Winter Storm Warnings Monday Across Upper Peninsula



Heavy snow expected. The snow may mix with freezing rain or freezing drizzle at times, especially in Menominee county south of highway US-2.

Plan on difficult travel conditions, especially during the evening commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are expected with lesser snow amounts of 3 to 5 inches over southern Menominee county.


Winter Storm Watch For Parts Of U.P. On Monday


Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations in excess of 8 inches, especially across the higher terrain in Baraga and Marquette counties, are possible by Tuesday morning. A light glaze of ice is possible before the onset of heavy snow Monday afternoon as a wintry mix transitions to heavy snow.


Michigan GOP Calls For End To Gov’t Shutdown

Michigan Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-01), Mike Bishop (MI-08), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), John Moolenaar (MI-04) and Tim Walberg (MI-07) Saturday night released the following statement in response to the Senate’s failure to fund the government:

“We call on Michigan’s Democrat Senators to be a part of the solution and fund the government, extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and provide funding for our men and women in uniform.


Home Damaged By Fire In Wells Township

Fire damaged a home in Wells Township near Escanaba Friday night.

Escanaba Public Safety was called out to K.5 lane at about 10:30. They arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of the structure and remained on scene til about 1:30 Saturday morning.

The home suffered smoke and water damage, but no one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.


Michigan Special Olympics Receives $17,000 Donation

Drew Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation is helping Special Olympics Michigan athletes achieve their dreams by donating $17,000 to help cover equipment, training and competition costs this winter.

After hearing that the Farmington ski team was in need of funds in order to compete this year, the former Michigan State standout and current NFL quarterback’s foundation stepped up to help by donating $3,000 to the team to cover equipment and training costs.

Local Special Olympics programs in Area 8 (Ingham and Eaton Counties) and Area 28 (Clinton County) will also receive $2,000 each for equipment and uniform expenses.


Nominations Open For Ag Exporter Of The Year Award

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is pleased to announce that the nomination period for Michigan’s “Ag Exporter of the Year” award is now open.

Each year, MDARD recognizes a leading food or agriculture exporter by presenting it with the “Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year” award. The award recognizes outstanding companies for their efforts to increase exports of Michigan food and agriculture products.

Companies of all sizes are encouraged to apply.


Chronic Wasting Disease Panel Gives Recommendations

At last week’s regular monthly meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, the Chronic Wasting Disease Working Group – a panel challenged by the commission to explore actions that could substantially mitigate or eliminate CWD in Michigan – presented its recommendations to strengthen the fight against this neurological disease that threatens Michigan’s deer population. Those five recommendations include: 

  • Pursuing the help of an outside marketing agency to develop messaging for Michigan’s vision for CWD surveillance and management.


Escanaba Woman Graduates From AF Basic Training

U.S. Air Force Airman Lucy J. Sliva graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


State Statement On Gladstone, Rapid River Middle College

Two districts in the Upper Peninsula will lose their ability to offer the five-year Early/Middle College program, the Michigan Department of Education reported today.

An Early/Middle College is a stand-alone public high school, a school within a school, or a public charter school designed to allow a student to earn a high school diploma and either an associate’s degree, technical certification, or up to 60 transferable college credits in a five-year period.

Both the Gladstone and Rapid River districts opened Early/Middle College programs in 2014. 


Michigan DNR Identifies Man Killed In Snowmobile Crash

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers have released the name of a 51-year-old Saginaw man who was killed Tuesday in a snowmobile accident in Chippewa County.

Douglas Charles Hawes was riding his snowmobile along Trail No. 8, between M-123 and the Curley Lewis Highway, when he missed a curve and struck a tree.

The crash was reported at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Emergency responders conducted resuscitation efforts at the scene.