Wind Gusts Up to 74 Miles Per Hour Rock Straits Area

Gale Brings Down Trees, Causes Power Blackouts; More Forecasted This Week

The Mackinac Bridge was closed to high profile vehicles for nearly 16 hours, the Coast Guard was called to rescue duck hunters stranded on Green Island, and downed trees caused widespread power outages throughout the area as hurricane-force winds hammered northern Michigan all day Sunday, November 13, and late into the night. The Mackinac Bridge experienced the longest partial closure […]

ORV Use in County, Forest To Rise as Townships OK Road Shoulder Use

Volunteers Building Trail Network To Link Communities

The opportunities for off-road travel are expanding in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, as forest managers and volunteers work on a network of trails connecting the communities that border national forests. When the network is completed, people will be able to ride off-road recreational vehicles (ORVs) or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Trout Lake to Hessel, using backcountry trails that wind through […]

Mackinac Island To See Water Rate Hike



Mackinac Island residents can expect significant increases in water and sewer rates over the next six years, if the city council adopts recommendations proposed by the Board of Public Works. In addition to the rate increase, the department proposes a one-mill tax increase. The increases would take the department out of the red and eventually protect the Island’s water and […]

Web Morrison of Pickford Honored for 58 Years in Education

Record-Setting Coach, Administrator Marks Retirement from ISD

Educators in the Eastern Upper Peninsula have honored Web Morrison, a man who has achieved near legendary status in the area, for his service to education over the past 58 years. Mr. Morrison, who served 30 years as a Pickford school administrator and coach and for another 28 years with the E.U.P. Intermediate School District (ISD), was recognized with a […]

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School Funding Needs Fresh Approach at State Level, Educators Say

As State Economy Declines, EUP Administrators Among Those Lobbying for Change in Michigan

School operating budgets have shrunk in recent years as the state’s economy has slowed and school enrollment numbers have gradually declined across the Upper Peninsula and the state, forcing many school districts to cut programs and staff and to rely on pay-for-play arrangements and fundraisers to fill the gaps in state funding. The funding crunch has been felt to some […]

St. Ignace Twp. Sewer Project Under Budget



Almost 10 years after planning and work began, St. Ignace Township expects its sewer project to come in under budget when it is completed within weeks. During its meeting Thursday, November 10, the board was advised by project engineer Bruce Hawkinson to expect the sewer project to be complete by mid-December, once the last three issues are wrapped up. Mr. […]

Group Working To Change the Face of Moran

New Hardware Store, Parking Lot, Park Planned in Community

The Rock Bottom Bar, with its newly remodeled exterior and golden sign, stands in stark contrast to a series of rundown buildings on M-123, most of which have been out of use for decades, but bar co-owners Kirk and Julie Lipnitz are delving into the financial, practical, and even historical aspects of Moran, part of a major initiative to put […]

Educators Learn Lessons From Petoskey’s Fight Against Student Drug Use



As part of an anti-drug workshop, teachers and staff at St. Ignace Area Schools found themselves in front of two long tables full of drug paraphernalia Wednesday, November 2. The scent of a substance designed to resemble marijuana smoke hung thickly in the air. The devices on the table, mostly confiscated from Petoskey students, were part of a lecture on […]

Legislation To Protect Autonomy of Bridge Authority Moves Forward in House

Senate To Take Up Bills This Month

Two bills ensuring the autonomy of the Mackinac Bridge Authority passed the committee level and moved on to the floors of the Michigan House and Senate last week. The Senate is in a two-week recess and is expected to take up SB 829 and SB 830 during the week of November 28. The bills repeal a section of the law […]