2012-02-09

Ice Events To Move West of Bridge

St. Ignace Pond Hockey, World Sailing Championships Planned Near Green Island

It’s official: The U.P. Pond Hockey Tournament and the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association championships at St. Ignace later this month will take place on Lake Michigan near Green Island, west of the Mackinac Bridge. Organizers are no longer waiting for Moran Bay to freeze, and have started set-up preparations at the new location. Pond Hockey will begin February […]

Matelski Named Marina Director

But Advisory Committee Not Consulted

Retired St. Ignace Police Chief Tim Matelski has been hired as the new marina director of the St. Ignace Public Marina, and Kevin Campbell has been named assistant marina director, City Manager Les Therrian announced at the city council meeting Monday, February 6. Both men were among 16 applicants for the directorship and among five who were selected for interviews. […]

Hockey Set Up Is Community Effort



St. Ignace residents should be proud of the work they do to make the U.P. Pond Hockey Tournament successful every year, organizers said. From start to finish, it takes 150 to 200 volunteers to build the structures, put up tents, survey and build rinks, referee games, sell concessions, attend to parking, resurface the ice, and take care of everything else […]

Financing Outlined for Casino Project

Lansing Future, Managed by Campbell, To Pay All Up-front Development Costs

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has partnered with developer Lansing Future, LLC with plans to build a $245 million casino in downtown Lansing. The two entities entered into a turnkey development agreement where the developer, Lansing Future, agreed to provide funds for all costs and pre-development expenses, according to the tribe. This includes any legal fees the […]

Rare Flower May Be Jeopardized By Road Project



A county road commission ditchcleaning project last spring in Hendricks Township may have disturbed the habitat of a rare flower species. The Mackinac County Road Commission now faces notices of violation from several regulatory agencies. The tiny, yellow Michigan monkey flower is the only plant entirely endemic to Michigan, which means this is the only place in the world where […]

Ice Follies Skaters To Perform Sunday



The North Star Figure Skating Association’s ice follies show in St. Ignace will feature skating performances set to today’s pop/rock music. The performance, which will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at Little Bear East Arena, is sponsored by the Mackinac County Child Protection Roundtable and is a fundraiser for local child abuse and neglect prevention. The show’s format […]

Michigan Politics

Granholm Embarks On TV Show Biz

Over the last half-century, most Michigan governors upon leaving office have gone into or sought another form of public service. The last one, Democrat Jennifer Granholm (2003-2010), is blazing into the public light with a sprightly talk show gig on California-based national cable TV. Democrat G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams (1949-60), after flirting with running for president, was appointed by President […]

Are Proposed Franchise Fees Too Excessive For Survival Of Boat Lines?



To the Editor: Having read the article about the windfall Mackinac Island has received in ferry franchise revenue (The St. Ignace News, February 2, 2012), I feel compelled to share my point of view. While in the past my position on open and fair competition free of government intrusion seemed to trend toward defending Shepler, I really care about the […]

City Residents Face Price Hikes And Can’t Afford More



To the Editor: I am writing in response to an article that was published in The St. Ignace News January 18, 2012, about the city council meeting. It was pertaining to raising the water rates and possibly adding a millage proposal to help fix the roads. I would like to ask the question, “Where do they think the people can […]

Cutter Is Under Command Of Lt. Walter



To the Editor: I am compelled to write this letter after nearly spilling my coffee while reading Matt Mikus’ February 2 article on the USCGC Biscayne Bay. And, although this letter may sound like I’m trying to send Mr. Mikus off to the briny deep, that is not the case. I truly appreciate his coverage of our beloved local Coast […]