Sen. Schmidt Calls For Prison Reforms After Kinross Incident


The following is a statement from State Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City)

Last month, inmates at the Kinross Correctional Facility formed a protest that led to the destruction of property and a heightened level of security at the prison. What has been portrayed as a peaceful event to memorialize another prison riot that occurred at the Attica State Prison in New York in 1971, was anything but that.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Kinross and tour the facility with the warden and members of the corrections officers union.


City of Escanaba Says No Hunting Allowed In City Limits

The City of Escanaba wants to inform the public that City Ordinance prohibits hunting within City limits or on City property.

The Escanaba Public Safety Department, DNR and the Delta County Sheriff’s Department will be monitoring these areas and violators will be prosecuted. Hunting blinds found on City property will be removed and disposed of immediately.


Governor Vetoes Bills That Would’ve Sunset Obamacare Tax In 2018


Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed Senate Bills 987-990, which would have reestablished the 6-percent use tax on the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations and accelerated the sunset on the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2018.

“This legislation would sunset HICA 18 months earlier than the extension that just passed the Legislature earlier this year,” Snyder said. “I am very concerned that the federal government would not recognize this tax structure as an eligible Medicaid matching fund source,


Stabenow Announces Federal Grants For Value-Added Producers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support to expand agricultural markets across Michigan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grant program, which helps farmers and growers develop marketing strategies for agricultural commodities.

“Michigan agriculture supports one out of every four jobs in the state,” said Senator Stabenow. “With these types of new investments, we are helping Michigan agricultural businesses expand and get more customers for their products.


MiOSHA Urges Tree-Trimming Businesses To Improve Safety

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking tree trimming businesses to be on high alert for unsafe work practices that can lead to injury or death.

Six tree trimmers have died in Michigan so far this year due to work-related injuries from falls and being struck by falling trees and branches, compared to two tree trimming-related deaths in both 2014 and 2015.

“Tree trimming is dangerous work,


Ground Broken For New OSF Facility In Gladstone


Officials from OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and members of the community gathered Wednesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Gladstone Medical Office Building. The new facility will be located at 145 4th Avenue NE, Gladstone, across from Public Safety and will replace the existing clinic on Michigan Avenue.

Total cost of the projected 18,000 square-foot facility is expected to be just over $5 million.

The project is a joint venture between Cullinan Properties Ltd.


Bay College Career Day Program Set For Thursday

Hundreds of high school juniors and seniors will be on the Bay College campus in Escanaba Thursday for a Career Day program. The students will attend presentations about different programs offered at Bay like accounting, criminal justice, automotive technology and nursing.

Mark Kinney, the Bay College Business, Technology and Workforce Development Dean, says that many of the students will get their two-year associate’s degree at Bay. Then, transfer to Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State,


Home Destroyed By Fire In Gladstone; 2nd Home Also Damaged

Two homes were damaged by fire Wednesday morning in Gladstone.

Gladstone Public safety says the fire at 715 Minnesota Avenue started on the stove, and spread throughout the home at about 6:30 in the morning.

There were two adults and two children in the home at the time, and officers say they got out OK because the smoke detector alerted them to the fire.

The home was a total loss.


Power Outage At KI Sawyer Caused By Alleged Drunk Driver

A power outage that UPPCO says effected nearly 400 customers in the K-I Sawyer area Wednesday was caused by an alleged drunk driver.

Forsyth Township Police say that 21-year-old Christian Champion of Gwinn crashed his vehicle into a utility pole on Jupiter Street at just before 1:00 in the morning, causing other poles to fall and other property damage. That caused a power outage in the area that UPPCO crews spent hours to repair.


Escanaba Police Arrest Five People For Social Security Fraud

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Grand Rapids Resident Office, collaborated in a joint-investigation to identify and arrest those who were suspected of fraudulently receiving and/or misusing monetary benefits from the Social Security Administration Disability Insurance Program (Title II) or Supplemental Security Income Program (Title XVI).

The approximate six month long joint-investigation lead to five people being arrested and charged with various crimes pertaining to their involvement in various fraud schemes.