Bi-partisan Legislation Introduced To Build New Soo Lock

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Jack Bergman, U.S. Senator Gary Peters, and Representatives Sandy Levin, Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, Tim Walberg, Dan Kildee, Mike Bishop, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, John Moolenaar, Dave Trott, and Paul Mitchell Wednesday introduced the bipartisan Soo Locks Modernization Act.

The legislation authorizes the necessary level of funding to construct another Poe-sized lock. Introduction of this legislation comes just days after seven Members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation and Governor Snyder toured the Soo Locks,


LaFave Votes In Favor Of Loosening CPL Rules

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, Wednesday voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit.

“Legal gun owners shouldn’t be required to obtain special permission from the government to exercise a right guaranteed in both the state and federal constitutions,” LaFave said. “I’m proud to support this common-sense legislation, and I urge the Senate and Gov. Snyder to do the same so we can give law-abiding citizens back the fundamental right our Founding Fathers laid out in the Second Amendment.”

The legislation does not give criminals more access to pistols,


Escanaba Public Works Hosts Tours At Open House


The Escanaba Department of Public Works held an open house Wednesday afternoon at its Sheridan Road facility.

Public Works Director Bill Farrell gave a tour of the entire complex, which includes a garage full of snow removal equipment, an engineering facility, an area to paint vehicles, and places where major pieces of equipment are stored in case something breaks at 3:00 in the morning.

He told the Radio Results Network that the department has 20 full-time employees that are responsible for snow and ice removal in the winter,


Gov. Snyder Signs Casperson’s Bill; Two Others

Public employees who have been convicted of felonies that breach public trust must forfeit specified retirement benefits under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Protecting the integrity of retirement contributions employers make is critically important, and this bill helps ensure employer contributions are not allocated to public employees who have been convicted of crimes that break public trust,” Snyder said.

House Bill 4131, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, requires a public employee or retiree to relinquish accumulated employer contributions,


Michigan Senators Want Funds For Sea Grant College Program

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a bipartisan group of 25 senators in a letter calling for robust funding for the National Sea Grant College Program, which President Trump proposed to eliminate in his fiscal year 2018 budget. The National Sea Grant College Program provides vital support to local businesses and is a crucial resource for Michigan’s coastal communities.

“We urge you to reject the administration’s proposed elimination of the National Sea Grant College Program… [and] continue to support at least the current funding level of $63 million,” wrote the bipartisan group of senators. 


Rapid River Child Custody Hearing Begins In Probate Court

A hearing began Wednesday in a Delta County courtroom on the custody case of the children of Michael Lavoie and Tammy Fryer.

Their two kids were removed from their home back in March after the three-year-old was found naked lying in the snow alongside a road in Rapid River.

Police say there were unsafe and unsanitary conditions inside the home. The trial on the couple’s parental rights in front of Probate Court Judge Bob Goebel is scheduled to last three days,


Mackinac Bridge Now Accepts Credit Cards To Pay Tolls

Cash or credit? It’s a choice customers of the Mackinac Bridge can make now, opting to use a credit card to pay their toll right at the booth.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) began testing acceptance of credit cards in the lanes beginning on Tuesday, May 23. Though toll staff did encounter some brief outages with the system, more than 2,200 transactions were processed through the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

“We’ve been testing the new system,


Lake Superior Partnership Working With Baraga EDC

The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) is pleased to announce a formal collaborative agreement with the Baraga County EDC to provide economic development services.

“It is an exciting time for Baraga County and we are pleased to be in a position to further develop our economic resources and partner with our neighboring community,” commented Mark Massicotte, Chairman of the Baraga County EDC board of directors.  “The decision to collaborate with the LSCP made great sense. 


NMU Hosting ‘Wildcat Kids & Tween’ Sports Camp

Northern Michigan University Recreational Sports will hold a Wildcat Kids and Tween Camp Open House from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 in the Berry Events Center Wildcat Room.

The open house will give parents the opportunity to meet our camp staff, tour the sports complex, complete the online registration process if needed as well as give us the opportunity to answer your questions. The campers will have an opportunity to play games,


Michigan Employers Invited To Unemployment Seminars

Michigan employers will have an opportunity to learn more about the state’s unemployment insurance tax and benefit programs at free seminars that will be held around the state through September.

The first of the 2017 Employer Seminars, presented by the Talent Investment Agency, will be held in Ann Arbor on June 7 at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 Huron River Drive.

Each seminar begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon.