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Offering help: Local sewers making masks for the Keweenaw

HOUGHTON — With masks becoming an increasing necessity, a local group is stepping up to make supplies. After a friend asked Mary Sue Weist Hyslop how they could fill the need for masks, she launched Face Masks of the Keweenaw, adopting the best practices from Masks by Marquette, which has ...

Superintendent responds to end of face-to-face instruction

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin said in an email that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order that ended face-to-face instruction for the remainder of school year also provided guidance that K-12 schools will provide learning for all students. The Michigan Association of ...

Whitmer: K-12 in-person classes canceled for school year

HANCOCK — With face-to-face instruction over for the rest of the school year, local K-12 districts are preparing alternative plans to educate students. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released an executive order Thursday extending the closure of K-12 schools, which had been set to resume in-person ...

Sun makes for welcome sight

Richard Byrd/For the Gazette The return of the sun this week has the local community hopeful for a warm Spring. We all have a lot of personal time now to reflect on things we appreciate as we’re all quarantined. This sign is a postive one for all of us.

Peters holds telephone town hall on coronavirus

LANSING — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters answered questions from Michigan residents about the novel coronavirus and aid for those impacted during the first of two telephone town halls Tuesday.  Peters, D- Mich., spoke about provisions of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) ...

Health Department discusses testing in the five-county area

HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) continues to work with state and federal agencies to acquire needed personal protection equipment, such as gloves, gowns and masks to the five-county region. Cathryn Beer, health officer and administrator, said whether or not the ...

COVID-19 testing:Why you haven’t been given a COVID-19 test yet

A negative COVID-19 test result would be comforting for those sheltering at home or still going to work during the stay home order, but tests have not been readily available, and even those samples taken are not being processed very quickly. Test availability is being expanded as quickly as ...

Health Department struggles to stop public speculation

HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department says it will not issue press releases on positive cases of COVID-19 disclosing the community in which the case is pending. The reason for the decision, said WUPHD Health Officer/Administrator Cathryn Beer, is a result of public ...

Why simple hand-scrubbing can help protect against COVID-19

HOUGHTON — As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, more and more people are feeling frightened, ill-informed, and helpless. Yet, there are three simple things people can do, according to many sources, to protect oneself, and others from the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19: Scrub ...

Brogan announces Baraga Co. sheriff run

L’ANSE — A longtime Baraga County sheriff’s deputy is tossing his hat in the ring for the department’s top spot.  Chief Deputy Joe Brogan filed as a candidate for the sheriff position Friday. Brogan has spent 16 of his 18 years in law enforcement with the department, where his roles ...

Young artists create Hearts of Hope

Sue Johnson/Daily Mining Gazette On a bright Friday full of sunshine, sisters 6-year-old Jayla and 5-year-old Rowyn Beutler were spotted creating some inspiring art work on the sidewalk in downtown Houghton. While their mother was working to give a fresh look, dressing the windows of the ...

WUPDH says there are enough PPE supplies in area — for now

HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department said Tuesday that as of right now, healthcare systems have sufficient personal protection equipment (PPE) — for now. The WUPHD serves the 71,000 residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. Cathryn A. ...

Western Upper Peninsula Health Department reports testing statistics

HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is reporting cumulative COVID-19 testing statistics for the five-county jurisdiction. These testing statistics are current as of Mar. 31. Baraga: 16 Referred for Testing - 1 Test Canceled - 0 Positives - 5 Negatives - 10 Tests ...

Three arrested on trespassing charges

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Three people were arrested in Houghton Township Sunday evening and charged with trespassing, larceny, and violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order, after they were apprehended exiting one of the shafts comprising the Copper Falls Mine. The Sheriff’s ...

Hearing on priest delayed

ONTONAGON — The preliminary hearing for a former Ontonagon County priest accused of molesting several children has been postponed indefinitely because of the reduced court calendar to combat COVID-19.  Gary Jacobs, 74, who now lives in New Mexico, faces 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct ...

Copper Country not alone in asking out-of-area people to wait

HOUGHTON — Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator said the task force is concerned about two Midwest counties that appear to be seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Cook County, Illinois, and Wayne County, Michigan. During a Thursday White House briefing, Birx ...

Easter around the corner

Richard Byrd/For the Gazette A window display at PupTown Grooming in Houghton reminds people to get ready for Easter.

Houghton officials urge mercy from landlords

HOUGHTON — With many people’s finances precarious due to COVID-19, Houghton officials urged landlords to grant some leeway to delinquent tenants.  At Wednesday’s meeting, Richelle Winkler, an associate professor of sociology and demography at Michigan Technological University, said ...

Some people are ignoring shelter-in-place orders

HANCOCK — In response to escalating positive tests confirming COVID-19 across the state, including the Upper Peninsula, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a shelter-in-place executive order on Monday, March 23, to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Under the governor’s order, people can only ...