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Lead elimination commission to meet July 11

The Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission's five-year action plan places a priority on the prevention of exposure before children are lead poisoned. To gather feedback on the plan, a series of public forums are being held to gather input and feedback from federal, state, and community ...

Mayoral proclamation

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Michigan Brown Trout Festival President Peggy Donakowski, right, is presented a proclamation from Mayor Matt Waligora declaring July 13-22 Michigan Brown Trout Festival Week during Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting.

Beating the heat

News Photo by Julie Goldberg A number of people were at Lake Huron enjoying the beach and water as well as trying to beat the heat.

UR2 5th at international competition

ALPENA — The Alpena High School ROV team finished fifth out of 50 teams at the 2018 MATE International Competition in Seattle, Wash on June 21-23. The finish was the best the team has ever finished in six international appearances. In addition to finishing fifth overall, the team won the ...

It’s time to get wet

ALPENA — After three years of fundraising and planning the new Rotary Club of Alpena splash park at Starlite Beach opened to the cheers, screams and giggles of dozens of children. The kids burst though a yellow ribbon and into the park as soon as the water began spraying. The adults who ...

HUNT discusses police presence with Presque Isle commissioners

ROGERS CITY — The discovery of a meth lab near Hawks last week, has spurred more talks about the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team’s presence in Presque Isle County. A member of HUNT, Detective Sgt. Scott Wood, and Undersheriff Joe Brewbaker attended the Presque Isle County Board of ...

HUNT arrests man on meth charges

A 44-year-old Metz man was arrested Thursday on multiple drug charge following an investigation by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team. The man faces charges including manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory and possession of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of ...

Corrections graduation

News Photo by Jordan Spence Graduates from the 2018 Alpena Community College Corrections Academy receive their defense tactic certificate Friday at ACC.

PI board approves county budget

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the county budget during its meeting Friday. The budget has expected revenues at $5,589,779 and expenses at $5,482,139. Earlier in the meeting the board also discussed its contract with Target Alpena. ...

Splash park has basic rules to follow

ALPENA — Now that the new splash park in Alpena is open there are some basic rules that users need to follow to be sure the experience is safe and the park isn’t damaged. People are urged to read the sign at the entrances of the park and follow the rules so all users can have an ...

Pulling Together

ALPENA — For members of the Shipwreck Rowing team there isn’t a better way to start the day than on the water. “It’s been very casual. We meet two or three times a week. There isn’t much I’d like to get up at 6 a.m. for, this is worth it,” team member Cristi Johnson said. ...

Training on new equipment begins

ALPENA — Michigan’s primary election isn’t for another month, but election workers from Alpena County were busy learning how to operate new equipment that will be used when the polls open Aug. 7. The new tabulators and voter assist terminals were set up neatly in the Merchants Building ...

New youth tennis program coming to APlex

ALPENA —A new tennis program is about to be launched at theAPlex and it will allow youth in the area an opportunity to learn more about the sport and get instruction from a tennis pro. The goal of the program is to expose kids to the sport and continue to do it as a recreational activity and ...

Jackson launches free light bulb initiative to tackle crime

JACKSON (AP) — Officials in southern Michigan are distributing free lightbulbs and having volunteers help install them in neighborhoods as part of an initiative to curb crime. Jackson officials will be passing out free LED lightbulbs on five Thursday evenings throughout the summer starting ...

Fishing on a dock near the bay

News Photo by Jordan Spence Jordon French, 7, and Rylan McConnell, 7, fish in Alpena Thursday. The friends spent the day at the beach before they went fishing. They both said they love to fish.

Playground to get some upgrades in Rogers City

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Elementary School’s playground will receive some upgrades in july. “The playground has been a topic of conversation since I arrived in 2015,” Principal Tamara Kuntz said. “We’ve had several people part of the discussions for the past three ...

Not just a fender bender

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena police and fire responded to a two-car accident on River Street in front of the Holiday Inn Express Wednesday. A driver of one of the vehicles ran intocar while it was parked. There were no serious injuries in the accident.

Boys and Girls Club seeing growth in many areas

ALPENA — The Boys and Girls Club is experiencing a resurgence and is seeing growth in the number of programs it is able to offer it members, in staff and most importantly the number of member it serves. It has been making improvements to the facility as well as updating technology that will ...

Officials urge caution with fireworks

Many people celebrate the Independence Day holiday with fireworks. The best and safest way to do so, is to attend a public fireworks display conducted by licensed pyrotechnics professionals. For those who prefer to light their own consumer fireworks, Alpena Fire Department officials urge ...

Sanctuary preparing for Maritime Festival

ALPENA — The shores of the Thunder Bay River will be full of food, fun and maritime activities during during the Fourth of July holiday. There are a few Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary events spread out over the course of two days on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. They include the ...