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Engineering Costs Approved by Garfield Township Board

Pleasant Ave. Repairs To Be Study Focus

The Garfield Township Board of Trustees began its meeting Monday, February 19, by acknowledging a $5,000 donation by the Sault Ste. More...

Strong March Storm Roars Across EUP

74 mph Wind Gusts Recorded on Mackinac Bridge

Astrong late winter storm roared across the region Thursday night and Friday, March 1 and 2, causing an empty Evergreen Shores water tower to sway and crack, and as a precautionary measure, forced the evacuation of two nearby families from their hom More...

Fans Welcome Snow Racing's Return to Kinross

Snowmobile racing's return to Kinross two weekends ago was welcomed by area fans and racers, who liked the facilities at Kinross Fairgrounds so much, they want to return next year. More...

Saints, Panthers, Eagles Win VB Districts

The St. Ignace Saints captured the district volleyball championship Saturday, March 3, with a 6-1 record. More...

News

Gros Cap School Board To Seek Millage Renewal in May

The Gros Cap School board voted Monday, February 19, to levy a renewal millage to operate Moran Township's kindergartenthrough eighth-grade school for the next three years. More...

Michigan's First Ballast Water Permits Are Issued

Measure To Curb Great Lakes Invasive Species

The first 10 ballast water control permits have been issued to an international shipping company in accordance with Michigan's new ballast water control law, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Friday, February 23. More...

Medicines Seeping Into Water Supply Will Be Next Focus for Earth Keepers

In the U.P., Diverse Groups Are Preparing New Environmental Spring Clean-up Plans

The impact of man-made pollutants on natural ecosystems, especially water, is a rising concern throughout the world, and in the Upper Peninsula a multi-faith organization called Earth Keepers has earned widespread recognition for helping to protect More...

Sports

Saints Earn District Volleyball Crown With Wins Over Indians, Emeralds

St. Ignace Saints volleyball players compiled a 6-1 record to capture the Class C district championship Saturday, March 3, at the St. Ignace Middle School. More...

Pickford Wins First District VB Championship

Coach Joe Rounds and his Pickford Panthers captured the school's first Class D volleyball title after posting a 6-1 record Saturday, March 3, at Pickford High School. More...

Engadine Earns Third Consecutive District Crown

Engadine won its third consecutive Class D volleyball district championship after completing the day with a 6-0 record Saturday, March 3, at Rapid River. More...

Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

War Is About Profits; Veterans Are Mistreated

The news that our veterans are living in filth in rundown buildings and hotels, while they are being treated outpatient at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., angers me as a disabled Vietnam veteran. More...

State Withdraws U.P. Sulfide Mining Permit

DEQ Postpones Public Hearing, Calls for Further Review; EPA Takes New Interest

Preliminary approval for a sulfide mine near Big Bay in the Upper Peninsula has been withdrawn by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the agency announced Thursday, March 1, and the company proposing the mine has been notified that the En More...

Island Police Job Dropped

Mackinac Island Council Cuts Position To Save City $60,000

Mackinac Island Police Lieutenant Pete Komblevitz will leave the department sometime this year, it was announced by the City Council Wednesday, February 28, The city wants to eliminate the position to save about $60,000 a year. More...

City Leaders, Scouts Take a Cookie Break

Kicking off this year's Girl Scout cookie sales, Troop 384 of St. Ignace offers cookies to City Council members, City Manager Eric Dodson, and Mayor Paul Grondin, Monday, March 5. More...

Island City Employees Get Raise, Property Owners May See Insurance Discounts

A 3.23 percent raise for all Mackinac Island city employees will go into effect April 1 after being approved by City Council at its Wednesday, February 28, meeting. Approval came at the recommendation of the Finance Committee. More...

Clark Twp. Firefighters Map Out Future Needs

Unique fire-fighting challenges abound in a township where homes are built on isolated peninsulas and 19 of Les Cheneaux's 35 islands have structures accessible only by boat. More...

Social

Births

Jackson Barr

Rich and Ellie Barr of Adrian announce the birth of their first child, a son, Jackson Richard Barr, born Saturday, February 17, 2007, at 9:50 a.m. at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. More...

Penelope Graham

Kristi and Alex Graham of Mackinac Island and Rochester, New York, are celebrating the birth of their first child, Penelope Kathleen, born Wednesday, February 14, at Rochester General Hospital. More...

Engaged

Sara Shifflett, Danny Bledsoe

Sara Shifflett of Grand Blanc and Danny Bledsoe of Big LaSalle Island, Cedarville, plan to be married August 4, 2007, at United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek. More...

Obituaries

Mariana 'Nan' Rudolph

Mariana "Nan" Frances Brown Rudolph was a longtime Upper Peninsula resident who worked toward improving social services and education in the area. More...

Roger Litzner

Roger Litzner of Moran worked as a logger all of his life. Mr. Litzner was 59 when he died Wednesday, February, 28, 2007, at Tendercare nursing home in Sault Ste. Marie. He was born February 26, 1948, in Sault Ste. More...

Esther Bumstead

Esther Irene Bumstead, 90, of Sault Ste. Marie, enjoyed a long career as a mail carrier and store owner. Mrs. Bumstead died Friday, March 2, 2007, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born November 4, 1916, in Sault Ste. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

DEQ Reversal on U.P. Nickel Mine Reveals Political Intrigue

Despite misgivings on a number of water and other issues, environmentalists aren't about to brand Governor Jennifer Granholm as tone deaf on their causes as was her predecessor, John Engler. More...

Autos Across Mackinac: Rate of 25¢ per Adult Passenger Added to Vehicle Fees

PART 9 - ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER CRUSH (PART II)

November 1 marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Mackinac Bridge and the end of Michigan State Ferry service across the Straits of Mackinac. More...

Les Cheneaux

March has certainly come in like a lion, and let us hope that it goes out like a lamb. After the snowstorm of last weekend, the sun has been shining and the snow is once again melting. More...


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