Archives for February 2019

Iron Mountain Police Investigating Elderly Man’s Death

Iron Mountain Police Investigating Elderly Man’s Death

Iron Mountain police are investigating the death of an 82-year-old man found outside his home. WLUC-TV reports the man’s body was found on Sunday, and there’s not been a determination as yet if he died from exposure to the elements or natural causes. Authorities do not suspect foul play and say he had been dead for several hours before being found.

MDOT Director To Lawmakers: We Need Money Now For Roads

MDOT Director To Lawmakers: We Need Money Now For Roads

Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba is laying the groundwork for Governor Whitmer’s proposed budget announcement next month when it comes to road funding. He testified before the state House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, saying 20-percent of roads in the state are now in poor condition. Ajegba warned the longer it takes to come up with at least one-point-five billion dollars, the more expensive the repairs will become.

State Joins Lawsuit Over President’s National Emergency

The State has joined a Lawsuit Over President’s National Emergency…

Michigan is joining with 15 other states in a lawsuit seeking to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure money for a wall along the Mexican border. Michigan’s Attorney General called it a “fake emergency” and a “publicity stunt” in a statement, adding Trump’s actions will raid the federal budget. She adds there are concerns money will be diverted from the Michigan National Guard and Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. California is the lead state in the lawsuit seeking a court injunction.

Pot Business In Marenisco

The question of how to manage the recreational marijuana business was a topic at a Monday evening meeting of the Marenisco Township board….

Board members voted Jan. 28 to consider opting into such business. And, have since discussed how many issues they might need to address, including what fees to charge applicants, and in what areas of business such as growing, processing, testing, and sales would be allowed. A draft of the preliminary ordinance is in process, and the township will offer a public hearing on the ordinance before voting on it.

State’s Average Gas Price Up Eight-Cents

Michigan’s gas prices continue to rise…

Triple-A Michigan says the average for regular to start the week is two-dollars 37-cents a gallon, up eight-cents from a week ago and just eight-cents under what we paid at this time last year. The price is higher than the national average by six-cents. Drivers in Marquette are paying the most at two-41, while fuel is averaging 2.29 a gallon in the Ironwood area.

Ontonagon House Burns To The Ground

The home of an Ontonagon man who died two days before, burned to the ground…

The fire department received a call Saturday night, and when they arrived at the late Robert Anderson’s the home in the 700 block of N. 17th St., they say there we flames coming out of the roof and windows. About 2 feet of snow on the roof hampered firemen, but may have also kept the fire from spreading to any of the surrounding woody area. Investigators believe the fire started in the living room area from the heating system and spread to the attic.

The Ontonagon Village Fire Department was assisted by the Rockland and Carp Lake fire departments, U.P. Power Company, Semco Energy, SONCO Ambulance, and Pestka Construction with its heavy equipment.

Anderson lived alone in the home. He had died of a reported heart attack on Thursday.

Fire officials were able to leave the scene about 9:30 p.m., Miles said.

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Feb. 18, 2019 5:29 AM CST
by lrodman

Ontonagon House Burns To The Ground

The home of an Ontonagon man who died two days before, burned to the ground…

The fire department received a call Saturday night, and when they arrived at the late Robert Anderson’s the home in the 700 block of N. 17th St., they say there we flames coming out of the roof and windows. About 2 feet of snow on the roof hampered firemen, but may have also kept the fire from spreading to any of the surrounding woody area. Investigators believe the fire started in the living room area from the heating system and spread to the attic.

The Ontonagon Village Fire Department was assisted by the Rockland and Carp Lake fire departments, U.P. Power Company, Semco Energy, SONCO Ambulance, and Pestka Construction with its heavy equipment.

Anderson lived alone in the home. He had died of a reported heart attack on Thursday.

Fire officials were able to leave the scene about 9:30 p.m., Miles said.

Department Of Education Receives Snow Day Waiver Requests From 175 Districts

175 school districts in the state have asked the Michigan Department of Education for a waiver for three snow days above the allowed six in an academic year.

The department has approved 77 so far with no rejections. After using the six allowable days in the year, schools have to either add days to the end of the year, shorten spring break, or even add hours to the end of school days to make up the time missed. Some districts have been forced to cancel school at least 13 times this winter.

Legislature Rejects Whitmer’s Order To Revamp DEQ

For the first time since 1977, the state Legislature has rejected an executive order from the governor.

The Senate voted 22-to-16 along party lines to block Governor Whitmer’s executive order restructuring the Department of Environmental Quality from taking effect after the House took the same action last week. A spokeswoman for the governor says she will negotiate with leaders in the House and Senate to craft a reorganization of the DEQ that they’d be willing to support.

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Says Higher Taxes Needed For Roads

In the Republican response to Governor Whitmer’s State of the State address, there’s a big surprise…

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. He says the state has to raise taxes or fees somewhere to fix the roads to make up for decades of neglect. House Speaker Lee Chatfield was less enthusiastic, saying he wants to look at all other possible ways to find money in state government to be put to the roads before going to residents to pay more in taxes.