Alger, Marquette, Schoolcraft Homeless To be Counted

Every January, more than 400 Continuums of Care (CoC) covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the nation will organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States. This count measure the number of homeless persons in shelters and on the streets at a single point-in-time.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count for Marquette/Alger/Schoolcraft Counties will be conducted January 25, 2017 from 12:00am to 11:59pm.


Financial Experts: Michigan Taking In More Revenue Than Expected

State Treasurer Nick Khouri, incoming State Budget Director Al Pscholka, Senate Fiscal Agency Director Ellen Jeffries and House Fiscal Agency Director Mary Ann Cleary reached consensus on economic and revenue figures for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and for the upcoming 2018 and 2019 Fiscal Years.

Following today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, net FY 2017 General Fund-General Purpose (GF-GP) revenue is projected at $10.290 billion, up $152 million from estimates agreed to in May.


Iron Mountain VA Center Has New Clinic For Sleep Apnea Treatment

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, recently established a new CPAP Clinic to offer Veterans who suffer with sleep apnea help in adapting to their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment.

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing is regularly interrupted for at least ten seconds, per the National Institute of Health and National Sleep Foundation.  Sleep apnea can contribute to other health-related problems and disease processes,


U.P. Lawmaker Introduces Income Tax Reduction Legislation


An Upper Peninsula lawmaker has introduced legislation that would start lowering Michigan’s income tax rate, and then eventually get rid of it completely.

Republican state representative Lee Chatfield’s bill would cut the current Michigan income tax rate to 3-point-9 percent in January of 2018, and then decrease the levy by one-tenth of a percent each year until the income tax is eliminated.

“I think the people of northern Michigan have been sharing with me their interest in seeing some tax relief,” Chatfield said.


Three People Hurt In Traffic Crash On US-41 Near Negaunee

Three people were hurt in a two-car crash Thursday morning in Negaunee Township.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee post were dispatched to the accident at just after 10:00 on US-41 near “41 Storage”.

Troopers say that a Jeep being driven by 43 year-old Lori Raisanen, a Wisconsin resident, lost control and spun across the centerline and into an oncoming vehicle. The oncoming car was a Chevy Impala being driven by 34 year-old Gwinn resident Crystal Girard.


Conservative Group Releases Michigan School Report Card

As the state’s School Reform Office prepares to release a school ranking list that could lead to closures of schools, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy published its 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card.

The third-edition report card offers a unique assessment of Michigan’s high schools. It takes into consideration the socioeconomic status of students in each high school when assigning grades. In doing so, this Context and Performance report card is able to provide a more comprehensive assessment of schools by evaluating academic performance in the context of the students being served.


Chippewa County Woman Charged In December Accident

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office reports that 37 year-old Tiffany Lin-Dee Dumback of DeTour has been arrested on the charges of Manslaughter with a Motor Vehicle and Fleeing the Scene of an Accident in relation a rollover accident that happened on December 2nd.

Benjamin Ray Hiltz, also of DeTour, was killed as a result of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says that Deputies found Hiltz inside a rolled-over 2011 Dodge Ram on M-48 near E Townlinde Rd.


Guide Available On Proper Michigan Pronunciations For Blind

Whether you’ve lived here all your life, just moved here, or happen to be visiting or planning a vacation to this great state, there’s now an online directory to help you with the correct pronunciation of Michigan’s many unique cities and places. The “You Say it How in Michigan?” guide is the first-of-its-kind comprehensive directory, primarily developed to benefit audio book production for the blind and visually impaired, will benefit anyone looking to experience Pure Michigan.


Bay College Has New Scholarships For Robotics Students

The Bay College Foundation through a generous donation is establishing the ‘Bay FIRST Scholarship’ to award Bay College students in the Mechatronics/Robotics Systems field of study.

Students who have been involved in high school robotics and studying in the field should apply online at  A letter of recommendation is also required from the applicant’s FIRST (Robotics) Advisor, and should be emailed to the Financial Aid Office at


Rep. Kivela Sworn In For Third Term In Michigan House

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State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) took the oath of office on Wednesday for his third term representing the Upper Peninsula communities of House District 109 during the official opening of the 99th session of the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing. Kivela is serving his third and final term due term limits.

“I am honored to be able to again represent the residents of House District 109, and I pledge to continue advocating for our children,