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Newscast Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Proxima Management Group has requested a 3-year moratorium on any new hotel/motel construction within the City of Escanaba.  The city council took no action last night. Mayor Marc Tall said he wants to learn more about the request.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino.  The expansion will add up to 147 additional hotel rooms. General Manager Tony Mancilla says it will be added to the current Palm Tower to create an "L" shape.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

More than 100 people packed the Delta County special meeting last to address a resolution that commissioners are considering to make Delta County a 2nd Amendment sancuary county. The resolution presented last night says the board affirms its support for the Delta County Sheriff and Prosecutor, in the excercise of their sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law.
 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

The role that guns play in Delta County will be discussed tonight at a special meeting of the Delta County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are considering a resoultion to make Delta County a 2nd amendment sancuary county. Bob Peterson, who is helping to write the resolution and a member of the Delta County Gun Owners Association, says it is meant to gain the support of elected officials for gun rights.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

The Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District wants to be able to move its Learning Center to the Soo Hill Elementary School building next year. School Superintendent Doug Liesenring says the building will offer more classroom space for programs they currently offer and new ones they want to implement.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Escanaba is working to re-certify as a Redevelopment Ready Community with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. MEDC gave a presentation yesterday to the Escanaba City Council and several city coards and commsisions on areas they need to improve to re-certify.  One of the requirements drew heated debated from members of the Escanaba Planning Commission. Chair Christine Williams says she is concerned that the state wants the city to forego public hearings on site plans.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

In an effort to fix concerns with addressing problems in Delta County, officials met yesterday to see what can be done. The problem is affecting 9-11 dispatch and causing confusing for law enforcement and first responders. Delta County Administrator Emilie DeSalvo says the goal is to develop a plan before making changes.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Escanaba may have to do more then expand the capacity of its waterwater plant to prevent further bypass discharges in the future.  Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says they felt that expanding the plant's capacity was the best option but the state may require the city to upgrade its sewer system as well. 

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

The Escanaba City Council is holding a joint meeting Thursday with several city commissions and boards to review the process to recertify as a Redevelopment Ready Community.  Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says it will include a presentation on best practices by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The MEDC says the city moved away from best practices. 

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

The commander of the Gladstone State Police Post says there are churches in the area that have security in place to be able to respond to an active shooter like the one last week in Texas. 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham held a meeting a few years ago to encourage churches to have parishioners designated to have a gun in the church to thwart possible shootings. 

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 3, 2020

The Escanaba City Council voted against selling a small sliver of city park land to a resident on Lake Shore Drive. The land owners want the three-tenths of an acre for future access and maintenance of their lakefront property. But Glenn VandeWater of Escanaba says transfering city park property requires the vote of city residents. 

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

Bay College is researching how it might meet some of its infrstructure needs following the defeat of a millage request in November to fund projects. Bay President Laura Coleman says they still need to decide how to pay for infrstructure projects that need to be done.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Escanaba is ringing in the new year with fireworks again this year. However, Escanaba Recreation Direcotr Kim Peterson says it will not be held at the Municipal Dock. Instead, they will be fired from Arnson Island like they are during the Fourth of July. The celebration begins at 9 p.m. 

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

Free New Year’s Eve Liferides will again be offered in Delta County tomorrow night for those cheering in the new year. The rides are offered in an effort to prevent alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities. Lindsey Stearns, community relations coordinator at OSF Healthcare St. Francis Hospital says rides are avalable through area taxi services and DATA.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 27, 2019

The Escanaba Downtown Development Authorty Board is continuing to develop future goals for the DDA. This month they reveiwed past strategies and goals. DDA Director Ed Legault says one of the items discussed was possible informational signage at various locations in the downtown.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019

More and more wolves are being seen by trappers in the Upper Peninsula. Roy Dahlgren says he is getting a lot more wolves in his trap then ever before. The wolves caught in his traps have all been released. 

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019

It's become a holiday tradition. The Sand Point Lighthouse and Delta County Historical Musuem will be open for two days after Christmas for an open house. Elizabeth Kellor with the historical soceity says its a way to say thank you to the community. The open house will be held Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

City officials are concerned that the former Wickert Floral building in downtown Escanaba may be a total loss. The building suffered extensive damage last winter when the roof collapsed under heavy snow. Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault says he has worked with the owner of the building to see what could be done to save the building.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

In vetoing the bill that would reverse baiting and feeding of deer and elk in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer claimed the legislature overstepped its bounds by usurping the authority of the Natural Resources Commission. She says the bill would have removed the Commission’s authority to regulate deer baiting and feeding, ignoring the will of Michigan voters, who overwhelmingly decided to give authority for wildlife management to the Natural Resources Commission. 

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

Decisions are now needed to implement changes next school year with the closure of the Soo Hill Elementary School. The Escanaba School Board voted this week to close the school.  School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says he will put together an organizational plan sooner than he usually does for the next school year to addresses the changes that are needed.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

An inconsistancy in addressing is causing major problems for central dispatch and those responding to emergencies in Delta County. 911 Operations Coordinator Jenny Peterson says there are many examples where addressing is confusing to dispatchers. Capt. Darin Hunter with Escanaba Public Safety and the 911 Authorty asked the Delta County County Board of Commissioners to develop an address ordinance that could fix the problem.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the city has spent nearly $1 million on legal fees this year to fight the Dark Store tax loophole in the lawsuit with Menard's. At stake is the ability of the city and other taxing authorities to collect full property taxes rather than  taxes on property valued on the worth of other closed or dark stores throughout the state.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

State Sen. Ed McBroom says he was surprised that a deal was struck to reverse some of the vetoes that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made in October. He says the deal seemed to be going nowhere then the governor suddenly agreed to move the supplemental budget bills forward this month. 

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Dana Furguson met with supporters yesterday in Escanaba during his tour of the 1st Congressional District to introduce himself. The 40-year-old Democratic Candidate for Congress says he is running because he is disillusioned with politics today.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

The Escanaba Planning Commission reviewed its zoning ordinance last night as part of the re-certification process for Redevelopment Ready Communities. Community Planner Ryan Soucy with CUPPAD presented a long list of changes to improve the city's readiness to encourage development in the community. The most discussion dealt with a requirment to drop public hearings during site plan reviews. Commission Chair Christine Williams and other members of the commission said they feel public comment is important.

 

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