Archives for April 2016

Cliffs Revenue

Cliffs Natural Resources has released their 2016 first-quarter results. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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The company reported a net income of $117 million. Cliffs reported a net loss of $762 million at the same time last year. As a whole, the mining company is $2.5 billion in debt. One year ago, Cliffs was $2.9 billion in the red. Despite the progress the company has made recently, officials still plan to close the Empire Mine this year. An exact date is not yet known. What is known for sure is that 400 people will lose their jobs as a result of the mine closure.

Drug Take Back Program

This is Saturday…clean out your medicine cabinet and then head on over to the Michigan State Police. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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A drug take-back event in the UP will allow people to turn in their leftover medications with no questions asked. From 10 to 2 Saturday, unwanted drugs can be brought to any MSP location. The event is free and anonymous and aimed at preventing drug abuse and theft. Liquids, needles, and sharps won’t be accepted.

Painesdale man is now out of jail after being sentenced yesterday in Houghton County

A Painesdale man is now out of jail after being sentenced yesterday in Houghton County. More from Lin McDowell…

((Thirty-seven year-old Jeffrey Perala was sentenced in 97th District Court to 17 days time already served and three to 12 months probation for aggravated domestic assault. Perala pled no contest to the charge in line with a plea agreement that saw a second charge of assault and battery dismissed.

The charges stem from an incident earlier this month outside the Auto Zone store in Houghton, where employees had to protect a woman from the defendant until police arrived. Perala was also ordered to continue with mental health and substance abuse treatment and to stay out of the Auto Zone store.))

Trout Fishing

Love trout? Love fishing for trout…well you’re in luck. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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Okay…I’ll admit it this is my time of year. I love smoked trout…and I dig throwing on my waders and fishing for trout too. And, this coming Saturday is the Inland trout season opener, for Type I and II streams and Type A and D lakes. The daily bag limit is five trout. Except In the U.P ., there is a test going on where anglers can keep an additional five fish each day. Refer to the new Michigan Fishing Guide online @ michigan.gov/dnr for all the details.

An out of state man sentenced in Chippewa County Circuit Court

An out of state man arrested on multiple felony counts last May has been sentenced in Chippewa County Circuit Court. More from Lin McDowell…

((Twenty year–old Randall Parks of Key West, Florida was sentenced to a year in jail with credit for time served, eighteen months probation and nine hundred dollars in court fines and costs. Parks pleaded guilty to one count of delivery, manufacture of a controlled substance, less than fifty grams and one count of assaulting, obstructing or resisting a police officer. Members of the Tri–County Drug Enforcement Taskforce arrested Parks for selling heroin to an undercover officer.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news))

Roadside Parks

Spring has sprung and that means parks are reopening. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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Roadside parks in the upper peninsula are officially open. All thirty-two roadside parks operated by MDOT are now accessible to the public after being closed since mid-October. Even though the parks will be in operation, MDOT reminds motorists that the water will not be turned on until early May. This is to allow annual testing and treatment of the park water systems. To locate roadside parks around the area, visit:www.michigan.gov/

State Auditor General addresses UIA call issues

If you are unemployed and are having a hard time collecting benefits, you’re not alone…more from Lin McDowell

((An audit conducted by Michigan’s Auditor General found residents trying to collect unemployment benefits couldn’t get through to customer service representatives at Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. Auditors sampled calls placed to the agency during two weeks in 2014. The final report shows close to 90 percent of the calls went unanswered, which did not sit well with some state legislators.

Ken Silfven, an agency spokesman, said the findings of the audit are outdated, and the problems have been, or are in the process of being fixed.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news))

Hockeyville

Lakeview Arena in Marquette is one step closer to securing the title of Hockeyville. Here’s Lisa Rodman…

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Kraft Foods has launched a contest coast to coast looking for Hockeyville, and that may very well be close to home. Lakeview Arena has made it into the final round of the contest, and is now in a face off with the Rushmore Thunderdome in South Dakota. So what’s in the title besides bragging rights, how about hosting an NHL preseason game and $150,000 for upgrades. Lakeview Arena is already guaranteed $75,000 for making to the final round. Make your vote count at krafthockeyville.com

Two events scheduled for the Ironwood stretch of the Iron Belle Trail

If someone tells you to take a hike…the next two weekends would be ideal…Lin McDowell explains…

Two events related to the Ironwood stretch of the Iron Belle Trail are on tap over the next two weekends.

The first will be this Saturday at 10 a.m. as a trail clean-up effort with volunteers meeting at Depot Park, behind the post office building, where they can pick up garbage bags and receive directions.

The Friends of the Iron Belle Trail will provide grilled bratwursts and drinks for volunteers.

Then a community walk along the trail will be held at 2 p.m. from Depot Park on Sunday, May 8. The Mothers Day Walk will be hosted by the FIBT.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news

Bob Linn Scholarship

Application are being accepted for the Bob Linn Scholarship. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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The Isle Royale & Key-wee-naw Parks Association and the George Wright Society will award the $500 scholarship to a high school senior, interested in nature and the environment. The Bob Linn Scholarship pays tribute to Bob, who was chief naturalist for Isle Royale National Park for many years before becoming chief scientist for the National Park Service. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2016. Those interested should call 482-7860 for all the application details.