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Newscast Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

The land with the substation that exploded with a beam of light at the Escanaba Power Plant on Feb 2, 2015, has been sold to Northern Machining and Repair.  The company bought the former power plant in 2016.


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The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution yesterday to support businesses closed due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state.


The current ban on indoor dining ends Friday. The Governor has not said if she will extend it.


Commissioner Dave Moyle read the resolution.


“The Delta County Board of Commissioners shall support no endeavor, financially or through ordinance, that will in any way single out, harm, discriminate against any business owner that opens their establishment with responsible PPE and social distancing,” he read.


The resolution goes on to say that it does not have the power of law and cannot be used to avoid state penalties. 


Moyle ended the meeting yesterday saying he is going to advise bar and restaurant owners that if Governor Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t allow them to reopen with indoor dining that they take steps to protect themselves.


“I would actively consider forming a rapid response militia of very well educated armed people stand at my property line,” he said. “I’m not talking about redneck guys spitting tobacco with firearms but it is coming to that point. I hope I’m wrong. I hope she is the bigger person and starts unlocking.”


The resolution is being sent to the Governor and other elected officials. The county yesterday extended it own emergency declaration another 28 days.


Listen to the interview with Sue Gartland at the Delta Aimal Shelter.

The dogs and horses seized in August from an alleged puppy mill in Rock can now be adopted.


Rebecca Johnson, who is charged with cruelty and abandonment of the animals, yesterday agreed to the forfeiture action and gave up all her rights to the animals.


The Delta County Prosecutor’s office says the action makes the animals immediately available for adoption. The Delta Animal Shelter has been caring for nearly 217 dogs and puppies and 23 horses.


Because of the large number of animals, the prosecutor’’s office says the shelter will provide information on the availability of the animals and adoption process on Facebook and Instagram.


Johnson has a court hearing on January 22. She face up to seven years in prison.

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