Mackinac Tribe Ticketed for Setting Fishing Nets

Challenge of Treaty Rights May Move Tribe Toward Recognition

Tickets issued by Sault Tribe Law Enforcement were the outcome when members of the Mackinac Tribe tested the waters on the issue of treaty commercial fishing rights near St. Ignace late last week. Carrying licenses issued by the Mackinac Tribe, Barry Adams and Dave Hanson of the Mackinac Tribe of Odawa and Ojibwa Indians received citations from the Sault Ste. […]

Kayakers Take on Lake Michigan

Men Set Off To Paddle 1,000 Miles on the Big Lake To Aid Red Cross

Friends Sean Kutzler and Dana Skytta set out on a 1,000-mile kayak journey around Lake Michigan Friday morning, May 8, from the Fort Michilimackinac Welcome Center in Mackinaw City. The two friends plan to paddle 15 to 35 miles each day over the next three months to complete their ambitious adventure on the lake. The two recent Lake Superior State […]

St. Ignace Schools Brace for $580K Revenue Cut

Amount Depends on State Funding Formula This Fall

St. Ignace Area Schools anticipate a revenue decrease of either $580,000 or $803,000 next year, depending on whether a three-year or five-year student enrollment blend is used, said Superintendent Mike Springsteen during his report to the school board Monday, May 11. These decreases would be either 9% or 12% of the district’s current budget and Mr. Springsteen said the decrease […]

EUP Job Training Program Receives $1.3 Million Boost

More Young Workers Sought

Eastern U.P. Michigan Works! has received more than $1.3 million in federal funding to bolster job training and youth employment programs in the area. The agency, which covers Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties, will use the money for employment training for unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers, as well as for the Summer Youth Work Experience program. Several organizations have signed […]

Ken Drenth Joins Hall of Fame

Educator Recognized for Significant Contributions

Ken Drenth of Cedarville was selected to be inducted into the Upper Peninsula Region I Hall of Fame for the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA). Mr. Drenth was recognized for his contributions to the EUP Intermediate School District (ISD) and education in the state in the areas of school funding, Internet education, and cooperative purchasing for school districts, as […]

Mackinaw City Part of Bike Trail Upgrade

Mackinaw City will be part of a $900,000 bicycle trail improvement project that is aimed to start next spring. The state project is backed by federal stimulus funding, Village Manager Jeff Lawson met with members of the state’s Trail Division Thursday, May 7, to discuss preliminary concepts for improvements to the village trailhead, which is next to Mackinaw Crossings parking […]

New Goal Is To Maintain, Not Reduce, Cormorant Numbers

Les Cheneaux Islands

Now that the population of double crested cormorants has been reduced in the Les Cheneaux Islands and perch numbers have begun to rebound, wildlife managers will focus on maintaining, rather than further reducing, the population of the predatory birds, now at about 500 nesting pairs. The cormorant control program at Les Cheneaux is being used as a test case in […]

State’s Wolf Plan Takes Over

Animals Taken Off Federal Endangered List May 4

Gray wolves were removed from the federal endangered species list Monday, May 4, a move that officially transfers wolf management authority to the state level. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources now has the authority to kill wolves in cases where non-lethal methods, such as husbandry practices, noise-making devices, barrier fencing, and rubber bullets, are not successful or viable. Lethal […]

Clark Twp. Voters OK Millage That Will Allow Ambulance Crew To Hire Two

Clark Township voted 266-60 in the Tuesday, May 5, election to approve a five-year, 0.75 millage proposal to fund hiring full-time emergency service workers in the Clark Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The millage funds will allow the corps to hire at least two emergency service technicians as full-time employees or to contract services through a third-party contractor to work the […]

St. Ignace Students Test Fitness Skills