Press Releases

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 ...

Dianda asks Trump for fed disaster declaration

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 ...

DNR council to discuss flood

HOUGHTON — The DNR's Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council will meet in Houghton Tuesday, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating access sites. Among its agenda items, the ...

Parking at HS for vol photo

HANCOCK — Due to strong interest in the Copper Country Strong photo scheduled for Tuesday at UP Health - Portage hospital in Hancock, parking has been moved to Hancock High School. The Copper Country Strong photo is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Volunteers will assist ...

Officials await decision by FEMA

HOUGHTON — The official request for a Houghton County Federal Disaster Declaration has left Michigan and is now in Washington, D.C. awaiting evaluation by FEMA. Information regarding damage and repair estimates were gathered by local, county and state officials and sent to the governor’s ...

Democrats unveil plan for small business growth

LANSING — House Democrats unveiled their latest proposal to create good jobs with strong benefits and foster neighborhood business growth Monday in a press call outlining the Neighborhood Businesses, Neighborhood Growth package. Neighborhood businesses created more than 34,000 jobs in ...

Houghton County flood disaster update

HOUGHTON — Debris removal, roads, streams and a possible homeowner security issues were the topics of discussion during Friday morning's briefing of state and local officials working on the Houghton County Fathers Day flooding. It was noted that volunteers are going door-to-door in some ...

Houghton County begins third week of recovery

HOUGHTON – Weekend downpours caused only minor delays in repair work being done on roads and culverts in and around Houghton County over the weekend. Local officials say it was a good test of the work done so far but cautioned there is still much to be done. “Our main objective is to ...

Local beach status update

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA – Western U.P. Health Department staff continue to monitor surface water quality at 41 locations throughout the Western Upper Peninsula. Based on the most recent lab results, 18 beach locations are classified as open and safe for swimming, and one additional location ...

DNR reopens some Houghton County recreation trails

HANCOCK — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced today that some recreation trails have been reopened in Houghton County. The area was hit hard by heavy rains on June 17, damaging DNR-maintained ATV and snowmobile trails in the Houghton—Hancock area. “Ground crews ...

CCMH offers help to community

Copper Country Mental Health would like to offer assistance to our community in the aftermath of the recent flood. We will have no cost, confidential, walk-in sessions available to anyone in the community that has been affected directly or indirectly by this natural disaster. Psychological ...

PHF announces $3.8M goal in flood response

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation announced the Flood with Love action plan to guide its allocation of funds raised for relief after the June 17 floods in the Copper Country. In a release Thursday, Executive Director kevin Store estimated the Portage Health Foundation would provide ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON — The FEMA and State assessment teams wrapped up their work in Houghton County Thursday and will be moving on to review flood damage sustained in Gogebic and Memominee Counties. The Volunteer Reception Center, currently located at the Evangel Church on College Avenue mved to the ...