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Newscast Friday, March 27, 2020

The number of deaths from the Coronavirus is now 92 in Michigan including one in the Western Upper Pensinsula.The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department says the first COVID-19 death in the U.P. was an elderly man in Gogebic County with underlying health issues. And Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the odds of students returning to school this year are “very unlikely" during a radio interview today in Detroit.

 

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Newscast Thursday, March 26, 2020

Delta County Central Dispatch is being flooded with 9-1-1 calls from people who want to report on businesses or others who they believe are violating the governor's stay at home order. 
The calls accelerated yesterday after the attorney general asked the public to contact local law enforcement instead of the state. But Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says 9-1-1 is not necessarily the place to call to report possible violators. Escanaba Public Safety says they have talked with several businesses and organizations that have remained open even though they do not fall under the exceptions of the executive order.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Delta Area Transit Authority is one of those that is considered an essensial service in Michigan that is continuing to operate during the stay at home order although DATA Executive Director John Stapleton says few people are riding the buses. Because they have to keep operating, Stapleton says they are starting to help by picking up groceries, medications or take out food from restaurants for people who don't want to venture out.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fewer people headed to work today.  A statewide stay-at-home order took effect just after midnight in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout Michigan.  Warning that a million people could need hospital beds, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her order for people to stay home will buy time so that hospitals are not overwhelmed.

 

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Newscast Monday, March 23, 2020

The city of Escanaba is staggering the shifts of workers at vital positions in the city in order to keep utilities operating in anticipation of the Coronavirus COVID-19 spreading through the community. 
Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the goal is to make sure there are healthy workers to keep city services going. Plus, the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula. The Chippewa County Health Department says it is an adult man with a medical history. He is hospitalized outside of Chippewa County.  

 

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Newscast Friday, March 20, 2020

After a run on area grocery stores as we were entering this coronavirus pandemic, Rod Stende at Elmer's County Market says for the most part shopping  is back to normal. Although toilet paper and cleaning supplies remain in short supply.

 

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Newscast Thursday, March 19, 2020

Two more Michigan residents diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus have died. Three Michigan residents who tested positive for the coronavirus died on Wednesday. The two most recent deaths include an 81-year-old patient being treated at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and a woman in her 50s with underlying health conditions who died in Pontiac. Michigan’s first reported death is a man in his 50s in Wayne County who also had underlying health conditions.
 

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Newscast Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A state of emergency was declared by the Delta County Board of Commissioners last night in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency Managemennt Coordinator Paul Geyer says the county would be eligible for state and federal aid to fund the county's COVID-19 response.

 

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OTHER STORIES IN NEWSCAST

At OSF Healthcare St Francis Hospital & Medical Group, Lacey Crabb, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care, says visitors and patients must be screened before being allowed to enter the building.

 

Seven people have been tested so far in Delta County for the Coronavirus. Mike Snyder, health officer at Public Health for Delta and Menominee Counties, says one test has come back negative.

 

There are now 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. All are downstate. 


 An additional $125 million was approved by state lawmakers yesterday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 


Newscast Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Chef Robin Holmes at Pacino's Restaurant in Escanaba was trying yesterday to make sense of how the Governor's executive order to restrict restaurants will affect them. They were not equipped to handle pickup or provide delivery serivce. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a sweeping Executive Order yesterday to temporarily restrict resturants and close bars, clubs, movie theaters, fitness centers, and other businesses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

 

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Newscast Monday, March 16, 2020

Bars and restaurants in Michigan closed at 3 p.m. today. So did a whole list of other businesses in response to the spreadof the Coronavirus. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order to temporarily close bars, coffeehouses and clubs, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders. Restaurants may allow five people inside at a time to pick up orders, so long as they stay six feet apart from each other.  The order continues through March 30.

 

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Newscast Friday, March 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings to students starting Monday through Sunday, April 5, as the number of coronavirus cases in Michigan climbs to 12. Late Thursday night, Whitmer said it is a necessary step.

 

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Newscast Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Escanaba Harbor Advisory Committee reaffirmed its slip rate structure recommendation at last night's special meeting on a 3 to 1 vote. The special meeting was called after the Escanaba City Council last week recinded its decision to approve the rate structure it set in February.
 

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Newscast Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Millage 911 and Central Dispatch proposals in Menominee and Dickinson Counties were overwhemingly approved yesterday, 68 to 32 percent in Menominee County and 66 to 43 percent in Dickinson County. Menominee County was asking for point-625 mills for five years to provide a countywide 911 system and Dickinson Couinty was asking for point-4 mills for three years to fund and equip an enhanced 911 system.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Two people from Escanaba were aboard the cruise ship with 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus that docked yesterday at the Port of Oakland. Don Curran says he feels fine and is not aware if he had contact with anyone with the virus.
 

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Newscast Monday, March 9, 2020

The city of Escanaba is moving quickly after council members last Thursday recinded recently approved slip fees for boaters at the Escanaba Harbor. Escanaba City manager Patrick Jordan says a special meeting of the Harbor Advisory Committee has been called for Wednesday after Tuesday's regular meeting was previously cancelled.
 

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Newscast Friday, March 6, 2020

The Escanaba City Council is considering a five year sidewalk plan that would require every property in the city to have a sidewalk. The goal is to make Escanaba a more walkable city. The plan would begin in 2022. Stephen Davis is on the Escanaba City Planning Commission which is recommending the plan. He told the Escanaba City Council last night that the sidewalk plan would cost the city nothing. 

 

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newscast Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The tatics of law enforcement within the Department of Natural Resources will be discussed in a Senate committee tomorrow. The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hear from DNR officials and residents of the Upper Peninsula on how conservation officers interact with the public. State Senator Ed McBroom of Vulcan chairs the committee. He says it is not necessarily meant to antagonisitc to the DNR.

 

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newscast Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The tatics of law enforcement within the Department of Natural Resources will be discussed in a Senate committee tomorrow. The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hear from DNR officials and residents of the Upper Peninsula on how conservation officers interact with the public. State Senator Ed McBroom of Vulcan chairs the committee. He says it is not necessarily meant to antagonisitc to the DNR.

 

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Newscast Monday, March 2, 2020

Enrollment at Bay College is 11 percent higher than expected. Bay President Laura Coleman says the numbers are up because of the number of students who are participating in the early middle college programs at Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District.

 

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Newscast Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

The number of suicides and suicide attempts have not lessen as winter doldrums continues to take its toll on those in the area with mental health issues. First Lt. Gregg Cunningham, post commander of the Gladstone State Police Post, says law enforcement continues to respond to suicide cases at what appears to be an increasing rate.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

The Bay College Board of Trustees approved plans for the Northern Lights YMCA to move forward on $6.4 expansion of the Y facility in Escanaba. YMCA Director Gary Nash told the college board last night that they are in need of improving the member experience, especially the social part which right now consists of lawn chairs in the hallway. The new entrance to the Y, south of the new college lockerrooms, includes a social area, a basketball court, locker rooms and activity rooms. 

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

Is there a need for low to mid income housing in Escanaba? That is what the Escanaba City Council wants to find out before moving ahead on rezoning property near Walmart that would allow for a proposed $7.2 million multi-family residential building. Councilmember Peggy OConnell has concerns about the project but is willing to allow it if it shown that there is a need for more low income housing in the city.
 

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Newscast Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Firefighters fought a house fire at 1219 1st Ave North in Escanaba for nearly eight hours last night and early this morning.  Escanaba Public Safety says the fire was reported at 11 p.m. The back end of the home was fully in flames when officers arrived. No injuries were reported but the home was a total loss.

 

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Newscast Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Several people spoke at last Thursday's Escanaba city council meeting about the need for more upper end housing such as condos, especially as the city's population ages. It came out of a low to middle income housing proposal that was discussed for Noth 26th Street near Walmart. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says they are working to identify property that could be used for possible development like the city and county did for the former jail and chamber of commerce sites.

 

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Newscast Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

The Escanaba Ciity Council delayed a decision on a $7.2 million multi-family residential building for North 26th Street near Walmart where Woda Cooper Companies is looking to build a 70-unit complex called Bay de Noc Apartments. Councilwoman Peggy O'Connell is concerned that low income housing might not be appropriate for that part of town.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Developer proposals will soon be collected for Gladstone's North Shore Improvement Project. The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority is expecting to issue a request for qualifications in the next two weeks asking developers for proposals for the North Shore. DDA Director Ron Miaso says the city has a vision that has been discussed since 2017. Now they want to see if there is a developer that would like to fulfill that vision.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

The Escanaba Traffic Safety has recommended that two traffic lights on Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba be removed. The recommendation now goes to the city council for approval. The lights to be removed would be at 5th Street and 12th Street. Escanaba Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche says removing the lights would reduce accidents at those intersections.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Students at the Escanaba High School are learning how to drive on ice and snow this week as part of Safe Winter Driving Week. Lisa Valentine is the advisor for the group Strive For A Safer Drive at the school. She says the goal is to promote safe winter driving habits.

 

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Newscast Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

The director of the Department of Natural Resources strongly criticized State Senator Ed McBroom and the state Senate for rejecting Anna Mitterling's appointment to the Natural Rescources Commission. Dan Eichinger told members of the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance Saturday in Iron Mountain that the vote to reject Mitterling was shameful. McBroom says he had issues with the way Mittlering answered questions during the Advice and Consent hearing, especially on her decisionmaking process.

 

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Newscast Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

The annual deer camp survey taken during the firearm season in November shows a slight decrease in the number of bucks taken in the Upper Peninsula in 2019.  Wildlife Technician Colter Lubben with the Department of Natural Resources office in Escanaba says 26 percent of the hunters who reponded took a buck this past season compared to 33 percent in 2018. He says that indicates that the deer population may have been down.

 

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