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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 ...

Communication concerns

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 ...

Yam (Haus) on a roll

MARQUETTE — Yam Haus is on a roll and this up-and-coming band with an Upper Peninsula connection will be bringing its music to venues all around the central U.S. this summer, to places like Milwaukee, Chicago and Tennessee. But first, the four-piece band is stopping in Negaunee on June 24 ...

Copper Country hit with flooding

HOUGHTON - Police and other emergency personnel on Sunday reported flash flooding that has closed roadways, damaged homes and shuttered businesses, due to continuous rainfall the area experienced in the past 24 hours. The heavy rains had caused more than 60 sinkholes, washing out roads and ...

MDOT removes, closes stairways at M-28 rest areas

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Some stairways have been closed and removed at scenic lakeside rest areas along M-28 East between Harvey and the Marquette County line, due to rising lake levels and significant erosion that has made the structures difficult to maintain, ...

BLP discusses sound mitigation at Marquette Energy Center

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Wartsila, the Finnish manufacturing company that services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets, recently finished prototyping a sound mitigation device for the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Marquette ...

Options discussed for Sawyer Community Center

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer K.I. SAWYER — Shashoni Groleau, of K.I. Sawyer, regularly takes her girls, Abbie Smith, 2, and Shalynn Danforth, 7, to the K.I. Sawyer Community Center. “She comes up here every day after school,” Groleau said of her older ...

Lake of the clouds

MARQUETTE — Science, meet Lake Superior. Lake Superior, meet science. An offshore solar radiation-monitoring site for NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System experiment is being set up this week at Granite Island Light Station by a NASA contractor, Science Systems and ...

Report: Tunnel, trench offer options for replacing Line 5

TRAVERSE CITY — A 65-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil beneath a sensitive waterway connecting two of the Great Lakes could be replaced with pipes buried in a tunnel or partially enclosed in trenches that would pose virtually no risk of leakage but require years and hundreds of ...