Escanaba Credit Union Helping Hurricane Victims

Peninsula Federal Credit Union staff wanted to help those who have been affected by Tropical Strom Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. So over a two-week period, employees were able to raise $1,000 to donate to the relief efforts. The funds were donated to C-UAid Co-op, which is a national online giving center for credit unions.

The co-op provides relief to credit unions, their employees and volunteers in the stricken areas.

 

Marquette BLP Begins Producing Solar Energy

Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Community Solar Garden began producing energy this week.

The garden is located adjacent to the utility’s main office on Wright Street. Customers purchase solar panels in the garden in return for a credit on their power bills. This means they can get the benefit of solar generation without having to set up panels on their property. The Marquette facility is the first in the U-P, but Escanaba has a similar project under study.

 

US-2 Between Manistique, St. Ignace To Be Dedicated

The Michigan Department of Transportation is creating the new US-2 Top of the Lake Pure Michigan Byway.

This event will be held at theTop of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway on October 6th at 1:00.

This is the newest highway segment to be designated a Pure Michigan Byway under the state’s rebranded byway program. The US-2 Top of the Lake Byway runs 85 miles from St. Ignace to Manistique, hugging the picturesque northern shoreline of Lake Michigan.

 

Bishop Noa Nursing Assistants Vote To Unionize

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba have voted to become members of the United Steel Workers (USW) Union.

The union tells Local Three News that through the processes of unionizing, the CNAs came together to sign union cards. With over30 percent of the CNAs signing union cards, the USW could then file with National Labor Relations Board for a vote to unionize. With an overwhelming vote on Tuesday,

 

University of Michigan Receives $50 Million Gift

The University of Michigan is receiving another 50-million dollars from billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross.

The money will support student projects, and help in faculty recruitment at the college.

The money, announced on Wednesday, pushes the Victors for Michigan fundraising goal over the one-billion dollar goal.  Ross is a graduate of U of M and the Wayne State University Law School.

Ross, who also owns the NFL’s Miami Dolphins,

 

NRC Changes Rules At Schoolcraft County’s Big Island

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved several fishing regulation changes regarding the Big Island Lakes Complex in Schoolcraft County, reptile and amphibian possession and ice shanties.

The regulations are part of multiple Fisheries Orders the Michigan Department of Natural Resources uses to protect the state’s aquatic resources. The Fisheries Orders include 201, 224 and 251.

Fisheries Order 201 sets fishing regulations on waters within the Big Island Lake Complex in Schoolcraft County.

 

Michigan State Police Announce New Pursuit Policy

The Michigan State Police announced a revised pursuit policy that limits pursuits to situations where there is reasonable cause to believe the driver or occupant(s) of the pursued vehicle has committed a felony, other than the crime of fleeing and eluding. The policy also requires members to consider a number of other factors outlined in the policy before engaging or continuing in a vehicle pursuit. Training on the new pursuit policy will begin immediately.

 

Groundbreaking Held For New Delta County Jail

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development on Tuesday commemorated the groundbreaking of the new Delta County correctional facility in Escanaba.

“This is a significant investment in public safety and critical infrastructure,” said Acting State Director for Michigan Jason P. Church.

The agency provided a $17.9 million loan to support the project, which includes construction of a 160-bed, pod-style correctional facility.  The site is adjacent to an existing county-owned building that will be renovated and converted into the sheriff’s office and additional support space.

 

Downstate Artist Spending Time At Pictured Rocks

A downstate award-winning artist has set up shop at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for the next three weeks.

Todd Marsee of Ann Arbor is the park’s 2017 artist in residence.

In addition to capturing the beauty of the park in watercolor, Marsee will host an outdoor painting demonstration at three in the afternoon on Saturday, September 30th at Miners’ Castle.

The artist in residence program has been an annual event at the park each year since 1986.
 

Michigan Offering Tax Relief To Disaster Victims

With natural disasters affecting widespread areas of the state and nation, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) is providing state tax relief to disaster survivors.

Individual and business taxpayers who were affected by the June 22-23 severe storms and flooding in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties, Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma now have additional time to file state tax returns, with penalties and interest waived.

Individuals unable to meet filing deadlines due to a natural disaster should contact Treasury at 517-636-4486.