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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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Newscast Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Escanaba Public Library will be fully funded in the city’s 2022-23 budget. The Escanaba City Council decided during a special meeting Monday that it would not cut $147,000 from the library’s budget. The city is addressing a $1 million shortfall. But Librarian Carolyn Stacey told the council that the library could not sustain a 40 percent cut in its budget.

 

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Newscast Monday, May 9, 2022

The Escanaba City Council is meeting today to discuss needed budget cuts to balance the 2022-23 budget. The council must approve a new budget by July 1. The city is expecting a revenue shortfall of more than $1 million. The proposed cuts spurred a public reaction at Thursday city council meeting over a 40 percent reduction in the Escanaba Public Library’s budget. One suggestion was to raise taxes to pay for city services. That is something that Councilmember Tyler Dubord says could be discussed.

 

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Newscast Friday, May 6, 2022

The Escanaba City Council decided to not go with the administration’s recommendation for the development of city and county property that includes the former Delta County Jail. Instead, they directed the administration to end the RFQ and negotiate separately with three local developers that offered a joint proposal. Mayor Mark Ammel made the motion.

 

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Newscast Thursday, May 5, 2022

Nanette Hanson, a 1st grade teacher at the Lemmer Elementary School in Escanaba, has been named Michigan Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made yesterday by State School Superintendent Michael Rice before an assembly of students at the school.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Delta County Board of Commissioners deadlocked on a conflict of interest challenge to Commissioner Bob Barron’s ability to vote on a proposed solar ordinance. With a 2-2 vote, it is still unclear if Barron will be allowed to vote. The ethics committee is determining if Barron has a conflict because of an agreement to lease land in Escanaba Township for solar development. Theresa Nelson, who voted against the motion, says they should not be voting on the issue until the county’s ethics committee makes a recommendation.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Diane Kay-Hougaboom says she feels she did not lie on an affidavit that claimed she was qualified to run for office in Delta County including residency. She withdrew from the Republican primary after her residency came into question. She says she signed a lease on an apartment the day after Brett Gardner resigned as prosecutor and one week before the filing deadline. However, state law says a candidate must be a resident for 30 days before running for office.

 

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Newscast Monday, May 2, 2022

The group, Deer Hunters For Responsible U.P. Deer Management, plans to convince new members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to go with recommendations by the Department of Natural Resource regarding deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula rather than continue with legal action.

 

Richard P. Smith says he expects to start at the NRC meeting in May to ask the commission to reverse its decision from a year ago that went against three key DNR recommendations.

 

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Newscast Friday, April 29, 2022

Law enforcement says large quantities of marijuana are leaving the area for Wisconsin and other states that have not legalized the drug. Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham says it is not coming from legal distributors who are benefiting from people entering the state to buy cannabis but a black market.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 28, 2022

The woman accused of running a puppy mill near Rock in 2020 pled no contest yesterday to a felony count of cruelty to 25 or more animals and one misdemeanor count of running an unregistered animal shelter. Acting Delta County Prosecutor Lauren Wickman called it a win for the whole community.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The city of Gladstone is considering a millege to pay for a shortfall in its public safety budget. Gladstone City Commissioner Brad Mantella says the public safety budget approved in March is $1.8 million. However, the taxable income to cover the budget is only $1.6 million. Mantella says it is the first time the public safety budget has exceeded the tax income of the city.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, April 26, 2022

At last week’s city council meeting, Jared Drown with the Terrace Bay Hotel mentioned that he may lose the Hampton Inn franchise by the end of April as part of his proposal for the former Delta County Jail site if the council did not act on their joint proposal for city and county land at the site. Instead, he said, the franchise was being requested by Dial Corporation which owns the Delta Plaza Mall and surrounding buildings including the former Super One.

 

But Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says he thinks Hilton, which owns the Hampton Inn brand may be referring to Dial’s previous interest of building a hotel at the Super One site.

 

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Newscast Monday, April 25, 2022

Construction is expected to begin this week in Escanaba on a monument to labor. Escanaba Recreation Director Kim Peterson says the Delta Schoolcraft Community Labor Council will use the four large reliefs taken from the former public works building to build the monument.

 

A ground breaking will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. during a "Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living" event to remember fallen workers.

 

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Newscast Friday, April 22, 2022

A new Women’s Recovery Home in Escanaba was dedicated yesterday at the former parsonage of Bethany Lutheran Church. It will be operated by Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula for women recovering from addictions. Kyle Rambo, director of Catholic Social Services, says it will be a safe place for those recovering from drug or alcohol abuse.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 21, 2022

After years of about one percent growth in assessed property values,  Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says a total growth of 8.2 percent in 2022 is a significant increase. Most of the growth came from the additional wind turbines built on the Garden Peninsula. DeSalvo says the county should benefit from the construction of the turbines for several years to come.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Delta County Commissioners approved a contract with the Delta Conservation District on a three two vote to continue operating the county parks for the next 10 years. There was consideration for the county to take over park operations but Delta County Chair Pat Johnson says the conservation district has done a good job revitalizing the county’s parks since taking them over in 2010.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Public school enrollment in Michigan has rebounded slightly after falling at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

After a 4.1 percent dip in public school enrollment during the 2020-21 pandemic school year, the State Board of Education said last week that the number of students enrolled in Michigan’s public schools was less severe this school year.

 

The largest resurgence was in the enrollment of kindergarten students and the return of students who were reported as homeschooled last year. Doug Licensing, Superintendent of the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District says the same thing is happening here.

 

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Newscast Monday, April 18, 2022

Former Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner will be serving as the city of Escanaba’s city attorney. The city council will be asked to approve a Professional Services Agreement on May 5. The city has been without an attorney since the resignation of John Bergman in December.

 

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Newscast Friday, April 15, 2022

Property values in Delta County rose 7.6 percent in 2022. The taxable value of property also rose by nearly 8.2 percent. Delta County Equalization Director Shalice Northrop told the county board this week that a large portion of the increase is from the wind turbines built in Fairbanks Township. However, she says the housing market remains hot which will affect property values as well.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 14, 2022

Lauren Wickman has already filed to run for Delta County Prosector in November. She was named acting prosecuting attorney Monday after the resignation of Brett Gardner.

 

Wickman started working in the prosecutor’s office under Phil Strom and continued as Chief Assistant Prosecutor under Gardner. She says being a prosecutor is something she has always wanted to do.

 

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