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Trump budget cuts hit local airport

ESCANABA — Among other cuts, the $1.1 trillion budget proposal released by President Donald Trump’s administration Thursday would eliminate funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program if approved in its current state. Delta County Airport Manager Kelly Smith said that losing EAS, ...

Escanaba JC Penney store to close

ESCANABA — JC Penney announced today it will be closing 138 stores — including its locations in Escanaba, Houghton, Kingsford, Sault Ste, Marie and Marinette. The company said at that time that most of its closures would occur in the second quarter. Liquidations will start April 17, it ...

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At left, Tonya Gartland, Delta Animal Shelter special events coordinator, holds adoptable shelter rabbit “Pooka” while kids pet him during the shelter’s new educational program “Kids P.A.C.K.” Tuesday. During the sessions, which will take place on the second Tuesday of each month, children age 7 to 13 can enjoy guest speakers, activities and animal interaction. For more information on “Kids P.A.C.K.” contact the shelter at 789-0230.

Program teaches kids about pet care

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter kicked off a new educational program, “Kids P.A.C.K,” Tuesday. Children ages 7 to 13 came to the shelter and learned about animal care while interacting with some of the pets at the shelter. “P.A.C.K” is an acronym for “positive, active, ...

Esky trail proposals in final stages

ESCANABA — Proposals for bike paths on the north side of Escanaba are being finalized in conjunction with plans for non-motorized trails at Bay College and Wells Township, according to the city’s recreation director. During Tuesday’s monthly Recreation Advisory Board meeting, ongoing ...

Gladstone man arraigned for stolen gun

ESCANABA — Charges have been filed against a Gladstone man who was found in possession of a stolen weapon earlier this week. He was apprehended by a deputy responding to a report of gunshots in an alley in Gladstone. Marcus Matthew Kossow, 19, of 7 South 3rd St., Gladstone, was arrested ...

Nursing ­program may change

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees’ Student Success and Completion Committee voted in favor of officially recommending several curriculum changes — including major changes to the college’s nursing programs — for the fall semester to the full board Wednesday. Nursing ...

Trump budget: Defense spending a priority

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is unveiling a $1.15 trillion budget, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes a dozen departments to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Thursday's scheduled ...

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, right, stands with members of his staff, including Solicitor General Noah Purcell, center, and Civil Rights Unit Chief Colleen Melody, second left, before speaking with the media on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban put on hold

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. This time, the ruling ...

Gunfire leads to arrest

ESCANABA — A 19-year-old male in possession of a stolen pistol was apprehended by a sheriff’s deputy responding to gun shots in an alley in Gladstone earlier this week, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department. While walking in Gladstone at around 10:30 Monday night, the ...

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Woman jailed for forgery

ESCANABA — Prior to being sentenced at the Delta County Courthouse Monday, a Gladstone woman apologized for forging checks from the account of an elderly Escanaba Township woman in 2015 and admitted it was not right to do so. “I apologize for taking the checks... My addiction was out of ...

Zoning changes sent to county board

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission voted in favor of sending several amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance to the Delta County Board of Commissioners for review and approval during its meeting Monday. Among the changes proposed was a clarification of the ordinance’s ...

Trump earned $153m, paid $36.5m in taxes in 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to highly sought-after newly-disclosed tax documents. The pages from ...

Court focuses on mental health

MANISTIQUE — The 93rd District Court in Manistique is continuing work to create the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Mental Health Court and is beginning to measure progress. The court, which will be comprised of district and circuit courts in the five Eastern U.P. Counties (Alger, ...

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, welcomes Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller, center, and Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March, 14, 2017, prior to the start of the committee's hearing on the investigation of nude photographs of female Marines and other women that were shared on the Facebook page "Marines United."  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Marine leaders vow to combat online nude photo sharing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "enough is enough," the top U.S. Marine on Tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former Corps members sharing nude photos of female Marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them. But angry and ...

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Escanaba Department of Public Works employees Adam Fix, right, and Tim Hoffmeyer patch a pothole near the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District building on 3rd Avenue South and South 26th Street in Escanaba Monday. Escanaba City Engineer and Director of Public Works Bill Farrell said inconsistent temperatures seen in the area recently have made the pothole situation worse.

Pothole problems popping up again

ESCANABA — Spring may not have officially sprung just yet, but local road departments are already hard at work patching potholes. Jody Norman, director of the Delta County Road Commission (DCRC), said this winter has been a somewhat difficult one for the commission. As of two weeks ago, the ...

Millage holds fate of city budget

GLADSTONE — After holding five budget workshops to fine tune their plan for the city’s finances, the Gladstone city commissioners introduced a city budget Monday. However, significant changes could still be on the horizon. Like the majority of cities in Michigan, Gladstone is faced with ...

Woman jailed for stealing from son

ESCANABA — A Wilson woman was sentenced to jail Monday for misusing more than $13,000 of her disabled son’s Social Security and tribal benefits. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court. Sharon Frances Philemon, 59, was sentenced to four months in jail, with two months ...

Esky man must repay nearly $100,000

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man — who defrauded the Social Security Administration out of nearly $100,000 in benefits — was recently sentenced to jail on weekends so he could work during the week to pay restitution to the federal agency. Douglas Harrison Buskirk, 38, was sentenced Friday on ...

Public gives views of ideal superintendent

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board heard from Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) representative Don Wotruba Monday about the characteristics and job qualifications the public, Escanaba school staff and board members are looking for in the next district superintendent during a ...