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Adding to coyote hunt

LANSING - Coyotes may need to get even wilier to make it through the summer.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering whether to extend coyote hunting seasons to year-round, for both day and nighttime hunting. New regulations that could be approved by the Natural Resources ...

Township treasurer running for re-election

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - Debra Aubin was first elected Calumet Township treasurer in 1996, but she ran only because the person who was treasurer at the time retired.I would never run against an incumbent," she said.Now, she's the incumbent, and as of Thursday, she's the only person to file to be on ...

Trout tagger

HOUGHTON - Marine biologists know a few things about coaster brook trout, mostly about where they spawn and where they die, but the day-to-day life cycles and migrations of the coasters, like most fish, are still relatively mysterious.Michigan Tech doctoral student Chris Adams hopes to change ...

First GOP senator calls for vote on court nominee

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mark Kirk became the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court selection, saying Friday, "It's just man up and cast a vote."The statement by Kirk, who faces a difficult re-election battle this fall in ...

Top fugitive in Paris attacks captured in Brussels raid

BRUSSELS - Police raiding an apartment building captured Europe's most wanted fugitive Friday, arresting the prime suspect in last year's deadly Paris attacks in the same Brussels neighborhood where he grew up.Hours later, the French president said more people were involved in the attacks than ...

A calling: Calumet Township clerk running again

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - For Beth Salmela, being Calumet Township clerk is such an enjoyable job she wants to keep doing it, so she's running for re-election in the August primary.Salmela said she was appointed clerk in 2010 to fill out the term of the previous clerk, which ended in 2012."I just ...

Hancock Precinct 2 polling place moved

HANCOCK - Because of concerns about the safety of students, faculty and staff at Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School in Hancock, voting will no longer be conducted in the school building, according to Monica Healy.Healy, who is Hancock Public Schools superintendent, said at the recommendations ...

Speaker: Rising health care costs may force hard choices

HOUGHTON - More health care doesn't necessarily mean better health.Dean Sienko spoke on rising health care costs and the ethical considerations that might arise from reducing them Thursday as part of the Your Health Lecture Series at Michigan Technological University. Sienko is associate dean ...

Advances in essential care offer diminishing returns in benefit

HOUGHTON - In a Thursday presentation on the rising cost of health care, a public health expert raised the paradox of the "physician's conundrum."The "physician's conundrum," Dean Sienko said, was put forth by medical ethicist Daniel Callahan, who said Medicare should restrict benefits based on ...

Old jail closing

EAGLE RIVER - The historic seven-bed Keweenaw County Jail will close by the end of the month, leaving the county with a just a 72-hour lockup facility in the same space, and an estimated $70,000-$100,000 in annual savings.The Keweenaw County Board voted for the change Wednesday after Sheriff ...

NPS narrows options on wolf management

HOUGHTON - The National Park Service has narrowed its options for dealing with the wolf/moose population issue on Isle Royale. It is now seeking additional public comment on whether the NPS should introduce new wolves to the island, and if so, how.According to the release, the new public ...

MTU researchers support quick wolf reintroduction

By DAN ROBLEEdroblee@mininggazette.comMichigan Tech researchers John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson released a brief statement Wednesday in response to the National Parks Service's request for public comment on potential plans to resolve wolf/moose population issues on Isle Royale.Vucetich and ...

Hancock moves to make changes in ordinances

HANCOCK - At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Hancock City Council took a procedural step toward making changes in its ordinances policy, which hasn't been done in a long time.Council members approved setting April 20 in the council chambers in city hall for a first reading of changes to ...

Voters to decide Houghton County facility’s future

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - A six-year renewal of the millage for the Houghton County Medical Facility will go to the voters.The Houghton County Board of Commissioners voted to place the millage on the August primary ballot, after tabling the issue to consider shortening ...

Incumbent stands again due to unresolved issues

EAGLE RIVER - For Ray Chase, the biggest issue facing the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners for the foreseeable future is the situation with the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.Chase, who is running for re-election for the District 2 seat on the County Board, said members need to find a way to ...

Dial Help offers crisis response training

HOUGHTON - No one wants to see an unhappy friend, family member or professional charge sink so deep into depression they begin to think about suicide. But few people really know when to intervene, said Dial Help Executive Director Rebecca Crane."We all know CPR, but everyone knows someone at ...

’Net-based phones: Baraga County replaces buggy system

L'ANSE - It took a buggy system to get them looking, but Baraga County now expects to save cash and get better service with a new Internet-based phone system.Last month, County Attorney Joseph O'Leary complained to the board about repeated dropped calls and other issues with courthouse phones, ...

Teacher with vision

ATLANTIC MINE - Mr. S didn't need a textbook to tell the story of any land rush or battle in history, or to tell you what date it happened."He was there," his E. B. Holman Elementary School students would explain, just barely joking.Despite being completely blind, Gerald Stefanich, who died ...

Local skaters raise funds at Dee for permanent outdoor park

HOUGHTON - Saturday's fundraiser at Dee Stadium was another step towards the local skate community's goal of a permanent park.The $125,000 fundraising goal covers what will ideally be a first phase, said Alex Aho, a member of the Houghton skate park committee who grew up skating at Level II, ...

Baraga hears KEDA membership pitch

L'ANSE - The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance is restructured and aiming toward growth. On Monday, they brought their membership pitch to the Baraga County Board of Commissioners.Jeff Ratcliffe, KEDA Executive Director, said the group recently went through a strategic planning process, ...