Archives for January 2017

UMERC To Build New UP Plants

Upper Michigan Energy Resources is planning to open two new plants in the UP.

Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. has filed an application with the Michigan Public Service Commission to build two natural gas generating stations in the Upper Peninsula. If approved, construction of the generating stations, in Baraga County and in Marquette County, is expected to begin in late 2017 or early 2018, with an anticipated operation date in 2019. UMERC will fund the estimated $277 million project.

Green Bay Packers tailgate tour will include stops in Houghton and Kingsford

The annual Green Bay Packers tailgate tour will include stops in Houghton and Kingsford this April, and local organizations will benefit. More from Lin McDowell…

The Packers announced tour plans Tuesday morning. One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the local non-profit organizations hosting each party.

Tailgate party tickets cost $30. General admission tickets also will be available for $10 for each location.

The event in Houghton will be Thursday, April 6 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex. The event in Kingsford will be Saturday, April 8 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Ford Airport.

Frozen Lakes Becoming Unstable?

Frozen Lakes Becoming Unstable?

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is warning ice fishermen that their lakes may be quickly becoming unsafe.
A call was put in to the dispatch around 3 p.m. on Sunday reporting that a vehicle had gone through the ice on Boom LakeIt’s not known if the vehicle was recovered or if anyone was injured in the incident. Snowmobile trails in the area are still being reported as “good” in condition as of January 25th. The department is warning travelers to take extra care when using vehicles across frozen lakes.

Frozen lake becoming unstable?

Frozen lake becoming unstable?

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is warning ice fishermen that their lakes may be quickly becoming unsafe.
A call was put in to the dispatch around 3 p.m. on Sunday reporting that a vehicle had gone through the ice on Boom LakeIt’s not known if the vehicle was recovered or if anyone was injured in the incident. Snowmobile trails in the area are still being reported as “good” in condition as of January 25th. The department is warning travelers to take extra care when using vehicles across frozen lakes.

City staff compiling input from last Thursday’s public meeting on short-term rental regulations

The Marquette City Manager says city staff is compiling input from last Thursday’s public meeting on short-term rental regulations. More from Lin McDowell…

The joint work session was hosted by the Marquette City Commission and Planning Commission. The session was called to discuss rental regulation proposals approved by the Planning Commission in November 2016.

For almost two years, Marquette city officials have been debating how to regulate these properties listed on websites like AirBNB and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO).

City Manager Mike Angeli says city staff will trim that down to what a possible plan would look like. He says that would then move to the city commission for its review.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY News

Snow Snow Snow

Snow Snow Snow

Folks in Michigan will see two separate snowfall events through Tuesday. Forecasters say the first event will leave heavy snowfall, as much as half a foot of new snow, throughout this morning. A second “alberta clipper” snow event is predicted to blow down from Canada over the entire state starting late Monday through Tuesday night. Hazardous driving conditions and another three to five inches of new snow are expected across the Upper and Lower Peninsulas from the second event.

Kelly Cochran murder trial set to begin on February 13

The beginning of one of the biggest murder trials to take place in our area is less than three week away…more from Lin McDowell…

34–year–old Kelly Cochran, whose three–week trial is set to begin with jury selection on February 13, is facing six felony charges, including open murder. Cochran will stand trial in Iron County for the disappearance and death of Christopher Regan.

Cochran’s attorney, Michael Scholke filed a motion for a change of venue. He believes the amount of coverage in the media over the trial would make it tough to seat an impartial jury. That request was denied by Judge Richard Celello.

Cochran remains held in the Iron County Jail on a $5 million bond.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY News

Change of venue denied in Iron County murder case

A motion for a change of venue in the Iron County Kelly Cochran murder case has been denied…more from Lin McDowell…

The judge has granted all evidence the prosecutor intends to use in trial admissible. Prosecutor Melissa Powell presented four different types of evidence against the 34-year-old Cochran. Powell asked to allow evidence of a fictional letter written by Cochran’s husband Jason, who she is alleged with killing, to be entered.

On Thursday, for the first time, the court also heard evidence of a murder pact between Cochran and her husband.

Cochran’s three-week Iron County trial is set to begin February 13th.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY News

Local Officers not ICE Agents.

Local Officers not ICE Agents.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he doesn’t think a primary function of state and local police is to act as immigration officers. President Donald Trump’s executive action on immigration instructs the Homeland Security secretary to engage with governors and local officials about agreements by which local law enforcement could investigate, apprehend and detain people in the country illegally. Snyder said Thursday he doesn’t view immigration enforcement as a “primary” function for local police.

Michigan Auto Insurance Premiums Among Nation’s Most Expensive

Michigan getting poor marks for auto insurance.

A new study shows Michigan drivers are paying some of the highest auto insurance premiums in the country. Data has been released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners showing Michigan drivers paid one-thousand-350-dollars on average in 2014 in premiums, which was nearly double what drivers paid in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Michigan Insurance Coalition spokesman Mark Fisk called on lawmakers to update insurance laws to make “common sense reforms” to Michigan’s unique no-fault system, which provides unlimited, lifetime medical benefits to people badly hurt in car crashes.