Seniors Have Until Sept. 30 To Apply For Heating Tax Credit

The Michigan Agency for Energy on Wednesday noted that the September 30 deadline to apply for Michigan’s Home Heating Credit in 2016 (for tax year 2015) is quickly approaching. The credit assists low-income people and qualifying senior citizens with winter energy bills. Customers do not need to file a Michigan tax return to apply for the Home Heating Credit.

The average credit paid out in 2015 was $132.

“The Home Heating Credit is available to assist low-income utility customers with winter heating bills,” noted Valerie Brader,


Police Find 300 Marijuana Plants In Woods Near Big Bay

A big marijuana growing operation has been busted in northern Marquette County.

Detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team went to the suspected illegal marijuana operation in a wooded area near Big Bay yesterday.

They found more than 3-hundred marijuana plants there.

Right now, the investigation continues to try to determine who’s pot plants they are, and if the area is private or public property.

They are flying over the area as part of that investigation.


Secretary Of State Warns Of ‘Pfishing/Spoofing” Scam


Secretary of State Ruth Johnson urges customers to take care when giving out information over the phone to anyone they do not know personally.

The Secretary of State’s Office is aware of instances in which a person claiming to be a state employee has called asking for credit card and Social Security information. Callers may use a technique known as “caller ID spoofing” so a phone’s caller ID displays a valid number of a Secretary of State office or another state agency.


Escanaba Hires Company To Listen To Fire Hydrants, Lines


Escanaba residents over the next week or two will likely see people in their front yards, or on the sidewalk, with their ears to the ground.

But don’t worry. They are not prowlers.

They are people with the M-E Simpson Company, and the City of Escanaba is paying them to do Leak Detection services.

They will be listening to the main lane valves and fire hydrants to make sure everything is working properly.


Lake Superior State University President Writes Open Letter To Community


As a new school year approaches and the students return to our community, I want to share an update with the campus and Sault Ste. Marie communities on where Lake Superior State University and Michigan higher education are heading.

LSSU is in the midst of a transformation. We are evolving to better serve our students, community, and the region. Our efforts are focused on changing our Culture, Academics, Finances, and direction towards stabilizing and growing our Enrollment (CAFE).


Casperson Says More Options Needed For U.P. Power

Upper Peninsula State Senator Tom Casperson’s proposal from more than a year ago to hook the U-P to Lower Michigan through a new transmission line got a new boost last week when Governor Rick Snyder signaled his support for studying the concept.

And the governor took it a step further, asking the Mid Continent System Operators…or MISO…to also study connecting the U-P with Sault Ste. Marie Canada, which has extra power that could be sold on a new “Michigan” grid.


State Employees Spending Lots Of Money On Travel

The cost of travel by state employees to taxpayers in Michigan is over one million dollars so far this year and rising.  Trips across the county and around the world have risen by around 100-thousand dollars compared to last year.  Costs include training sessions, meetings, government business and hotel charges.  The state also spends approximately 50-million dollars for in-state travel for employees.  Officials with the Michigan Treasury say restrictions on travel put in place in tough economic times have been lifted leading to increased costs.


Ishpeming Man Accused Of Having Sex With 14-Year-Old

An Ishpeming man has been arrested on two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. Ishpeming Police say that 25-year-old Richard Keller had sex with a 14-year-old girl in both 2014 and 2015. Third Degree C-S-C is a 15-year felony.

Keller was taken to the Marquette County Jail, and was later released after posting bond. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for September 13th in  Marquette County District Court.


Major Stretch Of Ludington Street Paved Under Sunny Skies


ludingtonLudington Street in downtown Escanaba was closed all afternoon on Tuesday while a six-block stretch of the city’s main street was paved. The project had been delayed because weekend rains caused damage to some areas of the street.

Crews took advantage of sunny weather to put on the thick layer of blacktop between 3rd and 9th Streets.

Another stretch of Ludington…from 9th to 15th Streets…was paved last week.


Iron County Murder Suspect Deemed Fit To Stand Trial

A murder suspect in Iron County has been declared fit to stand trial.

Kelly Cochran is charged with homicide in connection with the disappearance of Iron River resident Christopher Regan, who went missing nearly two years ago in October of 2014. The 34-year-old Cochran is accused of homicide, home invasion, conspiracy to mutilate a dead body, lying to police, amongst other charges.

Iron County Judge Joseph Schwedler announced that the psychological exam done on Cochran shows that she is competent to stand trial,