State Sets Up New On-Line Licensing System For Nurses

Michigan’s 190,000 licensed nurses will now use a state-of the-art system for the entire licensing process allowing them to enter the nursing profession sooner and more efficiently.

This week, LARA’s Bureau of Professional Licensing launched a new online portal  the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPlus) that replaces an outdated system that was inefficient for users and staff.

The new system utilizes the Accela platform and makes Michigan a leader in licensing technology.


D.C. Court Decides To Keep Wolves On Endangered List

A federal appeals court in Washington, D-C has ruled that grey wolves will remain on the endangered species list in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The court upheld a 2014 ruling that wolves in the three states remain endangered. Animal rights activists brought suit after the animal was de-listed in 2011—leading to a wolf hunting season in Michigan in 2013. Bills pending in both the U.S. House and Senate would drop the wolf from the endangered list and allow states to hold a hunting season.


Escanaba Auto Salvage Business Destroyed By Fire


An auto salvage business was destroyed by fire on Tuesday in Delta County.

Escanaba Public Safety officers say they were called at 11:45 in the morning to Pete’s Auto Wrecking on US 2 and 41 in Wells Township because a power line was laying on the metal building. That caused the building to quickly catch fire, and the flames spread quickly to the rest of the building. Numerous other fire departments helped Escanaba Public Safety put out the fire.


Two People Killed In Accident On US-2 In Mackinac County

Two people have died in traffic crashes on US-2 in Mackinac County.

Michigan State Police say that, that at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 31, troopers responded to the crash on US-2 near H33 in Mackinac County.

Officials say traffic was moving slowly on eastbound US-2 when an empty semi/tanker driven by Raymond Pross, 70, of Pinconning, Mich., approached the slow moving traffic and collided with a passenger car.

The passenger car,


Governor Announces Invasive Asian Carp Challenge

Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced that the Invasive Carp Challenge is now accepting proposals for innovative methods to prevent invasive (or Asian) carp from entering the Great Lakes.

“Invasive carp pose a serious and growing threat to the economy and ecology of our Great Lakes,” Snyder said. “The Invasive Carp Challenge will tap into the creativity and expertise of the entrepreneurial community to find the best ways to protect Michigan’s most prized natural resource.”

On June 22,


Fire Destroys Home In Wells Township; No Injuries

A home has been destroyed by fire in Delta County.

Escanaba Public Safety says the call came in at just after 2:00 Tuesday morning at 6382 North Third Street.

Upon officers arrival, smoke and flame were visible from the roof of the home. The residence sustained heavy damage from the fire. There are no reports of injury to either the residents or firefighters.

Escanaba Public Safety crews were on the scene mopping up hot spots well into the morning on Tuesday.


Effort To Restore Negaunee’s Vista Theater Planned

There’s a move afoot to restructure the management of Negaunee’s historic Vista Theater.

The theater is currently run by the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, but some members of the group say a new business model is needed. They plan to present that plan at a public meeting on August 14th at 6:00 in the old restaurant at the Negaunee Mall. These members say the plan will separate the theater’s physical operations from its production arm. The plan is being developed in collaboration with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development.

Escanaba’s Sheridan Road Being Detoured For 4 Days

Traffic on north Escanaba’s Sheridan Road will be detoured for the next four days or so. The reason is the replacement of a railroad crossing between 17th and 20th Avenues North. A detour will be set up around the work area.

Meanwhile, the 400 block of South 10th Street in Escanaba will be closed most of Tuesday as a water line is replaced. The 800 block of South 14thStreet in Escanaba will be closed on Thursday for most of the day for the same reason.

‘Back Our Blue’ Event Set For Wednesday In Escanaba

Show your appreciation for law enforcement at the annual Back Our Blue event in Escanaba on Wednesday.

It all happens at Escanaba’s Municipal Dock, starting at 5 p.m. There’ll be a picnic dinner limited to a thousand people. You can buy your $5 ticket in advance at Positively in downtown Escanaba or Brampton Bike in downtown Gladstone—or online . The Cadillacs band will also entertain during the event.


Two U.P. Health Departments To Circulate Surveys

Two Upper Peninsula health departments will be sending out a survey starting this Friday.

The Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft agency and the Marquette County Health Department say the surveys will go to about 24-thousand randomly-selected households. Officials say households that complete each survey will be entered into a drawing for a 50-dollar grocery gift card. They say it should take ten to 15 minutes to complete and respondents will remain anonymous.