Wildfire Risk Still High In Parts Of Upper Peninsula

Some areas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula still are experiencing elevated fire danger after weeks of higher-than-normal fire danger.

That means people need to be careful when building campfires, burning yard debris, grilling or using fireworks to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Department of Natural Resources reports that warm temperatures are predicted statewide this weekend. Higher humidity and occasional rain showers will help with current elevated fire conditions in some places,

 

Missing Ontonagon County Man Found Alive

An overnight search for an Ontonagon County man ended successfully this afternoon when Carl Thomas Kettunen of Trout Creek was found alive, his off-road-vehicle on top of him.

Search teams from several entities were in Ontonagon County Friday afternoon, continuing efforts begun Thursday night to locate the 66-year-old man.

The last report of Kettunen’s whereabouts had been about 6 p.m. EDT Thursday when, after finishing his dinner, caregivers heard him leave his home at 9183 M-28 on his orange Honda rancher off-road vehicle.

 

Restrictions Remain On US-2/41 In Ford River

Because of additional work being performed on the US-2/US-41 bridge over the Ford River near Hyde in Delta County, one lane will continue be open in alternating directions with temporary traffic signals during the Memorial Day weekend.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is suspending work and lifting traffic restrictions wherever possible to ease congestion and increase safety beginning at 3 p.m. today, and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

 

Rain Shortens Opening Night At Norway Speedway

Mother Nature wound up being the ultimate winner at Norway Speedway Friday night as the season opening program was washed out.

The second race of the evening – the Auto Value super stock dash, was in progress when the rains started falling.

Prior to that Escanaba’s Robby Iverson captured the Coca Cola late model dash. Fast qualifiers were Menominee’s Dalton Zehr (late models), Vulcan’s Tim Schultz (super stocks), Armstrong Creek’s Michelle Janczewski (sportsman) Faithhorn’s Reid Devoe (4 cylinders) and Brad Barglind (sport trucks).
 

Marquette Nurses, Hospital Reach Tentative Contract

The following statement should be attributed to Scott Balko, Operating Room RN and President of the UPHS Marquette Staff Council/MNA:

After more than a year of negotiations, including extensive bargaining that lasted late last night and through early this morning, Marquette nurses and Duke LifePoint executives have agreed in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.

This is a win for our entire UP community,

 

Sen. Schmidt Welcomes West To State Capital

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State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed John West, father of Staff Sgt. Matthew West, to the Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 24th Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday.

West served in the U.S. Army’s 71st Explosive Ordnance Group and gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country on Aug. 30, 2010.

“This ceremony is for people like Staff Sgt. Smith,” Schmidt said. “His bravery and commitment to both his brothers and sisters in arms,

 

AAA: Record Memorial Day Travel Predicted

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.

After enduring a wicked winter, Michiganders will kick off the season by traveling in record numbers.

According to AAA, nearly 1.3 million Michiganders will travel this Memorial Day weekend, reflecting close to 5 percent more travelers than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.
 
As gas prices rise along with the temperatures, AAA still expects more people will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation.
 

Beach, Water Safety Highlighted During Holiday Weekend

On average, 78 people die each year in drowning incidents in the Great Lakes. While Michiganders are encouraged to visit and enjoy all the state’s beaches have to offer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging everyone to learn about safe swimming and the signs of dangerous currents as part of Water Safety Month.

Dangerous currents develop when winds blow toward the shore, and waves are three feet or higher.

 

LaFave’s Wheelchair Bill Passes State House

The Michigan House recently approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Beau LaFave to ensure people with disabilities can operate any disability mobility vehicle without a driver’s license.

A disability mobility vehicle would be defined as a mobility device powered by a battery, fuel or engine. When operating on the road, the person must follow any laws pertaining to that vehicle.

A Segway and a powered wheelchair are examples of a disability mobility vehicle.

 

Michigan Projects, Programs In Defense Budget

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has passed bipartisan defense legislation that includes a number of provisions authored by Senator Gary Peters to support Michigan’s military installations, defense manufacturers, veterans and their families.

Among other provisions, the bill includes additional funding for A-10 aircraft repairs, support for defense research, and efforts to prevent and address water contamination at and near military installations.

The John S. McCain III FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act,