Press Releases

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 ...

Fatal shooting in eastern UP

SAULT STE. MARIE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post responded to a rental cabin in Trout Lake in Chippewa County on a report of a shooting at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday. Responding troopers secured the scene and took one suspect into custody. One deceased ...

Abandoned meth lab found in Adams Twp.

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — An abandoned meth lab was discovered by workers cutting trees along the power lines near Baltic Wednesday. The Houghton County Sheriff Department was called to the scene and confirmed the site was in fact a meth lab, according to a release. The site was located in a ...

Stabenow, Peters respond to Federal Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters responded to the approval for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flooding that affected Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties Monday.  In July, the lawmakers sent a letter to President Trump urging the ...

Flood with Love initiative moves into the next phase

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation’s initiative — Flood with Love — is moving into its next phase. The application deadline has closed. The applications are being processed and we are working with contractors to further define the scope of work and begin the estimation process. ...

Peters highlights measures to protect environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters today applauded passage of government funding legislation that will help protect clean air and water in Michigan. The bill includes provisions to support lead abatement programs in housing, prevent lead exposure through drinking water, and provide ...

Dianda issues statement

CALUMET — On Thursday, August 2nd, President Donald Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Gogebic, Houghton and Menominee counties. State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) released the following statement: “I want to thank President Trump and FEMA for working with our ...

Bergman speaks on education

WASHINGTON — On July 31, President Trump signed The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law.  This new law supports career and technical education, giving states and local communities more flexibility to design career education programs. It also ...

Critical need for blood locally

U.P. Health Systems Regional Blood Center is still experiencing a critical need for A-positive, A-negative, O-negative and B-negative blood types. Please check our website www.mgh.org/blood, Facebook-UPRBC for hours and location of blood centers and blood drives. Questions, please call 225-4610.

‘Big Latch On’ invites nursing moms to gather together

HANCOCK — All nursing moms are invited to join in the 2018 “Big Latch On,” a synchronized community breastfeeding event this Saturday, at the Jutila Center in Hancock. The Big Latch On takes place at 10:30 a.m. and gives moms the chance to meet with other moms and help break the world ...

Ontonagon seeks Aging renewal

The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging will be seeking to renew its one half mil. (1/2) for a period of four years on the Aug. 7 ballot. The Commission on Aging was established on December 10, 1975, by the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners. The agency is designated to provide ...

Second state of disaster declared for area

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday declared a second state of disaster for Houghton County after heavy rainfall and widespread flooding on July 12 caused damage to the area still recovering from flash flooding in June. This declaration will allow the state to make additional resources ...

Houghton County flood disaster update

The Houghton County Volunteer Resource and Donation Center located at the former JC Penny Store, which was opened in response to the Fathers Day Flood, is now closed and the goods that were housed there have been distributed to local charities. If any flood victims are in need of bottled water ...

CC strong, but help is still needed

HOUGHTON — On June 27 large amounts of rain fell upon Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula in short, strong bursts causing damage estimated to cost well over $120 million. One death and several other injuries were reported. Several dozen roads washed out and others became impassable from mud, ...

Dianda requests disaster declaration for communities

CALUMET — State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced a House resolution today asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the Michigan U.P. counties of Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee, which are still struggling to clean up and rebuild after widespread damage from ...

Candidate forum rescheduled

HOUGHTON - The Republican Party of Keweenaw County will be hosting a candidate forum featuring Republican 110th District State House candidates on Monday, July 23, at the Dee Stadium Ballroom in Houghton. Doors to the event will open at 7 p.m. and the forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. Candidates ...

USDA highlights $5B in funding

EAST LANSING — U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen yesterday announced the availability of more than $4 billion in loans and $1 billion in grants for rural community water and wastewater system improvements. “There is increased concern about ...

VRC reports need for volunteers

The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) reports that there is still a great need for volunteers. They currently have 117 job requests on their job board and the number of volunteers has dwindled. Also, approximately half of the jobs require the use of heavy equipment such as skid steers, loaders, ...

Critical need for blood at UP Health System

UP Health System Regional Blood Center servicing UPHS Marquette and 12 other hospitals across the U.P. is experiencing a critical need for A-negative, O-negative and O-positive blood types. If you are healthy, at least 17 years of age and have a picture ID please consider giving the “gift ...

GLCC runs volunteer center

HOUGHTON — The Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) is currently coordinating the Houghton Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) and Donation Center seven days a week to assist local communities with disaster recovery. The volunteer center is located in the Copper Country Mall and is currently ...