Local briefing

Firefighter injured in Ishpeming

ISHPEMING — One firefighter sustained minor injuries while responding to a structure fire that caused moderate damage to an Ishpeming residence Sunday.

The Ishpeming Fire Department responded to 512 E. Ridge St. at 3:46 p.m., according to a press release.

Officials said the homeowner smelled smoke and called 911, and fire crews upon arrival found flames and moderate smoke coming from the exterior rear wall of the home.

“Fire crews quickly knocked down the fire on the home’s exterior wall,” the release states.

Two children and three adults including the homeowner were home at the time of the fire, but all occupants were out of the residence prior to arrival of fire crews, according to the release.

One firefighter was taken to UP Health System-Bell for a hand laceration, and was treated and released, authorities said.

The home sustained moderate fire, smoke and water damage. Fire crews cleared the scene at 5 p.m.

The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross and the Pigs-N-Heat fire relief fund, according to the release.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time, but officials said it is not suspicious in nature. The home was insured, according to the release.

IFD was assisted at the scene by the Negaunee Fire Department, Marquette County 131 Rescue, UP Health System-Bell EMS, the Upper Peninsula Power Co. and SEMCO.

UPSET seizes $30,000 of meth

ONTONAGON — A search of an Ontonagon County residence Friday turned up methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $30,000, police said Monday.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team seized 8 ounces of methamphetamine, over $3,000 in cash and a loaded handgun, from a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Village of Ontonagon, an UPSET release states.

The investigation is continuing, according to UPSET, and no arrests have been made in connection with the seizure.

The case is being reviewed by the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s Office.

UPSET West was assisted by the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s department, the Michigan State Police – Wakefield Post and the Michigan State Police Calumet Post K-9 unit.

SHF prepares for fall grant awards

MARQUETTE — The Superior Health Foundation will host its fall grants celebration Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.

A small plate social at 5:30 p.m. will begin the evening, followed by the program at 6:15 p.m. in which about $375,000 in grants will be awarded to Upper Peninsula organizations.

For more information on the SHF’s grant programs, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.

DNR to host forum on U.P. moose

ISHPEMING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer the latest forum in its popular “Wildlife Through Forestry” series from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the River Rocks Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming.

Vince Crichton of Manitoba, an internationally recognized expert on moose biology and management and one of Canada’s leading wildlife pathologists, will talk about moose populations and threats the Upper Peninsula herd faces, including chronic wasting disease — an always fatal neurological disease that kills deer, moose and elk.

Dean Beyer, a DNR wildlife research biologist, will discuss the status of the U.P. moose herd.

In addition, resource professionals will make themselves available to meet with the public from 5 to 6 p.m. before the session to discuss management of forest and wildlife resources.

“Since their reintroduction to the western Upper Peninsula in the mid-1980s, moose have remained one of the most popular wildlife species in the region,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer, in a news release. “This will be a fascinating session, allowing attendees to learn more about these beautiful animals and those factors that affect population growth.”

With funding from a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, the DNR has been offering “Wildlife Through Forestry” forums over the past few months.