Local & Regional News
AHS Staff and Students Released from DHD Quarantine Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:13:31 EDT
The Alpena Public Schools Superintendent’s office was notified by District Health Department Noumber 4 on Friday (October 23rd), that laboratory results associated with recent probable...
Emeritus Status for Five ACC Retirees Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:44:59 EDT
Five recent retirees of Alpena Community College received Emeritus Status during the college's Board of Trustees meeting Thursday evening (October 15th).
DNR - Check for a Burn Permit Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:38:33 EDT
Before lighting a match to ignite leaf piles and brush, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources remind you to remember to check if conditions are safe for burning and know your local...
MI Regional Jobless Rates Move Down in September Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:02:05 EDT
Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates declined in all 17 Michigan major labor market areas during September, according to data released recently from the Michigan Department of...
Alpena Township Board Fires Building Official Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:01:45 EDT
In a unanimous vote Thursday during a special meeting, the Charter township of Alpena Board of Trustees decided to fire their building official, Kirk Malcomson.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 23 Oct 2020 05:51:33 EDT
The Michigan Health Department reported 43 new deaths associated with the coronavirus on Thursday.
APS CTE Students Give Away Desks Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:20:12 EDT
The Alpena Public Schools Career & Technical Education students paused their normal routines to work on a community service project. Students gave away "Imagination Stations".
Enbridge Updates Plans For Tunnel Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:16:03 EDT
Enbridge says approximately 90% of the initial design work on an anticipated state-ofthe-art tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is complete.
Social Security Payment Increases Slightly Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:15:23 EDT
Good news for Social Security recipients, who will get a modest 1.3% cost-of-living increase in 2021, amounting to an increase of about $20 a month for the average retired worker.
Public TV Stations Create New Learning Network Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:01:23 EDT
Michigan’s public television stations have announced creation of the Michigan Learning Channel, a network that will deliver instructional content to students, parents and teachers.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:22:03 EDT
Legislation has been introduced to protect Michigan consumers by requiring manufacturers to list PFAS as active and hazardous ingredients in any product they are in.
Alpena Woman Arrested for Embezzling from Walmart Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:02:05 EDT
An Alpena woman was recently arrested for embezzling from the Alpena Walmart State Police from Alpena say they were contacted in August to investigate the embezzlement complaint.
City of Alpena - New Hire to City PD Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:01:46 EDT
The City of Alpena recently announced the hiring of a new officer to the Alpena City Police Department, David Belknap.
Wednesday State News Summary Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:48:26 EDT
The Washtenaw County Health Department has issued an Emergency Stay- in-Place order for undergraduate students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in an effort to curb on-campus...
Alpena Fire Responds to House Fire - UPDATE Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:42:20 EDT
Alpena city firefighters responded to a house fire on South Third Avenue Tuesday afternoon (October 20th) City Fire Chief Bill Forbush said firefighters were called to 519 Third Avenue...
Alpena PD - 2nd Person Dead From Ford Avenue Shooting Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:35:32 EDT
Alpena City Police Chief Joel Jett recently confirmed that the subject involved in the shooting on Ford Avenue, who was transported to the hospital for his injuries, died on Saturday...
City of Alpena - Street Closure and Water Shut Delayed Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:33:18 EDT
The City of Alpena has announced, due to construction delays, the planned street closure and water shut off scheduled for Tuesday (October 20th), has been delayed until Wednesday (October...
Alpena Fire Responds to House Fire Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:32:36 EDT
Alpena city firefighters responded to a house fire on South Third Avenue Tuesday afternoon (October 20th) Firefighters are currently at the scene extinguishing the fire.
APS Board Hears Learning Concerns Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:02:09 EDT
Alpena Public School Board members heard some public comments concerning students learning progress and or what some feel are the lack of.
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:15:18 EDT
A group of Republican state representatives will announce a detailed, data-driven plan today to help the state respond responsibly for the remainder of the Covid-19 pandemic.
PI Sheriff - Nearly 4,000 Miles Traveled Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:38:03 EDT
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department officials say their deputies traveled nearly 4-thousand miles (3,920) while on patrol in the past week.
COVID Cases Continue To Rise Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:03:24 EDT
The Michigan Health Department reports the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the state could hit 150-thousand people this week, as 1-hundred 43 thousand (143,106) were currently...
Alpena Fire Crews Respond to DPI Fire Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:03:05 EDT
Alpena City Fire Crews responded to the Decorative Panels Incorporated or DPI hardboard plant Saturday for a small fire.
ACC Fares Well On Audit Mon, 19 Oct 2020 21:31:38 EDT
Alpena Community College Trustees recently reviewed and accepted their 2019-20 audit. In its opinion letter, Auditing firm Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein P.C.
City of Rogers City Searches For A Mechanic Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:02:26 EDT
Rogers City Council members have approved of their city manager to advertise for filling a mechanic position in the Department of Public Works (DPW).
Gas Prices Drop Slightly Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:01:07 EDT
The state average price of just over $2.05 ($2.05.3) for a gallon of regular gas is six cents (6.2) cheaper than last week, and nearly 61 cents (60.08) cheaper than last year.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:26:49 EDT
The back and forth between Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and President Trump continued over the weekend.
Consumers Energy Removes Electric Cables Sun, 18 Oct 2020 06:01:24 EDT
In what they call a commitment to protecting Michigan’s environment, Consumers Energy has removed long-retired energy cables from the Straits of Mackinac.
Fewer College-Age Americans Drink Alcohol Sun, 18 Oct 2020 06:00:22 EDT
Fewer college-age Americans drink alcohol -- when compared to nearly 20 years ago. That's according to a new study from the University of Michigan and Texas State University.
AHS Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:13:56 EDT
On Friday (October 16th) Alpena Public Schools was notified by District Health Deptartment Number 4 that one Alpena High School student tested positive for Coronavirus.
Flannel Fun Night in Alpena Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:37:10 EDT
Businesses can participate in a shopping event once again, called "Flannel Fun Night" The event will be held on Thursday (October 22nd), from 5 to 8:00 p.m.
Alpena County Advertising for Appointments Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:36:29 EDT
Alpena County is currently advertising for appointments for various boards. A link to the application can be found with this story on our news page at WATZ.com.
Alpena PD - One Dead and One Injured in Shooting Sat, 17 Oct 2020 13:25:55 EDT
One person is dead and another was injured in a shooting that occured Thursday evening (October 15th), according to the Alpena Police Department. Police Chief Joel Jett said, at 7:17 p.m.
Car Crashes Into Gordon Foods Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:45:28 EDT
The Michigan State Police, Alpena Township Fire Department and Alpena County Ambulance Service responded after a car crashed into the side of Gordon Food Service store at around 1 p.m.
Phi Theta Kappa of ACC Blood Drive Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:41:10 EDT
Phi Theta Kappa of ACC will be holding a blood drive at the Ramada Inn in Alpena Monday (October 19th) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All blood will be tested for Coronavirus Antibodies.
AG Nessel Charges 8th Man in Terrorism Plot Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:40:31 EDT
An eighth individual has been charged by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel for his alleged participation in a plan of domestic terrorism that included storming the Michigan Capitol...
MSP Stuff a Blue Goose Event in PI and Oscoda County Thu, 15 Oct 2020 06:02:27 EDT
The Michigan State Police is organizing the annual “Stuff a Blue Goose” event in Presque Isle and Oscoda County, a drive to gather non-perishable food and toiletries for those in need.
Labor Department Imposes New COVID-19 Rules Thu, 15 Oct 2020 06:01:50 EDT
As the result of the Michigan State Supreme Court ruling the Emergency Governors Act was unconstitutional, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has issued new...
MI Unemployment Rate Edged Down in September Thu, 15 Oct 2020 06:01:11 EDT
Michigan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point in September to 8.5 percent, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology,...
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 15 Oct 2020 05:15:54 EDT
An off-road vehicle bridge connecting Michigan and Wisconsin will be temporarily closed for construction work, beginning Oct. 19.
Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:36:34 EDT
As more hunting seasons open up, the Michigan Deparment of Natural Resources says it’s a good time to brush up on safety.
AMA ESD Board Approved September Finances Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:19:02 EDT
During their most recent meeting (October 8th), Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education members reviewed and accepted financial statements for the month...
Michigan Coronavirus Cases Trending Upward Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:18:41 EDT
As the fall and flu seasons begin, the number of positive Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Michigan have recently trended upward.
MI Independence Deer Hunt This Week Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:18:04 EDT
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have announced that Michigan's Independence Hunt, which offers firearm deer hunting for people with disabilities, will be open statewide...
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:48:22 EDT
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $7 million in grants to expand residential lead hazard control services to eligible households with a...
Radon Testing Kits Offered in October Tue, 13 Oct 2020 16:57:46 EDT
October 19th to the 23rd is National Radon Action Week and the District Health Department Number 4 wants to remind community members that regular testing for radon in homes, offices and...
APS Virtual FAFSA Night Tue, 13 Oct 2020 06:02:48 EDT
Alpena High School Twelfth grade and 13th Year students and families are invited to Virtual FAFSA Nights, to be held on Thursday (October 15th) or Monday, October 26th, both at 7 p.m.
DHD4 - 2 Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinics Tue, 13 Oct 2020 06:02:29 EDT
District Health Department Number 4 has announced two Drive Through Flu Shot clinics in Alpena and Cheboygan. The first will take place Thursday (October 15th) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alcona County Agencies - 82 Complaints Tue, 13 Oct 2020 06:01:34 EDT
Alcona County emergency response agencies responded to 82 calls for service in the past week ending Sunday. Deputies issued 6 citations and made 2 arrests including one on warrant.
Governor Whitmer Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills Tue, 13 Oct 2020 06:01:15 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed multiple House Bills reforming Michigan’s criminal expungement laws making it easier for people who have committed certain felonies and...
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:11:18 EDT
House Democratic Leader Christine Greig issued an open letter to Republican Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield calling for immediate action to fully implement a mask mandate for all...
Governor - October Fire Prevention Month Mon, 12 Oct 2020 16:27:11 EDT
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month in an effort to help spread the message of fire safety.
More COVID Cases In NE-Lower MI Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:03:43 EDT
The Michigan Health Department reports over the weekend, 104-thousand Michigan residents have recovered so far from the coronavirus, while there have been more than 134-thousand people who...
Alpena County Road Projects Winding Down Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:03:09 EDT
A number of Alpena County Road Commission road projects are complete and or wrapping up with final touches as the 2020 construction season winds down.
PI Sheriff - Over 3300 Miles Traveled Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:02:20 EDT
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department officials say their deputies traveled over 33-hundred miles (3,305) while on patrol in the past week.
Gas Prices Up By A Cent Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:01:46 EDT
The state average gas price of $2.11 only increased by a penny in the past week, which is 46 cents cheaper than last year.
Biden Poll Numbers Increase In Michigan Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:00:31 EDT
How does the presidential race look in Michigan? The latest poll from the Detroit News/ WDIV shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a sizable lead of nine percentage points.
Monday State News Summary Mon, 12 Oct 2020 07:11:16 EDT
Governor Whitmer will be signing criminal justice reform legislation this afternoon.
Ford Camera Recalls In Cars and Trucks Sun, 11 Oct 2020 06:01:20 EDT
Ford is recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in North America because the backup cameras can show distorted images or suddenly go dark.
DDA Launches Downtown Dollars Promotion Fri, 09 Oct 2020 16:35:06 EDT
The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is launching a special Downtown Dollars promotion to encourage shopping, dining, and supporting downtown during the fall season by adding...
Alpena Welcomes New City Planner Fri, 09 Oct 2020 06:02:49 EDT
The City of Alpena has announced the arrival of a new City Planner, Andrea Kares starting October 12th.
Auditors Give AMA-ESD Audit Review Fri, 09 Oct 2020 06:02:09 EDT
Audit results were shared Thursday (08) with the Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District (ESD) Board. Chelsea Meeder of Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein, P.C.
PI Commissioners Hear MAC Update Fri, 09 Oct 2020 06:01:31 EDT
Presque Isle County Commissioners received a Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) update Thursday during their regular session.
Friday State News Summary Fri, 09 Oct 2020 09:03:42 EDT
Six men have are federal terrorism charges for an alleged plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer.
Thursday State News Summary Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:28:05 EDT
The Michigan Department of Education reports the state’s performance in implementing Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or Early On, improved this year.
MSP and WATZ Trunk-or-Treat Cancelled Wed, 07 Oct 2020 17:03:16 EDT
The Michigan State Police Alpena Post has announced that, due to the unforeseen requirements of the Coronavirus pandemic, they decided to cancel the annual Michigan State Police and WATZ...
Plans Underway for Alpena Holiday Parade Wed, 07 Oct 2020 17:02:36 EDT
Plans for the Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade in Alpena have begun and registration forms are now being accepted. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 27th.
PI Commissioners Hear MSU Annual Update Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:59:16 EDT
Presque Isle County Commissioners recently received an update about Michigan State University Extension programs and services in the past year.
Alpena Commissioners Hold Pat on Bills For FOIA Request Wed, 07 Oct 2020 06:02:40 EDT
Meeting in special session Tuesday, Alpena County Commissioners in split votes decided to charge a resident all costs as originally billed for acting on a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)...
New Bench Pricey For Motorist Wed, 07 Oct 2020 06:02:03 EDT
Alpena Township officials recently ordered a new bench to replace one damaged in a car crash by an intoxicated motorist.
Wednesday State News Summary Wed, 07 Oct 2020 09:02:32 EDT
Today (Wednesday) is national Energy Efficiency Day and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy urges Michiganders to pick up some simple energy efficiency habits...
City of Alpena Announces Maintenance Work Tue, 06 Oct 2020 06:02:19 EDT
The City of Alpena has announced that, beginning Thursday (October 8th), maintenance work will be performed on Eleventh Avenue, between Park Street and Chisholm Street and Park Street,...
RC Theater Presents Roadside Reflections Tue, 06 Oct 2020 06:01:42 EDT
The Rogers City Theater will virtually host professional photographer, Jackson Faulkner, who will present, "Roadside Reflections" on Wednesday (October 7th) at 7:00 p.m.
Serving Meals And COVID-19 A Concern Tue, 06 Oct 2020 06:00:44 EDT
The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association is warning that thousands of restaurants and hotels are still at risk of closing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and they're begging...
Tuesday State News Summary Tue, 06 Oct 2020 06:12:35 EDT
A group of bipartisan legislators will host a virtual press conference this morning at 11:00am about legislation they have introduced to improve child literacy in Michigan.
Gas Prices Hold Steady Mon, 05 Oct 2020 06:01:42 EDT
While the national average for a gallon of regular gas went up slightly due to increased demand, the state average price of $2.11 ($2.11.2) dropped by nearly five cents (4.9) in the past...
Voters To Decide How Trust Fund Spends Money Mon, 05 Oct 2020 06:00:35 EDT
Michigan voters will decide next month whether to change how money can be spent under a popular program that buys land for public use and supports projects such as building trails and boat...
Monday State News Summary Mon, 05 Oct 2020 10:28:51 EDT
Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel is clarifying some confusion about the state Supreme Court ruling last Friday that said a 1945 act in which the Governor cited in issuing executive...
Detroit - Most Violent Big City in America Sun, 04 Oct 2020 06:02:23 EDT
For a second straight year, Detroit has been named the most violent big city in America, according to statistics from the FBI. There was, however, some welcome news in the FBI report.
Enbridge Shows How They Will Bore Tunnel In Straits Fri, 02 Oct 2020 16:44:38 EDT
Enbridge has turned to a produced, animated video to show how the company intends to build the tunnel that will house the Straits of Mackinac crossing of the Line 5 oil pipeline.