Bays deNoc Salmon Fishing Tournament Results Announced

The Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sportsfishermen hosted a Salmon Tournament on July 15-16th in Escanaba, Michigan.

Thirty teams came out to try their luck and skill. Second day of fishing was cancelled due to small craft advisory warnings. There were a lot of big fish caught with biggest salmon of the tournament being #27 by Steve Sager and biggest trout at #9.25 by Shawn Cannon.

Pre-fish tournament was won by team Mike Myers with biggest salmon at #27.


Michigan DNR Names O’Neill As Deputy Director


Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh on Monday announced that Bill O’Neill has been named natural resources deputy for the agency, effective Sunday, Aug. 13. Current natural resources deputy, Bill Moritz, is leaving his position with the DNR to work for the Wildlife Management Institute.

O’Neill has more than 31 years of experience with the DNR. Since January 2012, he has served as chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, except for a brief stint in early 2016 when – on an interim basis – he took on the role of resources deputy while Moritz filled in as DNR director during Creagh’s assignment at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


Grand Rapids Veterans Home Employees Charged

Attorney General Bill Schuette onMonday announced charges have been filed in the 61st District Court in Kent County against 11 former caregivers of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV).

Schuette also released a report providing additional details associated with his investigation of the home, which can be found at the bottom of this news release.

In order to help ensure the health and safety of veterans residing at the GRHV,


Governor Re-appoints Three To State Wildlife Council

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointments of Matthew Pedigo of Howell, Jeffrey Poet of Clare and Henry Stancato of Detroit to the Michigan Wildlife Council.

Established in 2013, the Michigan Wildlife Council was created to educate the public about the beneficial aspects of hunting and fishing and the essential role that sportsmen and sportswomen play in wildlife conservation. The nine-member council includes the director of the Department of Natural Resources or his designee and eight additional members appointed by the governor.


Ettenhofer Given Outstanding Conservationist Award


The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance has presented its first “Outstanding Conservationist” award to U.P. Whitetails Inc. co-founder, Alan Ettenhofer of Escanaba.

The award was presented Saturday at a quarterly UPSA meeting at the William Anderson Sportsman’s Club in Hermansville in Menominee County.

Ettenhofer, who serves as treasurer of U.P. Whitetails Inc., was given the award in “deep appreciation” for his vision, dedication, perseverance and guidance for wildlife, habitat enhancement and chronic wasting disease (CWD) education and prevention  Alan Ettenhoferwork.


State Trreasury To Auction Off 270 Foreclosed Properties

More than 270 tax-foreclosed properties in eight Michigan counties will be offered at public auctions between July 31 and Aug. 28, 2017, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Branch, Clinton, Iosco, Keweenaw, Livingston, Luce, Mecosta and Shiawassee counties have chosen to use the state of Michigan as their foreclosing governmental unit. The residential and commercial properties being auctioned from these counties have been foreclosed due to delinquent property taxes.

Individuals will have the opportunity to bid for parcels online at or in-person at designated sites on the following dates:

  • July 31,


Blood Drives Scheduled Across Upper Peninsula

The U.P. Regional Blood Center in Marquette has planned a series of blood drives across the Upper Peninsula, starting with one on Monday in Ishpeming. The blood center serves 13 U.P. hospitals. The schedule:

Monday July 24, 2017, Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility (Ishpeming)
The U.P. Regional Blood Center , a service of UPHSM, will hold a  blood drive on Monday July 24, 2017, at Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility (Ishpeming) with the bloodmobile from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Spots Still Open For Energy Program In Marquette

Spots are still available in the Upper Peninsula’s first-ever Building Operator Certification (BOC) training program which begins Aug. 10 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Tuition discounts of $400 are available for public building operators. The program is also open to private sector facilities managers.

Since 2010, when the program was first offered in Michigan, some 350 graduates have implemented an average of $10,800 in electric savings annually at their workplaces,


M-DOT Plans Complete Closure Of Escanaba Highway

Northbound and southbound US-2/US-41/M-35 is expected to be closed at the Escanaba River from 9 p.m. Aug. 21 to 6 a.m. Aug. 24 for work on the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) bridge project. The detour is necessary for railroad bridge beam placement work.

Beginning Aug. 21, northbound traffic will be detoured via Delta County roads 426, 420, and 531, and M-35. The detour will be reversed for southbound traffic. Parts of County Road 426 are closed to oversized loads.


Inmate Killed Inside Alger County Correctional Facility

The Alger Correctional Facility in Munising confirmed the identity of the inmate that was killed yesterday afternoon.

Officials say that Rodriguez Montez Burks, 23, was killed around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon by his cell mate – whose name has yet to be released pending arraignment.

It was also confirmed that it happened inside of the cell. However, the cause of death has not been released.

Burks was sentenced last November to 2-10 years in prison on the following charges in Livingston County:

  • Offense: Police Officer –