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More talk about noise

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power continues to work toward a solution for noises and vibrations believed to be coming from its Marquette Energy Center off Wright Street. Last month, the BLP officially shut down the 44-megawatt, coal-fired Shiras Steam Plant once the last ...

Voters Not Politicians group addresses county board

MARQUETTE — At its July 3 meeting, the Marquette County Board of Commissioners heard from Voters Not Politicians, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that seeks to end gerrymandering by forming an independent citizens redistricting commission. The group currently has an initiative on the Nov. 6 ...

Green’s gone

MARQUETTE — In the plant world, what’s brown typically will not turn green again. Many Marquette residents have noticed many arborvitae — a type of conifer tree that’s commonly used as an ornamental — have turned brown. Why is this happening? “That’s a question I’ve heard a ...

PWPL millages on ballot

MARQUETTE — Increased funding for Peter White Public Library operations will go before voters in Chocolay Township and Marquette. Leaders in each municipality approved language requesting a Headlee Amendment override for the Nov. 6 ballot during their respective meetings on Monday. The ...

Property deal complete

MARQUETTE — Big plans are imminent for the surface parking lot at the corner of Third and Main streets in Marquette. After Marquette-based real estate developer Veridea Group LLC expressed interest in buying the half-acre of city-owned property in November, the Marquette City Commission ...

Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favorite, for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right. A favorite of the ...

City property sale?

MARQUETTE — The property at the corner of Main and Third streets in Marquette, which is now used for surface parking, could be turned into a multi-use facility with underground parking if the Marquette City Commission approves a resolution at tonight’s regular meeting. Marquette-based real ...

County board votes to leave Sawyer sewer ordinance as is

MARQUETTE — Following staff recommendations, the Marquette County Board of Commissioners voted against making changes to the current K.I. Sawyer sewer ordinance, which governs repair and replacement responsibilities for sewer laterals in public road right-of-ways. Commissioners Bill Nordeen ...

Search never ends for Great Lakes shipwrecks

DETROIT — Every spring, it starts again: The great treasure hunt. Not for actual treasure, as the ships that met their fates on the Great Lakes weren’t known to carry gold, valuable coins or jewels. The prizes are the shipwrecks themselves. Of the estimated 10,000D ships believed to ...

Basin blitz

NEGAUNEE — In a way, one of the main purposes of the annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz, which took place Saturday at the Hoist Basin in Negaunee Township, is to keep the Dead River from going dead. The river contains the Hoist Basin, where officials from the Upper Peninsula Power ...

Michigan Democrats seek to flip state House

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — As midterm elections draw national attention to Michigan, some wonder if the battleground state that helped put Donald Trump in the Oval Office two years ago will continue its Republican-trifecta streak. Michigan’s state government has been ...

County approves new charge for airport rental cars

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to implement a customer facility charge for rental cars at Sawyer International Airport, effective Aug. 1. “It would be a $2.50 fee, assessed for every car, every ...

County approves DNR grants for Sugarloaf Mountain work

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Sugarloaf Mountain — a popular scenic overlook and hiking area located along Marquette County Road 550 in Marquette Township — will have a picnic area and other new features installed by the end of 2019. A Michigan Department of ...

Secretary of state candidate visits Marquette, talks about goals

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Creating the “30-Minute Guarantee” to renew a driver’s license and creating transparency in Michigan government are two of the most important goals for Jocelyn Benson, whose name will be on the Nov. 6 ballot as a Democratic ...

PRUITT RESIGNS

WASHINGTON — Bowing out after months of scandals, Scott Pruitt is turning the Environmental Protection Agency over to a far less flashy deputy who is expected to continue Pruitt’s rule-cutting, business-friendly ways as steward of the country’s environment. With Pruitt’s departure, ...

‘A little bit more than coffee’

MARQUETTE — VeloDrome Coffee Company is hosting a Weekly Summer Ride Series at 7 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 6. The goal of this group bike ride is to create a friendly place for people of all skill levels to come together to bike, said owner of VeloDrome Coffee Company Brice Sturmer. ...

Enbridge Energy sues shipping firm following spill

LANSING (AP) — A Canadian energy company is the latest to sue the shipping company whose tugboat anchor allegedly dented an aging oil and gas pipeline in Michigan earlier this year. Enbridge Energy’s lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Michigan’s Western District is the ...

1 injured in 2-vehicle crash

MARQUETTE — One person was transported to U.P. Health System - Marquette for non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle personal injury crash that occurred on U.S. 41 West near the west end of Marquette County Road 496 in Ely Township Tuesday at 11:55 p.m. David Murray, 41, of ...