Local briefing

Man crashes into home off U.S. 41

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP — A man was hospitalized after crashing his pickup truck into a home off U.S. 41 in Chocolay Township early this morning.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police were called to the scene just before 3 a.m., on U.S. 41 near County Road 480.

Police say the man was traveling eastbound on CR 480 when he crossed over U.S. 41, struck a ditch and then made contact with a house.

The 30-year-old male driver from Marquette — who was not named by authorities by press time this morning — was transported to UP Health System Marquette for medical treatment. Sgt. Tony Benaglio said the man’s current condition is unknown, but believes he sustained only minor injuries.

The level of damage to the home is also unknown. The incident remains under investigation.


Elk, bear lottery license drawing

MARQUETTE — May 1 to June 1 was the annual bear and elk application period. A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be awarded to applicants on either a preference point system for bear or a weighted lottery for elk. Hunters who are successful in the elk or bear drawings will have the ability to purchase a 2017 license.

To check your points, see past drawing results and learn about the elk and bear lottery drawing process, visit mi.gov/huntdrawings. Check your success online or call 517-284-WILD.


DNR updates web application

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the annual update to its web application designed to inform the public on local and regional trends in abundance, growth and survival of important fish populations in selected streams across Michigan is complete.

The application was developed and launched by the DNR in 2014 and summarizes data collected from a network of fish population survey sites, with data for some sites going back to 1947.

“The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer features more than 40 streams that represent a range of conditions in terms of stream size, temperature and Great Lakes access,” said DNR fisheries research biologist Troy Zorn, who is based in Harvey, in a news release. “The focus is on streams with long-term data and naturally reproducing populations of trout, Great Lakes salmonids or smallmouth bass to provide users with information on self-sustaining fish populations around the state.”

Since trends in stream fish populations largely are influenced by regional climate and flow conditions, repeatedly going back to the same locations annually provides a clear understanding of trends in a stream. Users will be able to see what the population trends are in different areas of the state by comparing trends for key sites in each region.

For fishery managers, understanding regional trends is critical to determine the best course of management on these streams, as well as interpreting survey data on streams that are surveyed less frequently. Understanding these trends is equally important to anglers, watershed or conservation groups, and the public.

Anglers, fisheries professionals and the public can look up a river and see what the most recent trends are in terms of abundance, growth and annual survival of selected fish species. Information can be viewed in map, graph or table formats. Approximately half of the sites are sampled each year, with new data added to the Trend Viewer each spring.

The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer app can be found at http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/fishpop/#.


BLP closed for Independence Day

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power office will be closed Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.

For emergencies, call 228-0300.


Compost site closed for holiday

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday and Monday in observance of Independence Day.

The site will reopen Wednesday. Hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There are no changes to the household rubbish site schedule.