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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 ...

County seeks long-term funding assurance from state

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Senate Bill 860, a state budget bill regarding indigent defense funding that the Marquette County Board of Commissioners urged legislators to support, has passed in the Senate and been referred to the House Committee on Appropriations. ...

Games & technology

MARQUETTE — The Second Thursday Creativity Series on “Games and Technology” took place at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Thursday evening. “Every second Thursday of the month we play,” said Jim Edwards, manager of the UPCM. Kids and their parents enjoyed games and ...

It’s a racket

MARQUETTE — Members of the Marquette Board of Light and Power and Wartsila, a Finnish corporation that manufactures and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets, continue to work toward a solution in regards to the noise emanating from operations at the ...

Teal Lake litter a focus

NEGAUNEE — With the last of the snow finally melted, Negaunee officials are focusing on litter on Teal Lake and downtown economic development. The Negaunee City Council Thursday unanimously approved a resolution requesting up to $25,000 in technical assistance from the Michigan Economic ...

Man sought on multiple charges

ISHPEMING — Personnel from the Ishpeming Police Department is requesting help from the public in locating a man wanted on a four-count warrant. The Marquette County Prosecutors office issued the warrant for Kurt Robert Ochoa, 49, of Ishpeming, relating to a domestic dispute call on ...

Managing visitors

MUNISING — In recent years, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has observed a dramatic increase of visitors from all over the globe. Nearly 800,000 people visited the lakeshore during its peak seasons, spending around $33.1 million in local gateway regions, according to a 2017 National Park ...

Governor’s Service Awards announced

MARQUETTE — The Marquette-based Lake Superior Volunteer Corps and Christopher Wendt of Newberry were among the 38 recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards, announced earlier this month by Gov. Rick Snyder. “This year’s winners have inspiring stories,” Snyder said in a press ...

Try to catch more brook trout — if you can!

LANSING — Anglers fishing for brook trout in the Upper Peninsula this season can tackle portions of 36 streams where the daily bag limit has been increased to 10 fish. The season just opened and runs until Sept. 30. “It’s been an evolving issue,” said George Madison, a Baraga-based ...

I.D.’s released in fatal Copper Country vehicle fire

HOUGTHON — The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office has officially released the names of the two victims of a vehicle fire in Portage Township Sunday. Joshua Michael Becia, 19, of Portage Township, and Jay Henry Stevens, also 19, of Painesdale, have been positively identified by the Houghton ...

No visible uneasiness over Ford cutback in F-150 production

DETROIT — There’s no apparent signs that Wall Street is worried about a plant fire that is forcing Ford to cut back on production of its F-150 pickup, the top-selling vehicle in America. The company suspended F-150 and Super Duty production in Kansas City, Missouri; Dearborn, Michigan; and ...

Young Authors unite

MARQUETTE — Students and teachers from 13 schools in Alger and Marquette counties are visiting Northern Michigan University this week for the Marquette-Alger Young Authors Conference, with the goal of instilling an enthusiasm for literacy and authorship in our communities’ ...

Meth bust suspects in court

MARQUETTE — The two men who were arrested in a mid-March methamphetamine bust in Marquette will soon face arraignment in 25th Circuit Court. Brodie John Smith, 26, and Robert James Nancarrow, 37, both of Marquette, were arrested after police searched a West Fair Avenue home and seized “an ...