Local & Regional News
Friday State News Summary Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:09:09 EDT
The Joint Select Committee in Michigan looking at the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic is asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to join a hearing and provide testimony.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 04 Jun 2020 05:05:10 EDT
Legislation has been introduced that would prohibit the transfer of people who have COVID-19 into the state’s long-term care facilities.
Fire in Herron - One Person Sent to Hospital Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:42:05 EDT
One person was sent to the hospital after a structure fire occurred in Herron Wednesday (June 3rd). Officials at Alpena Central Dispatch said that at around 4 p.m.
APS Board Selects MASB for Superintendent Search Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:00:30 EDT
Although they did not take a formal vote Monday, Alpena Public School Board members selected the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) organization to search for a new Superintendent...
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 03 Jun 2020 05:02:16 EDT
Michigan is reporting 199 new cases of the coronavirus and 37 additional COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Alpena Council Adopts 2020-21 Budget Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:52:52 EDT
The City of Alpena is planning on fiscal year 2020-21 as Alpena City Council adopted budget numbers Monday evening (June 1st).
PI County Building Reopening Plan Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:59:35 EDT
Presque Isle County Commissioners recently reviewed the prospect of re-opening county buildings and how to go about doing that.
Alcona County Agencies - 88 Complaints Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:49:37 EDT
Alcona County emergency response agencies responded to 88 calls for service in the past week ending Sunday. Deputies issued 4 citations and made 2 arrests, both of which were domestic.
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:59:18 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has lifted Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order — and will allow more businesses to reopen.
Governor Lifts Stay Home Order Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:04:21 EDT
Saying “It has been hard, it has been tough”, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has lifted her stay home order for the entire state effective next week.
Keep Wearing Those Masks Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:51:18 EDT
If you are going to the grocery store remember to wear a face mask. Governor Whitmer has extended one of her many executive orders through June 12th.
Unemployment Rates Soar In NE Lower Mi Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:06:35 EDT
Seasonally unadjusted jobless rates jumped significantly in all 83 counties during April, and Northeast Lower Michigan was hit hard as were other areas of the state.
Rogers City Honors 2020 High School Graduates Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:15:20 EDT
Yesterday evening (May 31st), the Rogers City community celebrated the Class of 2020 with a parade through town 52 total graduates, in separate vehicles, traveled through downtown Rogers...
COVID Numbers Updated Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:04:23 EDT
Coronavirus numbers in Michigan have recently been updated.
Retail Sales Crash In April Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:01:30 EDT
As coronavirus case numbers rose in April retail sales dropped as stores were dealing with closures and restrictions.
Post Memorial Day Gas Prices Hold Steady Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:00:27 EDT
The state average price of $1.96 for a gallon of regular gas pretty much remained unchanged after the Memorial Day holiday and is still around a dollar cheaper than last year.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 01 Jun 2020 05:14:05 EDT
The State of Michigan is reporting 513 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. 28 more people who tested positive for the virus have died in the last 24 hours.
Computers and Talent Sun, 31 May 2020 06:04:30 EDT
In these times of social distancing, one unique entertainment program was recently held by Hinks Elementary School students and Besser Senior Living.
Swimming Pool Supplies Dry Up Sun, 31 May 2020 06:03:26 EDT
Eight weeks ago the mad rush was for toilet paper. The new shopping frenzy is now swimming pools.
Historic Lake Michigan Lighthouse Gets Grant Sun, 31 May 2020 06:02:31 EDT
The historic St. Helena Island Light Station in Northern Michigan, just west of the Mackinac Bridge, will receive repairs and restoration from the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
Isle Royale Park Closed Sun, 31 May 2020 06:01:28 EDT
Wolves and moose won't notice much company at Isle Royale National Park. Officials say the remote island in Lake Superior is delaying their summer opening because of the coronavirus.
New Virus Dashboard - New Virus Video Sun, 31 May 2020 06:00:27 EDT
The Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor Economic Opportunity - along with the University of Michigan have developed a new online dashboard that shows COVID-19...
Public Facilities Planning to Re-Open Fri, 29 May 2020 17:28:22 EDT
As the Coronavirus Pandemic has made an impact on society, local government have adapted policies and procedures in order to protect staff and the public.
Lawn Cutting and Debris Removal Fri, 29 May 2020 17:26:56 EDT
The City of Alpena would like to remind all residents that City Ordinance requires cutting of lawns by June 1st, July 1st, August 1st, September 1st, October 1st, and November 1st and as...
City of Alpena - Street Resurfacing Closures Fri, 29 May 2020 17:26:11 EDT
Beginning Monday (June 1), contract workers in the city of Alpena will begin resurfacing Lockwood Street between Second and Third Avenue and Spratt Street between Second Avenue and Taylor...
MDARD Offering Tips for Mosquito Control Fri, 29 May 2020 17:11:36 EDT
With warmer summer weather finally here, Michigan residents are urged to remember to take precautions against mosquitos, ticks and the diseases they carry.
Barber Loses Court Appeal Fri, 29 May 2020 17:10:32 EDT
A legal loss for a Lansing-area barber who has defied the Governor's order to close.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 29 May 2020 07:06:47 EDT
The state health department on Thursday reported 406 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, and 38 new deaths.
Alpena Leaf And Brush Pick Ups Next Week Thu, 28 May 2020 17:29:19 EDT
Officials from the City of Alpena have announced that a bagged grass and brush pickup is scheduled for next week (June 1 - June 4).
( MDOT - M-68 Resurfacing Begins June 1st Thu, 28 May 2020 17:28:36 EDT
The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced that repaving Highway M-68 between Onaway and Indian River will start next Monday (June 1st).
Cosmetology-Salons-Spas-Barber Shop Owners Unite Thu, 28 May 2020 17:27:07 EDT
A coalition of more than two dozen cosmetology salons, spas and barber shop owners and workers have delivered a letter formally requesting Governor Gretchen Whitmer allow them to implement...
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 28 May 2020 04:35:50 EDT
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan is now 55,608 with total deaths at 5,334.
Enbridge Finds Worn Coating on Pipeline Wed, 27 May 2020 17:06:02 EDT
Enbridge says it has discovered four spots on an oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac where protective coating has worn away, leaving bare metal exposed.
Slow Go Across Big Mac On The Weekend Wed, 27 May 2020 17:04:07 EDT
If you were in one of the multiple lanes trying to cross the Mackinac Bridge over the holiday weekend, you likely were part of a long line.
Alpena Township Looks To Slash Budget Wed, 27 May 2020 06:00:30 EDT
Saying “We need to live within our means”, Alpena Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe warned fellow Board of Trustee members of a potential financial crises as the state will likely cut...
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 27 May 2020 05:51:26 EDT
Governor Whitmer has signed an executive order that will expand testing sites for COVID-19.
ACC Board Approves Van Lare Hall Roofing Bid Tue, 26 May 2020 18:21:56 EDT
During their most recent meeting (May 21st), Alpena Community College Board of Trustee members approved a contract to replace the entire Van Lare Hall roof membrane.
DNR - Fuelwood Permits Are Free in 2020 Tue, 26 May 2020 18:20:29 EDT
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have announced that Michigan residents now can apply online for a free permit to cut fuelwood from dead and downed trees in approved areas...
COVID Numbers Updated Mon, 25 May 2020 19:35:04 EDT
Coronavirus numbers in Michigan have recently been updated.
Alpena Commissioners Consider Tax Levy Mon, 25 May 2020 16:52:34 EDT
At their monthly meeting this week (Tuesday), Alpena County Commissioners will consider levying a tax of point 22-51 (.2251), in an effort to recapture tax revenue lost due to the Truth in...
APS Senior Named an Outstanding Graduate for 2020 Mon, 25 May 2020 16:51:51 EDT
Alpena Public Schools recently announced that Alpena High School Senior Lindsay Syma was named as an Outstanding Graduate for 2020 by the Detroit News in the healthcare category.
State COVID Cases Continue to Fall Mon, 25 May 2020 16:45:58 EDT
The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the state is about a third of what it was one month ago.
Gyms and Fitness Centers Sue Governor Mon, 25 May 2020 16:43:09 EDT
Several independently-owned gyms and fitness centers are suing Governor Gretchen Whitmer to overturn the state’s stay-at-home order and allow them to reopen.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 25 May 2020 11:14:41 EDT
A Monroe police officer was sent to the hospital after being shot in Monroe Sunday evening. Police responded to the area of Dixie and Ternes for a carjacking.
Onaway Female Killed In Auto Crash Mon, 25 May 2020 06:06:27 EDT
A 17-year-old Onaway female was killed in an auto crash Saturday in Presque Isle County’s Allis Township.
COVID Numbers Update Mon, 25 May 2020 06:03:31 EDT
Coronavirus numbers in Michigan have recently been updated.
End of the School Year at APS Mon, 25 May 2020 06:02:28 EDT
With the end of the school year approaching, Alpena Public schools released some information on how the end of the year will go for various grade groups.
Gas Prices Hold Steady Mon, 25 May 2020 06:00:27 EDT
The state average price of $1.96 for a gallon of regular gas increased by nearly 12 cents in the past week, which is 96 cents cheaper than last year.
Enbridge Lawsuit Dropped Sun, 24 May 2020 06:03:26 EDT
A lawsuit by the Straits of Mackinac Alliance, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and the City of Mackinac Island has been dropped.
Mackinac Ferry Boat Company Gets 75K Grant Sun, 24 May 2020 06:01:28 EDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration has awarded more than $75,000 in funding to Mackinac Island Ferry Company in St. Ignace.
Ford Loses 2 Billion Sun, 24 May 2020 06:00:24 EDT
The economic impact of the coronavirus hit Ford Motor Company hard. The Dearborn-based automaker reported a first-quarter loss of two billion dollars, or 50-cents per share.
COVID-19 Numbers Update Fri, 22 May 2020 18:53:41 EDT
Coronavirus numbers have recently been updated, with one new case in Alpena and five more people who recovered as of Friday afternoon according to local health officials (May 22nd).
ESD Board Authorize Issuance of Contracts Fri, 22 May 2020 16:45:14 EDT
At their most recent meeting (May 14th), the Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education (AMA-ESD) authorized issuance of contracts to multiple groups of...
Some Businesses Set to Reopen Fri, 22 May 2020 16:44:31 EDT
Some businesses in the U-P and northern Michigan, including bars, restaurants and retail stores can open Friday (May 22nd) after the stay at home order has been lifted.
Slow Go Across Big Mac Fri, 22 May 2020 16:41:45 EDT
Patience may be needed this Memorial Day weekend if you want to cross the Mackinac Bridge.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 22 May 2020 07:05:33 EDT
A court victory for Governor Whitmer in a lawsuit challenging her right to issue Emergency Declarations.
COVID-19 Numbers Update Thu, 21 May 2020 16:44:15 EDT
Coronavirus numbers have recently been updated, with one new case in Alcona and four new people who recovered in Alpena as of Thursday afternoon (May 21st).
Engineers Seek Public Input on Enbridge Tunnel Thu, 21 May 2020 16:39:21 EDT
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to hear from the public on Enbridge's proposal to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
AAA - Pandemic Will Suppress Memorial Day Travel Thu, 21 May 2020 16:38:39 EDT
For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by the Coronavirus...
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 21 May 2020 05:19:36 EDT
Flood warnings for Midland County remain in effect until Sunday as thousands of residents deal with devastating floods that haven't ever been seen in the area.
COVID-19 Numbers Update Wed, 20 May 2020 17:21:35 EDT
Coronavirus numbers have recently been updated, with one new case in Alpena and two new cases in Cheboygan as of Wednesday afternoon (May 20th).
APS Bond Sale Process Moves Along Wed, 20 May 2020 17:20:07 EDT
Alpena Public School officials continue to move along with a timeliness for selling bonds to finance school building renovations or upgrades and security enhancements. Superintendent Dr.
RC Council Approves MIWARN Participation Wed, 20 May 2020 17:17:59 EDT
Rogers City Council members recently approved of participating in the MIWARN program. Basically, its a statewide interlocal or mutual aid agreement.
SOS Urges Drivers to Watch for Motorcyclists Wed, 20 May 2020 17:16:55 EDT
In recognition of May as national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging motorists to take extra precautions and “look twice” for motorcyclists,...
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 20 May 2020 04:39:02 EDT
Michigan has passed the grim milestone of 5,000 deaths from COVID-19, even as the state begins to reopen. There are 435 new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, and 102 new deaths.
Alpena County Fair Cancelled Mon, 18 May 2020 16:54:49 EDT
The Alpena County Fair board has announced cancellation of the 2020 Alpena County Fair.
Help Sought for Area Business Operators Mon, 18 May 2020 06:03:01 EDT
Its no secret, area business operators are having a tough go as some have closed or have had limited operations with curbside services, especially food establishments.
Gas Prices Remain Steady Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:54 EDT
The overall state average price of nearly $1.85 ($1.84.8) for a gallon of gas remained pretty much unchanged in the past week, but is over a dollar ($1.03.8) cheaper than last year.
New COVID-19 Help Hotline Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:32 EDT
Michigan has a new confidential hotline for those struggling to cope during the pandemic. The COVID 19 hotline will be available 24 hours a day and is being paid for with federal funds.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 18 May 2020 06:31:00 EDT
Another 11 Michigan residents lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic Sunday, while an additional 638 people tested positive for COVID-19.
Christmas Decorations Still Up In Rogers City Sun, 17 May 2020 06:04:27 EDT
The issue of Christmas banners and decorations still being on display so late into the year was a brief topic of discussion recently amongst Rogers City Council members.
Saturday State News Summary Sat, 16 May 2020 06:43:49 EDT
The owner of a tanning & beauty salon in Edmore, northeast of Grand Rapids, has been cited for violating the governor's executive order to remain closed because of the coronavirus.
RC Council Takes Action To Reopen City Hall June 1st Fri, 15 May 2020 16:36:51 EDT
Rogers City Council members decided to approve spending up to 5 thousand dollars ($5,000.00) to re-open City Hall after being closed under the governors executive orders due to the COVID-19...
Churches Start To Reopen Next Week Wednesday Fri, 15 May 2020 16:35:47 EDT
Churches in the Diocese of Gaylord will start reopening next week Wednesday (May 20), though some churches may open on different dates if the coronavirus is more prevalent in their area.
AMA ESD Board Approved Finances for April Fri, 15 May 2020 06:01:15 EDT
During their most recent meeting (May 14th), Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education members reviewed and accepted financial statements for the month of...
State Tax Revenue - A Grim Outlook Fri, 15 May 2020 06:00:31 EDT
Economists project Michigan's tax revenues this fiscal year will plummet between $3.1 billion and $3.6 billion below prior estimates due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 15 May 2020 05:28:39 EDT
A flood watch is in effect for most of southeast Michigan until 10 this morning.
COVID-19 and APS School Finances Thu, 14 May 2020 16:37:39 EDT
Its not a nice prospect for Alpena Public School administration when they hear of potential state school funding cuts of 25% due to the state having a financial crunch as a result of the...
Alpena 4th of July Fireworks Bracelet Sale Friday Thu, 14 May 2020 16:36:35 EDT
While the Alpena City Council has yet to decide if there will be a fireworks show this year in Alpena, bracelets will be on sale as a drive through fundraiser will be held for the annual...
A National Safe Boating Week Like No Other Thu, 14 May 2020 16:32:53 EDT
National Safe Boating Week, which begins this Saturday (May 16th), and runs through Friday (May 22nd), is the traditional early boating season reminder designed to help recreational boaters...
Big Mac Bridge Walk Canceled Thu, 14 May 2020 06:52:22 EDT
Echoing a focus on safety that led it to bar public traffic from the bridge during the Annual Bridge Walk beginning in 2017, the Mackinac Bridge Authority has suspended this year's event...
ACC Commencement Ceremony Video Available Thu, 14 May 2020 06:52:02 EDT
Even though the Alpena Community College Commencement 2020 ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college officials still wanted to recognize students.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 14 May 2020 06:53:30 EDT
The State Board of Education has adopted a resolution urging Michigan’s state legislature and the Michigan Congressional delegation to support – actively, individually, and collectively –...
APS Property Committee Reviews Track Renovations Wed, 13 May 2020 16:45:36 EDT
Alpena Public School Property Committee members recently reviewed the status of outdoor running track facilities with an eye to making improvements. Superintendent Dr.
RC Council Adopts 2020-21 Operational Budgets Wed, 13 May 2020 16:44:25 EDT
Following a public hearing, Rogers City Council members reviewed and adopted a new city budget for 2020-21 Wednesday (13), which for the most part - dollar wise - is nearly identical to the...
Alpena DDA - Downtown Virtual Shopping Night Wed, 13 May 2020 08:21:55 EDT
A few members of the Alpena Downtown Development Authority will be hosting a Downtown Virtual Shopping Night on Thursday. The Facebook based event will take place from 3:30 p.m.