Secretary Of State Makes Statement On Green Party Recount Request

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Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today issued the following statement regarding the request that was received today from Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein:

“It is unusual that a candidate who received just 1 percent of the vote is seeking a recount, especially when there is no evidence of hacking or fraud, or even a credible allegation of any tampering.

“The cost of this recount to Michigan taxpayers could easily reach into the millions of dollars.

 

Schmidt’s Business Investment Bills Pass Michigan Senate

Legislation to help create and expand business investment in the state that results in more available high-wage jobs was approved by the state Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bills 1153-1155 would create a transparent and capped incentive program aimed at attracting projects that would provide a significant number of high-wage jobs.

“At a time when our economy is on the rebound, we must continue efforts that encourage increased job growth and expansion,” said Sen.

 

VA Hosting Town Hall Meetings Wednesday In Iron Mountain

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting two Veteran Town Halls in Iron Mountain at 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday.

The town halls will be held in the Holman Room located in the basement of the medical center’s main building and is open to all Veterans, their families and friends, and the public.  The VA Medical Center is located at 325 East H Street in Iron Mountain.

 

Wisconsin Paper Company Announces Earnings Drop; Layoffs Coming

More layoffs are coming for the paper industry in Wisconsin. This time, it’s at the Clearwater Paper facility in Neenah…near Appleton.

The company announced a drop in third-quarter earnings of one-point-six percent and confirmed the layoffs to television station WBAY on Tuesday. The company did NOT say how many people would be laid off, or when they would take place. The TV station, however, says that employees have told them that nearly 90 hourly and salaried workers would be affected by the cutbacks.

 

Michigan Republicans Call On Democrats To Accept Election Results

Michigan Republican Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel blasted the suggested Green Party recount and demanded that every Democrat publicly accept the results of the election in Michigan and oppose a recount.  President-Elect Donald J. Trump won Michigan on November 8, 2016 by 10,704 votes.  There is no precedent for a statewide recount in Michigan overturning 1,000 votes—much less 10,000 votes.

“Democrats need to publicly accept the results of this election.  Donald Trump won Michigan by a significant margin and Green Party officials and Democrats admit there is no fraud or impropriety and this will not change the results,” McDaniel said. 

 

Eagle Mine Hosting Community Forums Across Marquette County

The Eagle Mine Information Center extended its business hours Monday night to host of a community forum.

Local Three News reports that the Eagle Mine does this every six months to let people ask questions…and to get updates…on how things are going at the Marquette County mining operation. Spokesman Matt Johnson says that 2016 has been a “challenging year for the global mining industry”. He says that metal prices have been “very low,

 

U.P. Land Conservancy Holding ‘Giving Tuesday’ Fundraiser

In an effort to raise funds to build a boardwalk that will connect the trails at the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve, the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy announced that on Tuesday, November 29th, any donation above $10 that is made to the boardwalk fund will be recognized with the name of your choice carved into the future boardwalk, which will be built in spring 2017 depending on funding.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is #GivingTuesday,

 

Houghton Police Arrest ‘Suspicious’ Man Near Elementary School

A man has been arrested in Houghton on drugs and weapons charges.

The Houghton Police Department says that it was notified of a “suspicious person” in the parking lot of Houghton Elementary School at about 9:30 Monday morning.

When officers checked it out, the 30-year-old man had marijuana and a concealed weapon on him. Houghton Elementary went into a “shelter-in-place” procedure as a precaution, but police say the man did not make any threats against the school.

 

Trump Victory Certified; Local Clerk Describes Recount Process

The Michigan Board of Canvassers today certified the election results from the November 8th election.

Donald Trump beat Hilary Clinton by 10,704 votes.

Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich says that the state board did not count all the ballots…it simply compared all of the poll books from Michigan’s 83 counties, and compared those numbers to the actual numbers of ballots that were cast.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 48 hours to ask for a recount.

 

Michigan DNR Stocks Muskie Into U.P. Lakes, Little Bay deNoc

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently stocked 25,740 muskellunge fingerlings into 12 waterbodies located throughout the state in an effort to further enhance Michigan’s world-class fisheries.

Michigan is home to two strains of naturally reproducing muskellunge, Great Lakes and northern. The DNR has been rearing muskellunge in its hatcheries since the 1950s. While the hatchery program initially focused on the northern muskellunge strain, it has shifted focus in recent years to the Great Lakes strain,