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Local school board roundup: Rogers City school board seats two

Recent actions by school boards in Northeast Michigan: ∫ Thomas Catalano and Shannon McKinstry were formally seated on the Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education last week after taking the oath of office. McKinstry was elected in November and will serve a six-year term. Catalano was ...

Residents want wolf hunt

ALPENA — Wolves and deer are on the minds of many Michiganders concerned about wildlife conservation issues, according to Carol Rose, a Hillman resident appointed last year as chairwoman of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. About 20 Michiganders — none from Northeast Michigan — ...

Speer to retire

ALPENA — Forty-two years ago, Alpena News Publisher Bill Speer began his professional career as a journalist. On Feb. 11, when he turns out the lights to his office for the last time, he will end a career that spanned three states, numerous roles, and that has seen him supervise hundreds ...

Major detour starts Feb. 1 for Bagley Street bridge rebuild

ALPENA — The Bagley Street Bridge was designed to handle traffic and pedestrian trends of the time it was built in 1976. Beginning Feb.1, the bridge will be closed and reconstructed to meet the needs of today and the future, Alpena County Road Commission Managing Director Ryan Brege ...

Uncertainty abounds as Alpena Township crafts 2021 budget

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Last year, the Alpena Township Board of Trustees began its fiscal year with a balanced budget, and it hopes to repeat that accomplishment this budget cycle. Matching revenues to expenses may prove more difficult this year, however, as uncertainty on state revenue sharing ...

Confusion, tech glitch agitates residents hungry for vaccine

ALPENA -- The excitement surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout quickly turned into frustration this week as thousands of Northeast Michiganders vied for an appointment to receive the vaccination. On Monday, the state made the vaccine available to thousands of Northeast Michiganders who are ...

Alpena County Regional Airport working toward self-sufficiency

ALPENA — Each year, the Alpena County Board of Commissioners allocates approximately $300,000 to the Alpena County Regional Airport. This year, it only budgeted a touch over $167,000. If things go according to plan, that money could remain in the county’s general fund and help reduce a ...

Some say virus renter aid may actually harm renters

ALPENA — If rent doesn’t get paid, renters could be the ones who suffer. Since March, eviction moratoriums at the state and national level have protected Michiganders from losing their homes because of unpaid rent as the coronavirus pandemic stole jobs and wrecked bank accounts. The ...

Alpena schools chief recommends stopping coronavirus sick leave

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools administrators recommend the district’s Board of Education stop emergency COVID-19-related sick leave to the district’s employees. Federal coronavirus relief measures initially mandated employers to provide paid sick leave for absences related to the ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Deer shot over bait in Montmorency County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Nov. 15-28 MONTMORENCY COUNTY CO Sidney Collins received a complaint in Montmorency County of a stolen tractor implement off a cabin property. ...

Data collection change explains low recovery counts, official says

ALPENA -- A change in paperwork means local public health departments are not tracking those who recover from COVID-19 the way they used to, which could explain why the number of Northeast Michiganders reported recovered from infection seems low in publicly released data. The option to enter ...

Stamas: No Whitmer nominations until reopening

ALPENA — A state senator representing Northeast Michigan is calling on his colleagues to block Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments until her administration allows restaurants to reopen. Restaurants have been barred to indoor dining since November as Whitmer pushed to slow the spread of ...

HUNT arrests 7 in two days

ALPENA -- Seven Alpena-area drug arrests in two days highlight the problem of narcotics funneled into the Alpena area, according to a news release from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team. On Jan. 5, a car stopped by Alpena Police Department officers as it was leaving a suspected Alpena ...

Alpena schools may join vaping lawsuit

ALPENA — Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman reached into a repurposed business envelope box on Wednesday and pulled out a plastic bag filled with vaping pens, liquids, and chargers his staff have confiscated from students in the past couple of years. The contents of the repurposed ...

POLICE BLOTTER: 6 car/deer crashes in Alcona County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of Jan. 4-10 50 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 6 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 11 Property Damage Accident. : 2 Animal/Dog: ...

Restaurants may reopen Feb. 1

LANSING -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today she hopes to let restaurants reopen for indoor dining on Feb. 1, as her health department extended a two-month ban by an additional two weeks while letting non-contact sports resume this weekend. The plan is to allow dining with mitigation measures, ...

Ace Hardware planned for U.S.-23 North

ALPENA -- The northern corridor in Alpena will soon add a familiar franchise to its business portfolio. Ace Hardware is being built adjacent to Dean Arbour Ford on U.S.-23 North. Bill Kelly, a spokesman for the project, said a new, 12,000-square-foot retail store will open with an additional ...

Frank Mays, last living survivor of Bradley, remembered as adventurer

ALPENA — Frank Mays, the last living survivor of the 1958 wreck of the Carl D. Bradley, died on Thursday. Originally from Rogers City, Mays was one of two people to survive the sinking of the Bradley, a self-unloading bulk freighter that split in two and sank during a storm on Nov. 18, ...

State bill would make it easier to get erosion control permits

ALPENA — Chuck Herring lost a chunk of his back yard when it slid into Thunder Bay, beaten by wind at waves near the tip of Partridge Point in Alpena Township. He’s not planning an aggressive assault to stop the process — after all, he said, “you can’t fight Mother Nature. You’re ...