December 30, 2010 RSS feed / News

Clark Township Takes Tougher Stance on Blight

Ordinance Revision Could Provide Leverage Against Vacant Properties

Changes made to Clark Township's blight ordinance at a Thursday, December 16, township board meeting have extended the rules to include commercial property, while also creating a more encompassing description of offenses. More...

5-Casino Chain, Tribe’s Economic Engine, Began With Small Blackjack House

The chain of five casinos owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians began modestly in Sault Ste. More...

Mackinaw City Police Report 37% Increase in Arrests Through November

The Mackinaw City Police Department reports a 37% increase of arrests this year through the month of November, from a 2009 total of 124 to date, to 170 in 2010.  More...

Shane Calvey Sentenced to 14 Years or More

Shane Calvey, 35, of Sault Ste. More...

Burning Wood For Energy Offers a Viable Fuel Source

Wood is a good alternative to fossil fuel. So, who buys wood to produce energy? How many companies use wood? How much wood is available to new energy companies? How much wood grows in Michigan?  More...

Cedarville Schools Display Holiday Spirit at Christmas Concert

At left: Band director Alan Jacobus directs the middle and high school bands through several pieces of holiday music at the Monday, December 20, concert. More...

Michigan Markets Prison Cells To Other States; Meant To Reduce Overcrowding

Michigan wants to rent more of its empty prison cells to states with overcrowding problems.  “There aren’t any active or pending bids for prisoners, but several state facilities have extra beds or could re-open to meet the needs of o More...

Park Commission Says ‘No’ to Guided Bicycle Tours; Raises Saddle Horse, Buggy Fees

Meeting in Lansing Wednesday, December 15, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission banned guided bicycle tours from the state park on Mackinac Island, raised saddle horse and drive-yourself buggy fees for next summer, and approved several rentals a More...

Michigan Food, Wines Can Help Drive Tourism

Michigan wines and beers, fresh fruits, and fish can drive economic development, say promoters who want to attract travelers to sample these assets, a marketing effort known as “culinary tourism.”  More...

U.P. Snowmobile Trail Is Closed

Upper Peninsula snowmobile riders will find a portion of trail #415 between the village of Garden and Johnson Road closed for the season, Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) officials announced Friday, December 17.  More...

Builder of Chief Wawatam Lighthouse Shares Story of Project’s Origin

Michigan's lighthouses often remain in their landscapes long after their useful life is over, picturesque reminders for communities of their roots in maritime history. More...

Service Representative To Assist Veterans January 5

Veterans service representative Vic Romback with the Vietnam Veterans of America will be available to assist all veterans and their dependents at the Mackinac County veterans office in the county courthouse in St. Ignace from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Rudyard Lions Club Donates to Community Foundation, Park Board

The Rudyard Lions Club contributed in December to the Rudyard Area Community Foundation and the Rudyard Township Park Board.  More...

County Holds Off on Approval of Aerial Mapping

Commissioners Seek Explanation of Cost

The Mackinac County commission asked Thursday, December 9, for more detailed explanation of a $31,000 request from the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission for aerial mapping of the county.  More...

City Manager To Pay Property Taxes

St. Ignace City Manager Eric Dodson has not paid the 2008 property taxes on a Truckey Street home he has been purchasing on a land contract. More...

Gros Cap School Will Ask For Sinking Fund Millage After All

Gros Cap School will ask voters to renew its 1.75 sinking fund millage in May. Money from the millage is used for building improvements at the school in Moran Township.  More...

Community Groups Say Tribal Donations Have Lasting Impact

Sault Tribe Gives $380K To EUP Communities This Year

Every year, communities in the Eastern Upper Peninsula benefit from donations made by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which often provide a much-needed financial boost for projects.  More...

Shepler's Faces Franchise Violation Charges

Shepler's Inc. pleaded not guilty Tuesday, December 21, to three charges of operating a ferry boat without a franchise, a misdemeanor, during arraignment in 92nd District Court in St. More...

Court Reports

The following dispositions are from 92nd District Court in St. Ignace December 20, Judge Clayton Graham presiding. Arresting agencies are in parentheses. More...

Andrew Doud To Chair Island’s Historic District Commission

A Mackinac Island Historic District Commission that is being formed will name Andrew Doud its chairman, and commissionersto be discussed other organizational matters when they met Friday, December 3, in preparation of city council adoption of their b More...

SANE Reports Increase in Methamphetamine Activity; Five Labs Found This Year

The number of methamphetamine cases in the Eastern Upper Peninsula has significantly increased this year, owing to an easier method for manufacturing the drug in small quantities that's gaining popularity in the region, the Straits Area Narcotics Enf More...

Island Planning Commission Seeks Architectural Review of Fence Regulations

Proposed fencing and modifications to current fences on Mackinac Island may be required to meet new regulations, now being drafted by the Mackinac Island Planning Commission. More...

Soldier Lake Campground To Host Winter Trails Day

The Hiawatha Shore to Shore chapter of the North County Trail Association will host a Winter Trails Day Saturday, January 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Soldier Lake Day Use area off of M-28, west of Raco. More...

Fort de Buade Could Be Gathering Place for Community and Artisans, Manager Says

The Fort de Buade Museum could be used as a community gathering place and a market for artists, suggests manager Connie Sweet. More...

Mackinac Bridge Commuter Toll To Increase January 1

Mackinac Bridge commuters will see a 10¢ increase in their fares starting Saturday, January 1, 2011, costing $1.90 each crossing, assuming the second crossing occurs within 36 hours.  More...

Cedarville High School Science Classes Participate in ‘Cool’ Experiment During Rewards Day

An opportunity to acquire a taste for science highlighted Rewards Day at Cedarville High School Tuesday, December 21, as chemistry and physics students participated in the popular “Ice Cream in a Bag” contest.  More...

Snowmobiles Cautioned on Red Creek Trail

Snowmobilers should use extracaution when traveling the Red Creek Trail between Mackinac Trail and East Lake Road. The road will be plowed to allow logging activities to continue through the winter months.  More...

Cedar Glen Freed From Ice

The St. Ignace-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay (bottom) and the Cheboygan-based Mackinaw (top) work to free the freighter Cedar Glen (center) after it became beset by ice. More...

Cedarville Resident Lydia Rudd Celebrates a Century

Looking through her front window, Cedarville resident Lydia Rudd's perspective stretches far beyond the boats she sees gliding into the bay in the summer or the snowflakes spiraling to the ground in the winter. More...


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