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Time to buckle up: MOHSP announces annual Click it or Ticket campaign

Three out of four people ejected from a vehicle in a crash will die. That statistic was was stated by the director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), Michael L. Prince, which is quoted from a release from that office Thursday. To stress the importance of buckling up, ...

Helping weather forecasts: Expert speaks on what patterns say is in store

HOUGHTON — Over the past 30 to 40 years, storms have become more extreme. Thanks to population growth, when the storms hit, they often affect more people. “It makes it even more important that we have folks out there to notify them when this bad weather is coming, so we can try to ...

No solution here: County officials cite Kitwen shortcomings

HOUGHTON — Turning Camp Kitwen into a county jail would pose a myriad of financial and logistical problems, Houghton County officials said at Tuesday’s board meeting. About 12 county officials recently toured the former minimum-security prison camp, located near Painesdale. It has been ...

Jail task force sets first meeting date

HOUGHTON — Houghton County’s jail task force will have its first meeting at the end of the month. The task force, which is charged with making recommendations for the best option for replacing or adding onto the jail, will meet at 6 p.m., May 28, in the Houghton County Circuit Courtroom. ...

Candidates spend evening interviewed by school board

HANCOCK — As scheduled, the Board of Education conducted interviews in a public forum Tuesday evening, at which they asked the same questions to three candidates, Steve Patchin, director of career services at Michigan Technological University, Chris Salani, athletic director at Hancock Public ...

Search turns to recovery mission for missing plane

FRANKFORT — The search for two downstate residents in a plane crash off the shore of Lake Michigan has turned from a rescue mission to recovery, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Wednesday. The county also identified the people on the plane: Emanuel Manos, 53, of ...

Michigan Tech announces new director of jazz starting this fall

HOUGHTON — Adam Meckler, accomplished musician, composer, and music educator, has been selected as the new assistant professor of music/director of jazz studies in Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. Meckler will replace Mike Irish, who retired in ...

Hancock School Board to hold second special meeting

HANCOCK — The School Board will conduct a special meeting Tuesday, May 14, from 6-9 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing three candidates for the superintendent position to replace Kipp Beaudoin, who resigned in order to take his experience in education in a new direction overseas. The ...

Plane that took off from Ontonagon still missing

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. — The search continues for a plane that went missing in Northern Michigan after taking off from Ontonagon Sunday. About 7:50 p.m. Sunday, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Minneapolis air controllers saying they were in contact with a pilot ...

Shrine Circus a big hit for all

Bikiltu Gockenbach/Daily Mining Gazette The elephants are always a special part of the Shrine Circus, which was in the MacInnes Student Ice Arena Friday for two shows for the community.

Weekend hit-and-run in Keweenaw County under investigation

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what is being considered a hit-and-run, road rage crash that occurred over the weekend in the parking lot of the BP gas station in Allouez. The Sheriff’s Office initially posted the incident on its Facebook page, in ...

MTRAC hosts project review in Houghton

HOUGHTON — The prospects for a variety of high-tech projects through Michigan were determined by what happened at Michigan Technological University Friday. The oversight committee for the advanced material MTRAC (Michigan Translocational Research and Commercialization program) met to review ...

Under new management: Gazette announces new managing editor

The Daily Mining Gazette's editorial department is now under the guidance of a new interim managing editor, local and sports editor David “Daver” Karnosky. “I admit, I'm a bit nervous,” Karnosky said. He said that doing the best job he can is important to him. “We have a ...

School board defines superintendent position

HANCOCK — The Hancock School Board met in special session at noon Friday. Among the agenda items was a discussion on what qualifications they are looking for in a superintendent, along with what skill sets would be of value to the office, the school, and the district as a whole. While one ...

Michigan Tech holds disaster drill

HOUGHTON — If a fuel tanker overturns in a multi-vehicle crash near Michigan Technological University, Tech employees and emergency responders will know what to do. Because they have already done it. Tech hosted a disaster drill on campus Thursday night, acting out a scenario where a ...

DNR gives trails update in Houghton

HOUGHTON — Department of Natural Resources staff gave updates on work being done to restore trail access in the Houghton area at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The goal is to restore trails to the condition they were in prior to last June’s floods, said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper ...

Chimney fire in Torch Lake

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Firefighters put out a chimney fire at a garage on Baulman Road in Torch Lake Township Wednesday afternoon. The fire, which was put out in about 10 minutes, did minor damage to the building, said Brad Banfield, first assistant with the Dollar Bay Fire Department.

1K lose power in Houghton Thursday

HOUGHTON — About 1,000 customers lost power in the Houghton area after an equipment malfunction Thursday night. The outage occurred at 5:01 p.m., knocking out power to 1,015 customers in the Houghton area, said Brett French, Upper Peninsula Power Co. vice president of business development ...

Voters say ‘no’ to wind

L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — Voters defeated a L’Anse Township referendum to amend its zoning ordinance to allow wind energy projects on commercial forest land. The no vote garnered 315 residents (55 percent), while only 257 (45 percent) voted in favor of the amendment. The no vote overturns a ...