Local News

‘Your truck’s smoking’

HOUGHTON - Hurontown firefighters put out a vehicle fire Thursday afternoon for a surprised customer at Erickson's Feed and Seed, which luckily is located a couple doors down from Hurontown's fire hall."With it happening next to the fire department, they were able to respond quickly before it ...

EMILY device deployed for water rescue

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community donated two life-saving devices - available from one of its corporations - to aid trained first responders in saving Lake Superior swimmers struggling to avoid drowning.Five people have lost their lives this year in Lake Superior alone, including 22-year ...

Seeking Sailors

ONTONAGON - The United States Coast Guard is looking to recruit local citizens to re-establish a Coast Guard auxiliary flotilla.The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a civilian component of the Coast Guard, chartered by Congress in 1939. The auxiliary is under the control of the U.S. Department of ...

Porkies chairlift rides begin

Chairlift rides to view the fall colors at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park will begin this weekend.Rides will be offered at the park's ski hill over the next several weekends, as the colors of autumn continue to change."The Porcupine Mountains is one of the best places in the Upper ...

Field trip grants available

GLADSTONE - Hiawatha National Forest is collaborating with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Clear Lake Education Center, Michigan State University Extension and Seney National Wildlife Refuge to connect fourth grade students to their public lands from the 2016 field trip grant awarded ...

Vote Heat

CHASSELL - The Chassell Township Board and more than 60 residents met in a heated discussion Wednesday about the Portage Lake District Library referendum in a meeting that lasted more than three hours.In August, township voters approved a millage to remain in the library district, but in ...

PM Power threatens White Pine closure

WHITE PINE - "This plant will close operations on Nov. 26, if this isn't stopped," said Zach Halkola, chief operating officer of PM Power Group Inc. which owns and operates the White Pine Electric Company.Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), which oversees the electric grid in the ...

UPPCO seeks to address SSR Payments

HOUGHTON - The Upper Peninsula Power Company released a statement dated Sept. 8, 2016, stating the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC)granted UPPCO an increase in its electric rates by $4,647,975 annually, effective Sept. 23 of this year.The rate increase granted by the MPSC, however, is ...

White Pine garners support from Ontonagon

For the GazetteWith the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) executing a 90-day notice cancelling the System Support Resource (SSR) services of White Pine Electric Power, LLC, the Ontonagon Village Council took an 'official' position at this week's Council meeting.The council ...

Houghton approves loan to purchase new vehicles, equipment

HOUGHTON - The Houghton City Council approved a USDA Rural Development loan for a new aerial fire truck.The loan covers $462,000 of the cost of the 2015 Pierce truck, which costs $1,017,500. The truck has a 100-foot aerial platform."They're a lot easier to work with, a lot safer for ...

Treat Street moved to a Saturday

HOUGHTON - For the first time, Houghton's Treat Street will be held on a Saturday.The Halloween Trick-or-Treat event for children, which takes place on Shelden Avenue, will start at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29.Susie Landers, business development director for Houghton, said the move from Fridasys was made ...

Ontonagon gets, considers selling land

For the GazetteLand was the topic at this week's Ontonagon village council meeting. While the village council agreed to accept a gift of land from one land-owner, they sent the issue of selling village property to a local business owner.An Ontonagon property owner wanted to sell a parcel of ...

Hancock announces master plan for CCCAC

HANCOCK - A good sized crowd attended open house Monday for the city's proposed master plan at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock.The purpose was to get input from city residents about what possible changes they would like to see in the city, or what they think works well. ...

Calumet students participate in GRACE

CALUMET - Over the summer, some Calumet High School students got some experience in real-world applications of digital technology, and Tuesday the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw Board of Education heard about the program.MIke Roland, CHS computers teacher, said nine CHS ...

No new jail in Houghton County budget

HOUGHTON - The Houghton County Board approved an $11.35 million budget for the coming fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday.The county is budgeting $11,350,312 for all expenditures in the coming year, versus $11,369,363 in revenues. For the general fund, the numbers are $9,420,056 in revenues and ...

Ontonagon County resident working at South Pole

As Western Upper Peninsula residents are getting ready for minus-zero winter temps, Ontonagon County resident Darren Lukkari of Mass City has been working in 100-degree-below-zero temps for the past year.Lukkari works at the South Pole for Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), which operates ...

Raises approved for LL super, support staff

LAKE LINDEN - Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Superintendent Craig Sundblad and the district's non-professional personnel received 0.75 percent raises at Monday night's board meeting."What we generally do is mirror the teachers' salary, and the teachers got 0.75 percent," Sundblad said.The ...

LWVCC to print voter guide

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country (LWVCC) in cooperation with the Daily Mining Gazette, will be printing the Voter Guide again this year. The scheduled publishing date for the Voter Guide to published is Tuesday, October 18.Letters to 236 Candidates from Houghton and Keweenaw ...

Square with the house

LAKE LINDEN - A former Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board of Education member gave a donation to the district equal to the amount that would have been owed in back taxes to the district for a structure he built on a Schoolcraft Township campground.Kevin Codere gave the district $363.06, ...

First responders recognized: Ceremony honors those lost in 9/11

HOUGHTON - Michigan House of Representatives honored recently fallen Beartown firefighters James Shelifoe, Jr. and Alan Swartz Thursday at the house's annual Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony honoring those lost in 2001 and recognizing first responders serving in Michigan communities today.Chris ...