BBQ For Students at GCC

Students of Gogebic Community College were treated to a barbecue picnic lunch and carnival…

The socializing event took place after two weeks of classes The Samson Fest started 12 years ago as athe campus kickoff event in the fall. Students can stroll through and enjoy a free lunch while playing some games and interacting with students, staff and faculty. More events are planned for this fall including, the annual 906 Day on Friday, and on Monday students can enjoy a night of free bowling at Larry’s Lucky Strike.

Governor Confident Flavored Vaping Products Ban Legal

Governor Whitmer is confident her action to ban flavored vaping products in Michigan will hold up to any legal challenges.

The Governor says she put it to her lawyers and the Attorney General before ordering the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules outlawing the sale and marketing of the products. Whitmer said years ago, it was determined it was harmful to have cartoon characters marketing cigarettes to kids, and says having flavored vape products next to candy and marketed as a healthy alternative to smoking is just as dangerous.

Ishpeming Comes OUt Again Recreational Marijuana Facility

The Ishpeming Planning Commission held a public hearing on Tuesday night regarding recreational marijuana facilities within Ishpeming Township..

The meeting comes after an application was put in to open a facility. The facility proposed by Tranquility Fields would employ 8-10 people, plus the owner. A majority of opinions were strongly against allowing the recreational marijuana facility. The main concern is the location of the facility, which is near a church and a playground. Besides the location, citizens were concerned over the security of the facility, children being able to obtain marijuana products, and bringing more drugs into the community.

Michigan Gets 4(m) for Biomonitoring

The state is getting four-million dollars from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for biomonitoring…

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says just six state health departments in the country are receiving the grants. Biomonitoring measures environmental chemicals in body tissues or fluids to determine the amount of chemical that actually enters a person’s body. The money will come in from the CDC over five years.

Gas Prices Head South

Triple-A Michigan had been expecting the state’s average gas price for Labor Day to be the lowest in a few years, and it’s been proven true.

The state’s average is down eleven-cents to two-dollars-60-cents a gallon from last week, which is cheaper than last year at this time by 26-cents. The price is slightly lower than two years ago, as well, according to data from GasBuddy. In Ironwood we’re still waiting for the big drop, fuel is averaging (2.72) a gallon this morning.

Bridge Walk A Success

The Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk remains a popular way to cap off summer in Michigan.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says an estimated 30-thousand people took part in the Labor Day event yesterday, marking the first attendance increase in three years. Participation each of the last two years was estimated at around 25-thousand. This was the 62nd annual walk across the Mighty Mac.

Six Vaping-Linked Illnesses Under Investigation

(UP, Michigan) — State health officials say they’re investigating the six cases of respiratory illnesses believed linked to electronic cigarettes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the vaping-related illnesses have all been diagnosed in the last 60 days. All the patients range in age from 19 to 39. There are over 200 such cases in 23 states under investigation.

Traffic Restrictions Lifted For Labor Day

Road construction crews will soon begin moving as many orange barrels and barricades out of the way as possible to accommodate Labor Day vacationers. The Michigan Department of Transportation is removing lane restrictions on over two-thirds of its road and bridge projects starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Some equipment and lane closures will remain. In all, lane restrictions will be removed from 106 of 151 projects.

Saxon Marina Reopens

Destroyed by flooding over three years ago, the Saxon Harbor marina opens today.

It’s the first time since the storm in July of 2016, that boats will be able to use the harbor’s marina again.
New docks and boat launches are open for public use. The public is being asked for patience while the cosmetic work and truck traffic continue, as crews continue their work on the campground that was also damaged. That is slated to reopen in 2020.

GL Infrastructure Conference

The inaugural Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference will be held here in Michigan…

Planned by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the event will be held at the end of April next year. The focus will be on what Great Lakes states need to be doing to address critical water infrastructure concerns. The state is accepting speaker abstracts for the conference through September 6th.