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Isle Royale set record in 2018

HOUGHTON — Isle Royale may have set a record for the number of people to visit during the 2018 season, and this year is on a par with last season, said Derrick Jaeger of the Isle Royale National Park. “I don’t have the numbers,” he said, “but I’m pretty sure we set an annual ...

Performances in the Park has packed summer slate

COPPER HARBOR — The Copper Harbor Improvement Association (CHIA) has announced their summertime entertainment series: CHIA Presents Performances in the Park, said CHIA Co-coordinator Kathy Ihde. The eight-week Thursday evening performance will begin on July 11, and concludes on Aug. 29. The ...

New administrator on job with village council

CALUMET — The village has a new administrator. Illinois native Caleb Katz was sworn in at the regular June meeting last Tuesday, replacing Joe Snow, who retired this spring. Katz said he is enjoying the job as he becomes acclimated to new tasks and duties that are far different from his ...

H-PT solar array project fully funded

HOUGHTON – A project to put a solar panel array on the roof of the Houghton High School is a go after more grant funding than originally requested has found its way to the school. The group behind the panel project had sought a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Energy Office (MEO), part of ...

A return to Ontonagon County’s copper roots

WHITE PINE — P.M. Power Group (PMPG), owner of White Pine Copper Refinery in Ontonagon County, announced last week that it has been working for some time on developing a lab scale project to extract copper from the stamp sands causing problems on Keweenaw County’s Buffalo Reef, near Gay. ...

KBIC sets water plan

The comment period ended for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) treatment as state (TAS) under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, but not before county and state officials voiced their objections. Approval would mean that the KBIC Natural Resources Department (NRD) could ...

Calumet market fun

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The Calumet Farmers Market offers shoppers a look at local yarn and roving, fresh jam and bread, maple syrup, houseplants and more on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., next to the Calumet Theatre. The market runs every week through October, and more booths, ...

Lake Linden OKs budget

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council approved a balanced $622,700 budget at its meeting Thursday. Like many municipalities in the area, the village is waiting on the outcome of Federal Emergency Management Agency projects, said Clerk Bob Poirier. “Our 2018-19 budgets were ...

Return to the tournament

DOLLAR BAY — Fire departments from around the Copper Country converged on the Dollar Bay baseball field Saturday afternoon, throwing on jackets, climbing ladders or dousing a target in blasts of water. It wasn’t an emergency call, but the 66th annual Copper Country Firefighters ...

Koubek talks Tech’s future

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University is starting to show the influence of President Richard Koubek, who took office July 1. When interviewing, Koubek had learned about Michigan Tech’s importance to the Keweenaw as an economic driver. But the biggest thing he’s learned over the ...

Isle Royale study looks at predation, pack formation

ISLE ROYALE — A study of summer predation by wolves at Isle Royale National Park could shed light on how the new wolves are adapting to the island and what impact their arrival has on other animal populations. The study, a collaboration between the National Park Service and the State ...

Hancock mayor resigns, citing health reasons

HANCOCK — Hancock Mayor John Haeussler resigned from the City Council for health reasons at Wednesday’s meeting. “I wanted to resign in person so everyone could see me so I could say thanks,” he said Thursday. “We had a nice crowd and a lot of people turned out. It was ...

County Board offers provider a final choice

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board reached a final decision at Wednesday’s regular meeting, when commissioners said they will not conduct further negotiations internet provider, ShoreWaves, after owner Steve Fitzpatrick found a third contract unacceptable. ShoreWaves now has two weeks ...

Lift bridge receives national recognition

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake Lift Bridge was designated as an American Society of American Engineers (ASCE) National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark last month at the annual conference of the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC). The award is given by the ASCA - Michigan Chapter, ...

Village website provides information people need

CALUMET — The village website is up and running, according to Village President Dave Geisler, and provides information people need and want. In today’s computer culture, Geisler said, it is a necessity. Residents, and anyone planning to visit, need a resource for information. “For ...

Online vote for Lake Linden students Thursday

WASHINGTON — Lake Linden-Hubbell High School’s eCYBERMISSION team is looking for help from the public at their upcoming national competition. The team is up for the People’s Choice award at the web-based competition. Sponosred by the U.S. Army, the competition has students in sixth ...

In need of some work

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Cars cross the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Wednesday afternoon. Traffic backed up Wednesday morning during a “poorly-timed lift for maintenance,” about 8 a.m., said Rob Tervo, manager of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s service center in ...

Hancock Public Library making great progress

HANCOCK — During Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the School Board received an update on the progress of the Hancock Public Library, located in the high school. Dillon Geshel, director of the Portage Lake District Library (PLDL), gave the update, in which he said the library has been ...

H-PT approves budget

HOUGHTON — The Houghton-Portage Township Schools will run a small surplus for next year. The district board approved a general fund budget with $12,879,432 in projected revenues and $12,868,230 in expenses Monday. The district’s fund balance is projected to be at $1,979,049 next June ...

Crane leaves H-PT board

HOUGHTON — A longtime Houghton-Portage Township Schools board member has left the board. Trustee Dan Crane, who had spent 15 years on the board, submitted a letter of resignation to the district on June 7. “For personal reasons I need to focus my time and energy in other areas,” he ...