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The Escanaba City Council reviews the city’s proposed 2017-18 budget during Tuesday’s work session at city hall. Council members made a few adjustments to the document, which will be revised and available to the public prior to next month’s approval. From left are Ralph Blasier, Michael Sattem, Mayor Marc Tall, Pat Baribeau and Ron Beauchamp.

City dips into funds for projects

ESCANABA — After meeting with department heads on the proposed 2017-18 budget Tuesday, the Escanaba City Council opted to dip into various surplus funds to add more road and sewer repairs, as well as replace a dock at the marina. Council members and administrators met with department heads ...

County looks at past, future

ESCANABA — Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman went over the county’s financial past, present, and future in a presentation to the Delta County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. Bergman looked at the results of the county’s budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Delta County’s revenue ...

Esky Schools plan for upcoming budget season

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed the upcoming budget season during a meeting Monday, as numbers for Michigan’s House and Senate budget proposals are now available, said Interim Superintendent Steve Martin. At a previous meeting in March, Martin explained the numbers for the ...

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors conduct flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck in April 8, 2017.  The Trump administration deployed an aircraft carrier to the region this week in a show of force that also could expose American weakness. If the North proceeds with a ballistic missile or nuclear test and the U.S. does nothing in response, AmericaÕs deterrence will appear diminished. The USS Carl Vinson is steaming to waters off the Korean Peninsula as anticipation mounts that Kim Jong Un will stage another weapons test around the anniversary of the nationÕs founder on Saturday.(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Brown/U.S. Navy via AP)

US show of force to North Korea also could show US weakness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Upping the stakes in its slow-burning confrontation with North Korea, the Trump administration deployed an aircraft carrier to the region this week in a show of force that also could expose American weakness. If the North proceeds with a ballistic missile or nuclear test and ...

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A group of ATV/ORV riders travel on a trail. Knowing how to properly operate ORVs is important to staying safe while riding, according to Tim Kobasic, a member of the Sportsmen’s Off-Road Vehicle Association (SORVA) of Delta County.

ATV/ORV safety important for riders

ESCANABA — With new ATV/ORV trail systems opening in the area this summer, knowing how to stay safe while still enjoying the motorized vehicles is more important than ever, according to Tim Kobasic, a member of the Sportsmen’s Off-Road Vehicle Association (SORVA) of Delta County. One ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Escanaba City Controller Melissa Becotte goes over the city’s proposed water department budget with City Manager Jim O’Toole, in middle, and Water/Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Lampi during Monday’s 2017-18 budget work sessions at city hall.

Escanaba wrapping up budget

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Council expects to wrap up its 2017-18 budget work sessions this afternoon after a productive first day of discussion moved things ahead of schedule on Monday. Council members and City Manager Jim O’Toole covered a lot of ground when they met with department heads ...

City looks to warmer months

GLADSTONE — Despite the looming threat of snow, spring was in the air at the Gladstone City Commission meeting Monday night, where city residents were updated on summer parking restrictions, spring cleaning, and composting. After a few years of attempting to regulate the city’s compost ...

Manistique sets election timeline, scraps primaries

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique City Council adopted a city election timeline which does not include primary elections during its regular meeting Monday. City Clerk Jeff King said the city had followed a state of Michigan guideline which called for primary elections to be held for certain ...

Meth lab leads to third arrest

ESCANABA — A third suspect has been arrested on felony drug charges in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered by police at a home in Rock last month, according to Delta County District Court. Angela Loraine Gutzman-Guerrero, 22, of 12645 Old M-35, Rock, was arrested on one count ...

Federal Reserve Chair Yellen says economy close to achieving Fed goals

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Monday that the central bank is close to achieving its goals on employment and inflation. Her remarks could be seen as providing support for gradual increases in interest rates. While expressing satisfaction with how the economy is ...

Cases, cafeteria duty await Gorsuch at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — How do you keep a new Supreme Court justice's head from getting too big? Start by making him take notes and answer the door at the justices' private meetings. Then, remind him he speaks last at those discussions. Finally, assign him the job of listening to gripes about the ...

Trump offers trade deal for N. Korea help

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he gave his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) an ultimatum in their meeting last week: solve the North Korea crisis and you'll get a good trade deal. Trump tweeted Tuesday, "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal ...

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Smart Gardening

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Joel Lantz, a Marquette beekeeper, gives a presentation on U.P. Beekeeping at the Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show/Pancake Days Friday at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. The show, which took place over the weekend, featured Michigan State Extension ...

Local stores embrace online market

ESCANABA — Online shopping not only impacts the national economy, but also Delta County’s. With various local businesses offering the online option to shop, it has made it easier for residents and people who live out-of-town to shop in Delta County without leaving their home. According ...

Second arrest made for home invasion

ESCANABA — Escanaba Public Safety recently arrested a second suspect in connection with a forced entry into an occupied Escanaba home earlier this year when two victims were assaulted, according to police and court records. Lexie Jason Keshick Jr., 23, of W146 Willow Road, Wilson, was ...

Distracted driving becoming bigger problem

ESCANABA — April is Distracted Driving Month. Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald said while distracted driving has become a bigger problem for his department in recent years, there are some steps drivers can take to minimize their risk of becoming distracted. According to the National Safety ...

State Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school

DETROIT (AP) — Can Michigan courts intervene in some decisions at religious schools? The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday in a case that looks at the broad shield given to churches and faith-based schools under the First Amendment. The case raises questions about whether a ...

Bay accreditation undergoes review

ESCANABA — As part of its Academic Quality Improvement Program accreditation process, Bay College will be visited by a team of peer reviewers later this year. Bay’s Vice President of Operations and Accreditation Liaison Officer Christine Williams said residents can play a role in this ...

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Man pleads to drug charges

ESCANABA — A Wilson man who was arrested on several drug charges following a traffic stop in Perkins last year, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and maintaining a drug vehicle in Delta County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Rodney Lee Frye, 23, and Barbara Rae Malinowski, 26, both of ...