Press Releases

Flood Relief Fund set up by Portage Health Foundation

HANCOCK — The most recent weather event has caused disastrous results for several communities throughout Houghton County. Many people - both near and far - are seeking a way to contribute to local relief efforts. The Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved a restricted ...

Temporary access for all to Daily Mining Gazette web site

Due to flooding in the Houghton area, the Mining Gazette anticipates delivery challenges throughout the week. In order to ensure all readers have access to the news they need, we have set up a temporary account for our readers to use. This account can be used to access the Electronic Replica ...

Coast Guard urges use of caution on Lake Superior

SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — Due to heavy rains and storms near the coastal Lake Superior region, the Coast Guard urges all boaters in the Keweenaw Waterway and Portage Lake region to avoid recreating on the water due to significant debris in the waterway caused by recent rain ...

Flooding hits local area

HOUGHTON - Flash flooding as the result of as much as seven inches of rain overnight has caused a variety of problems throughout the Copper Country. From flooded streets and yards to washed out driveways, emergency crews are working hard trying to keep up everything. “Right now, I think ...

LaFave secures funding for U.P. veterans museum

Rep. Beau LaFave Wednesday secured state assistance for a facility honoring the Upper Peninsula’s military heroes and celebrating our culture. LaFave played a key role in securing $500,000 for a building that will house the Upper Peninsula Veterans Museum, along with exhibits detailing ...

Peters-Heller PAWS Act Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to help protect domestic violence survivors and their pets advanced in the Senate today. The bipartisan Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act protects survivors of domestic violence, ...

Harbor dredging announced

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jack Bergman released the following information after working with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure funding for Ontonagon Harbor Dredging: “This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released their FY18 work plan. Included in this work plan is $1.5 ...

CCISD defines its role as a leader in area’s education

Whatever educational support is needed in any individual school district, the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) provides, said the head of the district’s General Education Department at Tuesday’s CCISD Board. The department’s primary mission, Carla Strome told board ...

Candidate derailed by technicality

TRAVERSE CITY — Matt Morgan, Iraq War veteran and Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, issued a statement regarding his nomination petitions. On April 27, the day of the deadline to withdraw from the Michigan primary ballot, the Michigan Bureau of Elections ...

Boss waives arraignment

MARQUETTE — The former football coach at Finlandia and Northern Michigan universities arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault-domestic violence entered a not guilty plea Monday in Marquette County District Court. Robert Boss’s Monday arraignment on the count was waived, according to ...

Western UP Health training

The Western U.P. Health Department offices in Gogebic, Houghton and Ontonagon counties will be closed on Monday, April 30, 2018 for staff training. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 1.

WUPHD issues asbestos warning

HUBBELL — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department has issued a warning for people to avoid activity along a 1,000 foot section of M-26 near the C&H Mineral Building in Hubbell. The building, owned by Silver Shore Enterprise, Inc., is located at 52986 M-26 on the north side of ...

Bergman votes for amendment

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jack Bergman, member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Balanced Budget Amendment came up short in the House: “Every individual and business in Michigan's First District have to live within their means financially, and there's ...

Tobacco Quitline offers free help

LANSING — Thinking about quitting tobacco? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy program to all Michigan residents through May 31. During this time, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week ...

UPPCO plans to pass savings down

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) plans to pass along savings from the new federal tax law to its customers, company representatives said Monday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed into law at the end of 2017, effectively lowering corporate tax rates from 35 ...

Opioid funding in omnibus bill

WASHINGTON — The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett praised an omnibus spending bill that includes an additional $20 million for a key USDA program that is helping address the nation's opioid crisis Friday. The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump ...

USDA looks to increase broadband access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Tuesday announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. “E-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of ...

Bergman recognized with award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Congressman Bergman with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award Tuesday, given in recognition of his support for pro-growth policies in the first session of the 115th Congress. “It's a good time to be doing business in America, thanks ...

Committee OKs Peters bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Thursday approved two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that support small businesses. Peters' bills will increase awareness of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and help small ...

Immunization records notice

The Western U.P. Health Department will be destroying aging non-electronic immunization records. If you were born before 1993 and had immunizations at the health department, and you would like a copy of your record, please contact the local health department office by April 16, ...