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Newscast Thursday, June 17, 2021

Delta County Commissioners agreed to go ahead with the engineering portion of the ORV campground at Rapid River Falls Park but have not yet agreed to continue with the whole project. The county is being told the project could cost an additional $40,000 because of rising construction costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The ORV campground is not the only project affected by rising costs. The Delta County Solid Waste Authority has asked the county finance committee for COVID-19 funds to help pay for construction of a new cell at the Delta County Landfill. In the planning stages for two years, the cost of the new cell is now expected to double.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Gladstone City Commission set new utility rates that take effect August 1.

 

The largest increase was for wastewater. Those rate will go up by $11.50 per 3,000 gallons. Commissioner Brad Mantella says the funds are needed to increase the plant’s capacity to prevent partially treated discharges.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba is getting ready to welcome 9th and 10th grade students in the fall for the first time 1971. They have nine students enrolled for the first year of the new high school program so far, four freshmen and five sophomores.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 14, 2021

Peter Frank of Escanaba is embarking on a 2,000 mile journey today to raise funds for the Beacon House in Marquette. He is making the trip on a unicycle.

He is making the trip because the Beacon House was a great help to his family while Frank was recovering at the hospital. When he was 14, he was hit by a car as he lay in a leaf pile waiting to surprise a friend.

 

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Newscast Friday, June 11, 2021

The son of an Escanaba couple who were killed by a logging truck driver high on marijuana says Michigan’s efforts to detect drugged driving with a roadside saliva test is going to be promoted by a newly formed national organization.

 

The group that will be launched in late July is called the National Alliance To Stop Impaired Driving. Brian Swift says the goal is to take what Michigan has done to test for drivers under the influence of drugs and make it a national effort.

 

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Newscast Thursday, June 10, 2021

Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardiner says the drug trafficking arrest on the Garden Peninsula in April is an example of law enforcement’s efforts to clamp down on drugs coming into the area.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Rory Mattson with the Delta Conservation Districts hopes that Delta County Commissioners will go ahead with the development of an ORV campground at Rapid River Falls Park despite a projected increase in the cost to develop the campground.

 

Mattson says an increase in camping since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic justifies going ahead with the project.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Engineered Machine Products was recognized by Congressman Jack Bergman for 40 years of business in Escanaba. Bergman mentioned EMP’s quality of service into the Congressional Record Friday. He presented the certificate to Brandon Larche.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 7, 2021

The city of Escanaba announced it will be reasserting its easement rights in areas where access is blocked by private landowners.

 

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says it includes obstructions such as trees, bushes, fences and buildings that prevent city crews from accessing easements for electric, water, storm water and sanitary sewer line work.

 

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Newscast Friday, June 4, 2021

There were only nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Upper Peninsula including 1 in Delta County, although there were three addition deaths in the U.P. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says COVID-19 continue to improve in the county after weeks of leading the U.P.

 

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Newscast Thursday, June 3, 2021

A long standing dispute between Delta County and Bark River Township has been resolved. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo told the county board this week that they reached an agreement on an outstanding bill for county assessing services dating back to 2014.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Delta County’s COVID-19 emergency ends on June 6. The Board of Commissioners will not be renewing its local State of Emergency that has been in effect for more than year. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSavo says Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Geyer advised that the declaration was no longer needed.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority is conducting a survey to determine the priorities that the community would like to see the DDA focus on. DDA Director Scott Czasak says the survey is based on ideas already developed by the DDA board.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 28. 2021

Speed may be a factor as to why traffic deaths were up in Michigan last year even with fewer drivers on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt Gregg Cunningham says speed as well as impaired driving may be the reason that crashes were more deadly in 2020.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 27, 2021

Escanaba is one of many school districts that will be holding gradation this weekend for high school seniors. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says it’s important to recognize students for their achievements despite COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

 

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Newscast Wednesday. May 26, 2021

The Gladstone Fourth of July Parade and other July 4th activities will be held this year.  The city commission had put the event on hold pending Coronavirus restrictions. City Commissioner Brad Mantella says it is good news for the community.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, May 25, 2021

A portion of 7th Avenue North in Escanaba remains closed at North Lincoln Road where a new water pipe had to be inserted under the highway.

 

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says a new 10 inch pipe was inserted into an existing 10 inch pipe in a unique way.

 

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Newscast Monday, May 24, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that students should still wear masks while inside at schools for the remainder of the school year, even if they are fully vaccinated but is not requiring them. 

 

Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says Bark River-Harris and Escanaba schools of the eight school disrticts in the ISD are allowing those fully vaccinated to not wear a mask. Those attending classes at the ISD will still have to wear masks.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 21, 2021

COVID-19 numbers have been improving in Delta County and the U.P. With recent double digit positivity rates, Delta County is now at 6.6 percent, the lowest in two months. But Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says they would like to get that number lower.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 20, 2021

Delta County is looking at the possibility of moving the courthouse to the county service building.

 

Administrator Emily DeSalvo says the discussion came up at a Building and Grounds Committee meeting as they talked about repairing the courthouse roof, moving the boilers and chillers and other needed renovations at the courthouse.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, May 19, 2021

A 72-year-old Gladstone man who had been missing since Monday has been found dead. Gladstone Public Safety says the body of Alfred Henning was found along the shoreline in the 2000 block of South Lakeshore Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Escanaba seems to be in search of an identity. The Escanaba Planning Commission talked about what the city is trying to achieve and why as it reviewed its master plan last week.

 

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Newscast Monday, May 17, 2021

No one was injured in an early morning fire in Escanaba Saturday. Escanaba Public Safety says a resident in an apartment home on 10th Street was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm just after 3 a.m.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 14, 2021

An ordinance in Escanaba that limits the height of canopies in front of buildings to 20 feet is being eliminated by the Escanaba Planning Commission.

 

The commission was asked to exempt the construction of a drive-thru canopy at the planned Parkview Assisted Living project on Willow Creek Road so it could be built at 24 feet. But commissioner Richard Clark asked why the city had a height restriction to begin with.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 13, 2021

Jury trials are again backing up in Delta County as COVID-19 restrictions cause concerns for the justice system in the state. Jury trials were allowed to restart in Michigan in March but were shut down again a few weeks later because of rising Coronavirus cases.

 

Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardiner says they had to deal with the decision that jury trials were going to take a back seat to the protection of the public in the legal system.

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