Getting in a Few Rounds of Golf

For Now, Spring Greens Can Wait As Players Enjoy Course Near Mackinac Bridge

Sixty-seven people attended the Upper Peninsula Ice Golf Scramble Saturday, March 5, at St. Ignace, enjoying the temperatures in the 30s and winter scenery while getting in a few rounds of golf. Paul Olejniczak of Chelsea, attending his second scramble, echoed the obvious question many players posed about the opportunity to play here: “Golf on the ice by the Mackinac […]

Downtown Signs Will Get Attention From Committee



Wire signs jammed into the grass, parallel to a public sidewalk, large tent signs blocking downtown pedestrian passage, and highway-sized billboards in the middle of town have become familiar sights to residents of St. Ignace. The city has always been a hub for out-of-towners who don’t know where to go or where to park, and businesses have been eager to […]

Township Considers Library Millage



The St. Ignace Public Library received encouragement for its programs and a proposed millage from the Moran Township Board of Trustees Wednesday, March 2, following a presentation by library director Skip Schmidt. He and several library board members sought comments on tentative plans to ask for 0.25 mill in the August election for library funding. The proposal would be a […]

Ideas Proposed at Forum on Pipeline

Miles of Line 5 West of St. Ignace; Aim For Freshwater Institute Among Topics

“Don’t Flint our water” was the slogan used by activists at a forum to protest the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline Saturday, March 5, at Little Bear East Conference Center in St. Ignace. Equating the potential for a pipeline failure at the Straits of Mackinac to the nationally known water system breakdown in Flint, residents from both peninsulas of Michigan […]

Rescued Owl Lands at Clinic



Mary Alban of Mackinac Straits Veterinary Clinic in St. Ignace has been taking care of an injured barred owl since Monday, February 29. The bird was found on US-2 and was likely hit by a car. Later this week, the owl will be transported to the Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation sanctuary in Empire for evaluation. The bird suffered severe […]

Village Makes Plans For Marina Upgrades



The Mackinaw City Village Council voted unanimously to amend the village’s five-year recreation plan, in effect from 2014-2018, at a special meeting Monday, February 29. The amendment lists a schedule of repair and maintenance projects that will take place in the coming years at the Mackinaw City Municipal Marina, as putting it into the recreation plan increases the odds the […]

Safe Pipes Act Passed by U.S. Senate; Headed to the House of Representatives



A bill requiring stronger oversight of Michigan’s petroleum pipelines was passed by the United States Senate Thursday, March 3, and is on its way to the U.S. House of Representatives. Dubbed the Safe Pipes Act, the bill reauthorizes funding for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019, declares the Great Lakes an area requiring advanced pipeline operating […]

911 Plan Changes Proposed, Public Hearing Set for May 12



A public hearing to establish changes to the authority and management of the Mackinac County Central Dispatch Board is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the county annex building in St. Ignace. The Central Dispatch Board, which administers local 9-1-1 services, wants to maintain control of local 9-1-1 services, while the county commission also wants authority over the […]

Red Cross Blood Drive Will Be Held March 11 in Rudyard



The Rudyard Lions Club will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive Friday, March 11, from noon to 5:45 p.m., at the Rudyard Township Community Center at 18725 South Mackinac Trail in Rudyard.

Michigan’s Lack of Government Transparency Is Unacceptable



It has long been said we get the government we deserve. This seems especially true in Michigan today, where our state government earned an “F” for public access to information and another “F” for accountability, according to a 2015 report from the Center for Public Integrity. The poisoned-water crisis in Flint is just one more in-our-face reminder of this lack […]