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State: UPHS-Marquette in compliance with regs

MARQUETTE — After an unannounced visit from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in September, UP Health System-Marquette was found in compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation, hospital management confirmed Monday night. “In September, UPHS- Marquette was ...

Futurist speaks at Economic Club of Marquette County

MARQUETTE — The future is ours to write, says Thomas Frey, futurist with the DaVinci Institute. And that future likely will include sophisticated drones and driverless technology, among other innovations. Frey was the speaker at the monthly program of the Economic Club of Marquette County ...

Me Too: Alyssa Milano elevates Harvey Weinstein conversation

NEW YORK (AP) — Alyssa Milano was in bed with her two young children when a friend of a friend on Facebook suggested something that struck her as a great way to elevate the Harvey Weinstein conversation. She took the idea to Twitter, posting: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted ...

Isle Royale National Park reintroduction?

LANSING — Can the Canada lynx return to Isle Royale and survive there? The most likely answer is “yes,” according to a new study of the feasibility of reintroducing a predator that’s been gone from the national park in Lake Superior since the 1930s. There is a high potential for a ...

Big Family helping foster kids

MARQUETTE — Big Family of Michigan, a non-profit organization that supports thousands of foster youth in need, has partnered with Upper Peninsula counties to help youth during their time spent in the foster care system, and as they age out of it. Over 400,000 children in the country are in ...

Northern Michigan University offers first marijuana degree

MARQUETTE (AP) — A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree. Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class. The program combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, ...

Holy rollers

MARQUETTE — The Marquette area’s vibrant mountain biking scene will be featured prominently by a leading industry magazine come December. Bike Magazine selected the trail system in Marquette for its ninth annual “Bike Bible,” which is what the magazine calls the most comprehensive ...

UPPCO filing provokes call for investigation

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Power Company has submitted a request to the Michigan Public Service Commission for an indefinite or two-year extension of waivers granted in connection with monthly meter reading requirements. In response, some UPPCO customers are calling on the MPSC to ...

Bill to reduce state auto insurance premiums is in peril

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Legislation to reduce Michigan’s high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an ...

Restoring the Dead

A crew of tree planters took to the woods along the north side of the Dead River Storage Basin in Marquette County recently to improve spring, summer and fall food resources available for black bear, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and a host of non-game wildlife species. Ninety percent ...

Gwinn schools dealing with fiscal stress

GWINN — The financial picture for Gwinn Area Community Schools is grim, but the district is taking steps to alleviate the issue. GACS Superintendent Tom Jayne said the school district is looking at having to implement a roughly $400,000 budget reduction this school year. The district’s ...

Marquette County horses test positive for deadly virus

MARQUETTE — Two Marquette County horses recently tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis, also known as the “triple-E” virus, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Marquette County Health Department. Six cases of the deadly virus have been diagnosed in horses in ...

Judge refuses to lift freeze on Trump’s sanctuary cities policy

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO — A U.S. district judge in Chicago on Friday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a national freeze on a Trump administration policy that seeks to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t ...

Gerrymandering

MARQUETTE — An independent, impartial commission is the answer to problems caused by gerrymandering, says a volunteer group called Voters Not Politicians. Gerrymandering’s effects on Michigan voters were discussed Thursday at a meeting of the Marquette Chapter of the American Association ...

Hiawatha Co-op prepares early for the festival’s 40-year anniversary

MARQUETTE — July is an exciting month for the Upper Peninsula. Snow is usually melted and the sun warms the lake and hearts of many after endearing a long winter. July seems to fly by — except for the third weekend of the month when thousands gather to slow time down by listening and ...

State to renew groundwater rule for toxic chemicals

By KALEY FECH, Special to the Journal LANSING — Michigan’s emergency rules on how much of a particular hazardous chemical can be left in groundwater are set to expire Oct. 27, and that could create an environmental problem in the state. To address the concern, the Michigan Department ...

Purchase process

NEGAUNEE — The city of Negaunee has made progress toward the goal of selling several parcels of unused city land. At a special meeting last Thursday, the Negaunee City Council voted unanimously to sell an 8,000-square-foot lot near the city’s water tower to Negaunee Cable Co. for $6,000. ...

Fire code debate still burning

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission, in a last-minute addition to the agenda, discussed expediting a decision on the controversial city fire code debate at its regular meeting this week. The move, which was to rescind a previous postponement, ultimately failed in a split vote ...

Electronic inventory system recognized

LANSING — Michigan’s foresters are saving time, effort and paper when they conduct inventories of state forest resources. The web-enabled Michigan Forest Inventory system — called “MiFI” for short — replaces previous, cumbersome data-recording systems with computer tablets when ...