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Press Releases

Gov. Whitmer signs House bill into law

LANSING — Today, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 5496 into law. House Bill 5496 amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to make technical corrections to certain definitions in Part 115, Solid Waste Management, related to the regulation of coal ash landfills. These ...

DNR wants hunter input on proposed 2020 deer hunting regulations

A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation was introduced to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday at the commission’s regular monthly meeting, which was conducted in an online and conference call format due to ...

WUPHD announces closure of COVID-19 call center

HANCOCK — Due to a decline in call volume, WUPHD will be ceasing operation of their COVID-19 call center at close of business on Friday, May 15. According to Kate Beer, WUPHD Health Officer, the current need for this type of service has waned, but it could be offered again in the future. ...

Health Department begins scheduling field work for well and septic permitting

BARAGA, GOGEBIC, HOUGHTON, KEWEENAW, and ONTONAGON – Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-70, allowed the resumption of work that presents a low risk of COVID-19 infection. Construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily done outdoors, such as ...

DNR’s Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet virtually

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference May 20. Among the agenda items, discussions are scheduled on the DNR’s forest road inventory process and new license system, along with a Parks and ...

Community action agencies expand emergency programs across Michigan

LANSING — Michigan families hit hard by the financial and health-related impacts of COVID-19 will benefit from a $450,000 Consumers Energy Foundation grant to eight community action agencies working to meet the emergency needs of low- and moderate-income residents in 43 counties. “We are ...

MDHHS statement on today’s COVID-19 case reporting

LANSING — The COVID-19 case count being reported today is a significant increase over reports from previous days. Several factors are contributing to this increase including backlogged results being reported electronically into the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) and increased ...

Governor Whitmer extends executive order temporarily suspending evictions

LANSING — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-85, which temporarily extends protections for tenants and mobile home owners from being evicted from their home during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s critical Michiganders can self-quarantine and continue ...

Senior Fest 2020 Canceled

The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging Board announces with great regret the cancellation of the Annual Senior Fest. This decision was made with heavy hearts. They feel it would be in the best interest of everyone’s health and well-being. This annual event has been held the third Wednesday ...

2020 L’Anse lakefront concerts

The Village of L’Anse/DDA has decided to review its 2020 Lakefront Concerts schedule on a month-to-month basis. For example, July’s schedule will be reviewed June 15. It is felt the concerts provide too much joy to the audiences, performers and general public to cancel the entire ...

MIOSHA workplace guidelines, new hotline to protect Michigan workers

LANSING — As the curve continues to flatten and many businesses reopen their doors, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) issued workplace guidelines for employers and employees and created a new hotline, ...

MSU Extension offering supportive program for caregivers

MSU Extension is offering a free on-line series entitled Powerful Tools for Caregivers for six consecutive Thursdays starting Thursday May 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST via Zoom. The entire six-week series provides caregivers support and tools to help caregivers in a variety of ways. The series is ...

State Police arrest man for Felonious Assault and multiple weapons charges

Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) St. Ignace Post responded to a report of a Felonious Assault that took place between two men in Marquette Township of Mackinac County. It was reported that a 72-year-old resident of Mackinac County had stopped to check on what he believed to be a ...

Aspirus, broadcasters urge residents ‘Don’t delay, seek care today’

Aspirus, with support from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), are supporting a statewide TV and social media campaign urging residents not to delay medical care needed to save lives, or detect, treat and prevent potentially ...