Press Releases

Isle Royale takes artist applications

HOUGHTON — Applications for Isle Royale National Park's 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program will be accepted between Jan. 2 and Feb. 16. This program provides artists the opportunity to become part of a long-established tradition of interpreting national parks through art. The ...

E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA — Western U.P. Health Department would like to notify the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine ...

UP doctor writes book

Dr. Shahar Madjar, a urologist working in several hospitals in the U.P. has recently published his book Is Life Too Long? Essays about Life, Death, and Other Trivial Matters. The book is a collection of 18 selected essays and tales, all of which were first published in The Mining Journal and ...

LifePoint Health announces completion of merger

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - LifePoint Health, Inc. announced the completion of its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners (“RCCH”), which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Saturday. As a result of the merger, LifePoint's common stock is no longer trading on ...

Mobility experts use new traffic signals in Houghton

One day soon cars will talk to traffic signals—and the stoplight will talk back. It’s one step towards more widespread connected and autonomous vehicles. Researchers at Michigan Technological University worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to bring this technology ...

Fleeing and eluding driver identified

The driver of the fleeing and eluding vehicle on Nov. 3, 2018, has been identified as James Francis Nixon of South Range, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. Nixon was arraigned in 97th District Court for Police Officer — Fleeing — Third Degree, a felony punishable by ...

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 ...