Governor Announces Help For Western Marquette County

A response team of state agencies will assist communities in western Marquette County as they address economic and social challenges brought by the closing of the Empire Mine, Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday in Negaunee. ” Project Empire” will bring technical assistance and help local leaders take advantage of state and federal programs to address challenges that lie ahead in the near future while planning long-term economic strength and social well-being.

“The mining industry has been key to these communities for generations,


Houghton County State Park Remains Closed For Clean-up

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the Emily Lake State Forest Campground in Houghton County will remain closed for the next few weeks as clean-up from a devastating complex of July thunderstorms continues.

“The campground will remain closed until site work is done, and some sites will remain closed until next spring,” said Rich Pirhonen, DNR ranger at Twin Lakes State Park. “We hope to have some sites reopened in the next few weeks.


UPDATE: Escanaba Speeds Up Paving Project To Beat Rain

streetThe City of Escanaba is speeding up its paving projects as heavy rain is in the forecast for the weekend. Crews began putting down blacktop on a major stretch of Ludington Street between Third and Ninth Streets Thursday evening.

An update from the city Thursday afternoon said that a “scratch coat” was being put on the street so that the road could be sealed, which avoids having a saturated surface that would have delayed final paving.


Governor Visits Bay College, U.P. State Fair, Railroad

GUVRAILROADGovernor Rick Snyder was in Escanaba Thursday, taking in the sights and sounds of the Upper Peninsula State Fair. Before giving his speech at the annual Governor’s Luncheon at the Fair, Snyder toured the new mechatronics labs at Bay College.

He says that these programs are going to lead to high-paying, high-demand jobs, for Bay graduates.

“What I’m happy to say is that, at the state, we helped to provide resources to help get cutting-edge equipment here,” Snyder said.


Copper Country Man Becomes State’s 400th New Homeowner

Dollar Bay resident Tom Rossi is the 400th person to achieve the dream of homeownership through Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Key to Own program.
“This most definitely is a milestone worth celebrating for the Key to Own program,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “Not only is it the 400th closing, it’s a first in the Upper Peninsula. It was a pleasure to visit Mr. Rossi in his home and hear about how he went from voucher-holder to homeowner.”

Key to Own helps families and individuals in the MSHDA housing choice voucher (HCV) program transfer their rental voucher to a homeownership voucher.


Ludington Street Torn Up As Repaving project Continues

ludingtonA major section of Ludington Street was torn up in downtown Escanaba on Thursday.
The city is repaving the stretch of road between Third and Ninth Streets, where all of the state, local, and federal government buildings are located.

Earlier this week, the retail district of Ludington Street was repaved.

Traffic was crawling along as the crews did what the Public Works Department called a “scratch-coat” of the roadway…that is,


Community Action Has Money For People Needing Propane

The Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency will continue to provide funding from the state Summer Fuel Pre-Buy Program through the end of this month.
Funding from the program helps residents whose primary heating fuel is propane. CAA has been awarded just over $300,000 for its three-county service area, providing 850 gallons of propane or $1,200, whichever is less, for each eligible household. All funds must be spent by Aug. 31, so residents are asked to set up appointments as soon as possible,


Governor Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Firefighter

Governor Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Terrence Raymond, a firefighter with the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department who died Monday, August 15.
“Terrence was a dedicated fireman and will be remembered for his service to the Summerfield community,” Snyder said. “I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends and community.”

Raymond was a volunteer firefighter for the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department.


Senator Peters Proposes Surplus Federal Property Bill

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced that he is cosponsoring legislation to help veteran-owned small businesses access federal surplus equipment such as computers, office equipment, and vehicles.
The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2015 would allow veterans who own small businesses to participate in the General Services Administration’s Federal Surplus Property Program and obtain federal surplus property for only the cost of shipping and handling.


Three Escanaba Men Charged With Armed Hotel Robbery

Bond has been set at one million dollars each for the three suspects in a string of armed robberies in the central U.P. The suspects arraigned in Marquette County District Court on Wednesday are Tristen Lee Snow and Jaccob Christopher Jones, both 18, and Jordan Steinhausen, age 22.

All three have been charged in connection to the attempted armed robbery of America’s Best Value Inn in Marquette on Tuesday morning, and with holding up two customers at the Kassel’s Korner Gas station located nearby on US-41.


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