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DeGulio Resigns

The newly appointed Executive Director of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly has left his position. After just four months, Chris DeGulio has resigned with no explanation. Volunteers Coordinator Cathy Aten will serve as interim executive director for the time being. The committee will have a meeting February 24th for …

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Waara’s First Council Meeting

Tonight’s Houghton City Council meeting will be the first for new City Manager Eric Waara and he’s got a lot on the docket. Among the resolutions that will need approval is a lot split on the Woodhaven Estates. The council will look to approve the water budget deficit plan. Also, …

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Energy Emergency Extended

Governor Snyder has extended a State of Energy Emergency in Michigan until March 1 due to a shortage of propane in the state. The propane shortage and severe winter weather have caused delivery delays and unusually high prices for customers in the state who rely on heating oil and propane. …

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Highland Copper Plans on Another Purchase

The company that recently purchased the White Pine Mine is adding another potential western Upper Peninsula copper mine to its portfolio. Highland Copper has announced plans to purchase the Copperwood Project. Copperwood is located about 18 miles south of the White Pine property. It was developed by Orvana Minerals, and …

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More Potholes Than Usual

If you think there’s more potholes this year than last year, Michigan’s Director of Transportation says it’s not your imagination. Kirk Steudle says this winter has been rough on roads, and it comes just as Michigan’s need for road funding is growing. He says when this year’s thaw takes place, …

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New State Law on Poaching Bucks

New state laws designed to deter poaching of antlered bucks, especially those with trophy-sized racks, and to reduce recreational trespass are now in effect in Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says the new laws make several changes to the fines and restitution payments for poaching deer, including a progressive …

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More Battles On Wolf Hunt

The group behind the effort to end the hunting of wolves in Michigan is challenging a state law that bars out-of-state circulators from gathering petition signatures. A coalition of groups including Keep Michigan Wolves Protected filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit yesterday arguing that Michigan’s requirement that …

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Minimum Wage Dispute Continues

The organizers of a coalition seeking to put an increase in Michigan’s minimum wage to a vote are ready to start their petition drive. Restaurant Opportunity Center director Frank Houston told the public TV show “Off The Record” this weekend that they have one-million dollars banked for their campaign. Houston …

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Fuelwood Permits Available

Michigan’s exceptional winter weather has prompted the Department of Natural Resources to sell permits to cut firewood in state forests – a month and a half before the traditional starting date of April 1. Fuelwood permits cost $20, are for use on designated state forest land in the northern two-thirds …

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Safe Snow Removal

With the heavy amounts of snow this season, UPPCO is reminding its customers to take precautions when shoveling and piling snow near reading meters. They say that plowing snow onto meters could damage them resulting in a loss of electricity. Also large snow piling should be avoided around overhead lines …

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