Governor Signs Casperson Legislation; Two Others

Parents or guardians of a child or adult with special needs can now request that their fingerprints and photograph be taken and included in the Michigan State Police’s statewide network system to be used in the event the child or adult goes missing, under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Ensuring that all Michiganders can be identified quickly in an emergency situation is critically important,” Snyder said. “This legislation helps parents or guardians of individuals with special needs have greater peace of mind knowing that their loved one can be identified,


Schuette Announces Steps To Fight Spread Of Meth

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, State Senator John Proos, Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene, along with Michigan Retailers Association, Michigan Pharmacists Association and Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today announced the launch of Michigan’s new Anti-Smurfing Campaign.

The Anti-Smurfing Campaign aims to increase public awareness about the criminal enterprise known as “smurfing” – the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), such as Claritin-D and Sudafed, on behalf of criminals who then attempt to use these products to manufacture methamphetamine.


Sen. Stabenow Not Happy With GOP Health Care Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to advance the American Health Care Act:

“I’m committed to working across the aisle to lower health care costs for Michigan families and small businesses, make prescription drugs more affordable, and improve care for middle-class families.  House Republicans instead passed a plan today that would raise costs for Michigan families, eliminate protections if you or a family member has a preexisting condition like cancer or a heart condition,


Escanaba School Superintendent Interviews Saturday

The Escanaba Area Public Schools will interview six finalists for the superintendent’s job this Saturday.

The candidates are (in alphabetical order): Dianna Behl, Spencer Boyd, Coby Fletcher, Angeline McArthur, Ron Moag, and Lance Northey.

They’re all looking to replace Michelle LeMire, who abruptly stepped down as superintendent last winter.

Interim Superintendent Steve Martin is not a candidate for the permanent job. The special meeting of the Escanaba School Board will start at 9:00 Saturday morning at the Upper Elementary School board room.

Marquette County Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase, Assault

A 25-year-old Marquette County man has been arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase, as well assaulting a officer.

Marquette County Sheriffs Deputies say that it started at about 5:30 Wednesday evening when a Forsyth Township Police detective tried to stop a vehicle on M-553 between Marquette Mountain and County Road 480. The vehicle was speeding and passing in “no-pass”zones, and that had run another vehicle off the road.

This driver wouldn’t stop after police turned on the sirens and lights,


Two Arrested After Woman Assaulted, Robbed In Ishpeming

Two people are behind bars after they allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her purse in Ishpeming.

Ishpeming City Police say the incident happened on April 26th at about 3:30 in the afternoon, in front of Mama Mia’s Pizza. Police were originally dispatched to the area on a call of a woman having a seizure.

But police learned that the victim was waiting outside of the business when someone knocked her down from behind.


Storm Clean-Up Continues In Porcupine Mountains


Experienced sawyers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are heading to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to help clean up significant tree fall from a recent late season snow and ice storm.

Over April 26-27, higher elevations at the park received up to an inch of ice, which was then covered, by 2-4 inches of snowfall. Numerous trees weighted down and weakened by the thick coating of ice and snow were toppled.


U.P. Congressman Votes For Temporary Federal Budget

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Rep. Jack Bergman released the following statement Wednesday after voting in favor of H.R. 244, a bill that will fund government operations through the end of the current fiscal year:

“When it comes to government spending, we’re facing difficult decisions, both short- and long-term,” Bergman said. “We have to find ways to adequately support our national defense, border security, education, and health care priorities without continuing to mortgage our future.

“This piece of legislation does make progress in some areas,


Gwinn High School Student To Play Hoops At Bay College


Reed Wiedenhoefer, Gwinn High School senior, has recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bay College for the 2017-18 season.

Pictured: Reed Wiedenhoefer is joined by (back row):  Jim Finkbeiner, GHS Varsity boys basketball coach; Rob Soyring, GHS Athletic Director; Matt Johnson, Bay College Men’s Basketball Coach; and (front row):  Reed’s grandmother, Gloria Carlson, and Reed’s mother, Sara Wiedenhoefer.


State Offering Motorcycle Safety ‘Refresher’ Courses For $50

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has some great advice for motorcyclists with a few miles on their bikes ‒ take a refresher course to sharpen their riding skills.

Advance Rider Courses (ARC) will be offered at select locations around the state throughout the summer months. The fee is $50. Participants must have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license and provide their own motorcycle and proof of insurance. The motorcycle must be properly titled and registered,