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Esky council war of words continues

ESCANABA — Before getting into the heart of Thursday night’s meeting, the Escanaba City Council once again discussed comments by both Mayor Pro Tem Ron Beauchamp in May and a rebuttal from Council Member Peggy Schumann read at the last council meeting on June 21. Both sets of comments ...

Public hearing set on downtown bicycle use

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council voted Thursday night to set a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city ordinance regulating the use of bicycles on sidewalks for the next regular city council meeting on July 19. The amendments would prohibit the riding of bicycles on sidewalks ...

Escanaba shipping company faces another lawsuit

LANSING (AP) — A Canadian energy company is the latest to sue the Escanaba shipping company whose tugboat anchor allegedly dented an aging oil and gas pipeline in Michigan earlier this year. Enbridge Energy’s lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Michigan’s Western District ...

Horsing around on the 4th

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Parade-goers watch as horses walk down the streets of Gladstone during the city’s Fourth of July Parade Wednesday. After the parade, festivities in Gladstone continued with food vendors, kids’ games, a dunk tank, music, the 2018 U.S. Log Rolling Open, and fireworks.

Walk in the Park marks 14th year

ESCANABA — The 14th Annual Walk in the Park for Brain Tumor Research will be held Saturday, July 21, at Ludington Park in Escanaba. Sign-up is available online and the deadline for early sign-up discounts and t-shirt orders is July 6 for online registration. The walk raises money for the ...

Rock the Dock starts Friday in Escanaba

ESCANABA — This weekend, residents will be able to celebrate the summer by attending Rock the Dock. This event will take place at Escanaba’s Municipal Dock Friday through Sunday. On Friday, the event will run from 5 to 10 p.m., with the band Say What performing from 5 to 9 p.m. The ...

Escanaba police make meth lab arrests

ESCANABA — Three people were arrested after a meth lab was discovered by Escanaba Public Safety officers Tuesday. At about 8:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to the shoreline north of the coal docks after a report of a man and woman moving plastic bottles around near the shoreline. After ...

Take precautions during hot weather

ESCANABA — Warm, sunny weather has arrived in the area, and Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald has provided some safety tips for people who are planning to spend time outside this summer. According to Oswald, it is important for people to stay hydrated during this time of year. “Drink a lot ...

Tax refunds to help pay for WWII memorial

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan residents to designate part of their state income tax refund to help finance a proposed World War II memorial in a Detroit suburb. The Royal Oak memorial has been added to the list of organizations and efforts ...

New life for an old drive-in

MANISTIQUE — Manistique is keeping its drive-in theater alive. Although the drive-in closed long ago, it is periodically opened for special events for the community. Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce (STC) recently hosted a drive-in movie event there. The STC has hosted six movie events ...

Manistique to get lamprey barrier

MANISTIQUE — Efforts are underway to establish a new sea lamprey barrier in Manistique, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unit Supervisor, Sea Lamprey Control Jessica Barber. Barber spoke about this project during an informational meeting held before a recent meeting of the ...

Flood relief effort’s next phase needs people power

Kali Katerberg Houghton Mining Gazette HOUGHTON COUNTY — With the initial June 17 flood disaster work completed, the Copper Country has a new challenge to overcome — a shortage of volunteers. The new volunteer and donation center in the Copper Country Mall’s former JCPenney store ...

Officials seeing more Mich. bats with rabies

LANSING (AP) — Michigan officials say they’re seeing higher numbers of bats with rabies. The Department of Health and Human Services says its labs had diagnosed 22 bats with the fatal illness as of June 28. A year ago, the total was nine. Two rabid skunks also have turned up. Rabies ...

Detroit sports fans can get Mich. license plates

LANSING (AP) — Detroit sports fans can now represent their professional teams while on the go. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law on Monday allowing license plates that bear the logos of the Detroit Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings and Lions. Revenue from the plates will go toward charity ...

Michigan debuts new infrastructure group

LANSING (AP) — A new statewide commission is crafting a decades-long plan to revamp transportation, drinking water and other infrastructure concerns in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Monday creating a 27-member commission to provide recommendations on those issues. The ...

Area ready to celebrate 4th of July

ESCANABA — Wednesday is Independence Day, and local communities have scheduled events to celebrate the holiday. They include: BARK RIVER An Independence Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. on July 4. The parade will go from Ray’s Feed Mill to the township park, and prizes will be awarded to ...

Plea bargain in toddler drowning case

ESCANABA — A Gladstone woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the drowning death of her toddler in a bathtub last year. Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, a single mother of three children, was arrested for murder following investigation into the Oct. 7 death of her 15-month-old daughter, ...

Zoning change approved in Garden Township

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending the zoning of a Garden Township parcel be changed from agricultural production to rural residential during its regular meeting Monday. John Gavre, one of the owners of the property, said he felt the rural ...

Labor dispute postpones July 5 bridge closure

WELLS — A closure of the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River that had been scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced Monday. “There is a labor dispute at the job — at the project — between the contractor ... and the ...

Deputies identify Esky motorist who died

ESCANABA — A motorist who died after an auto accident early Monday morning has been identified as 53-year-old Brian Lavigne of Escanaba. Delta County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the single vehicle accident near the intersection of U.S. 2 and 41 and County Road 426 just ...