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State budget stalemate hits county

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners looked at $248,950 in proposed reductions to the county’s 2019-20 budget Tuesday. If talks between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature are productive, however, the cuts may not need to be made. On Nov. 15, Michigan Association ...

Schoolcraft’s emergency pact with Delta may end

ESCANABA — Delta/Schoolcraft County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Geyer’s job duties may change in the future. The possibility of adjusting or not renewing a shared services agreement between Delta and Schoolcraft counties was discussed by Delta County Board of Commissioners members ...

Christmas parade, village this weekend

ESCANABA — Santa Claus is going to be busy this weekend in Escanaba. Two Christmas events that have entertained families for years are being held — Christmas in the Village and the Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade is Friday night and Christmas in the Village will be held Friday and ...

Michigan deer harvest declines about 5 percent

MARQUETTE — Wildlife biologists with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said preliminary results from deer check stations across the Upper Peninsula show the harvest for this year’s firearm deer hunting season was down roughly 5 percent compared to 2018 and a 10-year ...

Whitmer gets bill to lift ban on deer baiting

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would lift a state ban on using bait to hunt deer, but it faces a veto from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Baiting deer and elk is prohibited throughout the entire Lower Peninsula and parts of ...

Make a plan to have a healthy holiday

ESCANABA — The holiday season has arrived, and people in the area may not think they have time to focus on their health during this busy time of year. However, Northern Lights YMCA Delta Program Center Membership and Marketing Director Hadele Peacock said there are a few simple things people ...

DDA aims to boost Marketplace use

ESCANABA — Two years ago, the new Escanaba Marketplace opened. The larger venue, located at 1501 Ludington St., is used for both the Escanaba Farmer’s Market and a hub for other local events. According to the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault, in the 2019 season ...

Logging company buys timberland for $300M

MARQUETTE (AP) — A New Hampshire-based logging company has purchased more than a half-million acres of timberland in the Upper Peninsula. Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Company says it recently sold 555,000 acres of U.P. timberland to an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company for $300 million in ...

Isle Royale park wolves finding plenty to eat

HOUGHTON (AP) — Scientists say gray wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park are adjusting nicely to their new surroundings and finding plenty of prey. Officials released findings Monday from observations of wolves that were captured on the mainland and taken to the Lake Superior park ...

Whitmer: No progress on budget, comments no help

LANSING (AP) — No progress was made toward resolving a monthslong budget impasse over the Legislature’s multi-week break, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, adding that a top Republican lawmaker’s criticism of her could impede efforts to find common ground. Whitmer spoke for the first ...

Winter snowstorm buries area

ESCANABA — Heavy snows that pummeled the region Sunday left schools closed across the area as residents struggled to dig themselves out of their homes. Sixteen inches of snow fell in Escanaba in the 24-hour period ending this morning at 7:15 a.m. according to the city’s water plant, which ...

Results of 2019 deer hunt look promising

ESCANABA — Michigan’s 2019 regular firearm deer season ended Saturday. According to information provided by Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deputy Public Information Officer John Pepin, early results from the Upper Peninsula have been promising. As of Saturday, Nov. 23, ...

Crowds line up for first day of legal pot sales

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Crowds lined up for the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Michigan. A handful of shops, mostly in Ann Arbor, are approved to start selling Sunday. The Detroit News reports customers traveled from nearby states including Indiana, Ohio and ...

Antique snowmobiles to cross Mackinac Bridge

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 antique snowmobiles are expected to cross the Mackinac Bridge as part of the fourth annual Snowmobile the Mac. MLive.com reports the event will be held Dec. 14. Snowmobiles will cross the bridge from Mackinaw City in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to ...

Old Fashioned Christmas

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Local band “Reflections” performs Christmas music in the Gladstone Square during the annual Old Fashioned Christmas event in downtown Gladstone Friday night. The Old Fashioned Christmas event kicked off with the city of Gladstone’s Christmas tree lighting ...

Disaster declaration benefits farmers

ESCANABA — Farmers, and small businesses affiliated with farmers, in the area may be able to receive financial assistance after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared many counties in Michigan as disaster designated areas due to excessive rain, flooding, and abnormally ...

Lakestate envelope campaign kicks off

ESCANABA — As it has done in the past, Lakestate Industries is asking local residents to support its annual endowment fund campaign. Envelopes for the campaign can be found in today’s issue of the Daily Press. According to Executive Director Cheryl Ohman, the endowment fund was created as ...

Red Kettle Campaign underway locally

ESCANABA — The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign for the 2019 holiday season is underway. The Red Kettle Campaign is a national campaign that each corp participates in to fund their local community initiatives. Major Alex Norton, of the Escanaba Salvation Army, said the campaign ...

Esky man arrested on meth, cocaine charges

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was arrested for drug charges after Delta County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop in Escanaba Wednesday. According to the sheriff’s office, during the traffic stop deputies seized large quantities of cocaine, meth and money. Following an ...