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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

There are currently 29 apprenticeship programs in the Upper Peninsula with 177 apprentices. Most are in construction which as a long history using the apprenticeship program.

 

But Delta County Economic Development Alliance Director Ed Legault says changes in the program through Michigan Works should increase the use of apprentices in other sectors.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

As interim city manager, Jim McNeil says his goal is to guide the city of Escanaba until a new city manager is hired. He is the city assessor and was named interim city manager when Patrick Jordan left the position to take another job. He expects a good transition period.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

The Escanaba City Council approved a purchase agreement with Terrace Bay for property next to the former Delta County jail. The company is already in the process of purchasing the jail property from the county. Interim City Manager Jim McNeil says an agreement was reached on the sale of property that will be used to build a new hotel on the lakeshore.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

The Michigan Natural Resource Commission was presented a wolf management plan last week that includes a hunt in Michigan if the courts allow the states to again manage the wolf population. The NRC will vote on the plan at its December meeting.

 

Dave Anthony of Bark River serves on the commission. He says they want to be ready to go when wolves are again delisted from the federal endangered list.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Delta County is dealing with a shortage of staff at the Delta County Jail. County Administrator Emily DeSalvo told the county board last night that they are continuing to address the problem.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

The Michigan Firearm Deer Season gets underway today. Hunters are heading to camp to find that elusive buck. Ralph Johnson of Escanaba is at a camp in LaBranche. He says it is a place he loves to go to to get away.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

School Resource Officers have already made a difference in area schools as the program receives renewed attention to avert problems within the schools. Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says those officers often learn about potential trouble before the problem occurs.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 11, 2022

A consultant has been chosen to assist in the selection of a new Bay College President. Laura Coleman is retiring in June after 16 years with the college. Coleman says the board of trustees chose the community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates of Grand Rapids. A group of community and college leaders have also been chosen to help narrow the search to eight applicants.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

Lauren Wickman wants to fill that third prosecuting attorney position in Delta County as soon as possible. She was elected Tuesday to fill the remaining Prosecutor term.

 

She was the chief assistant prosecuting attorney in Delta County and became the acting prosecutor in April when Brett Gardner resigned. But because she was not appointed to the position, the assistant slot remained open. Her win Tuesday will change that.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Bob Barron will continue as a county commissioner in Delta County. He defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Theresa Nelson yesterday 2,070 to 1,808. The race pitted two incumbents against each other in a newly drawn District 3.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022

A Great Lakes cruise ship company is scouting Escanaba as a possible stop during next year’s cruise season. Representatives from American Queen Cruises were in Escanaba to inquire about possible activities and tour the community. They met with officials from the Delta Chamber, Delta County Economic Development Alliance, Escanaba Downtown Development Authority, Escanaba City Council and North Shore Marine Terminal and Logistics.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Escanaba Mayor Mark Ammel says the search for a new city manager is an opportunity to focus for growth. Patrick Jordan resigned last week to take a new job as administrator of Ionia County. Ammel says he wants a new city manager who has a vested interest in the future of the community.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

The Escanaba City Council voted to close the Water Plant Road in Ludington Park until construction at the city’s water treatment plant is completed next year. Water Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Lampi asked the council to make the decision on whether or not to close the road now before it will be closed in April. The earlier closure would save the city $7,500.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

All ten townships in Delta County using county zoning ordinances voted in favor of the county continuing to provide the service. The county board will make a decision at its Dec. 6 meeting.

 

The board voted in February to end zoning for the townships. The concern was the cost to the county. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says if they do continue to provide zoning services to the townships, then the county needs to stay current on mapping.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

The Delta County Airport will again be sharing a flight, this time with Ford Airport in Kingsford beginning in December. Delta County Airport Manager Andrea Nummilien is concerned that it will again cause a shortage of passenger seats for the area but she says it will improve departure times and reinstates a flight to Minneapolis.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022

State Sen. Ed McBroom says recent moves to set aside large tracts of land for carbon credits is going to have a major impact on the timber industry in the Upper Peninsula. He says it will make it more difficult to harvest timber needed to support U.P. industries.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

The Gladstone State Police Post will be adding five new Troopers after the current State Police Training Academy. Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham says it will expand the number of Troopers at the Gladstone post and Manistique outpost from 15 to 20. That is still down from 32.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Forty-four priests at the Diocese of Marquette are being accused of sexual abuse since the 1950s. Attorney General Dana Nessel released a report yesterday concerning the allegations. She says the information was obtained through tip-lines, interviews, police investigations and documents seized from the Diocese. 

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Delta County Non-Motorized Trails is receiving a $350,000 federal grant to add nine miles of single track trail at the Days River Pathway. The pathway currently has three miles of single tract trail for mountain bikers. Rick Elrod says they are excited about expanding the trail.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2022

Gladstone Public Safety is starting a new cadet program. Director Ron Robinson says it is just like being an apprentice.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

The domestic abuse shelter in Escanaba has been full for several months indicating a problem in the area. However, Erin Viau at Try-County Safe Harbor says domestic violence and abuse is always there and a big issue in the community.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 24, 2022

OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group announced plans Friday for a new facility to support cancer services. The project would relocate oncology services from the Medical Office Building to a larger, separate building at the hospital. They unveiled plans to renovate the former dialysis facility for the cancer unit.

 

OSF St. Francis Hospital President Kelly Jefferson says the new clinic will provide additional space and enhanced services for patients facing a cancer diagnosis.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan has been offered a job as administrator of downstate Ionia County. The Ionia County Board of Commissioners approved an employment agreement with Jordan on Tuesday. The Ionia Sentinel Standard says the contract is contingent on final review by the county attorney and a background check from the Michigan Municipal League. 

 

The Escanaba City Council offered a new contract to Jordan that he refused to accept in place of his current contact. Last night, Jordan officially turned it down.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

Students at the Escanaba Jr and Sr High Schools were released at the usual time yesterday after being lock downed for several hours due to a bomb threat. Classes resumed today as normal. All lockdowns were lifted.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

The Escanaba Junior and Senior High School is currently in lockdown following a threat late this morning. Parents were told that the school received a concerning phone call. In consultation with Escanaba Public Safety and out of abundance of care, the schools decided to lock down.

 

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