Archives for June 2019

Big Wheel at Bay Beach Amusement Park

Planning a Wisconsin Road Trip???

The Big Wheel at Bay Beach Amusement Park will open for Independence Day. The 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel in Green Bay is wheelchair accessible and seats about 120 riders at a time. The Big Wheel opens to the public on July 4th, but a fundraiser on Tuesday July 2nd will offer the first 600 people a chance to take a ride. Proceeds go to Friends of The Bay Beach for renovation projects.

Attorney General Suing To End Enbridge’s Line Five

Michigan Attorney General is suing to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line Five oil pipeline in the straits of Mackinac.

Former Governor Rick Snyder agreed to allow Enbridge to put the pipeline underground in the straits, but Nessel and current Governor Gretchen Whitmer are aiming to scrap that agreement. Nessel’s suit argues the pipeline will cause pollution and damage natural resources, which violates the Michigan Environmental Protection Act and Michigan’s public trust doctrine.

Jeremiah Solis Sentenced

In a packed Vilas County courtroom a man finds out his fate…

The jury listened for almost two hours at the sentencing hearing for Jeremiah Solis (SO-lease), who was found guilty of neglegent handling of a dangerous weapon in the shooting death of Connor Stevens of Three Lakes back in September of 2017. After hearing from the victims parents and from supporters of Solis, Solis was given eight years with four years served. The judge stayed the sentence, and Solis will be on probation for five years with one year in the county jail.

Rainbow Family Gathering

The Rainbow Family Gathering is drawing thousands to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest…

Anywhere up to 10,000 people are expected to gather to pray for world peace and meditate in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin. While the official counterculture event doesn’t get underway until Monday, the impact is already being felt by area businesses. In Iron River, businesses are stocking up for all the visitors that are expected to pass through.
The Rainbow Family Gathering will be held from July 1st through July 7th.

Sleeping Beauty The Musical

Some of Ironwood’s most talented youngsters, set to perform “Sleeping Beauty,” as a 1930s Hollywood comedy-musical.

Around 60 kids ages 7 and 18 auditioned Monday at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, for the production. Young actors, singers and dancers have the next week to learn their lines, lyrics and steps as part of the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. The kids will give two performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29. All seats are $5 with proceeds going to support youth programming.

GLRI Funding Increase

The Governor is calling on Congress to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The GLRI currently receives 300-million-dollars a year, and Whitmer is asking for a five-year reauthorization at 475-million annually. Whitmer added the Great Lakes hold 21-percent of the world’s fresh water, and supports more than a million jobs. The GLRI provides funding to organizations targeting the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Know It Before You Throw It

The state of Michigan is launching a $2 million educational campaign to boost the state’s low recycling rate.

The “Know It Before You Throw It” initiative was announced Monday. Officials say the goal is to let residents know that they should rinse and dry all plastics, glass and metal before recycling it. People also should not try to recycle plastic bags. Michigan’s 15 percent recycling rate is lowest in the Great Lakes region, despite the 10-cent bottle-return law.The educational campaign includes TV ads, billboards and a website.

Dog Dies In Fire

A dog has died in a fire in Ishpeming…

Officials say the fire at 602 Bank Street started just after midnight. A neighbor saw the smoke and flames coming from the home and called 911 to report the fire. The only resident of the home was at work at the time of the fire. The home suffered heavy smoke & water damage. The cause of the fire at this time is still under investigation.

Christmas in June Fundraiser A Success

Supporters of the Gogebic Range Health Foundation gathered at the Cold Iron Brewery Sunday for the organization’s annual Christmas in June fundraiser.

Now in its third year, the Christmas in June fundraiser hit its turnout goal. There were a variety of raffles and drawings that attendees could enter, as well as food and some games for the kids in attendance.
A fundraiser for the health foundation, the money raised will go to expanding a grant-making program. The foundation gave out a total of $39,141 in grants in 2018.

18000 Balloons In The Great Lakes

Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons…

Volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes say they’ve picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines from 2016 to 2018. And, that’s not good for wildlife in the Great Lakes. A study found balloons are the are high-risk for seabirds and marine animals.
Five states regulate balloon releases. Eight are considering legislation.