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L’Anse to Dedicate Solar Array

The Village of L’Anse officially enters the solar power business today. L’Anse Electric Utility customers have the opportunity to purchase panels that have been installed in the Lambert Road Industrial Park. Village Manager Bob LaFave says the value of the power produced by those panels will be subtracted from the …

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Houghton OK’s Police Pay Raises; Paving Projects

The City of Houghton has approved pay increases for members of its police force. At last night’s council meeting, three percent raises were okayed for patrol officers and the department’s lieutenant. Sergeants will get slightly more than three percent. City Manager Eric Waara also said that union leaders have agreed …

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Truck Fire Covers Quincy Hill with Smoke

A mechanical malfunction led to a dramatic pickup truck fire on Quincy Hill this afternoon. A Hancock police officer at the scene said that the strap holding the truck’s gas tank apparently failed while it was headed north on US-41. The driver was able to guide the vehicle off the …

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KBIC Receives Recycling Grant

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has received a state grant to expand collection and recycling of electronic waste. Four-thousand dollars from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will be used to upgrade physical facilities at the KBIC Solid Waste Transfer Station. Ten-thousand dollars is on the way to …

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Markkanen Testifies for Wolf Delisting

State Representative Greg Markkanen has reiterated his support for removing the gray wolf from the Federal Endangered and Threatened Species List in Michigan. Markkanen testifies Markkanen testified before the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday. He noted that the initial goal when the wolves were given protection was to increase their …

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CLK Board Ratifies Labor Contracts

The CLK Board of Education ratified two proposed labor contracts at its meeting last evening. Tentative agreements between the district and the Michigan Education Support Personnel Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were approved. The board also accepted the resignation of vice-president Dr. Michael Louma, …

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Houghton Board Discusses Airport Flight Problems

Growing dissatisfaction with airline service in and out of Houghton County Memorial Airport dominated discussion at last night’s Houghton County Board meeting. The problem isn’t on our end – it’s in Chicago, which serves as the destination hub for SkyWest flights. Jeff Radcliffe from the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance said …

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Houghton County Board Approves Budget

Houghton County has a budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. At yesterday’s meeting, no one spoke at the public hearing. The proposed financial framework was passed unanimously. Revenues for the general fund are anticipated to be $10,138,406. Expenditures are projected at $10,068,840. Even a small surplus makes County Administrator Eric …

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