Archives for June 2016

Cost of filing paperwork at your county’s register of deeds office going up

Prepare to shell out more cash when it comes to filing paperwork at your county’s register of deeds office…more from Lin McDowell…

((The cost for that service will soon be going up. Recent State legislation has changed the previous per–page fee for recording documents like tax liens, deeds, and mortgages to a flat rate effective October first. Banks and other lending institutions will likely see a cost savings when filing larger documents, where each page currently costs three dollars after an initial fourteen dollar fee. While those savings could be passed along to customers, officials say the average individual, those who generally submit one–page documents will likely see a sharp increase in cost.))

Marquette Township and the Peter White Public Library approve a new contract

Marquette Township and the Peter White Public Library held a meeting Tuesday night to approve a new contract between them. More from Lin McDowell…

The previous contract had been in place since 1993, and it was time to update it with current terms. TV 6 is reporting the new contract is almost the same as the previous one, but has a few changes. The first change is the contract will terminate on December 31st, rather than mid-year. The second change is that going forward, the contracts will last 2 years, and must be re-evaluated before each renewal.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news

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Good news for tainted Volkswagen owners. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story….

According to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan is in line to receive millions of dollars from Volkswagen as part of the automaker’s settlement over emissions fraud. The German company will either buy-back the vehicles or fix them, it’s the customer’s choice. A separate federal settlement will end up paying owners at least 51-hundred dollars each in addition to the buy back or fix. Owners who bought directly from Volkswagen should keep an eye on the mailbox.

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Good news for tainted Volkswagen owners. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story….

According to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan is in line to receive millions of dollars from Volkswagen as part of the automaker’s settlement over emissions fraud. The German company will either buy-back the vehicles or fix them, it’s the customer’s choice. A separate federal settlement will end up paying owners at least 51-hundred dollars each in addition to the buy back or fix. Owners who bought directly from Volkswagen should keep an eye on the mailbox.

Parking lot and ramp at the Union Bay boating access site will reopen Friday

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that the parking lot and ramp at the Union Bay boating access site at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will reopen Friday. More from Lin McDowell…

It’s been a long wait for many who use the facility. The access site and lot has been closed since October for boating access replacement work. Among the improvements, the ramp was widened and mechanical dredging of rocks from the launch out to deep water has created easier access at the site.

Parking was expanded and the approach grade and ramp angle was redesigned. The launch is now a double-wide launch with one skid pier, but with the ability to launch on either side.

Rodman: Wednesday: Escape Marquette

A new and unique business has opened up in Marquette. Here’s Lisa Rodman…

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It’s called Escape Marquette, and it’s where individuals or teams of up to eight are locked in a room. They then must use clues, both hidden and in plain sight, inside the room to find a way to escape within a 60 minute time limit. There are three rooms right now with themes including a 1963 room and an infected room. Escape Marquette costs $25 per person. Escape is located in the Masonic Building in Marquette.

John Saatio back in U.S.

An escaped convict is back in custody. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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John Saatio back in U.S. according to Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department in Houghton is working on extraditing him back to the UP. He was arrested by Costa Rican authorities last Tuesday after escaping from a detention center on June 19. Saatio escaped from Houghton County Jail in June 2015. He was in custody on charges of home invasion, destruction of police property and probation violationl. He’s also on the sex offender registry.

A new Meijer grocery store and gas station planned for Marquette Township

Some tweaking underway over the site plan for a new Meijer (“MY-yer”) grocery store and gas station in Marquette Township…more from Lin McDowell…

TV6 is reporting the plan was approved only a week ago, but planners and administrators are already hard at work on its development.

Jason McCarthy, Marquette Township Planner and Zoning Administrator said one of the biggest undertakings for the project is adjusting traffic patterns that will be affected by the 192,000 square foot store that’ll be constructed behind Lowe’s. McCarthy stated the driveway going into the Lowe’s entrance will become a one way entrance and the traffic will be directed to exit via the light at brickyard.

UP raccoons being tested for Canine Distemper

The Department of Natural Resources confirmed Friday they have received positive tests for Canine Distemper in raccoons from the Central Upper Peninsula…more from Lin McDowell…

Gloria Urban, a Coordinator for the Upper Peninsula Wildlife Rehabilitation, reports one of the raccoons has tested positive for Canine Distemper. According to veterinarian Dr. Tim Hunt, animals who have it tend to be disoriented, breathing funny, moving oddly and having a discharge from their eyes or nose that’s often very green in appearance. Dr. Hunt advises to call your local vet to figure out the next step for your pet rather than bringing it into the hospital where it could infect other animals.

Michiganders to get tested

State health officials are urging Michiganders to get tested. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the details…

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State health officials are encouraging people to get tested for HIV today, which is National HIV Testing Day. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services chief medical executive Dr. Eden Wells says the key to successful HIV treatment is to know your status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are one-point-two million people in the U.S. with HIV, and one in eight don’t know it.