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Disaster drill at Tech Tuesday

HOUGHTON - Many people panic when disaster strikes but Michigan Technological University passersby Tuesday should not get upset no matter what they see.Michigan Tech is warning the public that it is conducting a mock disaster Tuesday afternoon, and it might look a lot like the real ...

Natural Mentors: Third-graders inspire award for helping autistic classmate

DOLLAR BAY - The third-grade class at Thomas R. Davis Elementary School in Dollar Bay is so impressive to the members of the Copper Country Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee, an award was created just for the students, according to Christina Norland.Norland, who is K-12 ...

Emergency Concern: Road project impacts police, fire response

HANCOCK - During the busiest work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, there were plans in place to allow emergency vehicles to get across, and with the construction of Reservation and Quincy streets in Hancock, the needs of emergency vehicles have also been considered.During the six-month ...

Learning to Grow

HOUGHTON - The new greenhouse at Houghton Middle School has its first plants.Local 4-H Club students spent Thursday afternoon planting between 500 to 600 starts for crops such as zucchini, squash and pumpkin and watering them before moving them into the new facility.This is the first spring for ...

Ontonagon airport defines planned upgrades

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County Airport Manager Carol Huntoon told the County Airport Committee last night that she plans to retire in about a year, but that won't stop the committee from trying to increase air traffic."I want to get the airport committee up to snuff," Huntoon said. "Then I want ...

Analysis: Ryan offers out for Republicans fearing Trump

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Within the span of a single hour, Donald Trump gave Republicans wary of his presidential nomination yet another reason to worry - and House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to give them a way out.In a surprise rebuke, Ryan announced Thursday that he was "just not ready" to support ...

2 finalists for skate park site

HOUGHTON - Two main spots are being considered for the location of a planned outdoor concrete skate park in Houghton.The Houghton City Council will hold a public hearing on the skate park at its next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The final choice of location will be up to the ...

Houghton wins Bioathlon for 1st time in 21 years

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University annual Bioathlon just completed its 27th competition Wednesday, and Jeff Lewin doesn't see any reason why it won't keep on going.Lewin, who is laboratory supervisor in the Tech department of biological sciences and organizer of the Bioathlon, ...

Springtime of wonder emerges yet again

HOUGHTON - It looks like the snow is finally gone and spring is here, and it's possible for May through August, temperatures in the Copper Country could be above normal, according to Robin Turner.Turner, who is meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service Negaunee Township office, ...

Bond Issue Rejected

HOUGHTON - Voters narrowly defeated a $8.69 million bond referendum for Houghton-Portage Township Schools Tuesday night. The measure lost 338-331. It included work on security and technology updates, energy conservation improvements, facility upgrades and the renovation of the physical ...

Prosecutor running for re-election

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Findlay is running unopposed as a Democrat in the Aug. 2 primary election.Findlay handles state misdemeanors and felonies in the county, violations of county ordinances, and acts as the county's attorney in civil litigation. His ...

Third-graders win CCISD Parent Committee award

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Intermediate School District held its annual Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education Dinner Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening at the CCISD building in Hancock.For the past 13 years, the PAC has been honoring people in the Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw county area ...

Looks Like a Donald

INDIANAPOLIS - Once dismissed as a fringe contender, businessman Donald Trump now is all but certain to lead the Republican Party into the fall presidential campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton - a stunning political triumph for a first-time candidate whose appeal to ...

Sawaski waives hearing

HOUGHTON - A former Houghton High School athletic director, teacher and coach was bound over to Houghton County Circuit Court Monday on charges of possessing and seeking child pornography.Don Sawaski, 71, of Houghton, waived his preliminary hearing. He is charged with two counts of possession ...

3 arraigned on drug charges

HOUGHTON - Three people arrested after an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team bust of an Atlantic Mine residence in April were arraigned in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday.Michael Karppinen II, 31, of Atlantic Mine, stood mute on four counts. Kevin Willis, 50, of Mount Morris, ...

Cost of Doing Business

HOUGHTON - The members of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative have been working to get more of the local business community involved, but some are already recycling.Suzanne Van Dam, co-chairwoman of the CCRI, said the cities of Hancock and Houghton recently received proposals for waste ...

Angler falls overboard, boat floats away

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP - The Houghton County Sheriff's Department, along with the Chassell and Bootjack first responders, responded to a call Monday afternoon of a boat that had washed up on shore near Fisherman's Lane and Portage Entry Road in Chassell Township, according to a press ...

Tuesday’s Election Watching Guide

By NANCY BENACAssociated PressWASHINGTON - Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are all-in for Indiana as they try to stave off the growing aura of inevitability surrounding their opponents. But Donald Trump says his general election race against Hillary Clinton has "sort of already started." Clinton ...

Force for good

HOUGHTON - United States Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet stressed the importance of optimism and service to Michigan Tech graduates Saturday at Spring Commencement."Today is the first day of the rest of your life," Hessler-Radelet said. "Choose optimism ... to see the world as it ...