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Adopt-A-Highway Pickup Resumes

The final Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup window of the season opens tomorrow. Volunteers from 2,800 businesses, community organizations and families will be canvassing the shoulders 6,100 miles of state highways, picking up trash. Our Houghton Community Broadcasting Stations staff polices a two-mile stretch north and south of the Canyon Falls rest …

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Parade of Nations/Multicultural Festival Tomorrow

The Copper Country will show off its international colors tomorrow. The Parade of Nations will step off at 11:00 at the west edge of downtown Hancock, and travel across the bridge into Houghton. Parade coordinator Cindy Lisne says international students from Michigan Tech, Finlandia University and others in the community …

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2019-2020 School Budget Sent to Whitmer

Most K-12 school districts in Michigan would see a three percent increase in state funding, under an educational budget bill that was passed yesterday by the House and Senate. The compromise bill would mean an extra $240 per student in most areas, including the Copper Country. The measure passed easily …

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Global Climate Strike Comes to U.P.

Some Upper Peninsula residents will join others around the world today in what’s being called a “global climate strike.” Worldwide, more than 3,000 events have been organized in more than 130 nations. In the Copper Country, students and community members will demonstrate at the Houghton-Hancock Bridge from 4:00 until 7:00. …

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UP Energy Task Force to Convene in Keweenaw

The Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force will meet in Hancock today. The task force was formed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to assess energy needs in the U.P., and propose solutions.  The meeting will be held at the Jutila Center in Hancock. Sessions will run from 10:00 until 1:00, and 2:30 …

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CCISD Board Appoints New Chair

The Copper Country Intermediate School District has a new board chair. Dr. Nels Chistopherson has taken over, following the resignation of Robert Tuomi from the board. Gale Eilola has been elected vice-chair. Tuomi stepped down because he’s now working for the CCISD in the construction trades program. His hiring was …

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MTU Student Named to State Panel

A Houghton woman has been named to Michigan’s new Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force. Zoé Ketola is a student at Michigan Tech. She’ll be one of 33 students advising Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson about ways to improve voter engagement among young voters and college students. The task force will …

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Michigan Anti-Vape Rule Takes Effect

Michigan’s emergency rules banning flavored nicotine vaping products have been released. The rules become effective immediately. Retailers and resellers – including online sellers – have 14 days to comply. Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the emergency declaration September 4th, accusing e-cigarette companies of “getting our kids hooked on nicotine by marketing …

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