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Newscast Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Delta County Commissioner Bob Barron feels that green energy generation would benefit the county, both solar and wind.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 8, 2022

The Escanaba City Council voted last night to discuss a new contract with Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan. Jordan objected to the move. The 3-1 vote followed more than an hour closed session to evaluate Jordan’s performance as manager. Councilmember Ron Beauchamp suggested that a two person committee be formed to address the manager’s contract.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Young drivers gained a lot of experience during the first teen defensive driving course in Escanaba last week. First Lt. Gregg Cunningham at the Gladstone State Police Post says the drivers improved during the short time they had on the course, learning to certain maneuvers to avoid trouble.

 

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Newscast Thursday, June 16, 2022

The teenager convicted of animal cruelty for kicking and abusing a young eagle has been sentenced to 20 days in jail. Zachary Robinette, 18, of Bark River was convicted in May. Acting Delta County Prosecutor Lauren Wickman says he was also fined $3,600 including $1,500 restitution for the bird.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The city of Gladstone is attempting to find a new business interested in running the Irish Oaks Golf Cub. Tracy Thompson leased the golf course a year ago but did not reopen this year. The Gladstone City Commission Monday voted to continue legal action against Thompson and search for a new concessionaire.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 14, 2022

About 90 Hydrangeas have been planted in Escanaba’s downtown and large planters were installed along Ludington Street. It was the effort of Enhance Escanaba over the past weekend. Karen Moore says it was part of a grant from America in Bloom through CN Railroad.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 13, 2022

The Escanaba City Council will continue its discussion Thursday on allowing marijuana businesses in the city. City Manager Patrick Jordan says the council needs to answer questions on how they envision a marijuana ordinance would work.

 

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Newscast Friday, June 3, 2022

The Escanaba City Council took steps last night to begin the process of allowing marijuana businesses in the city. The council hired attorney Laura Genovich with Foster Swift in Grand Rapids to handle its marijuana regulations. Genovich says it is helpful to know what the community wants when it comes to allowing marijuana business.

 

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Newscast Thursday, June 2, 2022

The Escanaba City Council tonight will consider making South 16th Street at the Upper Elementary School a one way street. The change is to facilitate a new bus lane that is planned for the school. Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they are asking the city to make the street on the west side of the building one way from Ludington Street to 1st Avenue North.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight has turned from seeing the memorials in Washington D.C. to a time of healing for the now predominantly Vietnam War Veterans. Organizer Scott Knauf says he started hearing during last week’s trip and since then that many were positively affected.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Escanaba School board is looking at a $350,000 surplus as they work on the 2022-23 budget. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says it follows a current healthy budget that has allowed them to do certain projects. He says that will carry over into next year’s school budget.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 27, 2022

Law enforcement is asking drivers to slow down as the summer tourism season gears up for another year. 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham with the Gladstone State Police Post says Troopers will be targeting speeders, especially on U.S. 2. As traffic picks, he advises that drivers be patient.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 26, 2022

A tennis complex at the Escanaba High School is preceding despite the project doubling in cost. When tennis coach Tom Penagor started raising funds for a pavilion and eight courts, he received a $200,000 donation from Pat Abrahamson of Escanaba. But then the cost skyrocketed. To keep the project going, Abrahamson’s son, Jeff, contributed another $100,000. This week, the school board agreed to fund the rest.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Seventy-eight veterans, including two from the Korean War, are flying to Washington D.C. today as part of the Upper Peninsula Honor Fight to see the memorials dedicated for their service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

 

The veterans and guardians met last night and gathered at a hanger at the Delta County Airport early this morning to get ready to take off.

 

Organizer Scott Knauf says the will arrive back at 8:30 tonight. The hanger opens at 7 p.m. He hopes the community will show up to welcome them home — a welcome they did not receive when they returned from war.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Northern Lights YMCA is in need of lifeguards and swim instructors to handle the demand for lessons at the pool. Aquatics Director Cherish Hoy says they are willing to train anyone who might be interested in working at the Y.

 

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Newscast Monday, May 23, 2022

The city of Escanaba has started the process of appraising property for development around the former Delta County Jail site. The city is expected to negotiate the sale of city property to two developers from the joint development proposal. The third developer will negotiate directly with the county. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the appraisals will take some time.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 20, 2022

The Escanaba City Council approved the city’s 2022-23 operating budget with a city millage rate of 17.442 mills, a 2.6% increase in property taxes from the current-levied 17 mils. During the public hearing, Miron VanEffen said the increase in the tax rate and a proposed 25 percent increase in wastewater rates is too much.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 19, 2022

Delta County is negotiating directly with the owners of the Terrace Bay Hotel to sell the former Delta County Jail property in Escanaba. The county board took steps this week to start the process. The Escanaba City Council decided on May 5 to go with the joint proposal from three local developers for city and county property on the lakeshore. Emily DeSalvo says that means the county will now be responsible for selling the jail property.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Escanaba schools are facing food shortage problems with its school lunch program. Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they are having difficulty buying food that is required to meet the federal nutritional standards of the free lunch program. The problem, he says, is that food producers do not make as much profit with food destined for schools.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, May 17, 2022

State Sen. Ed McBroom says it is time to re-evaluate the need to ban deer bait in the U.P. He plans to hold hearings by the end of this month or early June on how the state is handling chronic wasting disease in its deer population.

 

It has been three years since a doe tested positive for CWD on McBroom’s farm in Dickinson County. That caused a ban on baiting in most of Dickinson County and parts of Menominee and Delta Counties. At the time, sportsmen group asked for a three year sunset clause on the moratorium. McBroom says it is time to start talking about it again.

 

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Newscast Monday, May 16, 2022

The Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District is jumping from six social workers at the ISD to 11 next school year to handle the emotional and behavioral issues of students that have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. School Superintendent Doug Leisenring says it is one biggest needs they have right now in assisting local school districts.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 13, 2022

State Sen. Ed McBroom says he doesn’t like the particulars of the term limit reform passed by the legislature this week but, as a long time supporter of reform, he says it’s necessary to save the state House. McBroom says the current form of term limits has caused a dramatic shortage of leadership in the House.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 12, 2022

A video posted online last year of teenagers kicking and abusing a young eagle in Delta County has led to the conviction of one of the abusers. Zachary Robinette, 19, of Bark River was found guilty in Delta County District Court Friday of animal cruelty, a 93-day misdemeanor.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Gladstone is getting ready for another pavement season. City Manager Eric Buckman says he is working on special assessments for property owners along roads scheduled this year for paving.

 

This year, Gladstone is concentrating on roads on the bluff. Along with Park Avenue, roads scheduled for repaving include North Bluff Drive, Gladstone Avenue, 26th Street and Grandview Estates subdivision.

 

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