Winter Blusters in With Gales and Snow

Making a Late Entrance This Year, Winter Storms Bring Down the Curtain on a Mild December

A winter storm Monday, December 28, and early Tuesday, December 29, dropped eight to 10 inches of snow across the entire Upper Peninsula, covering the unseasonably bare ground of the Eastern U.P., where people spent Tuesday morning digging out driveways and roads. The storm coated most of northern Lower Michigan, reported the National Weather Service in Gaylord. An area of […]

Strong Christmas Eve Windstorm Downs Trees and Knocks Out Power



A powerful windstorm downed trees and electrical lines throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula Thursday, December 24, leading to property damage and power outages affecting 14,000 homes and businesses in St. Ignace, Les Cheneaux, Paradise, Curtis, and Drummond Island, and other areas. There were no injuries. A combination of downed transmission and distribution lines caused the outages. By Monday, December 28, […]

Funding Hiked For Economic Development



The Mackinac Economic Alliance will receive $85,000 from the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners to fund economic development initiatives in 2016. Dissatisfied with the commission’s plans to increase MEA funding from $50,000 to $60,000 for next year, many Alliance members attended a budget hearing in St. Ignace Tuesday, December 22, where they urged commissioners to increase the funding, making a […]

Park Will Preserve View of the Rock



A vacant lot in St. Ignace will be developed as a city park and preserve the view of St. Anthony’s Rock from State Street. The St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority will create the park between Harrington’s and Zak’s Fudge. The City of St. Ignace agreed to purchase the lot from the Coyne family for $18,000 Wednesday, December 16. With closing […]

$300K Grant Will Aid Transportation



The potential to expand publicly-funded transportation services in the Eastern Upper Peninsula will be studied by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians using a $300,000 federal planning grant, reported the tribe Monday, December 21. The purpose of the Federal Transit Administration’s funding is to locate gaps in public transportation and to figure out how to improve options for […]

Post Office Workers Meet Holiday Rush



The Christmas season is a busy one for the Post Office, what with cards, presents, and online gifts. To keep up with demand, St. Ignace postal clerks worked more hours and carriers made several trips on mail routes that usually only require one. “I say it every year,” said Postmaster Andy Valentine: “It can’t get any more, but it does.” […]

Hospital Working With Specialty Doctors to Return Services



Mackinac Straits Health System is planning to provide space for cardiology services in St. Ignace, discontinued when the old hospital on Burdette Street was demolished. Some specialists lost clinic space as a result of the transition. Others moved to the new hospital on North State Street. When cardiology services are rescheduled, the hospital will focus on providing space for pulmonology, […]

Sheriff Strait to Represent Small Jails on State Training Council



Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait has been appointed to the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council for 2016. The organization is an independent entity in the Department of Corrections that establishes guidelines and minimum qualifications for local corrections officers. Sherriff Strait will represent populations smaller than 100,000 residents. Sheriff Larry Stelma of Kent County will represent a population of more […]

Commission Posts Meeting Schedule



The Mackinac Island State Park Commission announces its 2016 meeting schedule as follows: Friday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Wixom; Friday, May 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Mackinaw City; Friday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. at Mackinac Island, and Friday, September 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Mackinac Island.

For the Record. . .



Angela Litzner was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals Monday, December 7. Fred Strich is no longer on the ZBA, as a December 10, 2015 article called “City Will Reconstruct North Half of Truckey” misstated. The remaining ZBA members include Jon Arnold, Mike Buby, Steve DuFresne, Ken Hardy, Luke Paquin, and Norm Tafelski.