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Mackinac Bridge Traffic Down

Traffic on the Mackinac Bridge dropped again last month. Robert Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, says 304,387 vehicles crossed the span during the month of May down 1.3% compared to 308,440 in 2013. Fare revenue is down 1.4% compared to last year. Officials say all revenue collected …

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Bridgefest Feast Preview

Two special events in the Copper Country are finally here. The first is Bridgefest Feast, formerly known as Seafood Fest, which will be held at Kestner Park in Houghton. The annual rototary fundraiser will feature live entertainment and food from local establishments including Fitzgerald’s, Habaneros, The Library and MTU Dining …

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Coyote Hunter Sparks Controversey

A U.P. coyote hunter’s conduct is being called into question. The man, who is still anonymous at this point, shot a coyote several times in Ironwood this past winter before having his dogs come in to finish off the job. Hounding coyotes is permitted in Michigan, but the United States …

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Smurfing Bill Moving Through Legislature

State Representative John Kivela’s new meth bill is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. The proposed law would restrict pharmacies from selling ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products, like Sudafed and Zyrtec-D, to individuals convicted of methamphetamine-related offenses. Convicts with a prescription would still be able to purchase the medication. …

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County Gun Boards Eliminated

The Michigan Senate this week approved a measure that eliminates county gun boards, and also transfers the job of issuing permits to county clerks. Also, the Michigan State Police would perform accompanying background checks. The bill is sponsored by Senate Republican Mike Green of Mayville. Supporters say while the current …

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U.P. Scenery on Buses

Michigan’s most scenic sites, including a few gems from the Upper Peninsula, are now featured on eight new motorcoaches traveling across the state. Each bus is covered with giant photos of the state’s most popular destinations. Scenes from the Upper Peninsula include the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Marquette’s Lower Harbor, …

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No Plan to Help State Roads

The Michigan Legislature adjourned for the summer Thursday without action on a plan to raise more than $1 billion to fund repairs to the state’s roads and bridges. After several failed attempts to approve a plan that would replace the state’s 19-cent per gallon gasoline and 15-cent diesel taxes with …

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State Budget Finalized

Lawmakers in Lansing did finalize work on the state budget for 2015. The Michigan Senate voted to send the budget to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature. The spending plan totals $37.5 billion, an 11.6% spending increase over the current year. Democrats in the Senate voted against the budget, and …

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Houghton City Council Meeting Recap

There was a lot to discuss at yesterday’s Houghton City Council meeting. The zoning board of appeals held a public hearing regarding a request for a sign variance for a Downtown Houghton business and City Manager Eric Waara says the board has decided that some changes to the ordinance may …

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New Playground for Barkell Elementary

The ribbon has been cut and Barkell Elementary School students have a new playground, equipped with a brand new slide and jungle gym pyramid. Teachers, parents and volunteers came together over the weekend and assembled the playground. Barkell PTO President Tara Packard says the support they received on this project …

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