Local & Regional News
Alpena School Board Adjusts Budget Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:02:19 EDT
Meeting in teleconference session, Alpena School Board members recently made an amendment to the schools 2019-20 budget that ends later this summer.
New Dog - Cold Protection Law Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:01:36 EDT
A bill has been introduced in the State House in order to protect Michigan dogs during periods of extreme weather.
Record Travel Numbers Last Year at Detroit Metro Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:00:52 EDT
It was a new travel record set at Detroit Metro Airport. More than 36.7 million people went through Metro Airport last year, an increase of more than one-and-a-half million travelers.
Adopt A Highway Events Canceled Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:01:14 EDT
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be canceling spring Adopt-A-Highway pickups. Those were previously scheduled for April 18-26 and May 9-17 around the state.
Online Alpena Business Survey Underway Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:03:49 EDT
As reported earlier this week, a task force is being created by Alpena County and a group of local economic development representatives to help connect local business owners with available...
ACC Postpones 2020 Commencement Exercises Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:02:37 EDT
Alpena Community College officials have decided to postpone their 2020 commencement exercises and related activity until further notice.
AMA ESD Board Approved Finances for February Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:01:52 EDT
During their most recent meeting (March 12th), Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education members reviewed and accepted financial statements for the month...
Trustees and Board President Complete Terms Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:01:09 EDT
Three representatives of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Board of Trustees have completed their final year of service to the organization.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 27 Mar 2020 08:58:27 EDT
Michigan is reporting nearly 29-hundred confirmed cases of coronavirus and 60 deaths. Detroit is the state's hot spot with 851 confirmed cases.
Alpena Hospital Gathering Response Information Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:02:40 EDT
As part of its emergency preparedness plan, MidMichigan Health is currently identifying qualified people who may be willing to work for MidMichigan Health on a temporary basis if staff...
Avoiding COVID-19 - The Basics Explained Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:02:17 EDT
District #4 Health Director Doctor Joshua Meyerson has released a letter detailing how you can protect yourself against the COVID-19 virus.
APS - Many Unknowns - No Guidance Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:01:53 EDT
Meeting via telephone conference Monday, Alpena Public Schoolboard members learned from their Superintendent that there are a lot of unknowns at this point as far as a lengthily closure,...
Alpena Recycling Gets Nearly 50K Grant Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:00:44 EDT
While all of their bins have been temporarily removed and recycling has stopped because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Alpena County, The Alpena Resource Recovery Authority has learned...
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:26:27 EDT
The Michigan Department of Education has announced it will request a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, in accordance with federal...
Hospital Takes Actions Addressing COVID-19 Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:03:56 EDT
In an effort to reduce illness exposure and support the volume of community members seeking COVID-19 testing and direction, MidMichigan Health has taken some actions to address the need.
Governor Calls Out For Medical Supply Donations Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:01:48 EDT
With many hospitals throughout Michigan facing potential shortages of essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on residents and...
Alpena School Board Member Resigns Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:01:23 EDT
Alpena Public Schools is seeking a new board member, as Stephanie Shafto has decided to resign. The vacated position was effective Tuesday (March 24).
Soo Locks Open Up - The White First Boat In Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:00:38 EDT
The 700 foot ore carrier H. Lee White, operated by American Steamship Company, opened the 2020 shipping season at Sault Ste. Marie just after midnight Wednesday morning (25).
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:57:52 EDT
Michigan health officials say there are now around 1800 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 41 Michigan counties with 26 deaths.
New Road Commission Managing Director Contract Resolved Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:03:18 EDT
As reported earlier, Alpena County Road Commissioners have made their selection of a new Managing Director, but one issue was to finalize an employment contract that included a severance...
Alcona Road Commission Suspends Operations Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:02:04 EDT
Alcona County Road Commission officials announced that it will suspend all non-essential infrastructure and maintenance work during the COVID-19 outbreak per Governor Whitmer’s executive...
Airport Travel - Precautions Taken Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:01:40 EDT
In this time of concerns about contracting the Coronavirus, air travelers might be a bit nervous about air travel.
Price-gouging Team Nabbing Violators Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:00:30 EDT
If you are thinking of over inflating prices for essential goods or services, you better think twice as a special price gouging task force may track you down.
COVID-19 -- Latest State and Local Updates Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:18:52 EDT
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports the total number of cases of coronavirus in Michigan is now over 1300 in 36 counties, with a death total of 18.
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 24 Mar 2020 13:15:05 EDT
Coronavirus is spreading across Michigan. New statistics show 18 people have died, including six in Detroit, five in other parts of Wayne County and four in Oakland County.
Tax Filing Deadline Extended Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:02:34 EDT
If you are wondering if you still have to file and possibly pay federal and state income tax, the short answer is - of course you do.
Plant Conversion to Produce Face Masks Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:01:51 EDT
Fiat Chrysler says it will convert a plant in China to make face masks for first responders and health-care workers in the United States.
Governor Announces Stay At Home Order Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:25:15 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced that she has issued an executive order requiring non essential workers, and the general public to shelter in place and stay home.
Gas Prices Continue A Free Fall Mon, 23 Mar 2020 06:00:39 EDT
Gas prices continued their downward trend in the past week, dropping by over 17 cents, which is 87 cents cheaper than last year.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:14:25 EDT
State Senator Ruth Johnson is calling on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to issue a stayat-home order.
Hash Bash Delayed Sun, 22 Mar 2020 06:02:30 EDT
"Hash Bash" may be pushed-back a few months due to the coronavirus scare.
Listening Canvass Relaunched Sun, 22 Mar 2020 06:01:27 EDT
For Our Future Michigan canvassers have relaunched a listening canvass, asking Michigan residents which issues are the most pressing to them headed into 2020, and the effort to win races up...
Pope Names Church A Minor Basilica Sun, 22 Mar 2020 06:00:26 EDT
Pope Francis recently named historic Ste. Anne Church in Detroit as a minor basilica. Ste. Anne's was among the first of a new missionary diocese.
Michigan’s Outdoors are Here for You Sat, 21 Mar 2020 07:11:07 EDT
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recognizes the stream of closures and self-isolations to slow the spread of COVID-19, but are reminding citizens they can still enjoy getting...
COVID-19 Cases Rise In Michigan - Updates Fri, 20 Mar 2020 06:03:26 EDT
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Michigan. As of this morning's (Friday) figures from the state, those infected totaled 334, a sharp increase from previous totals.
January Unemployment Levels Mixed Fri, 20 Mar 2020 06:01:39 EDT
January seasonally unadjusted jobless rates rose in each of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to data released from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management &...
Retail Sales Dip in February Fri, 20 Mar 2020 06:01:18 EDT
Retail sales fell half a percent in February, indicating the consumer sector was slowing even before the coronavirus outbreak.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 20 Mar 2020 06:50:19 EDT
The state Health Department is reporting 334 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan -- including six in Ingham County and seven in Kent County.
Alpena Council Says Goodbye to Adam Poll Wed, 18 Mar 2020 06:01:30 EDT
City Planning and Development Director Adam Poll had his last meeting with Alpena City Council during their most recent meeting (March 16th).
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:52:07 EDT
In an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, Mecosta County officials will be implementing changes to slow the potential spread of the virus, minimize the burden to our healthcare...
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 17 Mar 2020 05:44:32 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an Executive Order to prohibit all events over 50 people or assemblages in shared indoor spaces over 50 people beginning today at 9:00am until April 5...
APS Meal Service During Manditory Closure Mon, 16 Mar 2020 11:13:50 EDT
Alpena Public Schools will be providing free meals for any child ages 18 and under during the mandatory emergency closure the next two weeks.
PI Sheriff - 49 Hundred Miles Traveled Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:01:48 EDT
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department officials say their deputies traveled over 49 hundred miles (4,925) while on patrol in the past week ending Saturday.
Gas Prices Continue To Fall Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:00:50 EDT
About the only good thing about the ongoing Covid -19 virus problem is a worldwide crude oil price war that has developed in world oil markets, which is sending the price at the pump to...
Monday State News Summary Mon, 16 Mar 2020 05:36:46 EDT
The state of Michigan says 28 more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 53.
Alpena County Sheriff's Offices Taking Precautions Sun, 15 Mar 2020 07:12:11 EDT
To prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus to sheriff personnel and inmates, the Alpena County Sheriff's Office will be implementing the following precautionary measures which will...
Utility Offices Closing Office Sun, 15 Mar 2020 07:11:19 EDT
To ensure the safety of members and employees two local utility companies will be closing their offices to the public.
Executive Order Cancels All Events Over 250 People Sun, 15 Mar 2020 07:08:53 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning Friday (March 13th) and ending April 5th.
Towne hired as artist in residence Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:12:41 EDT
Nathan Towne has been hired as Artist in Residence by the Cheboygan Area Arts Council. Nathan Towne is a multi-instrumentalist from the Central Coast of California.
Unemployment Levels Decrease Slightly In January Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:12:00 EDT
Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by a tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in January, the lowest rate recorded in the state since August 2000.
City of Alpena Responds to COVI-19 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:02:24 EDT
Officials from the City of Alpena are taking a number of precautions in response to the worldwide Coronavirus-19 pandemic.
Allor Cancels Some March Office Hours Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:01:45 EDT
State 106th Representative Sue Allor has cancelled some of the scheduled March office hours. Dates that have been cancelled include today's (Friday, March 13th) meeting at Mr.
AMA ESD Says Goodbye to Mandy Canute Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:01:27 EDT
Executive Administrative Assistant and Human Resources Coordinator Mandy Canute had her last AMA-ESD (Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District) Board of Education meeting on...
Friday State News Summary Fri, 13 Mar 2020 05:37:21 EDT
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan has jumped to 12. The Governor and state Health Department announced new cases in Oakland, Washtenaw, St.
Growing Social-Emotional Skills in Children Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:20:35 EDT
An upcoming Power of Parenting workshop will feature "Planting Seeds of Strength" as its theme. The workshop will be Tuesday March 17th starting at 6 p.m.
Feature Artist Open House Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:19:50 EDT
The Thunder Bay Arts Council will be holding a reception for the feature artist for March and April. The Feature Artist is Jacob Moss Idema.
After the Bond Passage Thu, 12 Mar 2020 06:02:34 EDT
At the most recent meeting for the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education Property committee meeting, members discussed the next steps now that community members passed the APS bond...
West Branch Presumed Drowning Thu, 12 Mar 2020 06:01:09 EDT
The Michigan State Police West Branch Post are investigating a presumed drowning in Gladwin County.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 12 Mar 2020 06:12:12 EDT
The CORONAVIRUS OR COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic. The World Health Organization made the announcement about the coronavirus.
B and E on Dunbar Street Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:01:29 EDT
Officials from Alpena City Police Department are requesting the public's assistance in solving a Breaking and Entering that occurred on Monday (March 9th).
Supplemental Budgets Approved by Governor Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:01:06 EDT
In a bipartisan effort, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP lead legislature approved an additional $321 million of tax dollars for a variety of programs, including dealing with the...
Longer Time to Count Votes Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:00:23 EDT
Tuesday was Michigan's first election since voters amended the state's constitution in 2018.
Biden Democratic Primary Winner In Michigan Wed, 11 Mar 2020 05:07:27 EDT
Former Vice President Joe Biden won Michigan's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday. Biden used strong showings in Metro Detroit to beat Senator Bernie Sanders.
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 11 Mar 2020 05:56:53 EDT
Governor Whitmer has declared a State of Emergency as a result of two presumptive cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
Michigan College Access Network Grants Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:43:10 EDT
Alpena Public Schools has received $30-thousand in grants to help sustain and grow the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in Northeastern Lower Michigan.
Alpena Harbor - Seasonal Boat Launch Permits Available Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:42:20 EDT
The City of Alpena now has seasonal boat launch permits for 2020 available for purchase at the City Clerk’s Office at Alpena City Hall, the City Water Recycling Plant at 210 Harbor Drive,...
Alpena DDA - Economic Development Programming Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:04:00 EDT
At the most recent meeting of the Alpena Downtown Development Board, members learned that the DDA has been discussing ways to partner with other entities to offer economic development...
PI Sheriff - 48 Hundred Miles Traveled Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:02:54 EDT
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department officials say their deputies traveled over 48 hundred miles (4,811) while on patrol in the past week ending Saturday.
Allor Announces March Office Hours Schedule Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:01:44 EDT
State 106th Representative Sue Allor has announced March office hours for Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Presque Isle and parts of Cheboygan Counties. On Friday (March 13th) she will be at Mr.
March 2020 Women's History Month Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:01:02 EDT
March 2020 has been declared Women's History Month in Michigan. Women's History Month will honor trailblazing women who have improved Michigan and the United States throughout history.
Flags At Half Staff To Honor Solder Tue, 10 Mar 2020 05:41:31 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan today to honor the service of Chief Warrant Officer Daniel I.
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 10 Mar 2020 03:52:37 EDT
This is Primary Election Day in Michigan. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. tonight. Voters will decide on Democratic or Republican presidential candidates.
Be Alert As Clocks Spring Forward Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:03:06 EDT
Clocks were moved forward one hour Sunday (March 8th) in observance of daylight savings time and the Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians,...
Gas Prices Tumble Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:02:20 EDT
Gas prices took a nose dive in the past week as the state average of just over $2.24 ($2.24.3) is 12 cents (11.9) cheaper than last week, and nearly 29 cents (28.9) cheaper than last year.
Later Election Results Due to More Absent Ballots Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:01:17 EDT
Michigan's top election official says to expect later-than-typical results from this week's presidential primary because of a surge of absentee ballots and other factors.
Pothole Brackets Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:00:35 EDT
Dodged a horrible pothole recently? You could win a thousand dollars.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:46:24 EDT
Michigan's primary election is tomorrow and the two main Democratic presidential candidates are spending time in the state.
Remember Life Jacket This Spring Sun, 08 Mar 2020 08:30:18 EDT
Spring is right around the corner and officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and kayakers about wearing life jackets with on the water.
211 Awareness Sun, 08 Mar 2020 08:29:35 EDT
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan 2-1-1 have been working to promote 2-1-1, a helpline that provides support for those who struggle to pay bills and put food...
State Amphibian Sun, 08 Mar 2020 08:28:53 EDT
Legislation has been introduced to make the gray tree frog as Michigan's official state amphibian. At least 24 other states have a designated state amphibian.
Michigan Gets Dollars For Coronavirus Fight Sun, 08 Mar 2020 08:27:49 EDT
Michigan is getting some help from the federal government to fight the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control has announced that the state will receive $750,000.00.
March as Michigan Food and Ag Month Fri, 06 Mar 2020 15:49:03 EST
March has been proclaimed Michigan Food and Agriculture Month to honor and celebrate Michigan's farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed in Michigan, and the partnerships that...
March is Red Cross Month Fri, 06 Mar 2020 15:48:16 EST
March has been proclaimed as "Red Cross Month", a tradition started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. In 2014 the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign.
State Police Testing Digital Siren Fri, 06 Mar 2020 15:46:51 EST
The Michigan State Police Troopers are testing new technology that has the potential to help motorists make safer driving decisions and, best case scenario to move over when an officer is...
ACF Responds To Truck Fire Fri, 06 Mar 2020 06:01:43 EST
On Tuesday (March 3rd) Alpena Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle on fire at a residence.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 06 Mar 2020 06:46:35 EST
Michigan's top election official says to expect later-than-typical results from next week's presidential primary because of a surge of absentee ballots and other factors.
CofC Hires new CEO Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:02:08 EST
Board members of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce have announced the hiring of Adam Poll as the Chamber's new President/CEO.
Spring Community Education Classes at ACC Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:00:53 EST
The Alpena Community College Community Education Spring schedule of classes is now available and these courses are for people of all ages with an interest in learning and having fun.
Checking smoke detectors during daylight savings time Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:00:29 EST
As daylight saving time goes into effect this weekend, Michigan residents are reminded to adopt the life-saving habits of changing the batteries in smoke alarms and practicing a home fire...
RC Council Working on Union Contracts Thu, 05 Mar 2020 06:01:50 EST
Efforts to start talks to reach agreement on new labor contracts for two Rogers City bargaining groups is getting underway.
AFD Warns of Charity Scam Thu, 05 Mar 2020 06:01:27 EST
Officials from Alpena Fire Department are warning area residents of a possible scam involving a firefighters charitable foundation.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 05 Mar 2020 07:11:37 EST
Michigan is getting some help from the federal government to fight the Coronavirus. The CDC has announced that the state will receive $750-thousand.
Expansion Progress Being Made at Hospital Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:33:51 EST
While the expansion of the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena cannot be seen from the street, much progress has been made behind the scenes.
Railroad Upgrades - Lake State Gets Grants Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:33:07 EST
A federal grant has been awarded to Lake State Railway to build railroad track infrastructure and make safety enhancements throughout mid-Michigan.