Local briefing

Rollover crash on M-553 injures 1

MARQUETTE — A 35-year-old Gwinn man was sent to the hospital Sunday after a one-vehicle rollover accident on M-553 in Sands Township.

According to a release from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, Dennis Forbes was traveling southbound on M-553 near the Blueberry Ridge Trail Network around 12:45 p.m. when he lost control of his 1998 Ford Explorer.

The vehicle reportedly hydroplaned into the opposite lane of traffic, left the roadway and rolled one time before coming to rest back on its wheels.

Police say Forbes was transported to UP Health System-Marquette by Sands Township EMS. One juvenile passenger sought their own medical treatment.

Also assisting at the scene were personnel from the Sands Township Fire Department, Marquette City Police Department and Chocolay Township Police Department.


Schools to discuss 2017-18 budgets

MARQUETTE — Two local school districts tonight will consider their 2017-18 academic year budgets.

The Nice Community Schools Board will discuss its proposed budget at 6:30 p.m. in the Westwood High School media center. The high school is located at 300 Westwood Drive, Ishpeming.

The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board will also consider its budget at 6:30 p.m. in the Gwinn Middle-High School library. The school is located at 50 W. M-35, Gwinn.

For more information on NICE’s meeting, visit nice.k12.mi.us. For more information on Gwinn’s meeting, visit www.gwinn.k12.mi.us/.


City to start land-use codes work

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Community Development Department, in conjunction with the Planning Commission and consultant McKenna Associates of Michigan, will host an open-house style meeting for the project of creating a Land Development Code for the city.

The open house will begin one hour before the planning commission meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday in city hall, 300 W. Baraga Ave.

The city, through the project, will modernize its land-use codes, and create a user-friendly document that updates and combines various ordinance/code elements. The intended impacts of this project are to update zoning districts and standards, to incorporate new standards for increased environmental protection and the mitigation of the negative impacts of urbanization and growth, and to reduce the complexity of the current land-use ordinances and reduce the number of variance cases caused by outdated standards.