Upper Peninsula Environmental Educators Get Statewide Recognition

The Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education honored several Michigan educators at its annual conference Saturday at the Kellogg Biological Station, near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Katie Kunze, the alliance’s outgoing president and a teacher at Three Lakes Academy in Curtis, Michigan, said, “We are very proud of the contributions these individuals have made to improve Michigan’s environment by reaching thousands of citizens with positive messages and education.”

The alliance’s highest recognition in 2016 went to a couple of nonformal educators including:

Theresa Neal,


NMU Joins Regional Effort To Train New Cybersecurity Professionals


Northern Michigan University has joined the new Regional Cyber Education Collaboration, a joint effort by the higher education community and key private sector partners to address Michigan’s shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the RCEC on Monday at the 2016 International Cyber Summit in Detroit. Joining NMU as initial collaborators in the effort are Wayne State University, Central Michigan University and the Ann Arbor-based Merit Network.

According to the Merit website,


Escanaba Twp. Fire Department Showing New Truck Friday Morning

The Hannahville Indian Community and the Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to watch a demonstration of a new fire truck capable of fighting fires that may threaten the tallest buildings in Delta County. The demonstration will take place on Friday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Island Resort and Casino parking lot adjacent to the hotel tower.

Tribal Chairman Kenneth Meshigaud commented, “We are proud to be a partner with the Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department in preparing our community’s fire response. 


Tribal Wildlife Biologist To Speak Thursday Night In Manistique


Presentations include tribal wildlife biologist discussing white-tailed deer harvest

At the Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting in Manistique Thursday, Oct. 20, attendees are scheduled to hear a presentation on white-tailed deer harvest and summary data from Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wildlife biologist Eric Clark.

“This is the first time the council has had the opportunity to hear from a tribal wildlife biologist discussing white-tailed deer harvest,” said John Pepin,


Governor Declares This Week As ‘Careers In Energy Week’ In Michigan

Job-seekers with skilled trades talent should consider the wide-ranging, rewarding career opportunities offered by Michigan’s expanding energy industry.

That word from Governor Rick Snyder, who proclaimed Oct. 17 – 21 as Careers in Energy Week in Michigan. The governor, together with state Talent Investment Agency Director Wanda M. Stokes, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and other partners in the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium are raising awareness of the in-demand jobs across this diverse industry and its importance to the overall economy.


CAA’s Adult Day Services Program To Hold Brat Fundraiser

With elimination of state funding and more demand, a local service that helps people with dementia and their caregivers is kicking off a fun benefit Nov. 10 in Escanaba.

Community Action Agency Adult Day Services, formerly Perspectives, has been helping residents for 24 years in Delta County.

“Eight years ago the state pulled funding for this service, and we’ve been struggling ever since. That, coupled with growing demand for our services,


Driver Fleeing From Police Plunges Car Into Menominee River

A Dickinson County man is in jail after leading police on a chase on both sides of the Wisconsin border…and ending up plunging into the Menominee River.

Kingsford Public Safety officers say they tried to stop the man at about 1:30 Wednesday morning for several different traffic violations.

The man would not stop for officers, and a pursuit ensued south on S. Carpenter Avenue, west on Breen Avenue and then onto S.


Some Roads Re-Open In Marquette County; M-94 Still Closed

The waters of the Chocolay River continued to recede on Wednesday after heavy rains caused massive flooding in the Harvey area early Tuesday morning. the National Weather Service dropped the Flood Warnings on Wednesday, leaving only a Flood Advisory in place. Meteorologists say that there is still the potential for minor flooding, but with the dry weather on Wednesday, the river continues to recede.

The Michigan Department of Transportation on Wednesday reopened the US-41 bridge over the Chocolay River near Skandia in Marquette.


DEA ‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ Set For This Saturday

DEA reprises this weekend one of its most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the public can dispose of their unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of 4,700 collection sites nationwide, and over 130 sites in Michigan, operated by 3,800 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction,


NMU To Host Simulcast Of State Veterans Mental Health Conference

The annual Returning Veterans Mental Health Conference coordinated by Michigan Area Health Education Center will be offered at five locations statewide, including Northern Michigan University. It originates from Mt. Pleasant and will be simulcast at NMU’s Olson Library from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. The conference is geared toward medical professionals, social workers, behavioral and mental health providers and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients who have served in the military.