City of Escanaba Has New ‘Report a Pothole’ Program

The City of Escanaba is announcing the implementation of a new “pothole” reporting program.

Pothole repair is an ongoing aspect of the City of Escanaba’s street maintenance program. Repairs include patching of potholes, depressions, bumps, and pavement edge defects to city streets.

Under the new program, potholes can be reported to the City in three (3) ways:

· Emailing (24/7/365).

· Calling the Neighborhood Nuisance Hotline at 789-7317 (24/7/365).


Michigan Unemployment Rate Edges Higher In October

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in October increased slightly in 16 of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment and labor force levels were mixed over the month.

“Michigan’s local labor markets in October experienced minor unemployment rate increases both over the month and over the year,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “However,


Schuette Praises Passage Of Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday praised the Michigan House and Senate for the passage of three House sponsored bills that are designed to put human traffickers in jail for longer and help victims of trafficking.

“The primary role of government is to protect citizens from harm. The more cases of human trafficking we investigate and the more victims we discover, the more we realize just how damaging this horrific crime is,


Senator Peters Votes To Renew Sanctions Against Iran

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following his vote in favor of renewing the Iran Sanctions Act. Peters is a cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill and has called for increased transparency in International Atomic Energy Agency reporting of Iran’s nuclear activity.

“It is vital that the United States and world powers in the P5+1 continue to hold Iran accountable to its obligations in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


Bay College Hosting Discussion On Migratory Birds Thursday

Bay College’s Math Science Division presents a special colloquia by Joe Kaplan titled ” Planting a future for birds: The Escanaba Migratory Bird Enhancement Initiative (EMBEI).”  The free presentation will be at 4PM on Thursday in room 125 of the Math Science Building.

The presentation can be seen live via iTV at 3PM central time in room 107 of Bay College’s West Campus in Iron Mountain.  Joe Kaplan is a director of Common Coast Research &


Snyder Signs Bill Limiting Number Of Specialty Licence Plates


Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation sponsored by the late state Rep. Peter Pettalia that limits the number of  license plates used for fundraising purposes.  

“Rep. Pettalia was a dedicated public servant who held his sense of duty to work on behalf of his constituency in the highest regard,” Snyder said. “This bill reflects Peter’s common-sense approach to creating new laws and policies, and his legacy as an exceptional legislator and dedicated Michigander will never be forgotten.” 

House Bill 5447,


Casperson Upset With Taxpayer Costs Of Presidential Recount Request


Upper Peninsula State Senator Tom Casperson is outraged that Michigan taxpayers may have to pay millions of dollars to cover the costs of the recount that was requested today by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.

In an interview with the Radio Results Network this evening, the Escanaba Republican said that he will look at legislation that would make changes to state election laws that govern recount requests.

Casperson is upset with news that the cost may rise to five million dollars while Stein is only required to pay one million….when she got one percent of the vote.


Bay College Staff On Hand Thursday Night To Fight ‘Procrastination’

The Bay de Noc Community College Academic Support Team is holding its biannual Night Against Procrastination (N.A.P.) from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday in the Student Success Center portion of the HUB building on Escanaba’s campus. Coffee, healthy snacks, and academic resources will be available for students while they practice the art of combatting procrastination.

Tutors, study group facilitators, SI leaders, and other Academic Support staff will be on hand throughout N.A.P.,


Mackinac Center Offers To Debate On ‘True Benefits’ Of Pure Michigan

Researchers with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy have invited two tourism officials to publicly debate the effectiveness of the Pure Michigan tourism and advertising campaign. The debate challenge comes after the Mackinac Center’s own study demonstrated that state tourism promotion does not generate net positive returns on investment.

Researchers Michael D. LaFaive and Michael J. Hicks looked at 39 years of data from the 48 contiguous states. A $1 million increase in state promotion efforts,


AAA Says Gas Prices To Rise Due To OPEC Decision

Michigan motorists are already seeing higher prices at the pump this week, and prices will move even higher now, based on an agreement reached today, by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC). OPEC announced plans to cut crude oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to 32.5 million a day, effective in January 2017. The shift is aimed at draining a global glut that led to lower fuel prices in the last two years.