Press Releases

Call for Entries: The Shaft and Junior Shaft

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center is accepting entries for “The Shaft” and “Junior Shaft” community art exhibitions. Artists are invited to submit work inspired by mining history in the Copper Country and the physical signs of its presence or the effect it has had ...

Annual enrollment for seniors starts

COPPER HARBOR — New Medicare Advantage options are coming to Keweenaw County for 2019 through Humana. On Nov. 3, Medicare recipients are invited to come to the Mariner North in Copper Harbor at 2 pm. to hear all about the A, B, C and D’s of Medicare plus its supplements. Learn what is ...

Peters speaks on Kavanaugh

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court: “I take very seriously the Senate role of advise and consent, and in evaluating a Supreme Court nominee, I think first and ...

FARM Lab to visit DB-TC Schools

DOLLAR BAY — Dollar Bay-Tamarck City (DB-TC)’s K-5 will get a head start on learning more about how their food is raised as the Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion (FARM) Science Lab will make a stop at DB-TC Elementary Tuesday. Each class will spend a session investigating ...

Isle Royale wolf relocation update

HOUGHTON — This week, the National Park Service (NPS) began the translocation of wolves to Isle Royale National Park as part of a multi-year effort to increase the number of apex predators into the park's ecosystem. On Tuesday, four wolves were successfully captured from different pack ...

Rep. LaFave calls for action on road projects

Last month, state Rep. Beau LaFave called upon Gov. Rick Snyder to consider the activation of the National Guard to resume road projects across Michigan and the Upper Peninsula that are stopped by a labor dispute. Gov. Rick Snyder this week mentioned the possibility of activating the National ...

Documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt coming to Finlandia

Finlandia University welcomes renowned documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt to the area for an event titled “Locker Room Talk or Toxic Masculinity?” on tonight at 7 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center. “Byron Hurt provides an opportunity for our campus to think critically about ...

Michigan Works is moving

The Michigan Works! Houghton County Service Center is moving locations and will start operating in the new space on Wednesday, September 26. The Service Center will be located at 400 Quincy Street, 3rd Floor, Hancock, MI, 49930. Michigan Works! Service Center hours will remain the same; Monday ...

Rep. supports water act

WASHINGTON — Following House passage of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), Congressman Jack Bergman issued the following release: “Michigan's First District is home to our nation's most precious natural resources and critical water infrastructure. With shoreline on Lake Michigan, ...

Mid-Michigan native on ballot

BERKLEY, Mich. — The Board of State Canvassers has ruled that independent candidate for Michigan Attorney General Chris Graveline has qualified for inclusion on the November ballot. With the ruling, the Auburn native became the first independent candidate to qualify for the ballot for a ...

Autism Safety Day on Sept. 29

HOUGHTON — Autism Safety Day will enable children on the autism spectrum, their families, as well as other students with disabilities to socialize with emergency personnel in a non-emergency environment. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Houghton Elementary ...

DNR advisory council to meet

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council is scheduled to meet at a special time Wednesday at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon County. The council meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. Eastern time ...

Coding classes offered to youth

HOUGHTON — The Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech is offering local middle and high school students hands-on instruction in the basics of computer programming and computer science. Starting Saturday, Copper Country Coders meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays during the ...

MDHHS investigates adenovirus cases

Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, Marquette County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are investigating a cluster of severe respiratory illnesses associated with adenovirus infection in individuals residing in Michigan’s central ...

Michigan Tech announces 2018 Spring Semester Dean’s List

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan, has released the Dean's List for the 2018 spring semester. Nearly 1,600 students were named to the Dean's List this spring. To be included, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. A pound sign ...

Houghton sets fall cleanup

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s fall cleanup will take place from Sept. 24 to Oct. 26. Dumpsters are available seven days a week at the City Garage at the corner of Technical Avenue and Gundlach Road. Materials allowed are wood (under 4 feet), brick and metal (place in specially labeled dumpster). ...

Peters makes opening remarks at field hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, today convened a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Traverse City on Line 5 and the importance of protecting the Great Lakes ...

County recreation survey available

Houghton County is working with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) to update their joint five-year recreation plan. In addition to guiding improvements to the county’s recreation facilities and sites, the plan will ensure the county is eligible for certain ...

Stabenow, Peters approve appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) Thursday urged President Trump to approve Governor Snyder’s appeal of Individual Assistance for families affected by the severe flash flooding that occurred in Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties. FEMA ...

Dianda speaks on jail closing

MARENISCO — Wednesday morning, Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington announced that she will close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco in Gogebic County on December 1. In response, State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement: “This is bad ...