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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

State officials are investigating a large die-off of fish that may have been the result of a chemical spill from the Escanaba Paper Mill. Jay Parent, district supervisor of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Water Resources Division, says Verso reported a ruptured pipe that contaminated the mill’s wastewater treatment plant. They did not release what type of chemical that was spilled.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

As part of Escanaba’s back-to-school plans approved Monday by the Escanaba School Board students from the 1st through 12th grades will be required to wear masks throughout the school day.  School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says he knows that wearing a mask can be “onerous” or burdensome.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

Delta County is updating an agreement to take inmates from the Hannahville Indian Community. There used to be an agreement but Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald says Delta County backed away from it. Oswald says housing tribal inmates became a problem.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

The Escanaba City Council last week passed a resolution to provide more oversight of Harbor Tower in Escanaba. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the council is concerned about the operations of the housing facility.

 

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Newsmakers Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

Delta County Sheriff’s deputies will be focusing on speeding problems in certain areas of the county to slow drivers down where excessive speed is a problem. Sheriff Ed Oswald says one of those areas is a dead end road on the Green Peninsula that leads to the Dock Grill & Bar. The Bay View Road between Gladstone and Rapid River is another section of road that is getting a lot of complaints of excessive speed.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

Only five people tested positive for COVID-19 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds on July 24 out of the 500 people who were tested. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says that was good news for the county that had seen numbers rise since the Fourth of July.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

Millage renewals for Delta Area Transit Authority service in Escanaba, Gladstone and four Delta County Townships were approved in yesterday’s election. DATA was asking for .6 mils in Escanaba and Gladstone and .5 mils in four townships. The millage renewal passed in Masonville Township 196 to 107, Ford River Township 293 to 117, Ensign Township 113 to 81 and Brampton Township 146 to 73. It passed in all four precincts in Escanaba 1,405 to 546 and both precincts in Gladstone 599 to 214.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Gladstone City Commission set an assessment rate Monday for the 4th Street Project. Gladstone City Commissioner Brad Mantella says it is a separate project from the 9th Street Project but being done at the same time.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 28, 2020

State Rep. Sara Cambensy of Marquette says building a vertical space launch in undeveloped forest land north of Marquette has many concerned. She urged patience and willingness to give the project a fair shake before dismissing the project. She says she believes there is much more to lose if we allow fear to predetermine what the project will be.

 

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Newscast Monday, July 27, 2020

The Delta Area Transit Authority is asking for millage renewals in two cities and four townships on the August ballot. DATA Director John Stapleton says they are asking for .6 mils in Escanaba and Gladstone and .5 mils in Ford River, Brampton, Masonville and Ensign Townships for five years.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 24, 2020

Suicide was a major problem in the area this year before the Coronavirus pandemic and the isolation caused by the shutdowns and social distancing continues to fuel mental health problems in the community. Racing at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Saturday night is dedicated to spread the word about the suicide and the help that is available to those suffering with mental health issues. Christian Groleau was a racer at the U.P. International Raceway at the fairgrounds. He took his life in January. His friend Aly Sullivan is one of those putting on the Groleau Memorial Race Saturday.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The demolition of the former Delta County Jail building could begin in the fall. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says Proxima Management Group has been conducting soil contamination and stability tests as the first part of a hotel project at the site.

 

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Newscast Monday, July 20,2020

Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says the next four to five weeks could move educators in all sorts of different directions as school districts prepare for students to return to school.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 17, 2020

The Escanaba City Council is looking to delay a decision on whether or not to allow marijuana businesses to open in the city. The council directed the administration to develop an ordinance to continue to opt out of recreational marijuana sales for another two years. Mayor Marc Tall says he wants to see how marijuana businesses fare in other U.P. communities.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 16, 2020

The chair of the Escanaba Planning Commission says she hopes the city council will see that tonight’s decision on taking over the duties of the planning commission “is more detrimental than is necessary.”

 

In an email to City Manager Patrick Jordan, Christine Williams says the “city has a good group of commissioners who work hard to uphold the duties they have been asked to perform.”

 

The city council tonight will consider assuming the duties of the planning commission until the commission is able to meet a quorum at two consecutive regular meetings. The council will also hold a first hearing on reducing the planning commission from 9 to 7 members.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Escanaba Harbor Advisory Committee said goodbye last night to Larry Gravatt after 11 years as Escanaba’ Harbormaster.

 

Gravatt talked about the accomplishments at the harbor during his tenure that includes fixing the L-dock, starting Marina Fest, dredging the harbor mouth and replacing Pier 2. He says the most important project he worked on was the elimination of weeds in the harbor.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Escanaba City Council will consider temporarily taking over the duties of the Escanaba Planning Commission and reducing the number of members on the commission. The move was announced yesterday in an email to commission members by Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan.

 

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Newscast July 13, 2020

Superintendents within the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District are meeting today to begin talking about how to prepare for in-person instruction when classes begin in the fall. It affects 6,200 students in eight school districts. ISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring says they will be talking with public health officials on how to proceed.

 

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