main objective is to ...

Local beach status update

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA – Western U.P. Health Department staff continue to monitor surface water quality at 41 locations throughout the Western Upper Peninsula. Based on the most recent lab results, 18 beach locations are classified as open and safe for swimming, and one additional location ...

DNR reopens some Houghton County recreation trails

HANCOCK — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced today that some recreation trails have been reopened in Houghton County. The area was hit hard by heavy rains on June 17, damaging DNR-maintained ATV and snowmobile trails in the Houghton—Hancock area. “Ground crews ...

CCMH offers help to community

Copper Country Mental Health would like to offer assistance to our community in the aftermath of the recent flood. We will have no cost, confidential, walk-in sessions available to anyone in the community that has been affected directly or indirectly by this natural disaster. Psychological ...

County conducts hearing for tax millage increase

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board conducted a public hearing June 20 to discuss and hear comments in response to proposed increase in the operating tax millage rate to be levied in 2018. The proposed increase is 0.1031 mills. The proposed additional millage will increase operating ...

Ontonagon farm damaged in wind storm

Straight-line winds of over 50 mph Sunday afternoon took down a farm on M-38, northeast of Ontonagon. Locally known as the Wilbur Farm, the buildings sustained major damage from the winds. Storm damage reports also described dozens of trees down, including several on homes in and around the ...

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 ...