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Alpena may have broken heat record

ALPENA - Much of Northeast Michigan was under a heat advisory on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Gaylord. Meteorologist Brian Adam said that, while the temperature reached 92 degrees, the heat index was 97 degrees as of 4 p.m. “The heat index is sort of a measure, if ...

McLaren Northern Michigan named Hospital of the Year

PETOSKEY — McLaren Northern Michigan has been named Hospital of the Year by the Apogee Physicians Group. The award honors a hospital “that demonstrates a trusted and respected relationship between the hospital, hospitalists, and Apogee senior leadership that is rooted in a mutually ...

Teaming up for care

ALPENA — When Mark Sullivan began cutting wood outside of his Harrisville home on May 4, he had no idea he was about to experience a life-threatening emergency. Sullivan began tuning up his firewood processor when his loose-fitting sweatshirt got caught on the controls, pulling his arm ...

Alpena under heat advisory

ALPENA — Much of Northeast Michigan is under a heat advisory until 9 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Gaylord. The heat index for Alpena was 99 degrees as of 2:30 p.m. The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when the relative humidity is factored in. ...

TBT: Tax hike not about budget woes

ALPENA — The City of Alpena will in November ask voters to approve a property tax hike to ensure Dial-a-Ride Transportation, also known as DART, services continue without an increase in fares. If approved, the millage would climb from 0.65 mills, which has been in place since 2005, to 1 ...

No PFAS resolution yet from health board

ALPENA — Four months after first discussing it, the District Health Department No. 4 board has yet to pass a resolution detailing regional contamination of per- and polyfluoroakyl substances — more commonly known as PFAS — but continues to learn about and discuss the contaminants ...

Fishermen, your mission, if you choose to accept it …

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Jerry Kahn, left, and Michigan Brown Trout festival Tournament Director Brad MacNeill prepare Big Brownie to be tagged and planted in Lake Huron on Thursday. The fish, which MacNeill affectionately named Thunder, is worth $25,000 if caught during the tournament, ...

All options on the table as Hillman schools look to cut

HILLMAN — All options are on the table as the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education works to make budget cuts before the 2019-20 school year. The board met Wednesday to discuss more cuts as the district works to overcome a $464,000 budget shortfall caused mostly by declining ...

The health care tradeoff

ALPENA — Responding to emergencies in a timely manner can be difficult in rural Northeast Michigan, delaying potentially critical care for residents. The isolation of living in Northeast Michigan means there is one hospital, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, serving the region. Residents ...

1 laid off, 5 get jobs back in Hillman

HILLMAN — Five people were recalled from layoff on Wednesday by the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education, while laying off a full-time academic support adviser and voting down layoff of a social studies teacher. Three elementary classroom paraprofessionals, a paraprofessional, ...

Mistrial in sex assault case

ROGERS CITY — A scheduled two-day trial in Rogers City ended abruptly in a mistrial on Wednesday when the court ran out of potential jurors. An extra half-panel of jurors, for a total of 62 area residents, had been summoned for the trial of Michael Rigot, of Onaway, in Presque Isle ...

A stop in Rogers City

News Photo by Julie Riddle Frank Michell, of Grosse Pointe Park, prepares to wash his sailboat Wednesday at the Rogers City marina. Michell has been making stops in harbors around the coast of Michigan on his way to the west side of the state, a trip he enjoys every summer. The sailor has ...

Bills paid for jail, airport projects

ALPENA — The bills continue to roll in for construction of Alpena County’s new jail and airport terminal. During Wednesday’s Alpena County Board of Commissioners’ Finance Committee meeting, commissioners voted to pay several invoices related to the projects and also received updates ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 113 Alarms: 0 Animal Control: 10 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 5 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

ESD ponders preschool leap of faith

ALPENA — State funding for the Alpena Great Start Readiness Program is still undetermined, but the program will take place this fall. GSRP is a preschool program for 4-year-old children at risk of educational failure, such as those from low-income families, those with disabilities, and ...

Health advisory issued for Black Lake

ALPENA — Health officials with District Health Department No. 4 are keeping an eye on an algae bloom in Black Lake near Onaway, which has been identified as a cyanobacterial algal bloom, meaning it produces toxin. Environmental Health Director Scott Smith told the health department ...

Police text parents when teens pulled over

HARRISVILLE — The digital age has given parents of teens one more way to keep tabs on their sons and daughters who control the car keys. Updating an established parental supervision program, the Michigan Sheriff’s Association has gone digital with the STOPPED program — Sheriffs ...

Residents take property concern to RC council

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City City Council has directed the city’s Planning Commission to hold a public hearing to determine whether lakeside lots owned by the city’s Downtown Development Authority should be rezoned for residential housing. The five so-called Lakeview lots are ...

A day at the beach

News Photo by Julie Riddle Brooke Becker, 11, Evan Schee, 10, and Joshua Kleve, 13, all of Alpena, escape the 86-degree heat Tuesday afternoon by joining a swimming and sunbathing crowd at Starlite Beach in Alpena. The trio was making their second attempt at fortifying a skilfully dug pit ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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 69 calls for service from 7/8/19 through 7/14/19. Of the 69 calls for service, troopers made the following ...