Local News

‘You think you have so much time’

ALPENA — An Alpena graduate who walked past the Notre Dame cathedral every day on his way to grad school classes in Paris reminisced about lost opportunities after Monday’s devastating fire that destroyed most of the historic building. Stuart Richardson, who graduated from Alpena High ...

Wetland study to test South Bay project

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — A wetland assessment study in the coming weeks could determine if a pair of proposed projects move forward in Alpena Township. The assessment will be on property being considered for an extension of the Alpena Bi-path and a park near the 45th Parallel on U.S.-23 South. ...

Alcona County again ponders tax

HARRISVILLE — Plumbing issues at the Alcona County Jail are forcing the Alcona County Board of Commissioners — who already are struggling with financial issues after voters twice rejected tax proposals last year — to come up with a long-term plan to address a number of looming ...

One taken to hospital after U.S.-23 crash

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Charter Township of Alpena Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S.-23 South at about 3 p.m. Wednesday. A truck traveling northbound ran into the back of a FedEx delivery truck, which veered off the highway. The driver of the truck was ...

New troopers sworn in

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Six new graduates from the Michigan State Police’s 135th Trooper Recruit School have begun work at the Alpena Post. The troopers completed 28 weeks of training at the academy and will spend 17 additional weeks working under the supervision of a field training ...

Commissioner: Conflicts of interest shouldn’t stop votes

HARRISVILLE — Alcona County Commissioner Gary Wnuk told fellow commissioners on Wednesday that he believes it is OK for commissioners to vote on a matter after they have disclosed it as a conflict of interest, even in instances where a commissioner may stand to benefit financially from the ...

911 dispatchers honored

ALPENA — Have you hugged your 911 dispatcher today? The second full week of April each year is designated as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a nationwide reminder to show appreciation for the men and women who work behind the scenes to connect those who provide help with ...

Snow day legislation advances in Lansing

ALPENA — The Michigan House on Wednesday approved a bill that would forgive snow days called by schools during a state-declared emergency at the end of January. The House approved the bill 101-7. It now goes to the Senate for consideration before it can advance to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...

Spring cleaning at City Hall

News Photo by Julie Riddle Alpena Pubic Works employees usher in spring weather as they spread a layer of mulch on the City Hall grounds Wednesday. The mulch was left over from last year’s batch and thriftily stored over the winter by Public Works for use this spring, workers said.

Alpena Community College buys new computer servers

ALPENA — Alpena Community College has purchased new computer servers so students and employees can continue receiving high-quality computing capabilities. The college Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to buy two physical servers from HPE for $21,980. The servers will be located in Van ...

POLICE BLOTTER

A roundup of recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 83 calls for service from 4/8/19 through 4/14/19. Of the 83 calls for service, troopers made the ...

Robo-rookies wow in RC

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City High School robotics team has set the standard for future Rogers City robotics teams. In the team’s first season of existence this school year, eighth-graders Muriel Garms and Isabella Pitts represented Rogers City and worked together to finish 102nd out ...

Council ponders pot recommendations

ALPENA — In what could be a tight vote, the Alpena Municipal Council could decide as soon as the second half of June whether to allow medical marijuana business in the city. Before deciding to make a long-term decision on the future of marijuana production, retail, testing, and ...

DARE to celebrate

ALPENA — Thursday is National DARE Day and Alpena Public Schools is celebrating it next week with fifth-grade students. DARE, which stands for Drugs Abuse Resistance Education, is a nationwide, police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children about resisting peer ...

Ella White kids build bots

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Left to right, Ella White Elementary School fifth-graders Carissa Jore, Lucas Wisenbach, and Julianna Mitchell show off the robots they built on Tuesday. They used plastics and recyclables to make their robots.

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 108 Alarms: 6 Animal Control: 7 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 3 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

County to sell, buy sheriff equipment

ALPENA — The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office will shuffle some assets as it sells some of its older police vehicles and accepts bids for new ones. At the Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee meeting on Friday, commissioners voted on a handful of matters pertaining to ...

Hillman on the hunt for water

HILLMAN — After two unsuccessful attempts at drilling test wells to locate a new source of drinking water, Hillman officials will be sending the matter back to its water committee for consideration. Village Manager Dave Post told Village Council members on Tuesday that a test well was ...

Water, sewer rates could rise

ALPENA — City of Alpena water and sewer customers may see a slight increase in their water bills this summer, as the Alpena Municipal Council is considering a combined 2.96% increase on rates per 1,000 gallons of water and sewer. The increase would push water and sewer rates from a ...

Dreaming of a white Easter?

ALPENA — No records were broken in a mid-April snowstorm that passed through the Alpena area Sunday afternoon and tapered off early Monday morning. The storm dropped 6.6 inches of snow at the Alpena Regional Airport, bringing the total seasonal snowfall to 99.3 inches, according to the ...