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Trials delayed, more changes in local courts

ALPENA — Courtrooms will be less crowded, at least temporarily, after changes suggested by the Michigan Supreme Court and implemented in Alpena. An order released Sunday by the state Supreme Court authorized local courts to limit the number of people in courtrooms, postpone as many ...

Man sentenced for funny money

ALPENA – A downstate resident who has spent most of his adult life in prison will spend at least one more year there, an Alpena judge said Monday. In Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court, Judge Benjamin Bolser sentenced Cameron Gardner, 25, to 13 months to 14 years behind bars for defrauding and ...

A message from The News

To our valued customers, As our communities continue to feel the increased impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel it important to share with you what we are doing to help keep people safe and healthy. At The Alpena News, we strive to take great care of the people in our communities we ...

Sacrifices rewarded

POSEN — Posen Consolidated Schools staff finally saw a pay increase this school year after years of not having any raises. The district was in a budget deficit from the 2014-15 school year to the 2016-17 school year, meaning its bills exceeded its income and it had no money in the bank. ...

Presque, Alcona courthouses close

The Presque Isle County and Alcona County courthouses will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, the courts announced on MOnday. Staff will continue to report to work to handle day-to-day operations, and the public is welcome to call to determine whether courthouse staff can help with ...

Most record requests approved

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan governments approved almost all of the more than 400 public records requests they received last year. Municipalities in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties received a combined 411 FOIA requests. Of those, 12 were rejected, while two were ...

Whitmer bans dining out, shutters bars, theaters, more

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a sweeping order Monday banning dine-in customers at restaurants and closing all bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The measure was set to take effect at 3 p.m. and to last ...

City, township restrict access

ALPENA - The Alpena Municipal Council meeting tonight will only be available via an audio link on the internet or via telephone. The city said the move was made to comply with the social spacing recommendations of the state and federal government to help slow the spread of the ...

ACC cancels board meeting

ALPENA — The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Tuesday is canceled over coronavirus precautions. There are currently no plans to reschedule the meeting.

Muszynski named prosecutor

ALPENA — Assistant Prosecutor Cynthia Muszynski has been appointed to temporarily fill the vacant position of Alpena County prosecutor. Judge Benjamin Bolser appointed Muszynski to fill the position, vacated when former prosecutor Ed Black was appointed to fill the 26th Circuit judgeship ...

Alpena Public Schools to distribute meals starting Tuesday

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools will begin distribution of free meals to all kids younger than 18 starting Tuesday. The district said all pickup locations and bus stops are available for any child 18 and younger, as well as any special education student ages 26 and younger. Each day a person ...

Alcona Road commission closes offices

The Alcona County Road Commission has closed its office at 301 North Lake St. in Lincoln to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, starting today. A press release from the road commission said the precautions are necessary to protect the health of road commission employees as ...

Health department urges self-quarantine after Colorado trips, cruise ships

District Health Department No. 4 is asking those who have recently traveled to certain Colorado counties or traveled on certain cruise ships to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a Health Department news release. Those who visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties in ...

All ACC classes online only

ALPENA — All Alpena Community College courses will happen online only beginning Wednesday, the college said in a statement. Students will receive information from their instructors via ACC email and Blackboard, the college’s online platform for class materials. ACC President Don ...

ROUNDUP: Closures announced today (March 15)

Everything announced closed today because of the coronavirus: * The Alcona County Library is suspending operations beginning today to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus. * The Alpena County Library has announced that, because of the concerns and suggested precautions surrounding the ...

Northeast Michigan continues to reel from coronavirus fears

ALPENA — Two adults who had been on the Alcona Community Schools campus may have been exposed to the coronavirus at a Detroit Pistons game and are awaiting test results, according to a post Friday on the district’s Facebook page. Neither adult is showing symptoms, the district said. Alcona ...

Nine local governments owe $136M for pensions

ALPENA — Counties, cities, and other governments in Northeast Michigan are handcuffed with long-term pension debt. A combined at least $136 million is owed to current and future retirees by nine Northeast Michigan governments, according to The News’ review of debt obligations for local ...

Teens bring blood drives back to Rogers City

ROGERS CITY — Teenagers with good hearts put them to work Friday, baring their arms to help save lives. Bringing blood drives back to Rogers City, a teen-led event collected bags of blood and demonstrated young people’s willingness to roll up a sleeve to do a good deed for a ...

Bergman: Stay calm, be smart

ALPENA — Stay calm, practice good hygiene, and limit exposure to large crowds and we will all get through this together, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, said as Michigan dealt Friday with a growing number of cases of coronavirus. Bergman, who represents all of the Upper Peninsula and ...

No virus, but worry, caution spread in Northeast Michigan

ALPENA — Although there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in the Alpena area, local governments and other groups took action on Friday to help prevent the spread of the virus, including canceling several events across the region. MidMichigan Health, owner of Alpena’s hospital, ...