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Park seeks funds for rescue tools

HOUGHTON - The Friends of the Porkies is looking for donations to purchase emergency rescue equipment for the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and surrounding area. Through its Rescue Me! campaign, the non-profit group seeks $27,000 to help the park staff provide better year-round ...

Tribal knowledge important to KBIC

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community President Chris Swartz will discuss the importance of traditional tribal knowledge at a conference in Marquette in two weeks. Swartz will address the 2017 Native American Critical Issues Conference theme of “Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems” ...

Second meeting to plan homeless shelter

HANCOCK - People interested in supporting a local homeless shelter are encouraged to attend a second meeting on the topic Monday. “I am happy to announce we had a great turnout at our first planning meeting this past Friday to discuss starting a rotating homeless shelter here in the ...

Houghton gets Lakeshore Drive construction update

HOUGHTON - This summer’s water, sewer and road project on Lakeshore Drive should be underway in May, an engineer on the project said Wednesday.  Chris Holmes of U.P. Engineers & Architects gave a rundown of the project to the Houghton City Council The work will span the Bridge Street ...

Houghton to apply for recycling grant

HOUGHTON - Houghton will apply for a Department of Environmental Quality grant to get additional recycling containers for the city.  The $14,900 grant would be matched with $7,000 for the general fund. City Manager Eric Waara said the funds would be used to purchase 300 rolling containers ...

Highland Copper appoints leaders

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Last month, Highland Copper announced hiring Denis Miville-Deschenes as president, CEO and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. “Mr. Miville-Deschenes is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design, development and construction of mines ...

White Pine acquisition closing date set

HOUGHTON — Copper Range Company and Highland Copper Company Inc. announced their agreement Thursday to complete the acquisition of the White Pine project June 30. “The final closing of the acquisition is subject to releasing CRC from certain environmental obligations associated with the ...

County looks at jail alternatives

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Justice Center Study Committee, in its 2009-2010 criminal justice facilities study, considered alternatives to the Houghton County Jail, and studied both the Work Camp at the airport and Camp Kitwin, near Painesdale. The committee report described the Work ...

SmartZone gets funding

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has approved a 15-year extension in funding for the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation’s SmartZone, a non-profit business and technology incubator comprising the cities of Houghton and Hancock. The new authorization extends ...

Lake Linden OKs music festival

LAKE LINDEN - The Lake Linden Village Council Thursday approved providing a site for a three-day music festival near the village campgrounds in June. Jerry Mitchell of Copper Island Productions presented the plan for the festival, which is scheduled for June 22-24. "I think it would be a ...

KBIC approves 2M for casino

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community authorized spending another $2 million Thursday to support its $40 million casino projects. Last year, KBIC voters approved spending $6.5 million on the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga and $33.5 million on the Ojibwa II in Marquette to renovate and expand ...

E-TC School Board goes into 2 closed sessions

By SKIP SCHULZ For the Gazette The Ewen Trout-Creek School Board went into two separate closed sessions. The first was to discuss a student discipline matter, and the second was to go over the two-year contracts for superintendent/principal, business manager, and athletic director. Under ...

Dog care important for CopperDog race

CALUMET — Since the CopperDog 150 and 80 dog sled races wouldn’t happen without dogs, their care during the races is important, and that is the responsibility of Jean Wilcox and others who work with here. Wilcox, who is the chief veterinarian for the CD 150 event, said there will be four ...

CopperDog coming soon

CALUMET — The 2017 CopperDog sled dog race is right around the corner, and for race organizers, safety is the most important part of the event. Bill LaBell, who is CopperDog communications director, said two local amateur radio organizations, the Keweenaw Repeater Association and the ...

Youth hockey organizations receive funding

HANCOCK — Three area organizations have received funding from the Copper Country Youth Hockey Fund (CCYH), according to a Keweenaw Community Foundation release. The Copper Country Junior Hockey Association received funding to help families with the cost of hockey registration for their ...

Two rescued from Lake Superior ice

STANTON TOWNSHIP — Two people snowshoeing Friday at the Breakers where the Portage Lake Ship Canal meets Lake Superior fell through the ice, but were rescued without life-threatening injuries. According to Anthony Lampinen of the Stanton Township Fire Department and First responders, a ...

Dobis’ dismissal based on liability, not his popularity

CALUMET — Calumet Village Council Member Virginia Dwyer spoke at the special council meeting Tuesday evening, explaining the events and the reasons for actions taken by the council surrounding the dismissal of former Police Chief Joel Dobis. “Now, if you’re going to be out on the ...

Former Traxys CEO pleads guilty to tax evasion

HOUGHTON - A former Traxys CEO pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Marquette to evading taxes on the proceeds of property illegally taken from the White Pine refinery and electric plant in 2011 and 2012. Michael Reid, of Land O’Lakes, Fla., was indicted last year on 13 counts of ...

Pigs N Heat tickets still available

HOUGHTON — It’s still not too late to purchase tickets for the Pigs N Heat hockey game between local police and local firefighters scheduled for Saturday. Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton City Police Department says tickets are still available at the police department office, and can ...

Pigs N Heat all for fun and fun for all

HOUGHTON — Pigs N Heat is a charity organization that holds an annual hockey game to raise funds to help victims of fires, accidents, and other tragic events. It also works hard to make the event fun for the entire family. The organization gives free tickets to elementary school students ...