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AmeriCorps worker gets Barkell students into recycling

HANCOCK - For about three weeks, students at Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School have been taking part in a recycling program, and according to Emma Giffels they're really into it.Giffels, who is the Barkell AmeriCorps member, said after graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree ...

Donald “Butch” Grandchamp

HANCOCK - Donald "Butch" Grandchamp, 71, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2015, at his home in Hancock, surrounded by people who loved him.He was born June 20, 1944, in Hancock, to Emma (nee Davis) and George Grandchamp. Butch was the youngest in a family of 11.Butch is survived by one ...

CVB creates One Community Calendar

CALUMET - The Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has created a new "One Community Calendar" that allows viewers to see all the events going on at a time throughout the Copper Country, whether by the day, the week, or the month.The concept of the calendar is to help people see what ...

Cordell pleads guilty in Schoolcraft triple murder case

MANISTIQUE - Garry JC Cordell, 47, of Manistique, showed no remorse as he sat before Judge William Carmody in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court Thursday and pleaded guilty to three life felonies for his role in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a burnt vehicle last ...

Obama quashes Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.Obama's decision marked an unambiguous ...

Report raises ceiling for emissions

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The U.N.'s environmental authority has quietly raised its assessment of the level at which global greenhouse gas emissions must peak to avoid dangerous climate change, as governments seek a new accord to fight global warming.In its first four annual emissions reports in ...

Woman apologizes for fire started by efforts to kill bedbugs

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit woman has apologized for a massive fire that she and authorities said was accidentally started by her efforts to eradicate bedbugs from her apartment.Tuesday's fire tore through Ramblewood Apartments, destroying the 48-unit complex. Sherry Young was injured along with ...

Son of human rights activist killed in Burundi, alarm grows

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) - A witness says a son of a prominent human rights activist was killed after being arrested, part of an unremitting wave of killings in Burundi that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned of a worsening security situation."It is with grave concern that ...

In shift, Russia suspends flights to Egypt, citing security

MOSCOW (AP) - In an abrupt turnaround, Russia on Friday suspended all passenger flights to Egypt after days of resisting U.S. and British suggestions that a bomb may have brought down a Russian plane in the Sinai Peninsula a week ago.The move dealt a sharp blow to both countries' tourism ...

Study: ‘Happiness advantage’ over age 30 is vanishing

Are you happy? Very happy? If you're in your 30s or older, a new study has found that you're less likely to answer "yes" than your parents were.The findings, being published online Thursday in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, come on the heels of another recent report ...

The Elvis cake, a memory book among Oprah’s Favorite Things

NEW YORK (AP) - A Kardashian-worthy phone case rimmed with tiny lights, a keepsake book of "Letters to My Love" and a banana, peanut butter and chocolate cake called the Elvis are among Oprah's Favorite Things of 2015.This year's list, which guarantees companies a bump in sales, includes 87 ...

Father charged in death of infant son

HOUGHTON - A Hancock man accused of involuntarily killing his 10-week-old son in July, as well as breaking and entering into a Finlandia University office in October, was arraigned Wednesday in 97th District Court.Benjamin Reilly, 27, allegedly placed his son in an unsafe sleeping environment ...

Gala speaker living example of how U.P. Kids matters in Copper Country

HOUGHTON - To convey the impact Good Will Farm (now U.P. Kids) had on his life, Mark Aho turned to an analogy about starfish.In his story, a man walked down a beach covered with starfish that had washed on shore. He threw one back in the water. When someone yelled at him that it was a waste of ...

HHS grad to help vets heal through skiing

ITHACA, N.Y. - John Botto got a challenging job flying medical transport helicopters immediately after getting out of the Army's 10th Mountain Division last year. He wasn't one of the veterans he worries about the most - the men and women suddenly without a purpose after the highly organized ...

Resurrected: Vintage shop gets new life in vintage Vertin building

CALUMET - Almost five years ago, the Vertin Gallery in Calumet closed due to financial concerns. But in July, it began a new life, which manager Mary Sue Hyslop hopes will act as a unifying force in the community.Hyslop said after the gallery closed in November 2012, most of the art work and ...

3-D printing gives amputees a hand

HOUGHTON - Crear Manos Por Los Ninos owns the only 3-D printer in Nicaragua, where basic materials for the devices are hard to come by, says Crear Manos' Eric Friesen. But it's not yet pumping out free artificial hands for amputees, the goal of the organization.That's largely because the ...

Tech students explore history

HOUGHTON - Most historical presentations in the Copper Country cover aspects of the mining era.But the recent decades have their own compelling traits and trends to examine. Some of them were on display at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton Tuesday at the reception for its newest exhibit, "The ...

Mystery donor boosts Keweenaw historic park’s 2016 budget

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - An anonymous donation of $100,000 accounts for nearly a quarter of the Keweenaw National Historical Park's 2016 budget approved Tuesday by the park's Advisory Commission."That will go a long way toward our grant program," said John Sullivan, commission vice chairman.Of the ...

No fails: School referendums passed by voters

All three school district millages on Houghton and Ontonagon county ballots yesterday were approved by voters.Stanton Township Public Schools asked for a $3.4 million bond proposal for renovations and additions to the E.B. Holman School. The proposal passed 239-189.Ewen-Trout Creek Consolidated ...

Craft show is like visit to Santa’s workshop

HOUGHTON - Shoppers can get a head start on their holiday shopping this weekend, as the Deer Hunters' Widows Craft Show once again fills the Copper Country Mall."Last year was absolutely awesome," crafter Gail Plute said.Plute sells a variety of items, made by herself and daughters Cheryl ...