Walkers Promote Recovery Resources

About 40 members of the community walked from the former McCann School to the Museum of Ojibwa Culture Thursday, September 21, in the inaugural St. Ignace Recovery Walk, intended to raise awareness of addiction and recovery from it as part of National Recovery Month. Walkers arrive at their destination, the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, where they were treated to a […]

Moran Bay Is Site of Marine Training

A joint agency training exercise involved several local emergency services and the Michigan National Guard in the waters of northern Moran Bay Wednesday, September 20. The National Guard’s Sault Ste. Marie-based 1437th Engineer Company built this raft from several floating portable bridge sections for use as a platform out in the bay during the exercise. During the exercise, boats could […]

ATVs Will Cross Bridge Saturday

Trek the Mighty Mac at St. Ignace

The third-annual Trek the Mighty Mac off-road vehicle (ORV) crossing of the Mackinac Bridge will take place at St. Ignace Saturday, September 30. The crossing is for both all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road motorcycles, bringing their operators to the Straits area to enjoy its trails and hospitality. “We’re going to have a really good event this year,” said St. Ignace […]

Kincheloe Marks A Redevelopment Success Story

Celebration Is Saturday at Old Air Base

There was a time decades ago when massive B-52 bombers and nimble F-106 Delta Dart interceptors could be seen in the skies above Kinross Township as they flew in and out of the Kincheloe Air Force Base. That era came to an end when the United States government closed the base on September 30, 1977, but from its ashes arose […]

US-2 Gets Scenic Byway Designation

An 85-mile section of US-2 now will be called the US-2 Top of the Lake Pure Michigan Byway and it will be dedicated in special ceremonies Friday, October 6. The Michigan Department of Transportation is inviting the public to the announcement of the new US-2 Top of the Lake Pure Michigan Byway at 1 p.m. Local leaders, state and tribal […]

Pipeline Board Recommends Michigan Tech for New Line 5 Risk Assessment Report

The state should ask Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Research Center Director Guy Meadows and a team from the Houghton school to conduct an independent risk assessment of the portion of Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board decided at a Monday, September 18, meeting in Lansing. If the state […]

Seeking To Clarify Details of St. Ignace Marina Dock Bid Process

The process of soliciting and accepting bids on the dock work at the St. Ignace Marina came into question last week when the city council received a letter from Straits Building Center objecting to the process. [The St. Ignace News, September 21.] Gary McDonald of the company has asked to clarify details of the September 21 news report on the […]

After Two Power Outages, Council Raises Utility Staffing Concerns

Two September power outages six days apart have raised new Mackinac Island City Council concerns about the Island having just one resident lineman from Cloverland Electric Cooperative since December 2015. When the lights go off on the Island, a waiting game begins as Cloverland Electric Cooperative must bring at least one employee from the mainland to help make repairs and […]

Poor Planning Leaves Potential Bridge Walkers Behind


To the Editor: I traveled from Indiana with my three teenagers to create a memory of walking The Mighty Mac on its 60th Anniversary. I stayed up-to-date on information via Michigan Bridge Authority website, kept updated on traffic via the Michigan State Police Web site, even connected with the hotel and spoke to locals on what to expect. We were […]

Stabenow Seeks Fourth Term

Michigan Politics

U.S. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, who since 1975 has been in local, state, or federal office, has been one of Michigan’s most successful politicians on 20th century ballots and now faces a probable fourth Senate term challenge against a yet-to-be determined foe. One of the most impressive recent GOP names to surface is that of 6th District U.S. Representative Fred […]