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Wilderness Recreation: Public uses planned for Brockway area

MOHAWK — When the Keweenaw County Board passed its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance, Brockway Mountain was not considered, because there were no businesses or residences along Brockway Mountain Drive, Keweenaw County Road Commissioner Ron Olson said. All of that may be subject to change. ...

Tribe wants to set water standards in reservation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) application to implement water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. If approved, the KBIC would be allowed to develop and maintain its own water-quality standards for ...

Houghton County assessed value rises

HOUGHTON — Assessed value in Houghton County rose 5.6 percent in 2018, equalization director Cheryl Patrick said at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. It stood at $1,280,233,698 — $67,682,762 over the previous year. Houghton led the way in assessed value with $170,085,596, followed by ...

Houghton native named prosecutor

HOUGHTON — After almost a decade as Houghton County’s assistant prosecutor, Brittany Bulleit has ascended to the top spot. Bulleit was appointed as the county’s prosecuting attorney on April 1. She replaces longtime prosecutor Michael Makinen, who had been in the post since 2009. ...

Lake Linden student to give soil research at science symposium

LAKE LINDEN — The high altitudes and red rocks of New Mexico might seem like a strange place to find out about Upper Peninsula forests. But scientists will get that chance later this month, when Lake Linden High School 10th-grader Siona Beaudoin presents her research at the Junior Science ...

ATVs not allowed to access Brockway Mountain road

MOHAWK — On the agenda of a special meeting of the Keweenaw County Road Commission Monday was the topic of ATVs using Brockway Mountain. While ATVs have regularly used the drive in the past, it is actually in violation of a county ordinance, and also state law, because there is no ...

Creeping Sturgeon: With snow coming, river’s getting eyed

Thursday’s weather will include as much as 10 inches of snow across the western Upper Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service, but meteorologist Keith White is optimistic it will be the last winter storm of the year. Of course, you cannot be 100% certain, he added. The storm ...

County contracts for cost estimates on options for jail

HOUGHTON — U.P. Engineers & Architects will provide construction cost estimates for three options for replacing the Houghton County Jail. The County Board approved a $9,600 contract with UPEA at Tuesday’s meeting. UPEA will look at: •Renovating Camp Kitwen, a former ...

Makinen retires as county prosecutor

HOUGHTON — A longtime fixture of the Houghton County legal community has handled his last case. Michael Makinen, who became Houghton County’s prosecuting attorney in 2009, retired from the position at the end of March. Brittany Bulleit, chief assistant prosecuting attorney, was appointed ...

Permit approved for Warden plant

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved the permit for the L’Anse Warden Electric Company, owned by Convergen Energy, to burn engineered fuel pellets. The pellets are made of pre-consumer packaging waste that comes direct from manufacturers and consists of ...

Breaking Open the Canal

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder plows through ice on the Portage Lake Shipping Canal Monday morning. Residents came out to the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park to snap photos of the 225-foot ship, which is based out of Duluth, Minnesota.

Keweenawesomefest: Festival delivers comic, musical riffs

HOUGHTON — Bookended by the energetic live debut of Houghton band The Graduates and a raucous set from festival veterans The Go Rounds of Kalamazoo, Keweenawesomefest left fans satisfied with nine acts Friday and Saturday. Bands appreciated the crowds’ attentiveness and enthusiasm. ...

Houghton considers additional officer

HOUGHTON — With part-time officers increasingly harder to come by, Houghton is discussing the potential of adding another full-time officer. It remains to be seen whether the city has funds to do it, City Manager Eric Waara said. “The chief has asked if we could hire one more person,” ...

Copper Country Blight Grants

LAKE LINDEN — Copper Country communities make up a third of the nine receiving grants from the Michigan Land Bank Authority to eliminate blight. County land banks and local units of governments could apply for the Rural Community Demolition Grant, which is designed to help municipalities ...

City starts considering search for office space

HOUGHTON — Where to move the Houghton City Center was an issue raised during Wednesday’s initial budget meeting of the City Council. City manager Eric Waara said at last week’s City Council meeting upstairs tenant Midwest Loan Services had given the city a letter of intent to buy the ...

U.P. Kids offering training for foster, adoptive parents

U.P. Kids is hosting an all-day training next week for foster and adoptive parents. Kim Seidel, a specialist on reactive detachment disorder, will train parents how to deal with sever behaviors like gorging, lying, defiance, stealing, self-mutilation, sexual acting out and aggression. “Any ...

Flood Forage: DNR on hunt for Copper Country snow melt erosion

HOUGHTON — As temperatures are projected to spike into the 60s, the Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s help in finding areas on former railroad grades damaged by last year’s flood. These problems include pooling of water upstream of trails and in unnaturally ...

Portage Township getting sewer upgrade funds

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Portage Township will get some much-needed sewer infrastructure upgrades with aid from U.S. Department of Agriculture grants. The township will build a sewer collection system along the Green Acres Road/M-26 corridor through a $960,000 loan and $2.04 million grant from ...

Not there yet: Copper Country LWV spreads equal pay word at Tech

HOUGHTON — The gender wage gap is narrowing, but still not closed. Members of the League of Women voters of the Copper Country were at Michigan Technological University to publicize the issue for the annual Equal Pay Day. The day marks the approximate point at which the average woman would ...