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Stabenow, Peters, Bergman ready to support flood-damaged communities

HOUGHTON — Members of Congress from Michigan say they’ll support any state request for federal disaster aid in the wake of flooding in the Upper Peninsula. Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined Republican Rep. Jack Bergman in offering their help to Gov. Rick ...

Going National

MARQUETTE — The Iron Ore Heritage Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke. The National Recreation Trails Program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with a number of ...

Michigan board approves redistricting measure for ballot

LANSING — Michigan voters may be asked if they want to create a commission to draw districts for seats in Congress and the state Legislature this fall. On Wednesday, the Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the petition for the November ballot. The state elections bureau estimated ...

Mini-grants awarded for 2 projects in downtown Ishpeming

ISHPEMING — A joint Upper Peninsula effort will soon help foster works of art in Ishpeming as well as help tourists find the downtown area. Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development announced Prosperous Places mini-grants from the Regional Prosperity Council totaling $7,500 for two ...

Lakes connection

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Maritime Museum on Tuesday hosted the first of its Evening Lighthouse Tours, which will continue every third Tuesday of each month into September. Participants will receive a guided tour from Museum Director Hilary Billman, with individual presentations from ...

Snyder tours ravaged region

HOUGHTON — Gov. Rick Snyder visited Houghton County Tuesday to survey damage from Sunday’s flash floods which were responsible for claiming the life of a 12-year-old boy. The Houghton County child, Thatcher Markham, who was injured in Sunday morning’s flood, has died of his injuries, ...

Conservation crews assist in relief effort

MARQUETTE — The Superior Watershed Partnership has deployed two four-person Great Lakes Conservation Corps crews to assist with disaster relief in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Both crews were on site within 24 hours of the flood event and will continue to assist for at least two weeks, ...

Millage to be sought for police, fire

MARQUETTE — During the Nov. 6 election, Marquette Township residents will get the opportunity to weigh in on two proposals related to police and fire services equalling a tax increase of 1 mill. In two separate unanimous votes Tuesday, the Marquette Township Board directed the township ...

In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, ...

Gerrymandering issue to be on ballot

LANSING — Michigan voters will decide whether to reform the way voting districts in the state are drawn at the ballot box on Nov. 6. A Voters Not Politicians ballot proposal to end political gerrymandering was approved by the Board of State Canvassers today. According to a VNP press ...

Disaster declaration

HOUGHTON — Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties Monday afternoon due to health and safety concerns raised by Sunday’s flash flood. With the declaration, National Guard troops will be deployed to aid with road repairs, the governor said in a ...

Local groups work to aid Copper Country

MARQUETTE — A number of local organizations have announced plans to aid those affected by the flooding that caused damage to roads, homes and businesses in the Copper Country over the weekend. While some organizations are requesting funding to help, others are seeking items to be ...

Board approves budget

ISHPEMING — The NICE Community Schools Board of Education Monday approved the district’s budget and set millage rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year. “We’re doing well overall, I think,” NICE Superintendent Bryan DeAugustine said during a budget hearing, which immediately preceded the ...

GEI Consultants to complete stormwater management plan

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission voted recently to enter into a contract not to exceed $100,000 with GEI Consultants Inc. to develop a stormwater management plan per a stormwater, asset management and wastewater grant. The city of Marquette was awarded the funding, typically called ...

ID enhancement the goal of DDA

MARQUETTE — Downtown Marquette will be undergoing some changes in the coming months as the Marquette Downtown Development Authority has selected a firm to direct an identity enhancement project. Earlier this year, the DDA sent out a request for proposals and has selected Arnett Muldrow ...

Flood soaks western U.P.

HOUGHTION — Heavy rain throughout the Copper Country Sunday morning — totaling up to 7 inches — triggered an epic flash flood that tore up asphalt streets and damaged homes and businesses. There was a temporary lull of rain during the daytime on Sunday, but the National Weather Service ...

Gov. Rick Snyder declares disaster for Houghton, Menominee counties

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties after severe weather and heavy rainfall struck both counties, resulting in widespread flooding damage, according to a press release from the governor's office. The declaration of disaster will ...

Construction at airport begins

MARQUETTE — Construction is now underway at Sawyer International Airport. Crews have been working since June 4 on a large-scale runway construction project, which will involve shortening the runway from 12,370 feet to 9,070 feet and fully rehabilitating the surface. Airport Manager Duane ...

County, legislators weigh in on proposed tax cuts for utilities

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula legislators and counties are weighing in on Senate Bill 1031, a piece of legislation that would amend the General Property Tax Act to exempt qualified utility personal property from being taxed. The property could include electric, gas and water distribution ...

We Are The Marquette Movement seeks to spread important message

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Silence is not consent. Not saying “no” isn’t the same as saying “yes.” We Are The Marquette Movement is working hard to spread this message to educate the public on the true legal meaning of consent in the context of sexual ...