Archives for October 2017

Mackinac Bridge Turns 60

It’s considered the state’s crown jewel of civil engineering, and the Mackinac Bridge will turn 60 years old on Wednesday.

The five-mile bridge first connected the Upper and Lower Peninsulas on November 1, 1957, and the Mackinac Bridge Authority says it’s still in great shape. The “Detroit Free Press” reports the authority is getting ready for a three-year project which will replace all of the bridge deck in the suspended span starting in 2024, with replacement of the deck and roadway on the approach spans slated for a 2031 start.

Gas Prices Lower To Start The Week…

Gas prices lower to start the week…

Michigan’s average gas price is down roughly seven-cents to start the week at two-dollars-51-cents a gallon. Marquette drivers are paying the most at two-58, while the lowest average prices in the state can be found in the Saginaw-Bay City-Midland area at two-43. Michigan’s average is a nickel higher than the national average price, and up 38-cents from this time last year.

Bill Could Make Michigan Elections More Costly

A New Bill Could Make Michigan Elections More Costly…

A bill that would make recounts of elections in Michigan has only one more hurdle before final passage. The House Elections and Ethics Committee voted unanimously yesterday to double the price of recount requests from political candidates. The bill the committee passed doubles the current recount cost to 250-dollars per precinct.

Two People Swept Into Lake Superior Identified

The Two wo People Swept Into Lake Superior Identified

The names of a man and woman who went missing on Lake Superior are out. Marquette Police identified Robert Anderson and Sarah Hall, both from Iron River, as the pair who disappeared during a storm with 25-foot waves. The two were swept away around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Black Rocks cliffs in Presque Isle Park. A search for the pair had been called off due to dangerous conditions.

Michigan Ranks Last In Education, Well-Being Of African American Children

Michigan Ranks Last In Well-Being Of African American Children

A new study is ranking Michigan last in the education and well-being of African American students. The data comes from a just-released study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2017 Race for Results Policy Report. Michigan rated the worst among all other states in the area of opportunity and growth for African American children. The study measures the progress of youth at the state and national level.

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Couple

Coast Guard officials say the search for two missing people has been suspended….

Weather conditions were too dangerous to send boats to search. There were 25 ft. waves and 40 mph winds. The helicopter crew searched for three hours. The Coast Guard says the man they’re searching for is described as bald with facial hair and wearing a camouflage jacket and jeans. The woman, who the reporting party said appeared to be unconscious in the water, was wearing a blue or purple jacket and jeans. The Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from rocks and cliffs during hazardous weather conditions. And, the search will resume pending future developments.

Colder air is moving into Michigan

Colder air is moving into Michigan

And, it’s bringing with it the potential for snow across the state in the next few days. Forecasters are saying the lake effect situation is such that there won’t be much cold air necessary to produce some snow. While our friends in Southern Michigan will still be warm they may see some flakes, meanwhile here in the Upper Peninsula could be completely different. Overall, the first two weeks of November are expected to look more like winter than fall.

Windy Tuesday

It’s going to be a Windy Tuesday…

The National Weather Service is predicting high winds today, saying gusts of winds up to 70 miles per hour could be possible throughout the day. With that, the waves on Lake Superior could reach 37 feet. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning residents to stay off the lake and away from the shore. With one official saying if you want to go see the waves, go see the waves, but try to stay off the beach and out of the water, due to the riptides. Peak waves are expected late morning through early afternoon on Tuesday. A lakeshore flood warning is also in effect until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

McCoy Back In Court

Back to District Court for McCoy…

18-year-old Elijah Blu McCoy was arrested in April along woith two others back in April for holding another teenager against his will and assaulting him.
Now as part of a plea agreement, McCoy’s imprisonment charge has been reduced to an Aggravated Assault charge. He’ll be back in court on November 7th. With sentencing scheduled for January.

Hiker Found

Marquette County Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers saved a lost hiker in Al Quaal Park Saturday night.

Around 8:00 p.m. Saturday, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was sent to look for 63-year-old Daniel Filbrandt. Who got lost in a swampy area north of Deer Lake. It became dark and Filbrandt did not have a flashlight with him, so he called 911. Search and rescue personnel used the coordinates from his cell phone call to locate him. No medical att ention was needed.