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Newscast Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

Seventy-nine veterans, two from the Korean War, the rest from the Vietnam War, are on a second Honor Flight today. Another one was held earlier this month. Scott Knauf with the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight says they had a large list of veterans interested in the flight because they were unable to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

There are concerns that the negotiations over the sale of city property at the former Delta County jail site could jeopardize the development projects planned for the waterfront. The Escanaba City Council held a special meeting yesterday to address the concerns.

 

Swanee owner Matt Sviland who plans to build housing units at the site of the former Chamber of Commerce building told the council that if legal discussions continue to drag out, then nothing will happen and they will have to drop out.

 

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Newscast Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

The homeless shelter program Hope at the Inn may end if not enough volunteers are found. Shannon Tayler says it takes 150 to 200 volunteers to put on the program. They still need 50 to 100 volunteers to operate.

 

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Newscast Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Laura Coleman says she is retiring as Bay College President after 17 years. She notified the board of trustees Wednesday night that she is retiring as of June 30, 2023. Coleman is the fifth president of Bay since it started 60 years ago and longest serving. She says it has been a job that she has thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022

Delta County Commissioners will meet to start negotiations with township officials to end the county’s obligations to provide zoning for the townships. The move came after Commissioner Bob Barron tried to pass an ordinance that would repeal the current ordinance requiring zoning.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

Delta County Commissioner Dave Moyle is asking that the county commission have a zero tolerance for profanity at its meetings, even if it’s his own. He told the commission last night that that was the reason he shutdown Joe Kaplan down during public comment at the Sept. 6 county board meeting.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission delayed a decision on muskie sizes on border waters in the Upper Peninsula until its October meeting. That meeting will be in Marquette.

 

Dave Anthony of Bark River, who serves on the NRC, says he does not feel the size limit for muskie should be changed to match the larger limit in Wisconsin in order to make it easier for them to enforce.

 

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Newscast Monday, Sept. 19, 2022

With the city of Escanaba now allowing marijuana businesses, Mayor Mark Ammel says the community will be able to benefit from the operations, unlike the one currently open within the city limits but on tribal land.

 

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Newscast Friday, Sept. 16, 2022

A divided Escanaba City Council passed marijuana ordinances last night on 3-2 votes. Applications will be available beginning Oct. 3. The original date recommended by the city administration was Oct. 10. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says that would give the public time to respond with a ballot initiative.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022

A rash in car thefts has baffled local authorities. Acting Delta County Prosecutor Lauren Wickman says there is a group of juveniles who are continuing to steal vehicles because there is no place to house them at the county jail or other facility.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022

Inmates with mental illnesses continue to be housed at the Delta County Jail instead of being placed at facilities that can help them. It is something that is frustrating Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald who says one of two inmates that needs to be placed at a state facility has been at the jail now for about four months.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022

The United Way of Delta County will be focusing on School Readiness programs as it moves forward with its fundraising. It follows an effort to identify a need in the community that could benefit from Unity Way funds. Executive Director Julie Mallard says they hope it will help improve their fundraising.

 

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Newscast Monday, Sept. 12, 2022

School safety meetings are now held twice a year with schools in the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District. One was held in August. The next when will be held in January. ISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring says they realized that they needed to address school safety more than just once a year.

 

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Newscast Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

Delta County has until next week to submit a plan to the Department of Natural Resources on how to provide day use at Fuller Park. The DNR says day use of the park is stipulated as part of the 1987 grant used to purchase the property.

 

Day use was eliminated recently to expand camping at the park. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says they’ve talked about eliminating two or three campsites for parking and picnic tables.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022

Veterans on the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight returned to the U.P. last night to a large crowd of people cheering, waving signs and welcoming home Korean and Vietnam War veterans from their trip to Washington D.C. to see the memorials dedicated in their honor. Doug Heath of Escanaba says the reception at the Delta County Airport was unexpected.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022

Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald says he is looking at the possibility of modifying a portion of the Delta County Jail to house juveniles. He says he met recently with the judges in the county to determine how they could make it work.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022

Mission 19 of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight will take 82 veterans to Washington D.C. tomorrow. It includes six veterans from the Korean War era. The rest are Vietnam War Veterans. Organizer Scott Knauf says they will gather tonight for a program and banquet and then leave the Delta County Airport by 6:30 a.m. tomorrow.

 

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Newscast Friday, Sept. 2, 2022

Attendance at the Upper Peninsula State Fair topped 100,000 fairgoers for the first time. The milestone was reached by Sunday noon, Aug. 21. By the end of the seven-day fair, Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, says more than 103,000 people attended.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022

The Escanaba City Council will consider placing surveillance cameras throughout the city at its regular meeting tonight in an effort to reduce crime. Tonight’s meeting is at 7 p.m. at city hall. It is aired on YouTube at the City of Escanaba.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Non-stop flights between Escanaba and Detroit will return in October, however flights to Minneapolis will be discontinued. It is the result of an effort between SkyWest Airlines, Delta County Airport Administration and the Delta County Airport Board to find a way to have a plane dedicated to Escanaba and still address the airline’s concern over s shortage of pilots.

 

Escanaba will share a flight with the airport in Pellston from Sept. 12 to Oct. 5. That schedule concerned Delta County Airport Manager Andrea Nummilien that there would not be enough seats for passengers in Escanaba. The new schedule will begin on Oct. 6 with two flights between Escanaba and Detroit.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

New mining laws could help to improve mining opportunities in the Upper Peninsula. State Sen. Ed McBroom says bills offered by State Rep. Sara Cambensey would improve on original bills written by the late State Sen. Tom Casperson. McBroom says the bills that they hope will pass yet this year will consolidate the permitting process and limit lawsuits.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

Authorities are searching for a 56-year-old man who disappeared a week after planning to bicycle from Escanaba to his home in Marquette County. The Marquette County Sheriff’s office says Dennis Kivioja was last seen on Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the Escanaba area. They say he had plans to ride his bike to his property on Boney Falls Road in Wells Township but has not returned.

 

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Newscast Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

A generation of people with an altered sense of reality caused by online gaming is concerning law enforcement. 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham with the Gladstone State Police Post says there are some who are so into gaming that it carries over into real life. That may be the case with Caleb Anderson of Iron County who was arrested for assaulting and attempting to kidnap a woman jogging.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022

COVID-19 concerns are less of a priority for school districts than a year ago when multiple plans were made to address potential spread of the virus. As students get ready to go back to school this year, Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they’ve returned to more routine types of planning needed to prepare for a new school year. COVID-19, he says, is less of a worry.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

Area veterans will be honored before Thursday’s Escanaba Eskymos football. It starts with a picnic at 5:30 p.m. Rusty Bluse with the Escanaba Fan Club and Quarterback Club says all veterans and active duty servicemen and their spouses are welcome to attend. The group will be served hamburgers and brats.

 

Along with the fan club and quarterback club, the event is sponsored by the Escanaba Elks Lodge 354. The veterans will then be invited onto the field before the game to be recognized and shake the players’ hands.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022

There is interest in developing the Delft Theater in Escanaba as a micro-cannabis business. The Escanaba City Council specifically added micro-businesses to its ordinance last Thursday. Councilmember Tyler Dubord said at the time that they added micro-cannabis businesses because of interest.

 

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Newscast Monday, Aug. 22, 2022

Relations appear to be strained between Escanaba’s City Manager and the city council. The council wants to make Patrick Jordan’s evaluation public which includes input from department heads who work for Jordan. Jordan objects to releasing the evaluation.

 

Jordan was not present at the end of the executive session Thursday that dealt with his evaluation. He says he was asked to leave.

 

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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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