Calley Signs Agriculture Disaster Legislation

Michigan will be better prepared to assist farmers if substantial crop loss occurs under legislation signed today by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

House Bills 4562 and 4563, sponsored by state Reps. Curtis VanderWall and Daire Rendon, respectively, reinstates the Agriculture Disaster Loan Origination Program that was created in 2012 to ensure the state is prepared to assist farmers in the case of significant crop loss. The program sunset February 2018.

“Farming is one of Michigan’s top industries and we need to be prepared to help farmers out in the instance that weather or other factors cause significant crop loss,” Calley said. 

 

Major Road Project Begins Thursday In St. Ignace

A major road construction project starts Thursday in Saint Ignace.

The state transportation department will be resurfacing a mile-and-a-half of Business Loop I-75, which is the main business drag in the city.

The project will cost 628-thousand dollars…and it will include crack filling of the pavement…as well as curb, gutter, sidewalk and ramp upgrades…and improvements to the drainage in the area.

For most of the project, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction,

 

Students To Compete In CTE Skills Challenge On Friday

High school students from across the Upper Peninsula will gather at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex on Friday, April 27 in a celebration of Career and Technical Education during the 2018 Upper Peninsula CTE Skills Challenge.

NMU will host four student competitions beginning with the 12th Annual Upper Peninsula High School Construction Skills Challenge, a day-long competition bringing Construction Trades students from high schools and career tech centers who will work in teams and have six hours to construct a multipurpose structure. 

 

Peters Introduces Bill To Prevent Small Business Cyberattacks

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide additional cybersecurity resources to small businesses. The bill would create cybersecurity assistance units at Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) throughout the country. The new assistance units will serve as a point-of-contact for small businesses that suffer a cyber-attack, helping businesses find a solution to the problem and prevent more attacks in the future.

“In an increasingly interconnected society, it is critical that small businesses have the resources and support to protect against damaging cyber-attacks that often have devastating consequences,” said Senator Peters. 

 

Veterans Assistance Fair Set June 2 In Iron Mountain

The Dickinson County Veteran Affairs Committee is partnering with the Upper Peninsula Veterans Community Action Team, Michigan State University Extension, Dickinson Area Community Foundation, Veterans Alliance of Dickinson County Area, and numerous other service providers and local businesses across the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin to plan and execute a Veterans Assistance Fair on Saturday June 2nd from 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.CENTRAL TIME at the Bay College West campus in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Lack of awareness is the biggest barrier to Veterans accessing benefits and services,

 

DNR Asks For Ideas On Fighting Chronic Wasting Disease

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held the first of five Chronic Wasting Disease public outreach meetings in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday night in Marquette.

Local Three News reports that chronic Wasting Disease is a severe neurological disease that attacks deer, elk, and moose. CWD is highly contagious and can be spread by both direct and indirect contact. The disease has an 18-month incubation period; this means that for up to 18 months the animal could show no signs of being sick.

 

Sen. Schmidt Welcomes Boy Scouts To Lansing

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Sen. Wayne Schmidt welcomed Boy Scouts of America Michigan and their leadership to Lansing on Tuesday.

Scouts from around the state, including northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, made the trip to Lansing to deliver their Report to the State for 2017. The report serves as an update both to legislators and the governor on the state of scouting in Michigan, scouting activities, service hours performed, community involvement and the number of scouts attaining the rank of Eagle Scout — which was 1,100 in 2017.

 

Rep. Cambensy Votes Against House Budget Plan

Today, state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) voted against the Michigan House of Representatives’ omnibus budget for fiscal year 2018-19 and school omnibus budget for fiscal year 2018-19. In response, Rep. Cambensyissued the following statement on her no vote on both bills:

“Balancing any budget is difficult, but where it stands now, the priorities that my constituents have voiced don’t line up with the current House budget. We have tried to get answers on how proposed cuts to the Michigan Department of Corrections might impact our prisons in the U.P.

 

Rep. LaFave Votes In Favor Of State Budget Plan

State Rep. Beau LaFave joined his House colleagues Tuesday in approving a state budget that reduces overall spending while still making record-high investments in schools and roads.

“This is the first step in a long process, but today we put our best foot forward,” LaFave said.

“People in the Upper Peninsula have emphasized the need for better roads, more money going directly into classrooms, and protection of our treasured natural resources,” LaFave said.

 

Prescribed Burn Planned Saturday On Stonington Peninsula

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The Forest Service is notifying local residents of possible prescribed burning opportunities in the near future.  Current weather forecasts suggest suitable burning weather, starting this Saturday, April 28, 2018, and may continue to occur over the next several months. Prescribed burning is very weather dependent and most likely will occur from April thru October. If conditions are not right, the burns will be postponed until more favorable conditions arise. 

The Forest Service’s UP Central Zone is preparing for the South Schaawe prescribed burn.