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Group works at keeping clear waterways on the river

ALPENA — Mud swallowed William Houston’s foot as he climbed out of the boat onto the low bank of the Thunder Bay River. Tugging his boot free, he continued on with his mission of hauling a sodden log onto the bank. The log, which had been blocking traffic on the river minutes before, was ...

Some ice cream and a new doll

ALPENA —In the basement of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena, little girls in princess tiaras indulged in vanilla ice cream loaded with sprinkles and chocolate sauce. Moms and grandmas chatted and watched their young charges revel in an afternoon just for them. “It just makes me feel ...

Pied Piper busing improves

ALPENA — The first year of a contract between the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District and Dean Transportation was a success, officials say. The ESD and Dean Transportation started a five-year contract in August after the district dropped its contract with the Thunder Bay ...

100 protest immigration detention centers

ALPENA — Chants of “close the camps” echoed through the air in Alpena during the lunchtime hours as members and supporters of People for Social Justice marched to call for the release of immigrant children in U.S. custody being detained in holding facilities. After the march ended at ...

Hillman Power secures 3-year deal but still faces decommission

HILLMAN — The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved a three-year power purchase agreement between Consumers Energy and Hillman Power Co., although the future of the Northeast Michigan power plant remains uncertain. The agreement approved last week is an extension to an ...

Learning the ropes

News Photo by Julie Riddle Rookie sailors navigate the Thunder Bay River Friday after receiving a week of sailing lessons offered by the Alpena Youth Sailing Club. The young people, having worked hard learning knot-tying, boat parts, and sailing techniques, celebrated by playing a game of ...

Boys celebrate an Alpena summer

News Photo by Julie Riddle Jansen Harte, 13, catches air at the Alpena skate park Friday. He and his friends, Evan Schee, 10, and Matthew Schee, 11, both of Alpena, were out for a day of summer fun, with fishing and possibly a trip to the beach on the day’s menu. The Schees, who live ...

Court pardons dog

ALPENA — A deep, insistent bark staccatoed from the front room of a tucked-away house across from a corn field. A dog’s narrow snout pressed against the glass of one window, white teeth flashing beneath intent eyes. “He’s a good dog,” Katrina Kramer, the dog’s owner, said. “I ...

Sue Allor visits Washington, D.C.

ALPENA — Northern Michigan has its share of environmental concerns, and state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, has advocated for more to be done to protect the Great Lakes and to get more assistance in the effort to clean up multiple contaminated sites in the 106th state House District. Earlier ...

Hillman schools lay off 8

By JULIE GOLDBERG News Staff Writer HILLMAN — Eight people could be looking for jobs after they were laid off Thursday by the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education as the district looks to overcome a budget shortfall caused mostly declining enrollment. A cook, an elementary ...

$220K grant to aid new deli, post office in Ossinke

OSSINEKE — Sanborn Township has received a $220,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to clean up and redevelop a former gas station so a new building for the U.S. Post Office and a deli can be constructed. The contaminated former gas station was located just north of Mr. Ed’s IGA on ...

Airport build on schedule, on budget

ALPENA — The construction of the new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport is on schedule, meaning the facility should be open before the end of the year. Officials also expect the nearly $12 million project should be completed within budget. Ryan Hall, a spokesman for RS&H, the ...

Cleanup after the storm

News Photo by Julie Riddle Workers remove debris early Thursday morning from several large trees that succumbed to Wednesday evening’s brief but strong storm. Winds blasting across Long Lake toppled trees in several locations north of Alpena, including these shown on Gutchess Road, flooding ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of July 1-9 Deputies made 57 traffic stops, issuing 19 warnings and 38 citations. They received 74 complaints Aggravated ...

Gas spill in the Thunder Bay River

ALPENA — A call from a concerned resident about a possible oil leak into the Thunder Bay River on Wednesday led to a hurried search for the cause of the discharge and cleanup of the contaminant. The chemical, which was found to be gasoline, was flowing out of a storm drain near the 9th ...

8 laid off in Hillman schools

HILLMAN — Eight people could be looking for jobs after they were laid off Thursday by the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education. A cook, an elementary playground paraprofessional, four elementary instructional paraprofessionals, and two instructional paraprofessionals were laid off. ...

Man back to court in precedent-setting case

ALPENA — Some sexual assault victims now have more time to pursue justice because of a decision this month by the Michigan Supreme Court. An Alpena court case has set a precedent for Michigan courts to follow, as the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a Michigan Court of ...

Fearing RV park, RC neighbors bid on property

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Downtown Development Authority Board on Wednesday tabled a decision to accept any offers for DDA-owned lots along the Lake Huron shoreline, despite pleas from residents to allow them to purchase the properties. City Manager Joe Hefele told the board that the ...

Summer at the club

ALPENA — Kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena have been busy this summer participating in different activities and spending time with their friends. Some activities the kids participate in are basketball, whiffle ball, wall ball, and soccer. They also get to go outside and play in ...

Four trees fall in 14 minutes

The Alpena Township Fire Department responded to four calls in 14 minutes Wednesday afternoon as a brief but strong rainstorm flashed through Alpena County, firefighters said. Trees blocked U.S.-23 North at two locations and also fell across Long Rapids Road and Gutchess Road north of ...