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Local News Archives for 2021-06

Newscast Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Gladstone is getting ready for its Fourth of July celebration Sunday. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs down Delta Avenue and over to VanCleve Park where the rest of the day’s activities occur.

 

Cancelled last year because of COVID-19, Commissioner Brad Mantella says it’s great to have the parade again on the Fourth.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is postponing one its trips to Washington D.C. in September over concerns that there won’t be a police escort for the three buses that are needed to move the group to the different memorials during the trip. Scott Knauf says it could drastically affect the group’s schedule during the day.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 28, 2021

The state health department Friday recommended that students still be required to wear masks when they return to school in the fall but did not make it mandatory. Instead, the decision to follow the COVID-19 mask requirement will be left up to the local school districts.

 

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Newscast Friday, June 25, 2021

Could the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority flip buildings in the downtown as a way to promote development? It is one of the suggestions being considered by the DDA following a survey of what residents want to see in the downtown.

 

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Newscast Thursday, June 24, 2021

Language of a recall petition for Gladstone City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Temp Brad Mantella was approved Tuesday by the Delta County Election Commission. Former City Commissioner Mike O’Connor filed the petition.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Escanaba School District is running the largest summer school program it has ever had as a way to help students who’s learning was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says the goal is to improve the learning gap that many students experienced in a very unusual year.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Several business are moving into Gladstone’s downtown. Ron Miaso, director of the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority, says 906 Accounting Solutions is moving into a building across from First Bank on Delta Avenue that will be helping small businesses.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 21, 2021

The city of Escanaba is looking at developing a second solar energy facility. Mayor Marc Tall says they are looking at one of the previous sites considered for the city’s solar garden that was built near the Delta County Airport in 2018. Tall says the new facility is needed to meet state renewable energy requirement.

 

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Newscast Friday, June 18, 2021

Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned

 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that state’s main coronavirus order will expire at the end of Monday instead of July 1. It brings an end to mandatory 50 percent occupancy limits inside restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues and at indoor events like weddings and funerals. 

 

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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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