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Down and derby

Lakeview Arena hosted a roller derby bout Saturday evening between the Dead River Derby Superior Sirens and the Keweenaw Roller Girls.

DNR Crystal Falls office to be renovated

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will soon update the Crystal Falls field office in Iron County — the first time the office has been substantially renovated since the building was constructed in 1970. “The field office will undergo a complete interior ...

Old dams threaten downstream life

LANSING — Since Michiganders drive on them every day, roads and bridges are often the first things that come to mind when it comes to the condition of Michigan’s infrastructure. Less visible — but just as hazardous if not properly maintained — are the state’s 2,500 dams. Just as ...

Gay pride parades sound note of resistance — and face some

SAN FRANCISCO — Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In San Francisco, ...

FIXING A ‘MESS’

MARQUETTE — For Marquette city residents interested in “tiny houses,” harvesting fresh eggs from their backyards, or just making simple improvements to their home — municipal land development codes define what’s permitted and what’s not, for homeowners and businesses alike. These ...

ROCKIN FOR A CAUSE

Local rock band Sah (from left: Justin Worsham, guitar; Evan Potila, drums; and Jesse DeCaire, drums) performs Friday night at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in a benefit concert for the Marquette Women’s Center. The bill also included The God Eaters, of Marquette, and WOMB, from ...

Gwinn school district begins 2nd year of major bond projects

MARQUETTE — Following the passage of last year’s voter-approved multimillion dollar bond proposal, work is continuing on multiple fronts to update and expand technology capabilities, and improve buildings and athletic facilities at Gwinn Area Community Schools. Voters in May 2016 approved ...

AP analysis shows how gerrymandering benefited GOP in 2016

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trumps’ favor. Less ...

HITTING THE TRAILS

At right, Tyler Gauthier of Ishpeming races down the Dual Slalom mountain bike course near Marquette Mountain during the Marquette Trail Festival Friday. More events will take place today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit marquette ...

Citizens Academy touches on use of force, personal safety

MARQUETTE — Use of force by law enforcement has been a topic covered heavily in the news as of lately, particularly surrounding cases that resulted in citizen fatalities. “Police officers are often forced to make touch decisions,” said Clint Michelin, 1st Lt. and Michigan State Police ...

Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives for Foxconn

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder urged the Republican-led Michigan House on Friday to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there is still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state despite the cancellation of a vote ...

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore announces Ranger program schedule

MUNISING — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, part of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has announced its Ranger Program schedule from now through Labor Day. Programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Reservations are needed only for specified ...

Up in flames

MARQUETTE — About 60 firefighters representing virtually every department in Marquette County had the opportunity to fight propane-fueled flames during a training session Thursday. “This is the most realistic scenario we can run that duplicates a propane emergency,” said Ron DeMarse, ...

State terminates independent contractor analyzing Line 5

MARQUETTE — The state of Michigan on Wednesday terminated a contract with Det Norske Veritas Inc., the firm preparing a risk analysis report on the Line 5 pipeline below the Straits of Mackinac. The contract was terminated prior to the draft report being delivered to the state’s project ...

Michigan Senate gives final approval to $56.7B budget

LANSING — The Michigan Senate gave final approval Thursday to a $56.7 billion state budget that includes a big increase in funding for at-risk students, capping a four-month process that had been held up a bit by Republicans’ push for teacher retirement changes. The spending plan sent to ...

Opioid abuse: ‘Doctor shopping’ targeted

LANSING — Doctors would be required to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other powerful drugs under legislation approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate in an effort to target “doctor shopping” by addicts. The seven bills also would limit the amount of ...

Future explored

MARQUETTE — The sun shone Tuesday evening despite concerns over rain as about 30 members of the community got a firsthand look at the Marquette Lighthouse property and offered feedback for a new land use plan. The historic red lighthouse by McCarty’s Cove was deeded to the city by the ...

Marquette County Board holds hearing on smoking ordinance

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board held a public hearing Tuesday to solicit feedback from the public regarding a proposed revision to the county’s tobacco and vaping ordinance that would allow bars to sell tobacco products. The ordinance was updated at an August 2016 meeting, omitting ...

New Beacon House to be located on UPHS-Marquette campus

MARQUETTE — Through a property lease agreement with UP Health System-Marquette, the Beacon House is planning to construct its new building near the intersection of Seventh and Spring streets in Marquette. The agreement was announced Wednesday at an event for the Beacon House’s seventh ...

NICE school board adopts budget

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — The NICE Community Schools Board on Monday unanimously adopted its 2017-18 budget, which is projected to add about $142,000 to the district’s fund balance. Revenues in the upcoming year’s budget totaled about $12.84 million, up around ...