‘Click It Or Ticket’ Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Begins

The annual two-week Click It or Ticket campaign began on Monday, and the Escanaba Department of Public Safety is stepping up seat belt enforcement to increase seat belt use, save lives and reduce injuries.

According to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center, in 2016, 196 people who died in traffic crashes in Michigan were not wearing their seat belts.  Using a seat belt reduces the risk of injury or death in a traffic crash by 45 percent.


New Boat Launch Greets Anglers At Victoria Reservoir


With walleye season now open, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials have announced improved access to good fishing opportunities at the Victoria Dam via a boat launch facility improved recently by the Upper Peninsula Power Co.

“The improved boat launch site now includes parking for both cars and trucks with trailers, four spots each,” said Jarrod Nelson, UPPCO environmental specialist. “Additionally, the upgrades have provided added space for launching boats, with an improved grade for pulling in and out of the boat launch.”

The project,


Michigan Arts/Cultural Director Touring Upper Peninsula

Ever wish you could just sit down and talk about arts funding, from your perspective, without having to pick up the phone or send another flipping email?  Well, here is your big chance.

John Bracey the Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) will be meeting with arts and cultural groups and the public to discuss arts and cultural programs and funding. Meetings will last for two hours.


Lake Superior State University Gives Awards To Two Alums

Lake Superior State University’s School of Engineering and Technology has presented its Alumni Engineering Fellow and Above and Beyond awards to, respectively, Mark Duty and Dan Goodrich.

The Alumni Engineering Fellow Award recognizes career accomplishment, while the Above and Beyond service award recognizes ongoing contributions to LSSU’s engineering and technology program.

Mark Duty is manager of the Electrical Demand Energy Group at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Auburn Hills, Mich., where he is responsible for optimization of vehicle electrical system architecture to minimize energy consumption.


UPDATE: Teen Dies In Marquette County ATV Accident

Marquette County Sheriffs Deputies have released the names of the two girls involved in Saturday night’s fatal ATV accident. 14-year-old Haley Vanabel of Marquette died at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident.  Her passenger, 14-year-old Zoe Kurian of Marquette, was not injured.  Both girls were reportedly wearing safety belts.

A teenager has died this weekend in an ATV accident in Marquette County’s Sands Township.


Discussion On Mental Illness Set Monday In Marquette

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette will host a round-table discussion to learn about public policy that affects the lives of those living with mental illness, and offer strategies for advocating on current legislation.

Lucy Wilcox, Clinical Practices Coordinator/NorthCare Network, and Kyle Rambo, Executive Director/Catholic Social Services of the UP, will lead this discussion.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette offers confidential educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness. 


Railroad Crossing Project Begins Monday On M-94

Work is scheduled to start Monday on a new railroad crossing on M-94 in Alger County.

The state transportation department and Canadian National Railway are working together on the project near Shingleton. The M-DOT work will reconstruct the highway approaches while C-N upgrades the crossing itself.

The M-DOT portion of the project will cost 323-thousand dollars as they build a temporary passage to allow traffic to flow while the work is done.


Iron Mountain Burger King/Gas Station Destroyed By Fire

Three firefighters were hurt Saturday evening while battling a blaze at the Burger King and Mobil Gas Station on US-2 near the Wal-Mart store.

The Iron Mountain City Police and Fire Departments got the call at just after 3:00 Central time on Saturday that there was fire and smoke coming through the roof of the entire gas station/EZ Mart side of the building.

One part of the store’s wall collapsed, trapping an Iron Mountain firefighter for about two minutes.


Gladstone Gus Macker On-Line Registrations Due Monday

The world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament will hit the streets of downtown Gladstone again this summer. The Gus Macker will be held on June 10-11.  

Adding to the fun, this year the event will be held in conjunction with crazy daze and will feature fun for the whole family with basketball tournament play, sidewalk sales, food vendors, kids games, and an exciting slam dunk contest.

With teams consisting of 3 players and one alternate,


More Inspections This Week On Cut River Bridge

You could find more delays this week at the US-2 Cut River Bridge in Mackinac County.

M-DOT did inspections of the bridge at times last week, and there are more inspections of the structure planned this week. The inspections will mean lane closures between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. this week, Monday through Thursday.

A temporary traffic light will handle traffic in the area.