Local briefing

UP native is forest supervisor

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire has a new supervisor and she has Upper Peninsula ties.

Negaunee High School graduate Clare Mendelsohn, deputy forest supervisor since July 2015, succeeds Tom Wagner, who retired from the agency after 15 years.

A Michigan Tech graduate, Mendelsohn spent 25 years as an environmental professional in various capacities as a civilian working for the U.S. Air Force. The last 11 of those were spent in San Francisco as director of the Western Regional Environmental Office, where she gained experience in partnering for landscape scale conservation and natural resources management.

In 2013, she became public service team leader for the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula, and was acting deputy forest supervisor at the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona.

Intersection closed for work

MARQUETTE — Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, the intersection of Fair and Presque Isle avenues will be closed to through traffic for the completion of the roundabout construction work. This closure is expected to last a week.

This intersection work at Fair Avenue and Presque Isle will detour traffic from Presque Isle Avenue to Magnetic Street, Third Street, Fair Avenue, Lakeshore Boulevard and Wright Street. The temporary bypass currently in use at this intersection will no longer be available and the detour route must be used.

Businesses in this area are open and patrons can access them by way of the detour route. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction, detour and advisory signing.

A phasing schematic can be accessed at the city of Marquette Engineering Division website under the Presque Isle Avenue Reconstruction Project link at www.marquettemi.gov.

Indigenous people’s event held at NMU

MARQUETTE — An event celebrating Indigenous People’s Day will be held on the campus of Northern Michigan University from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday welcoming any NMU, tribal or local community members.

Hosted by the Native American Student Association, the local chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Native American Language and Culture Club, the event will promote education and celebration of 525 years of Indigenous resistance against colonization, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The event will take place in the Academic Mall of NMU’s campus, which is the grassy area between the West Science and Jamrich buildings.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is officially observed in various localities in the United States to celebrate the Indigenous peoples of North America. It began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day to promote Native American culture and commemorate the history of Native American people.

The schedule follows:

≤ 11 a.m. Introduction, drum songs by Morning Thunder

≤ 12 p.m. Open discussion

≤ 1 p.m. Historical/contemporary readings and imagery

≤ 2 p.m. Open discussion

≤ 3 p.m. March to Cohodas, loop around campus

≤ 4 p.m. Closing ceremony and round dance

≤ 5-7 p.m. Roundtable discussion with Associated of NMU and community