Archives for April 2017

Pet adoptions at UPAWS were paid for entirely by the Bissell Pet Foundation on Saturday

Saturday evening Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) was looking much emptier, as many people rescued a new family pet earlier that day. More from Lin McDowell…

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, all pet adoptions at UPAWS were paid for entirely by the Bissell Pet Foundation, as a part of their “Empty the Shelters” event. UPAWS was one of 60 other shelters chosen in Michigan to have adoption fees covered. As UPAWS closed their doors Saturday night, 4 dogs, 13 cats, and 1 hamster had all been adopted. Though the free adoptions are over, there are still animals at UPAWS waiting to find their “furever” homes.

Marquette teen makes first court appearance on assault charges

A Marquette teen charged with unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault with a dangerous weapon is headed to Marquette County Circuit Court. Details from Lin McDowell…

Seventeen-year-old Ricky Costantino-Berry appeared in Marquette County District Court Wednesday afternoon for his preliminary hearing.

Witnesses were called to the stand, including the victim. The victim stated that Costantino-Berry and a small group of others kept him from leaving a home and tased him several times in the head and held a machete close to his throat. It was also revealed that the victim had a loaded gun that stayed in a vehicle.

Judge Roger Kangas said he found sufficient evidence in the case to have it bound over to circuit court. Constantino-Berry will appear back in circuit court May 5.

Some encouraging signs in the latest unemployment figures

Some encouraging signs in the latest unemployment figures…details from Lin McDowell…

There was a drop in unemployment numbers across the state of Michigan in March.

Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives stated that March 2017 was a favorable month for Michigan’s local labor markets. He added that employment levels were mainly up and jobless rates moved downward.

The median over-the-month rate reduction was a full percentage point. The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula declined to 7.4 percent in March from 8.5 percent in February. This decrease of 1.1 percentage points was somewhat larger than the reduction statewide over the month.

Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters free adoption day is Saturday April 29th

More than 60 shelters across the state will be giving out free adoptions on any animal. More from Lin McDowell…

This is thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” free adoption day. On Saturday April 29th, Bissell will be paying for all adoption fees at participating shelters. Anyone who adopts a pet during the event will receive an adoption box containing some supplies to get you started with your new pet.

Most shelters require preregistration in order to adopt. The shelters participating in the U.P. include the Copper Country Humane Society, Delta Animal Shelter, Eva Burrell Animal Shelter, Menominee Animal Shelter, Northwoods Animal Shelter, and UPAWS.

MDOT says it will increase speed limits on UP roads

By November, MDOT says it will increase speed limits to 65 miles per hour on nine sections of Upper Michigan highway. More from Lin McDowell…

The speed limit on I-75 in Upper Michigan will also increase to 75 mph. The Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police have identified 900 miles of non-freeway state highways for speed limit increases to 65 mph and 600 miles of freeway for speed limit increases to 75 mph. Select freeway routes will have increased speed limits posted beginning May 1, according to MDOT.

The change comes after the state legislature approved increases late last year. The law requires that these modified speed limits be in place prior to Jan. 5, 2018.

MDOT says new speed limits will be posted on all of the selected freeway and non-freeway routes prior to mid-November.

The UP could soon be saying, more power to you

The UP could soon be saying, more power to you…details from Lin McDowell…

Plans to build two natural gas generating stations in the Upper Peninsula is slowly moving forward.

In January Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. (UMERC) filed a certificate of necessity application with the Michigan Public Service Commission.

According to We Energies (part of UMERC) a decision by the commission isn’t expected until October.

If approved, UMERC will construct, own and operate a generating station in Baraga County and another in Marquette County, totaling approximately 183 megawatts.

Discussions about the former Cliffs Dow property are dead in the water

Discussions about the former Cliffs Dow property are dead in the water. More from Lin McDowell…

Monday the Marquette City Commission heard from a developer who had plans to build housing units on the former Cliffs Dow property. Representatives from the Hiawatha Group from downstate Benton Harbor were looking at possible sites in Marquette for housing aimed at Northern Michigan University students.

City officials suggested the Cliffs Dow site as an option. Monday night commissioners considered a plan to enter early stages of negotiation with the group but, after lengthy discussion, the Commission took no action, essentially killing the proposal.

A longtime professor at Northern Michigan University will be doing more than just teaching students going forward

A longtime professor at Northern Michigan University will be doing more than just teaching students going forward. More from Lin McDowell…

Dwight Brady announced Monday afternoon he’s entering the 2018 First District Congressional Race as a Democrat. He made the announcement in front of a group of his supporters on the steps of the Marquette County Courthouse.

Brady says he’s thought about running for congress for a few years and this was the right time to do it. One of the main speaking points during his announcement was what he called the ‘Repeal and Replacement of Jack Bergman.’

Brady says solving the nation’s debt problem and addressing the future of healthcare would be two of his top priorities if he’s elected. He will continue teaching at NMU during his campaign.

Marquette Police Department is holding a bike auction

Looking for a new bike for the summer? There’s an auction coming up where you could a good price on one. More from Lin McDowell…

The Marquette Police Department is holding a public auction next week to get rid of all the bikes they have collected over the past year.

The auction will be on Wednesday, May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be a sealed bid auction, cash or check only and will be held on Northern Michigan University’s campus, behind the Public Safety Department.

More than 60 bikes from the department’s lost and found will be available to the public to bid on.

The winners of the auction will be contacted and they can pick up their bike on May 10th at the same location.

Mining Company Cited For Soil Erosion

Mining Company Cited For Soil Erosion…

A mining company is being ordered to make improvements to an area in Gogebic County due to soil erosion. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the damage was discovered earlier this month. Highland Copper Company is being required to stabilize the site, restore disturbed wetlands, obtain additional permits, and investigate previously used drill sites to see if other wetlands were disturbed.