EUP Veterans Given Honorary University Degrees

WWII Vets Take Part in History Project

Thirty-four Eastern Upper Peninsula World War II veterans became honorary Ferris State University alumni Saturday, April 18. The veterans were recognized for their dedicated service during the war and participation in a program to archive their stories. About 80 Ferris State students in two political science classes interviewed veterans from all over the country this winter, including 34 from the […]

City Works on Windmill Law Update



Since September, the St. Ignace Planning Commission has been crafting a new wind energy facility ordinance to replace a seven year-old local law that regulates large wind turbines. The new ordinance also will govern the smaller turbines that can be attached to homes or installed in yards. Planners met Wednesday, April 22, to review a draft of the regulation, tighten […]

Cormorants, Fish Will Be Focus May 2

St. Ignace Workshop Set

This year’s report on local cormorant control efforts will be among several topics presented at the Straits Area Regional Fishery Workshop Saturday, May 2, at Little Bear East Conference Center in St. Ignace. The workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m., with a lunch break at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20; lunch […]

With Fuel Cheaper, Island Asks Ferries To Lower Prices



Now that the three local ferry lines have removed a $3 fuel surcharge on tickets this year, Mackinac Island City Council is inquiring whether ticket prices can be lowered for this season and have asked for a decision from the companies by Wednesday, May 13, when a special Council meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Council, at a special meeting […]

No Local Swine Flu Cases Reported in World Outbreak



No local cases have been reported as American public health officials and those from around the world are investigating outbreaks of swine influenza, called swine flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the outbreak Sunday, April 26. Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs. Caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of […]

Lighthouse Topped With New Lantern



Launching Biggest Ferries for Season Comes Down to a Matter of Inches



Jim Brown, maintenance chief for Arnold Transit Company, uses hand signals to guide lift operator Rudy Hennekes Friday, April 24, to put a 75-ton aluminum catamaran in the water. It took a crew of five about two hours to prepare and lower the boat into the water. Boat-lift operator Rudy Hennekes has little room for maneuvering and no room for […]

Village Demographics Studied To Guide Planning

Mackinaw City Planning Commission

The Mackinaw City Village Planning Commission reviewed and accepted a draft version of the village’s overall demographics to be added to the village master plan, which is under revision. The draft chapter was accepted at the Thursday, April 23, commission meeting and will be updated as new data from secondary sources and the 2010 census becomes available. The draft will […]

Tax Appeal Strains Portage Twp. Budget; County Steps In



Mackinac County will contribute about $9,000 to Portage Township to support an ongoing appeal of condominium assessments, which the township says is depleting its financial resources. Meeting Thursday, April 23, the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners voted to contribute $9,109.66 in a one-time payment to the township, with the stipulation that the county will have a say in the settlement […]

Firearms Sales Surge, and Types of Buyers Have Shifted



What do an elderly Oklahoma homeowner, a Virginia Citizen Militia member, and a Texas airline pilot all have in common these days? They’re all part of America’s massive gun-and-ammunition buying spree – a national arming-up effort that began before last year’s election of President Obama and continues unabated. Across the United States, it has led to shortages of assault-style weapons, […]