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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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Newscast Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

Proxima Management Group says a three year moratorium of new lodging facilities in Escanaba is vital to the success of the proposed $18.3 million development at the site of the former jail and chamber of commerce buildings. Ravi Patel says city council support of a moratorium would show their committement to the project.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

Judy Akkala has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on the Gladstone City Commission. She was sworn in Monday and participated in her first meeting. As the former city manager of Munising and Marquette, Commissioner Brad Mantella says Akkala was an easy choice for the commission.

 


 


Newscast Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald says a report intended to reduce prison popualtions in the state is a good starting point but he worries it goes too far in letting people get away with non-violent crimes.
 

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Newscast Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

The Escanaba City Council has backed the mayor's ability to make committee and commmission appointments without a vote of the council. Councilman Tyler DuBord says he doesn't have a problem with the mayor suggesting appointments but that the council should ratify those proposed to serve.

 

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Newscast Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

The Escanaba City Council is considering a payment in lieu of taxes ordinance for a company looking to build low income housing between Walmart and Meyer.  Craig Patterson with Woda Cooper Companies is looking to build a 4-story, 70 unit $14 million housing complex on 2.5 acres of land behind Walmart.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Two more people will be graduating from the Delta County Drug Court Monday. Delta County Administrator Emilie DeSalvo says they have completed and very long, rigerous and life changing process for the participants and their families. DeSalvo says it is important to recognize the participants in a formal ceremony for completing the program.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

Delta County Commissioners last night approved a Second Amendment Sanctuary County resolution on a 3-2 split vote. Commissioner Dave Moyle who introduced the resolution says he wants lawmakers to know where they stand on Second Amendment rights. Commissioner Teresa Nelson says she felt the resolution was a political manuever meant to divide the board during an election year. 

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault is leaving the DDA to take a new position as executive director of the Delta County Economic Development Alliance. He replaces TJ Thomas who left for a job with Race Driven. Legault says he took the job to continue serving the community and help with economic devevlopment in the area. 

 

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Newscast Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

An 80-year-old Gladstone woman was rescued from a fire at a house in Gladstone Sunday afternoon. Gladstone Public Safety arrived at the home on Cliffs Drive before 5 p.m. with the woman still inside. They entered the home and brought her out. She was transported to OSF st Francis Hostpial and airlifted to St Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee.
 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

The number of suicides and suicide attempts have been growing in the area the past few weeks. Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt Gregg Cunningham says Troopers are dealing with cases every day. Sucide numbers normally grow this time year but Cunningham says it seems more prevalent this year.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is bypassing the state legislature and funding roads on her own. During her state of the state address last night, she said she is ordering the state Transportation Commission to issue bonds to fund road repair.
 

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

A brownfield designation is vital for the redevelopment of the former Super One property in Escanaba, according to Myron Berry with Mountain Engineering in Kingsford. Berry unvieled a proposal yesterday at the Escanaba Browfield Redevelopment Authority meeting to build a motel and retaurants at the site.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

When the Escanaba Junior and Senior High School becomes a 6th through 12th grade building next year, there will be one principal instead of two. Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they will also put in place an assistant principal and guidance counselor for 6th through 8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Fletcher says it will help 6th grade students better undstand what is available in the later grades such as the early middle college program.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Board approved a resoultion in support a three-year moritorium on new hotels in Escanaba that is requested by Proxima Management Group to build a new hotel and retail complext at the site of the former county jail. The project is within the DDA district. DDA Director Ed Legault says the board wanted to let the city council know that they support Proxima's request for the moritoiurm. 

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority plans to begin the process of finding a developer for the North Shore Development starting the first week in February. DDA Director Ron Miaso says they will be working with their consultant to write a Request for Qualifications. The city is looking to build housing and retail on 50 acres of its North Shore. Miaso says they expect to get proposals from at least three potential developers.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

The Superior Trade Zone has reorganized to continue its for effort to bring regional economic development to the central U.P. Delta County Administrator Emilie DeSalvo says Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron was elected chair of the trade zone. The Superior Zone was established with special legilsation in 2014. 

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Hazardous material on property in the Bayview Location including the former road commission building has been removed. Rory Mattson with the Delta Conservation District told the Delta County Board of Commissioners last night that they are now going for permits to clean up the Escanaba River.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

With Escanaba's electrical rates contracted out to 2030, Escanaba Electric Superintendent Mike Furmanski says there is a lot certainty in the city's energy costs. Furmanski talked last week with the Escanaba Electric Advisory Committee on the city's capacity needs for 2024 and beyond. 

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

Homes in Escanaba continue to struggle with flooding during the winter months due to high ground water levels. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says that is causing problems for the city's sewer system. The city moving ahead plans to expand the waterwater plant to handle additional flowage but Jordan says the state now wants the city to address its underground sewer system as well.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Proxima Management Group has requested a 3-year moratorium on any new hotel/motel construction within the City of Escanaba.  The city council took no action last night. Mayor Marc Tall said he wants to learn more about the request.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino.  The expansion will add up to 147 additional hotel rooms. General Manager Tony Mancilla says it will be added to the current Palm Tower to create an "L" shape.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

More than 100 people packed the Delta County special meeting last to address a resolution that commissioners are considering to make Delta County a 2nd Amendment sancuary county. The resolution presented last night says the board affirms its support for the Delta County Sheriff and Prosecutor, in the excercise of their sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law.
 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

The role that guns play in Delta County will be discussed tonight at a special meeting of the Delta County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are considering a resoultion to make Delta County a 2nd amendment sancuary county. Bob Peterson, who is helping to write the resolution and a member of the Delta County Gun Owners Association, says it is meant to gain the support of elected officials for gun rights.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

The Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District wants to be able to move its Learning Center to the Soo Hill Elementary School building next year. School Superintendent Doug Liesenring says the building will offer more classroom space for programs they currently offer and new ones they want to implement.

 

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Newscast Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Escanaba is working to re-certify as a Redevelopment Ready Community with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. MEDC gave a presentation yesterday to the Escanaba City Council and several city coards and commsisions on areas they need to improve to re-certify.  One of the requirements drew heated debated from members of the Escanaba Planning Commission. Chair Christine Williams says she is concerned that the state wants the city to forego public hearings on site plans.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

In an effort to fix concerns with addressing problems in Delta County, officials met yesterday to see what can be done. The problem is affecting 9-11 dispatch and causing confusing for law enforcement and first responders. Delta County Administrator Emilie DeSalvo says the goal is to develop a plan before making changes.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Escanaba may have to do more then expand the capacity of its waterwater plant to prevent further bypass discharges in the future.  Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says they felt that expanding the plant's capacity was the best option but the state may require the city to upgrade its sewer system as well. 

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

The Escanaba City Council is holding a joint meeting Thursday with several city commissions and boards to review the process to recertify as a Redevelopment Ready Community.  Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says it will include a presentation on best practices by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The MEDC says the city moved away from best practices. 

 

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