Local & Regional News
Cheboygan Sheriffs Office Responds to Drowning Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:36:09 EDT
The Cheboygan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Lake Huron at Duncan Bay at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday (August 9th) for a child that fell overboard without a life jacket on.
Alpena Recycling Program To Perform Audit Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:27:09 EDT
The Alpena County Resource Recovery Program will be conducting an audit of what is going into recycling bins and their processing facility.
New Commander at Alpena CRTC Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:25:30 EDT
A new base commander of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) will assume command on Friday.
Presque Isle County Man Loses Appeal Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:47:01 EDT
The Michigan Court of Appeals has turned down an appeal of a Presque Isle County Man who was convicted of assaulting young boys in 2018.
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:02:49 EDT
State Health officials are reporting eight more deaths linked to coronavirus 557 additional cases on Monday.
Local Corrections Officer Academy Completion Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:28:08 EDT
Alpena County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers Kevin Morgan and Chase Smillie recently completed a local corrections officer training academy held at Alpena Community College.
Cornish Retires from Orthopedics Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:27:28 EDT
Local orthopedic surgeon Eric Cornish, after serving the Alpena community for 24 years, retired on July 10th.
Alpena Commissioners Approve Grave Markers Purchase Mon, 10 Aug 2020 06:02:21 EDT
During their most recent meeting (July 28th), Alpena County Commissioners approved a request by the Veterans Affairs Office to purchase grave markers and flags for veterans.
Gas Prices Hold Steady Mon, 10 Aug 2020 06:01:14 EDT
For the most part, the state average price of just over $2.18 ($2.18.4) for a gallon of regular gas was up by six cents (6.2) in the past week, which was nearly 47 cents (46.8) cents...
Monday State News Summary Mon, 10 Aug 2020 08:28:31 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has met with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Suspects Arrested for Selling Meth Heroin and Fentanyl Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:05:27 EDT
Detectives from Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (S.A.N.E.) arrested three suspects in connection with an investigation into the distribution of Meth, Heroin, and Fentanyl in Cheboygan...
Theft of Biden Yard Signs in Northeast Michigan Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:02:25 EDT
It's not unusual, political tricks in an election year, and leaders of the Alpena County Democratic Party (ACDP) has been receiving complaints of ‘Biden for President’ political yard signs...
Chip Sealing Long Lake Highway Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:28:11 EDT
Beginning Monday (August 10th) the Presque Isle County Road Commission will be chip sealing Long Lake Highway from the Alpena County Line west for four miles.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 06 Aug 2020 05:12:01 EDT
The state health department announcing 657 new coronavirus cases today in Michigan and two new deaths. That comes as the department says cases are starting to plateau.
Two Saginaw Men Arrested After Selling Fake Meth Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:22:05 EDT
On Saturday (August 1st), at approximately 5:40 p.m. troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Alpena Post responded to a report of an alleged felonious assault.
Alpena Council Hears HUNT Annual Report Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:19:09 EDT
The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team or HUNT, has released their annual report for activity in the past year ending in 2019 and a brief summary of the report was given at Alpena's City...
Alpena Council Gets Update on Budget Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:36:26 EDT
During their meeting Monday night (August 3rd), Alpena City Council members heard the City of Alpena's most recent quarterly financial report.
APS Para Pros Contract Accepted Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:35:43 EDT
Para Professionals of the Alpena Public School District have a new contract in place, as the Alpena Public School Board approved of the one year deal Monday (03).
Monday State News Summary Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:42:03 EDT
604 new confirmed coronavirus cases announced by the Michigan health department on Monday. One day after the state announced ZERO deaths yesterday, there are 6 new deaths today.
August Primary Balloting Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:40:54 EDT
It's election day and the August Primary ballot in Northeast Lower Michigan has a number of issues and candidates voters will consider.
APS - Working On Back To School Plans Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:40:30 EDT
As first reported last month, Alpena Public School officials continue to work on a return to school plan for this fall.
Wettest and Second Warmest July Ever Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:40:08 EDT
Weather patterns raised a few eyebrows in the month of July, as it was the second warmest and wettest month ever recorded.
City Council Approves Goose Hunt for 2020 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:39:43 EDT
At their meeting Monday night (August 3rd), Alpena City Council members approved a goose hunt to combat the infiltration of geese in Alpena.
RC Council Allows Sale of City Equipment Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:38:33 EDT
The Rogers City Council has given the green light to their City Manager to sell off some old city equipment used at the Department of Public Works (DPW).
PI Sheriff - 31 Hundred Miles Traveled Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:38:09 EDT
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department officials say their deputies traveled over 31 hundred miles (3,106) while on patrol in the past week ending Saturday.
Gas Prices Drop Slightly Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:02:29 EDT
The state average gas price of $2.13 was about two cents cheaper than last week, and nearly 65 cents lower than last year.
Opioid Overdoses Increase During Pandemic Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:01:26 EDT
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Departments (EDs) in Michigan have both seen increases in opioid overdoses since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Locking In Social Security Benefits Sat, 01 Aug 2020 06:01:22 EDT
It's an effort to 'lock in' Social Security benefits and prevent a rate reduction for those born in 1960. Congressman Dan Kildee is behind the effort.
RC Council Approves Change In Election Cycles Fri, 31 Jul 2020 06:03:28 EDT
Rogers City Council members recently held a public hearing, and with no opposition presented, they decided to change election cycles of council members.
Many May Not Send Children To School Fri, 31 Jul 2020 06:00:28 EDT
A University of Michigan study found that one-third of Michigan parents may not send their children back to school over fears of coronavirus.
Judge Allows King To Give Virtual Deposition Thu, 30 Jul 2020 06:05:10 EDT
During a court case Wednesday (July 29th), it was decided that former Alpena County Undersheriff Terry King will not be required to supply a deposition in person regarding his lawsuit...
Residential Brush Only Pick Up Thu, 30 Jul 2020 06:02:23 EDT
Residential brush only pick up will begin Monday (August 3rd) for City of Alpena residents. Check out this story at WATZ dot com for the pick up schedule.
Painting Begins on New Mural in Downtown Alpena Wed, 29 Jul 2020 06:02:41 EDT
A new mural is being painted in Downtown Alpena this week as a part of Fresh Waves, a public art initiative launched in 2019 by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
LWV Alcona Candidate Forum Rescheduled Wed, 29 Jul 2020 06:02:21 EDT
The Alcona County virtual Candidate Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northeast Michigan, has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 29th).
Allor Announces July Office Hours Wed, 29 Jul 2020 06:01:29 EDT
State 106th Representative Sue Allor has announced July office hours for Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Presque Isle and parts of Cheboygan Counties.
HUNT Issues Annual Report for 2019 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 06:00:24 EDT
The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team or HUNT, has released their annual report for activity in the past year ending in 2019.
Witt Road Closure Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:06:21 EDT
The Alpena County Road Commission announced Monday (July 27th) that Witt Road is closed from Herron Road to King Settlement Road until further notice due to washout.
Gas Prices Drop Slightly Mon, 27 Jul 2020 06:01:22 EDT
Lower demand and more supplies resulted in the state average gas price of $2.15 being just over four cents cheaper than last week, and over 72 cents lower than last year.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 27 Jul 2020 05:24:15 EDT
Michigan added over a thousand new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, but the death rate continues to go down across the state.
Absent Voter Ballots Surge Sun, 26 Jul 2020 06:03:26 EDT
Absentee ballots are being returned at a "steady" pace in Michigan -- ahead of the August 4th primary.
AG Joins Lawsuit Opposing Blocked Student Access Sun, 26 Jul 2020 06:02:25 EDT
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international...
LOWV Files Appeal to MSC Sun, 26 Jul 2020 06:01:31 EDT
The League of Women Voters of Michigan has filed an appeal in the Michigan Supreme Court over a recent ruling on absentee voting rights.
Roosters Confiscated By Police Sun, 26 Jul 2020 06:00:28 EDT
The Michigan Humane Society and Michigan State Police have discovered as many as 200 roosters at two homes in River Rouge, south of Detroit.
Alpena Sheriffs Office Investigating Vehicle Theft Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:31:31 EDT
On Wednesday (July 22nd), Deputies from the Alpena County Sheriff's Office and troopers from the Michigan State Police were dispatched to a location on Monaghan Point Road where an ongoing...
Residential Construction Declines Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:26:00 EDT
A new report finds Michigan has the 2nd sharpest decline in residential construction since the pandemic hit.
Lake Michigan Having A Warm Summer Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:23:58 EDT
Lake Michigan is having a warm summer. Scientists say the average surface water temperature was 75.3 degrees on July 9th...
ACC Campus Opening and Mask Message Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:34:24 EDT
Alpena Community College will allow students and the public into select campus buildings beginning Monday, July 27th.
Michigan Regional Jobless Rates Drop in June Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:32:49 EDT
Seasonally unadjusted jobless rates fell in all 17 of Michigan’s major labor market areas during June, according to data released recently from the Michigan Department of Technology,...
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 23 Jul 2020 04:22:04 EDT
Michigan has topped 75-thousand confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The state health department announced 523 new cases Wednesday, to go with 6 new deaths.
New Window Coverings at Alpena Vets Office Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:51:45 EDT
As the result of reallocating dollars from a Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency grant, new window covering film will be installed at the Alpena County Veterans Office located in the Harborside...
Fire Destroys John A Lau Saloon and Restaurant Wed, 22 Jul 2020 06:02:16 EDT
The legend of Agnes the ghost, and a collection of Alpena memorabilia all went up in flames Tuesday, as a fire destroyed the John A. Lau Saloon on North Second Avenue (414) in Alpena.
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 22 Jul 2020 05:55:48 EDT
There were 573 positive coronavirus reported in Michigan on Tuesday...along with nine new deaths.
Fire at John A Lau Saloon and Restaurant - UPDATE Tue, 21 Jul 2020 18:47:15 EDT
Alpena City Fire Chief Bill Forbush held a press briefing late Tuesday afternoon (July 21st) regarding the fire at John A Lau Saloon and Restaurant on 414 North Second Avenue in Alpena...
Fire at John A Lau Saloon and Restaurant Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:39:03 EDT
Alpena City Fire and Police Departments, Township Fire and EMS along with the Combat Readniness Training Center were dispatched to a fire coming from John A Lau Saloon and Restaurant on 414...
ESD Approves Truancy Support Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:37:35 EDT
During their most recent meeting (July 9th) The Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education approved entering into a contract with the Northeast Michigan...
Insurance Companies File For Health Marketplace Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:36:51 EDT
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services has received filings from nine health insurance companies to be included in the federally facilitated Michigan Health Insurance...
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 21 Jul 2020 06:59:02 EDT
President Donald Trump on Monday, mentioned Detroit as one of the cities that could see federal law enforcement on the ground.
Possible Coronavirus Public Exposure Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:15:23 EDT
The District Health Department Number 4 would like to alert the public of a possible Coronavirus exposure location.
Ripley Boulevard Closure Tuesday Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:14:33 EDT
Beginning Tuesday (July 21st), Ripley Boulevard, between First Avenue and Second Avenue, will be closed to all traffic to complete street repairs.
Sheriff Office Sells Old Patrol Vehicle Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:13:50 EDT
An old patrol vehicle brought a fairly reasonable price following bids made on the SUV that were submitted to the Alpena County Sheriff Office.
Alcona County Agencies - 101 Complaints Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:13:07 EDT
Alcona County emergency response agencies responded to 101 calls for service in the past week ending Sunday. Deputies issued 3 citations and made zero arrests.
PI Sheriff - 39 Hundred Miles Traveled Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:11:33 EDT
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department officials say their deputies traveled over 39 hundred miles (3,993) while on patrol in the past week ending Saturday.
Proposals for Alcona Schools On August 4th Ballot Mon, 20 Jul 2020 06:02:27 EDT
On Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, voters in the Alcona Community School District will be asked to consider a millage proposal to provide capital improvements to school district facilities.
Gas Prices Drop Slightly In Some Areas Mon, 20 Jul 2020 06:00:37 EDT
The current state average price of $2.19 ($2.19.3) for a gallon of regular gas was down nearly six cents (5.7) in the past week, and over 63 cents (.63.4) lower than last year at this time.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:01:20 EDT
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 480 new COVID-19 cases Sunday-- after three consecutive days of more than 600 residents testing positive.
Walmart Mandates Mask Use At All Stores Sun, 19 Jul 2020 06:02:26 EDT
Walmart is joining other major retailers like Best Buy and Starbucks to require customers to wear face coverings at all of its stores, including Sam's Club stores.
Governor Suspends Front Line Worker Laws Sun, 19 Jul 2020 06:01:23 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an Executive Order which scales back the suspension of scope of practice laws for frontline health care workers while continuing suspension of certain...
One Man Dead After Personal Injury Accident Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:08:11 EDT
On man is dead after a personal injury accident Thursday evening (July 16th, 6:20 p.m.) Oscoda Township Police officials say they were dispatched to the 4400 block of Loud Dam Road in...
Governor Whitmer Strengthens Executive Order on Masks Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:06:05 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed another executive order, which strengthens her previous order requiring all Michigan residents to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and crowded...
AMA ESD Board Approved Finances for June Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:04:41 EDT
During their most recent meeting (July 9th), Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education members reviewed and accepted the first closing of financial...
540k Invested in Rural Michigan Health Care Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:03:58 EDT
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $153 million to build and improve community facilities to benefit rural residents in 23 states.
Classic Cars and Coffee in Downtown Alpena Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:03:04 EDT
Classic Car enthusiasts can head to Downtown Alpena the last two Saturday’s of July (July 18th and 25th) for Coffee and Cars from 8 to 11 am.
ESD Approves Asbestos Abatement at Pied Piper Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:52:47 EDT
During their most recent meeting (July 9th), AMA-ESD (Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District) Board members approved a proposal for asbestos abatement at Pied Piper School.
Virus Cases Continue to Increase In State Thu, 16 Jul 2020 06:02:16 EDT
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says if Michigan's coronavirus cases continue to increase, she may re-implement some restrictions to control it's spread.
Grant Funds For Michigan Small Business Restart Program Thu, 16 Jul 2020 06:01:53 EDT
It was announced recently that the $100 million Michigan Small Business Restart Program will leverage federal funding through the CARES Act to help reduce the economic impact of the ongoing...