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Chocolay Township goes back to the drawing board

MARQUETTE — The Chocolay Township Board will send the question of short-term rentals back to its planning commission. In a 6-1 vote during a contentious meeting Monday, the board approved the first reading of zoning ordinance amendments including updates to existing definitions and other ...

Michigan House votes to loosen mining permit laws

LANSING — Mining companies would be able to modify onsite facilities without an environmental permit amendment under legislation the Michigan House approved Tuesday, a move Democrats warn could harm the environment. Lawmakers voted 63-45 for the bill to grant companies more flexibility in ...

Projects worth $7M underway in Munising

MUNISING — Roughly 42 miles east of Marquette is a little city nestled along Lake Superior shoreline where big things are happening. Spearheading an estimated $7 million project, Munising native Tom Dolaskie and his partner, Darrin Hubbard, owner of Deployed Technologies, or D-Tech, are ...

Lakeshore Boulevard property could sell

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission unanimously approved appraising a 4.6-acre parcel located at the northeast corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and U.S. 41, and passed a resolution allowing the city manager to negotiate a sale of the property to an interested developer. In April, ...

Panel to meet to discuss land purchase, 2019 goals

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will consider a list of parcels that went into foreclosure for non-payment of 2015 real property taxes during a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at city hall. The city may purchase the foreclosed property from Marquette County for the total taxes ...

Amid conflict, Jews and Muslims in US seek solidarity

DETROIT — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Muslims and Jews have dispatched ...

Man injured, arrested on unrelated warrants after striking pole

MARQUETTE — A Gwinn man was injured after his vehicle struck a power pole on M-553, just south of Marquette County Road NF in Sands Township at 9:25 a.m. Monday. Eugene Mahaffey, 33, was driving northbound on M-553 in a Ford F-150 when he left the east side of the roadway, “possibly due ...

AAA: Nearly 1.3M from state to travel for Memorial Day

DEARBORN — AAA says nearly 1.3 million people from Michigan are expected to travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The auto club said the projection is a nearly 5 percent increase from last year’s travel for the holiday and the most in more than a decade. AAA says the increase is ...

Preserving the future

MARQUETTE — The sounds of children laughing, birds singing and traditional folk music filled the air of Northern Michigan University’s campus Sunday as the Hiawatha Traditional Music Co-op celebrated 40 years by planting 40 trees in NMU’s Outdoor Learning Areas, with volunteers of all ...

Brewery co-op seeks members, investors

MARQUETTE — If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a craft brewery, well, you’re in luck. For a one-time fee of $99, anyone can become an owner of the Marquette Brewing Cooperative, one of the first community-owned microbreweries in Michigan and the United States. The Marquette Brewing ...

New invasive plant plan fights monarch nemesis

LANSING — A new invasive species management plan may help state agencies combat intrusive plants — and rescue wildlife at risk. That’s good news for the monarch butterfly, which has declined in numbers and lost its habitat because of the black swallow-wort. The invasive vine displaces ...

Marquette Township to consider zoning text amendments

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will consider a proposed amendment to short-term rental zoning text during a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to a May 10 memo from Township Planner and Zoning Administrator Jason McCarthy, the planning commission began discussions ...

Smith circuit court arraignment waived

MARQUETTE — The Friday arraignment of one man arrested in a mid-March methamphetamine bust in Marquette was waived. Brodie John Smith, 26, of Marquette was scheduled to face arraignment in 25th Circuit Court Friday on one count of controlled substances — controlled ...

Temple Beth Sholom hosts open house

MARQUETTE — The Citadel building in Marquette was packed with people Saturday afternoon as Temple Beth Sholom hosted a community open house and reception at the southwest corner of Blaker and East Ridge streets. In December 2016, Temple Beth Sholom purchased the Citadel, which was ...

Court clears way for initiative to repeal wage law

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday ordered the elections board to certify a ballot initiative that would repeal the state’s law requiring higher wages on state-financed construction projects, rejecting arguments that circulators gave ...

Developers eye property along Lakeshore Boulevard

MARQUETTE — The agency that led the redevelopment of the Holy Family Orphanage in Marquette recently presented the city with a letter of intent to purchase around 4.6 acres of city-owned property at the northwest corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and U.S. 41. Farmington Hills-based developer ...

Historian discusses 1878 nitroglycerin blast

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — On Jan. 2 1878, a tremendous explosion a half-mile west of Negaunee was felt across Marquette County — a blast so powerful that it inspired fear in men 300 feet underground at the Pioneer Mine and in residents of Marquette, miles away ...

Request to relinquish

MARQUETTE — Some customers who currently receive a federal Lifeline discount on their AT&T home telephone bill may need to look elsewhere to take advantage of the savings. AT&T Michigan filed a request with the Michigan Public Service Commission to relinquish its designation as an ...

Prescribed burn conducted at Fayette Historic State Park

FAYETTE — For the first time, firefighters led by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources conducted a prescribed burn Tuesday at Fayette Historic State Park in Delta County to maintain openings for historical purposes. The fire was intentionally set and then monitored to create ...

Pursuit of kayak registration fees falls short

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Michigan State Waterways Commission will not be pursuing registration fees for recreational canoes, kayaks and other paddle vessels at this time, according to a press release from state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Any ...