January 31, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Dog Sled Races Will Begin Sat.

Mackinaw Mush

Minutes after the Canadian and American national anthems fade into the frozen, February air, two dog sled teams will launch, side by side, from Shepler's parking lot in Mackinaw City, beginning the 2008 Mackinaw Mush Sled Dog Race, a competition th More...

Water Rate Hike Planned

Mackinaw City

A new rate structure for water and sewer service in Mackinaw City would raise prices through 2012 and will be the subject of a public hearing Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building. More...

Benson Takes Prize for Pike

Nolan Benson of Pickford won first place in the youth pike contest at the Soo Area Sportsmen's Club Walleye Jamboree. He caught this 8.8-pound pike Sunday, January 27. More...

Island Moratorium Hardship Case Denied

A request by Betty BeDour to be allowed to connect to the city's sewer line as a hardship case earned a negative recommendation from the Mackinac Island Moratorium Committee, followed by an official denial by City Council, Wednesday, January 16. More...

30-inch Walleye Caught at Brevort Lake

Avid fisherman and sportsman Gary Gorniak of Brighton displays a 30-inch walleye he caught at Brevort Lake. Mr. Gorniak owns a home at the west end of the lake. The fish was returned to the water. Its weight was not recorded. More...

News

New Emphasis in Local Schools: Finding Ways To Add Physical Activity to Each Day

Fifth grade students at Les Cheneaux Elementary School combined exercise with a charitable activity when they walked about two miles to visit residents of Les Cheneaux Village Apartments in December. More...

Springsteen Enjoys Teaching in a Different Culture on African Peace Corps Mission

A strong sense of communal life marks each day in the island village of Zanzibar in Tanzania, Africa, where St. Ignace resident Sarah Springsteen is a teacher with the Peace Corps. More...

Scientist With Sault Ties Challenges GlobalWarming Theory

Roy Spencer is skeptical of the view that Earth's rising temperature is primarily the result of industrial pollution.

Fascination with lake-effect snowfall in the Upper Peninsula sparked Roy Spencer's interest in weather and a career in climate studies. More...

Sports

John Evashevski Wins Title; Saints Tied for Third at U.P. Championships

St. Ignace junior John Evashevski won the 135-pound weight class with a 4-0 record to help the St. Ignace Saints tie for third place at the inaugural Upper Peninsula Championships at Marquette High School Saturday, January 26. More...

Girls Basketball

St. Ignace Girls Snap Four-game Losing Streak

The St. Ignace girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-32 non-conference win over the Pickford Panthers Tuesday, January 22. More...

Boys Basketball

Saints Record Wins Over Panthers, Hurons

The St. Ignace Saints boys basketball team cruised to a 74-39 non-conference win over Pickford at Pickford Wednesday, January 23, and remained in a tie for first place in the Straits Area Conference after a 71-57 win over Rogers City at St. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Politicians Warm to Energy Issues

Ever so slowly, global warnings about global warming are impacting Michigan politics and state media coverage of politicians at all levels, who ponder how best to reduce carbon footprints through renewable energy and other environmentally friendly More...

St. Ignace

Winter has really arrived, with cold temperatures. Observing children enjoying the snow is always a happy experience. Cody Wartella, a seventh grade student, and his brother, Zack, who is in sixth grade, entertain their friends sledding. More...

DeTour Area

This year, February has 29 days, instead of the usual 28 days. Friends of the Library announced the annual Silent Auction will be Wednesday, February 13, the day before Valentine's Day. Last year's auction broke all records in funds raised. More...

Plan Would Remedy Mackinac Island's Wastewater Woes

Preliminary Suggestions: Fewer Connections, Annual Rate Hikes

Allowing fewer new connections to Mackinac Island's sewer system and annually increasing rates are part of a preliminary plan being considered by the Board of Public Works. More...

Raise of 3% Proposed for City Dept. Managers

Deal Would Award Pay Hikes in 2008 and 2009

Giving a salary raise of 3% for 11 city department managers and adjusting the number of unused vacation days that can be sold by City Clerk Renee Vonderwerth and Treasurer Eugene Elmer are two recommendations that the city's Negotiations Committee More...

Idea Would Promote All of County's Ports

Group Requests $10,000 From County Commission

Promoting Mackinac County as a cohesive community of port cities by developing a new Web site for travelers is an idea brought to county commissioners January 24 by Cheryl Schlehuber, Janet Peterson, and Mark Sposito of St. More...

Chippewa County Wants To Take Over HBH

Seeks 8 Seats To Control Board; Mackinac Objects

Chippewa County is mounting a campaign to get eight seats on the Hiawatha Behavioral Health board, taking two each from Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties so it can better control the agency. More...

DNR Stalls UP Sulfide Mine

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has stalled development of a controversial sulfide mine in the western Upper Peninsula. More...

Proper Preservation of Historic Structures Debated in St. Ignace, Mackinac Island

St. Ignace wants to rehabilitate a historic building with modern materials, while Mackinac Island is remodeling a relatively young, 50- year-old vinyl-sided building in a historic district. More...

Brevort Ice Fishing Jamboree February 16-17

The Brevort Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree will be Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, with a 2008 Arctic Cat snowmobile and a lumber package worth $2,500 among the prizes to be awarded. The fishing contest will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

St. Ignace Bus Station Relocates to US-2 Inn Until New Building Done

The St. More...

Social

Golden Anniversaries

Gerald and LaRaine Wiggins Gerald "Skip" and LaRaine (nee Erskine) Wiggins will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, February 1. They were wed at Zion Lutheran Church in Allenville February 1, 1958. They live in Newberry. More...

Birth

Louis St. Andrew

Kelly LaJoice and Stephen St. Andrew of St. Ignace announce the birth of their son, Louis Matthew St. Andrew, born December 27, 2007, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. More...

Mackinac Island Winter Festival Promotes Family Fun Feb. 2-3

Summer games will turn into winter events at the 32nd Annual Mackinac Island Winter Festival Saturday, February 2, and Sunday, February 3. Taking place during Super Bowl weekend, the theme for this year's event is the Super Bowl. More...

Obituaries

Dell Ahlich

Dell F. Ahlich, a longtime St. Ignace area businessman, was a World War II veteran who worked as an oiler and fireman on the Michigan State Ferries for a few months before entering the United States Navy. More...

Nikko Wychopen

Nikko Alexander Wychopen was stillborn at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie Friday, January 25, 2008. He is survived by his parents, Billy Dean and Erin Huyck (nee Moore) Wychopen of Sault Ste. Marie. More...

William Lambert

William P. Lambert of St. Ignace worked for Walker Furniture and Funeral Home in St. Ignace, retiring in 1988. He subsequently worked 10 years for the Lambert Community Health Center in St. Ignace. He was a volunteer firefighter and a U.S. More...


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