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BLP, Salvation Army kicks off Generating Change program

MARQUETTE — A little change goes a long way. Customers of the Marquette Board of Light and Power can now seek assistance for their electric bills through the company’s new Generating Change program from November until March by filling out an application through the Salvation Army in ...

Officials try to account for hundreds missing in fire’s wake

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press CHICO, Calif. — With 63 people confirmed dead in the Northern California wildfire, authorities Friday tried to winnow down a slapped-together list of the missing more than 600 names long, hoping many of them got out safely in ...

Chocolay Township rates on the rise

MARQUETTE — Chocolay Township residents will be paying 64 percent more for municipal sewer service beginning in January. The Chocolay Township Board at its meeting Monday unanimously approved the municipality’s 2019 fee schedule, which included an increase of the current sewer rate of ...

New charges in doctor sexual abuse case

MARQUETTE — Numerous additional felony charges have been brought against Dr. Jonathan Gale Robertson, 43, a physician with practices in Marquette and Traverse City who was originally charged in August with eight counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct by Michigan Attorney General Bill ...

DCHS to hire interim CEO

IRON MOUNTAIN — An interim CEO who also will serve as a chief restructuring officer, or CRO, is expected to be hired at Dickinson County Healthcare System after the announced retirement of current CEO-Administrator John Schon. “The goal is to protect and preserve DCHS and the health ...

Family-owned dealership changing hands

MARQUETTE — Public Service Garage — a family-owned business of nearly 90 years — will change ownership within the next several weeks. John Veiht, current owner of the new and used vehicle dealership along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, said the business will be sold to Marthaler ...

Experts: Prospects look good for Michigan’s firearm deer season

MARQUETTE — As deer hunters take to woods and fields for the annual firearm season, Michigan wildlife experts say prospects are good for an uptick in the harvest. The season runs from Thursday through Nov. 30. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says relatively mild winter and ...

Negaunee set to move forward with economic development plan

NEGAUNEE — The city of Negaunee is “moving forward” with a new blueprint for economic development. The Negaunee City Council at its Nov. 8 meeting unanimously approved the city’s inaugural economic development plan. City Manager Nate Heffron said the plan, which was funded by the ...

Elevated lead levels at 3 facilities in Marquette

MARQUETTE — Elevated lead levels were revealed in four water supply fixtures after lead and copper testing was completed on a total of 49 fixtures at various Marquette facilities in September and October. The maximum contaminant level for lead is 15 parts per billion and the MCL for copper ...

TWEEN SCENE

MARQUETTE — Members of Peter White Public Library’s Junior Teen Advisory Board, or JTAB, are creating new activities and events for their age group at the library. The group is open to anyone entering grades 5-8. Mary Schneeberger, teen programming coordinator, advises the board and ...

Negaunee City Council approves engineering project

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council on Tuesday approved a $49,000 bid for the engineering required to replace a portion of the sewer system on Brown Avenue at a special meeting. U.P. Engineers and Architects was awarded the project after submitting the lowest bid. The only competing bid, ...

No change to 2019 wastewater rates

MARQUETTE — A proposed wastewater system capital improvement project will go forward in Marquette Township without corresponding rate increases. During the board’s final budget work session on Tuesday, the Marquette Township Board asked Department of Public Works Superintendent Kirk Page ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall dies

TRAVERSE CITY — A gray wolf relocated this fall from mainland Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park has died of unknown causes, officials said Tuesday, a minor setback in a multiyear plan to rebuild the predator species on the Lake Superior archipelago. The 5-year-old male was among the ...

Night in the Northwoods

MARQUETTE— Father Marquette Catholic Academy hosted its annual Harvest for Education fundraising event to benefit the academy Saturday evening at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. This year’s theme was A Night in the Northwoods. “It’s an auction event that we’ve had every year in ...

A.I. the wave of the future

MARQUETTE — Mention the letters “A.I.” to Bob Stefanski, and he becomes really excited. Stefanski, an entrepreneur and venture capital investor in Silicon Valley, talked about artificial intelligence Monday before the Economic Club of Marquette County at the Ramada Inn in ...

Stonehouse elected mayor, Reynolds mayor pro tem

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission elected Fred Stonehouse as mayor and Sarah Reynolds as mayor pro tem during its organizational meeting Monday night. Newcomer Jenn Hill and incumbent Jenna Smith were also sworn in at the meeting, following the Nov. 6 non-partisan city-wide election ...

Update given on facility operations, plans for future

MARQUETTE — If all continues to go well, the Eagle Mine will begin extracting precious metals from its sister project Eagle East in early 2020, officials say. The project was one of a handful of topics covered during a community forum at the Eagle Mine Information Center in Marquette on ...

Kentucky abortion fight aimed at second-trimester procedure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorneys for Kentucky’s socially conservative governor and the state’s only abortion clinic prepared to open their latest legal fight today, this time over a lawsuit challenging a state law that abortion-rights advocates say would ban a second-trimester procedure to end ...