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Wilderness Recreation: Public uses planned for Brockway area

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MOHAWK — When the Keweenaw County Board passed its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance, Brockway Mountain was not considered, because there were no businesses or residences along Brockway Mountain Drive, Keweenaw County Road Commissioner Ron Olson said. All of that may be subject to change. ...

Barkell hosting 4th annual Showcase of Excellence

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HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School will conduct its annual Showcase of Excellence beginning Wednesday at the school. The expo was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed because of the building’s partial roof collapse on March 7. With the building having been ...

Tribe wants to set water standards in reservation

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) application to implement water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. If approved, the KBIC would be allowed to develop and maintain its own water-quality standards for ...

Houghton County assessed value rises

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HOUGHTON — Assessed value in Houghton County rose 5.6 percent in 2018, equalization director Cheryl Patrick said at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. It stood at $1,280,233,698 — $67,682,762 over the previous year. Houghton led the way in assessed value with $170,085,596, followed by ...

Houghton native named prosecutor

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HOUGHTON — After almost a decade as Houghton County’s assistant prosecutor, Brittany Bulleit has ascended to the top spot. Bulleit was appointed as the county’s prosecuting attorney on April 1. She replaces longtime prosecutor Michael Makinen, who had been in the post since 2009. ...

Bridge Gas Leak

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Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette MDOT work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was temporarily halted on Wednesday after work crews smelled gas. A minor leak was found in the gas line that feeds the heater and generator for the bridge, according to the Houghton Fire Department.

Lake Linden student to give soil research at science symposium

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LAKE LINDEN — The high altitudes and red rocks of New Mexico might seem like a strange place to find out about Upper Peninsula forests. But scientists will get that chance later this month, when Lake Linden High School 10th-grader Siona Beaudoin presents her research at the Junior Science ...

Ontonagon’s Village Council lays down law on FOI requests

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ONTONAGON — The Village Council on Monday unveiled an eight-page policy document regarding requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and what it will take to submit requests and receive public information. It was the new FOIA policy resident Tom Hamilton addressed during the ...

ATVs not allowed to access Brockway Mountain road

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MOHAWK — On the agenda of a special meeting of the Keweenaw County Road Commission Monday was the topic of ATVs using Brockway Mountain. While ATVs have regularly used the drive in the past, it is actually in violation of a county ordinance, and also state law, because there is no ...

Creeping Sturgeon: With snow coming, river’s getting eyed

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Thursday’s weather will include as much as 10 inches of snow across the western Upper Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service, but meteorologist Keith White is optimistic it will be the last winter storm of the year. Of course, you cannot be 100% certain, he added. The storm ...

Shop owner: Corporations should be better neighbors

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CALUMET — Amy Knight, owner of Calumet Floral and Gifts on Fifth Street, said there seems to be a lack of accountability for building owners in the village after the roof of the Family Dollar building next door to her establishment collapsed on March 7. “I would like to see the village ...

County contracts for cost estimates on options for jail

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HOUGHTON — U.P. Engineers & Architects will provide construction cost estimates for three options for replacing the Houghton County Jail. The County Board approved a $9,600 contract with UPEA at Tuesday’s meeting. UPEA will look at: •Renovating Camp Kitwen, a former ...

Makinen retires as county prosecutor

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HOUGHTON — A longtime fixture of the Houghton County legal community has handled his last case. Michael Makinen, who became Houghton County’s prosecuting attorney in 2009, retired from the position at the end of March. Brittany Bulleit, chief assistant prosecuting attorney, was appointed ...

Permit approved for Warden plant

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved the permit for the L’Anse Warden Electric Company, owned by Convergen Energy, to burn engineered fuel pellets. The pellets are made of pre-consumer packaging waste that comes direct from manufacturers and consists of ...

Breaking Open the Canal

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder plows through ice on the Portage Lake Shipping Canal Monday morning. Residents came out to the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park to snap photos of the 225-foot ship, which is based out of Duluth, Minnesota.

Morrison School in Calumet resurrected into apartments

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CALUMET — The Morrison School in Calumet has new life as an apartment complex, after owner Mike Lahti had massive renovations completed to convert the former school into one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the summer of 2016. Since then, the complex has enjoyed full occupancy. Lahti ...

Keweenawesomefest: Festival delivers comic, musical riffs

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HOUGHTON — Bookended by the energetic live debut of Houghton band The Graduates and a raucous set from festival veterans The Go Rounds of Kalamazoo, Keweenawesomefest left fans satisfied with nine acts Friday and Saturday. Bands appreciated the crowds’ attentiveness and enthusiasm. ...

Houghton considers additional officer

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HOUGHTON — With part-time officers increasingly harder to come by, Houghton is discussing the potential of adding another full-time officer. It remains to be seen whether the city has funds to do it, City Manager Eric Waara said. “The chief has asked if we could hire one more person,” ...

Copper Country Blight Grants

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LAKE LINDEN — Copper Country communities make up a third of the nine receiving grants from the Michigan Land Bank Authority to eliminate blight. County land banks and local units of governments could apply for the Rural Community Demolition Grant, which is designed to help municipalities ...