January 19, 2017 RSS feed / News

Government Control of What You Know 2nd Bill Introduced in the State House

Earlier this week, the Michigan House of Representatives began their 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue…rolling back Michigan’s income tax. More...

St. Ignace City Council Paid $1,600 for Month of December

St. Ignace City Council members were paid $1,600 for the month of December. The mayor receives $70 to attend council meetings and $60 to attend committee meetings or represent the city at events. More...

Quiz Bowl Teams Preparing for Competitions

Quiz Bowl season is underway as teams throughout the area practice their skills in the world of trivia. During practices and competition, high school students learn about topics and subjects that they may not encounter in their daily classes. More...

Brace Awarded Disney Summer of Service Award

Kendrick Brace, a fifth grade student at Pickford Elementary School, has been awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant from Youth Service America. He was motivated to apply for this grant after watching a news report on television. More...

Author Tobin Buhk To Speak At St. Ignace Library

Freelance author Tobin Buhk, who specializes in historic true crime, will speak at the St. Ignace Public Library Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m. Mr. Buhk will share stories of murder and mayhem, many set in Michigan. More...

Pickford Honors Students of the Month

Students of the Month for December at Pickford Elementary School are (back row, from left) Liam MacDonald (first grade), Emma Wallis (fifth grade), Braylon Rounds (fifth grade), Brooke Portice (fourth grade), Caden Rivers (fourth grade); (front row) More...

Closure of West Neebish Channel Starts Jan. 19

Following the closure of the Soo Locks at midnight Sunday, January 15, the West Neebish Channel will be closed Thursday, January 19, at 8 a.m. Alternating one-way traffic will be established in the Munuscong and Middle Neebish Channels.   More...

Drummond Island Resident Found Guilty on Child Pornography Charges

Drummond Island resident Robert Louis Henning, 67, was found guilty in 50th Circuit Court Thursday, January 12, of 10 counts of possessing child sexually abusive materials and 10 counts of using a computer to commit a crime following a two-day jury t More...

Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Activity Report

For the week of January 9 to January 15, the following activity was reported by the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office:  .Deputies responded to 10 property damage crashes throughout the county, four of which involved cars and deer.   More...

Recreation Advisory Committee To Meet January 18

The St. Ignace Recreation Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, January 18, at 7 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace. The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, but was postponed. The meeting is open to the public. More...

Understanding Wood Inventory, Heat, and Boilers

Now that the winter solstice is around the corner, we’re all aware of the need to heat our living, shopping, and working spaces. This requires some sort of fuel, and the vast majority comes from non-renewable fossil fuels. More...

Financial Support for Recycling Is Hard To Find

While it seems that everyone from local units of government to state government would like to see an increased recycling effort, when it comes down to implementing programs, it is difficult to find financial support. More...

Demolition Efforts Begin on Melody Motel

At left: Ongoing demolition efforts in Evergreen Shores are reducing the shuttered Melody Motel to rubble. More...

Mussers Purchase 48-acre Hedgecliff Estate on Mackinac Island’s West Bluff

Dan and Marlee Musser have purchased the 48-acre Hedgecliff property on Mackinac Island’s west bluff and plan to redecorate the 7-bedroom home there for their personal summer dwelling. More...

State Board of Appeals Rules in Clark Township’s Favor, New Federal Suit Filed

Renting one dwelling at a time per property in an R-1 district remains the rule in Clark Township. More...

Mobile Pantry Will Distribute Food on January 25

Feeding America West Michigan will distribute 15,000 pounds of food to people in need at Little Bear East Arena Wednesday, January 25, starting at 11 a.m. The arena is at 275 Marquette Street in St. Ignace.   More...

Ojibwe Language Class Offered This Winter on Mackinac Island

From January through March, Captured Spirits on Mackinac Island is sponsoring an Ojibwe Language Class at the Mackinac Island school. The class will teach people the Ojibwe language, as well as many aspects of the culture. More...

Library After-school Sewing Club Makes Baby Blankets

At right: Kelsey Butkovich (from left), Lauren King, Korahlin Hopper, Lila Bigelow, and Aaliyah Nelson, who are all members of the Engadine Library After School Sewing Club, display the finished baby blankets they made for the Luce County Child Prote More...

Jewels of the Straits Chapter of Red Hat Society To Meet Feb. 11

The Jewels of the Straits chapter of the Red Hat Society will meet for dinner and a play Saturday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m., at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City. The play is a comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. More...

St. Ignace Council Approves Raises for City’s Fire Department; 2017 City Budget Accepted

The St. Ignace City Council approved a $1 raise for the city’s fire department staff at its Monday, January 16, meeting. The raise is for their wages across the board covering meetings, emergency calls, and their hourly work. More...

U.S. Postal Service To Increase Stamp Prices This Sunday

The United States Postal Service will increase the rates on most shipping options from letters to packages Sunday, January 22. First-Class Mail Forever stamps will increase from 47¢ to 49¢ for letters. More...

Cornhole Tournament To Support Firefighters

The St. Ignace Volunteer Firefighters Association will host a fundraiser cornhole tournament at the Kewadin Shores Casino tent Saturday, January 21. More...

‘Show Me The Money Day’ Will Be January 20

“Show Me The Money Day” will be offered Friday, January 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Little Bear East Arena and Community Center at 275 Marquette Street in St. Ignace. The program, hosted by H.O.M.E. More...

Walleye Jamboree Is Jan. 26-Jan. 29 at Munuscong Bay

The Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club will hold its annual Walleye Jamboree at Munuscong Bay starting at 1 a.m. Thursday, January 26. More...

Students Perform ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum are portrayed in the school play by Kieran Doddema (left), and Katelyn Lambert. More...

American Legion U.P. Tour Begins Jan. 22

The leadership of the American Legion Department of Michigan will begin their annual Upper Peninsula tour in Sault Ste. Marie Sunday, January 22, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 3.  More...

Art Class at Erickson Center Is January 26

A “Corks and Canvas” art class entitled “A Northern Lights Sky” will be offered at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis Thursday, January 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More...

Arrest Made in Connection to Fatal Raber Township Crash

An arrest has been made in Chippewa County in conjunction with the fatal accident Saturday night, December 3, which claimed the life of DeTour resident Benjamin Ray Hilts, 35. More...

Local Women To Attend Women’s March in Washington

Michelle Holbrook of Moran and Linda Cobe of Naubinway will join the Women’s March on Washington Saturday, January 21, which coincides with, and protests, the inauguration of Donald Trump.  More...

Knitting Circle Fundraiser To Benefit Pickford Library

A knitting circle fundraiser hosted by Friends of Pickford Community Library board member Melanie Greenfield will be Sunday, January 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Archery Barn at 519 West 20 Mile Road in Sault Ste. Marie. More...

Mackinaw City Dinner Will Aid Thompson Family

A benefit spaghetti dinner and auction will take place at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City Friday evening, January 27, to help the Thompson family after it lost its home in a fire earlier this month. The dinner will be from 5 p.m. More...

St. Ignace Community Action Agency Programs Serve Youth and Seniors

From Early Head Start to Meals on Wheels, the Community Action Agency (CAA) of St. Ignace serves the community in a variety of ways. More...

Dark Sky Park Will Offer Moon Program

A program on the January New Moon will be offered Saturday, January 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the guesthouse at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City. Participants can drive all the way in to the guesthouse for parking. More...

Moran Township Tubing Hill Opens for 2017 Season

There were many families from throughout the Straits area and northern Michigan hitting the slope at Doc Holle’s Silver Mountain Skiing and Tubing Hill Saturday, January 14, on its opening day More...

Black and Gold State Police 100th Anniversary Patrol Car Joins St. Ignace Fleet

A special new black-and-gold allwheel drive 2016 Dodge Charger patrol car has joined the fleet at the Michigan State Police St. Ignace post. More...

Mackinaw Parade Fish Fry Fundraiser To Be Wednesday

A fish fry to benefit the Mackinaw Memorial Parade in May will be Wednesday, January 18, at the Pancake Chef Restaurant in Mackinaw City from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. More...

Mackinac Island School Offers Quilting Class Starting Feb. 8

A quilting class for beginners will be offered Wednesday evenings starting February 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mackinac Island Public School. The class, which is free, will last between six to eight weeks. It will be taught by Liz Burt.  More...

I-500, GLASS Series Are Area Snowmobile Racing Highlights

In the south, and in a lot of the country, one of the biggest motor sports is auto racing, however, up here in the U.P., we tend to do things just a bit different, in part because we spend about half of the year snow covered. More...

Greenfields Seek Volunteers To Mentor Hunters

The Michigan Youth Hunter Education Challenge (MYHEC) Board of Directors is seeking Upper Peninsula committee members to help plan and promote the U.P. Regional MYHEC event. More...


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