Archives for January 2020

01-31-20-New Trail Map App

LEAD: A new app is available to help navigate trails in the Upper Peninsula.

VERBATIM: The app is from the Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment – or My-Trail for short. Officials say it will replace the existing 142-page guide that takes a long time to produce and is updated every couple of years. It currently covers trails in Houghton, Baraga, Iron, Ontonagon, and Gogebic counties, with plans to eventually map the entire U.P.

01-31-20-McBroom Reacts To SOTS Speech

LEAD: State Senator Ed McBroom reacted to this week’s State of the State Address.

VERBATIM: One of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stated goals is issue $3.5 billion in bonds to rebuild state highways. McBroom says this new plan only addresses roads in southeast Michigan and does not address the bad roads in the U.P. McBroom also says while Whitmer left out a number of area issues in her speech but he and his fellow lawmakers are ready to come together and work for their constituents.

01-30-20-Heart Healthy Brunch

LEAD: A Mercer organization is holding a brunch to help people get heart healthy.

VERBATIM Mercer Health and Wellness is the sponsor of the Heart Healthy Brunch taking place Feb. 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Mercer Community Center on Margaret St. Mercer Health and Wellness is a volunteer organization encouraging healthy activity, socialization, and positive attitudes. The group provides bi-weekly exercise classesand sponsors informational programs on nutrition and other health issues.

01-30-20-Superior Days Set For Next Month

LEAD: The dates are set for the 35th annual Superior Days.

VERBATIM: The event started out as a lobbying effort for those in Superior and Douglas Counties but now includes Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties. Participants head to Madison to talk with state lawmakers about issues they want to see addressed during this year’s session. Organizers say access to medical health facilities and Medicaid reimbursement rates are two topics being prioritized this year.

01-29-20-Roof Collapse In Iron River

LEAD: The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Iron River is closed indefinitely.

VERBATIM: Officials say the store’s roof collapsed Monday night likely due to heavy snow loads. A nearby restaurant was shut down and several apartment residents were evacuated while authorities evaluated the store for possible natural gas leaks and the potential for fire. The residents were allowed to return a short time later. No injuries were reported.

01-29-20-Northland College Offers Regional Scholarship

LEAD: Area high school students now have another incentive to attend Northland College.

VERBATIM: The college announced Monday that it is offering a scholarshjip targeting students in Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Iron counties. To qualify students need to have an unweighted, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Northwoods Scholarship awards are between $25,000 and $30,000 per year. It renews automatically for up to eight semesters or until the student graduates.

01-28-20-Former Officer Takes Plea Deal

LEAD: A former Ashland Police officer facing charges in connection with an April 2019 incident takes a plea deal.

VERBATIM: Prosecutors say Ty Juoni pleaded no contest to a misdeameanor charge of joyriding for taking a car after a night of drinking. Surveillance video at a gas station showed Juoni driving the stolen car. He won’t be going to jail but has to follow certain conditions including treatment. Juoni retired last year before the charges were brought.

01-28-20-Washburn Dog Park Survey

LEAD: There’s still time to complete a survey about a proposed Washburn dog park.

VERBATIM: Officials say the primary considerations include convenience, safety, and environmental impact. Park development would be funded primarily with grants and donations and would bring in additional funds that can be use for its maintenance. The survey link is available on the city’s Facebook page and the last day to complete the survey is Friday.

01-27-20-WPL Holding Relocation Meetings

LEAD: Wakefield library officials are looking for input on renaming and rededicating the facility.

VERBATIM: So far three public sessions are scheduled at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 5th at 6PM, Friday, Feb. 7th at 2PM and Saturday, Feb. 8th at 11AM. One additional meeting will be held at a future date. There’s been no word so far on what the board is looking to do with the library’s name.

01-27-20-Madeline Island Road Still Not Safe

LEAD: Driving to Madeline Island is still off limits.

VERBATIM: Officials say the ice is currently 8-10 inches thick between Bayfield and the island with 14 inches of ice is required to open the road. Ferry operators say some ice to the west of the ice road recently blew out of the bay area. They expect to keep operating so long as warm temperatures stick around.