Press Releases

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 ...

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 ...