Archives for April 2019

PNearly 30 Pounds Of Drugs Collected Saturday

Here’s an update on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday…

Michigan State Police posts in the UP collected just over 338 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. According to a Daily Globe report, the Wakefield post collected 29.4 pounds of prescriptions. The dropped off drugs will be melted down so they don’t fall into the wrong hands or negatively impact the environment, when flushed down the drain or thrown away.

Redistricting Can Be Done With Budget

A federal court decision has state lawmakers under an August 1st deadline to redraw nine U.S. House and 25 state legislative districts…

Governor Whitmer says it can be done at the same time as the next state budget. She says the House and Senate should keep at it until the issues are settled. The federal judges determined last week that the 2011 legislative maps were a gerrymandering of “historic” proportions, meant to maintain the Republican majorities. Majority Republicans in the state Senate plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

An Attempted Escape

An Illinois man wanted in his home state attempted to escape from Iron County Sheriff’s Department custody Saturday…

The man had been booked into the Iron County Jail early Saturday morning on charges of disorderly conduct and a warrant out of Illinois. The attempted escape happen after the man was treated for a medical issue. In restraints, he fled into nearby woods while being escorted out of the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital.
He was captured, and is now facing attempted escape charges, and more.

Gas Prices Up Six-Cents

Gas Prices Up Six-Cents

Michigan’s gas prices continue to fluctuate. Triple-A puts the statewide average to start the week at two-dollars-88-cents a gallon, up six-cents from a week ago and three-cents more than the same time last year. The auto club says high demand is currently driving prices up. Locally fuel can be found for 2.94 a gallon in Ironwood accroding to GasBuddy.com

August 1 Deadline Set To Redraw Legislative, Congressional Districts

The state Legislature is facing an August 1st deadline to redraw all congressional and legislative district maps following a ruling by three federal judges.

The ruling said that the 2011 redistricting was a gerrymander “of historical proportions.” The judges also ordered every part of the process to redraw the maps be made public. If the deadline is missed, the federal court will make the new maps. The judges ruled majority Republicans drew the current districts “to subordinate the interests of Democratic voters and entrench Republicans in power.”

It’s Prom Season

As Ironwood, Hurley and Ontonagon prepare to celebrate prom Saturday, students are putting the finishing touches on their attire.

Ironwood’s junior class will host “Diamonds in the Rough” at the Memorial Building in downtown Ironwood. The grand march is planned for 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:10, with music and dancing to follow. It’s a A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Hurley students. Their prom will take place at the Kimball Community Center. The theme for Saturday’s prom in Ontonagon is “Rustic Romance. A grand march will be in the school gym at 7:30 p.m., followed by the dance in the cafeteria. Have fun and stay safe.

Six-point-five-million Collected In Back Child Support Payments

Efforts to help single parents who are owed back child support are paying off.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office says in the first quarter of this year, the department’s Child Support Unit collected six-point-five-million dollars in back child support payments. That’s a one-million-dollar increase over this time last year. The unit was created in 2003 and since then, over 273-million dollars has been collected on behalf of more than 19-thousand Michigan kids.

MDOT Testing New Signs

MDOT Testing New Signs For Road Crew Safety

The Michigan Department of Transportation is testing out smaller signs that can be attached to the back of a truck to keep crews out of danger. An MDOT spokesman says they’re being tested right now and give passing drivers a better idea about what’s going on. MDOT officials say if the pilot program shows an improvement in the behavior of the public, they’ll begin using the signs statewide.

Raymond Headed Back To Prison

An Ironwood man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to at least three years in prison…

Thomas Wayne Raymond, 37, was sentenced to between three and 10 years for possession of methamphetamine. Raymond was on parole and had been out of prison for less than two months when he committed this offense. Raymond was arrested back in January at an Ironwood motel, when as he says police responded to his room after he apparently experienced night terrors. Police found the meth during their investigation.

Gas Tax Hike Dead

The proposed 45-cent gas tax hike from Governor Whitmer to pay for road repairs is dead in the Legislature.

A Senate subcommittee removed it from the budget on Tuesday, with majority Republicans saying they want to reform the no-fault auto insurance system to bring down premiums first. Instead, they sped up spending the 600-million dollars from the General Fund for the roads that was part of a 2015 plan. That could be setting up a showdown with Whitmer, who says she won’t sign one without two-point-five billion dollars for road repairs.