‘Kings of the Road’

In St. Ignace, It’s All Chrome and Diesel Thunder as the Best of the Big Rigs Roll In

City Gets Repair Grant

The City of St. Ignace has been awarded a $995,455 Community Development block grant to help repair some of the damage caused by last winter’s extreme and prolonged cold. The state funding, made available in August after Michigan’s FEMA request was denied, will replace the water mains on Fitch and Truckey streets and improve the two roads. “We shot for […]

Fullerton Awarded for Aviation Excellence

Service in Supplying Islands Merits State Attention

For his work in coordinating one of the biggest logistical challenges facing the area this spring, Paul Fullerton, owner of Great Lakes Air, was honored with the Michigan Aeronautics Commission Award of Excellence Wednesday, September 10. The award recognizes his more than 30 years serving St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, and Bois Blanc Island. The new plaque is displayed on the […]

Smith to Depart Post

Mackinaw City to Seek New Manager

Mackinaw City will conduct a professional search for a new city manager, as Village Manager Adam Smith has accepted the job offer he received from the City of Grand Ledge and will be leaving to become its city administrator. The Grand Ledge City Council approved his hiring at its Monday, September 8, meeting and the Mackinaw City Village Council accepted […]

Coast Guard Says Cleanup Groups Are Not Prepared for Oil Spill at Straits

If a heavy form of oil spills in the Great Lakes, the United States Coast Guard says cleanup organizations are not adequately prepared to respond. A 2013 report by the USCG Research and Development Center detailing the issue is cited in a call to action by the Sierra Club, an environmental organization that wants the state to take immediate action […]

Enbridge Pipeline Task Force Is Reviewing Straits Line 5

Monthly meetings by the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force are underway as part of an effort to respond to inquiries by the general public and concerns expressed by environmental groups regarding potential oil spills. The federal government’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration holds primary responsibility for ensuring pipeline safety, conducting inspections, and ordering replacements, but state officials are taking […]

September 20 Dark Sky Park to Host Astronomer David Levy

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park will host astronomer David Levy as he presents the program, “David Levy and the Poetry of the Night” Saturday, September 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the guesthouse at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park at 15675 Headlands Road in Mackinaw City. Mr. Levy is arguably one of the most enthusiastic and […]

State Meeting to Cover Rollout of Emergency Deep Freeze Funds

State disaster relief funding for damage from last winter’s deep freeze will be the topic of a meeting in Mackinac County Monday, September 22, as a new avenue of funding has been opened up by the state. The meeting time and venue have not been set. When prolonged freezing damaged Upper Peninsula water mains and sewer pipes last winter, communities […]

Secret Shopper Available for Free, Private Consultations at Library

Denise Hansen of Impact Retailing will be available to individual business owners to discuss the results of the market assessment study she conducted for the St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority last month. Meetings with Ms. Hansen will be held at the St. Ignace Public Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 24. Each appointment is 25 minutes long, […]

A Look at Some Issues in Gubernatorial and Senate Races

Michigan Politics

With the November 4 election less than two months away, I offer reflections of some current issues in the top statewide races: Debates about debates: They are common in political campaigns. But it’s high time to set debates in the races between Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger ex-U.S. Representative Mark Schauer, and in the U.S. Senate race between Republican […]