A Michigan Community Organization receives 30-thousand-dollars in improvement grants.

MSHDA Awarded 400-hundred-thousand dollars in neighborhood enhancement grants last week to Eleven communities around Michigan who will benefit from the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. The grant will create high-impact activities that are tied to enhancing and stabilizing the area. The Menominee- Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency is receiving 30-thousand-dollars to be used for porch improvements, exterior paint, windows, doors, minor repairs, and accessibility ramps.

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Three birds have tested positive in Michigan for West Nile Virus.

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The positive birds were found sick or dead in early May and tested positive at Michigan State University last week. Birds are the natural reservoir for the virus and carry it in their blood.

Mosquitoes become infected when they bite an infected bird. The mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus may breed near people’s homes in storm drains, shallow ditches, retention ponds, and unused pools.

They will readily come indoors to bite if windows and door screens are not maintained. As summer temperatures rise, mosquitoes and the virus develop more quickly so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites as the weather warms.

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The 12th Annual Ride of Silence is taking place tonight.

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The ride begins at the Band Shell at Marina Park in Menominee at 7pm. The purpose of the ride is to honor those who have been injured or killed in car – bicycle accidents and to raise awareness that bicyclists share the roads with motorists.

Representative Bill St. Martin says anyone who would like join the ride is welcome and can join the group at the Marina Park Bandshell tonight at 7pm. If you have questions you can call 906-863-93-61 for more information.

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River Park Campground could be getting an upgrade.

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At Monday night’s Menominee City Council meeting the council reviewed a motion that would amend a resolution allowing grant funding for the River Park Campground. Mayor Jean Stegeman describes the proposed improvements to the campground.

The resolution also says the City of Menominee allocate up to 15-thousand dollars for the River Park Campground improvements. Council unanimously approved of the amended resolution.

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Marinette Law Enforcement Honor those who have served in the Line of Duty.

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Yesterday afternoon, in observance of Law Enforcement Memorial Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, the Marinette Police Department and the Marinette Sheriff’s Department held a ceremony to honor those officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Retired Marinette Police Chief, Jeff Skorik says on May 19th three names will be added to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial in Madison, Wisconsin.

Yesterday the community recognized each law enforcement officer that has passed and recognizes the officers who continue to do the tough work.

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Have you seen this man?

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The Iron Mountain Police Department is seeking information for a man wanted on a felony warrant for domestic violence.

Police are looking for Benjamin Martinez, 34. He’s wanted on charges of aggravated domestic violence, domestic violence – second offense, and habitual offender – fourth notice.

According to the police department, the crimes Martinez is wanted on occurred in September of 2016. He is still believed to be in the Iron Mountain area.

If you know where Benjamin Martinez is, you’re asked to send a private Facebook message to the police department or call them at (906) 774-1234.

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You can HELP Stamp Out Hunger in OUR Communities!

stamp out hungerIf you’ve you checked your mailbox this week there’s a good chance that you’ve received a blue bag from your letter carrier and that means it’s the 25th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive that is being held tomorrow, Saturday, May 13thIn 20-16, Marinette and Menominee had over 13-thousand visits made to local food pantries.

The Stamp Out Hunger campaign is one of the largest fundraisers in our community that supplies local food pantries with close to 15-thousand pounds of non-perishable food items.

If you would like to participate you simply need to leave your blue bag or any other bag with non-perishable food items by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick-up.

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The City of Marinette is still in need of Volunteers for City-Wide Parks Cleanup.

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There is a change in date for the City of Marinette Parks Clean-Up that was to be held tomorrow, May 13th. It is now scheduled for Saturday, May 20th.

The Marinette Parks Department is still looking for volunteers to help paint and spread wood around playground equipment. Community organizations and high school groups looking for volunteer work are encouraged to participate.

Contact Marinette Public Works at 715-732-5134 to sign up. FREE PIZZA and beverages for those completing the clean-up.

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Two Juveniles are questioned after an incident that caused multiple schools to be on lockdown.

Schools from Menominee to Manistique were on lockdown Wednesday after an unusual phone call made to a gun shop threatening a school shooting occurred. Detectives from Escanaba Public Safety say they spoke with two fourteen-year-old boys who admitted to making the prank phone call. The boys were released to their parents and the case is being forwarded to the Delta County Prosecutor for further review.

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Meet Cash! Marinette County Sheriff Department's newest addition to the K9 Patrol Team.

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Approved this week at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee Meeting is the team of Deputy Spencer Elias and his K-9 Cash. Cash is an accepted donation to the Marinette County Sheriff’ Department by his handler Elias. Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says, they’ve worked through this plan with Corporate Council for some time.

According to his handler, Deputy Spencer Elias, Cash is an eight-year-old German Shepard who was previously used as a Patrol Dog in Crivitz.



While it’s not required in the State of Wisconsin to become certified both his handler, Deputy Elias, and K-9 Cash are certified every two-years with the National K-9 Association.

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Developing Story -- Menominee Schools on Lockdown.

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Menominee Schools are on a Yellow Alert. Doors are secure and students and staff cannot leave campus. Schools in Menominee to Manistique, Michigan are on lockdown. 

According to WLUC, the Delta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible threat that was made to a local gun shop that threatened a school shooting. Precautions were put into place after Escanaba Public Safety was made aware of an unusual phone call to a local business.

Public Safety says  no further information will be released at this time.

This is a developing story. Bay Cities Radio News will have the latest information as it becomes available.

 

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Flying the friendly skies could be no more with the Menominee County Airport.

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Big decisions are ahead of the Menominee County Board after last night’s board meeting when commissioner Larry Schei addressed the board with financial documentation and what the future direction of the airport really means for the tax payers in the community.

Schei says, once they lost their sponsorship all grandfathering for the airport through the F-A-A and M-DOT AERO was lost.

Schei says there’s no economic development dollars being budgeted for the airport.


The County Board must decide and vote whether or not they want to continue operating as a County Airport. But first, they must hold a special board meeting for public input which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Menominee County Courthouse.

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Populations are down at the Marinette County Jail.

marinette county sheriffs departmentOver the last month, the Marinette County Jail has seen a decrease in the number of inmates in the County Jail due to various factors and at yesterday’s Marinette County’s Law Enforcement Committee Update the Committee heard an updated from Tom Buorque from the Sheriff’s Department that there has been a lot of releases and resolved cases this year.



Bourque says the jail is on pace to increase this year.



Currently, there are 107 inmates lodged in the Marinette County jail and so far, this year, there has been 636 Bookings and 643 releases at the Marinette County Jail.

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Wisconsinites have raised the bar again with a record amount of medications.

prescription drugsDuring the statewide “Drug Take Back Day” medications were collected at various take back events which included various locations in Marinette County.

Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says they collected 500-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals in just one day.


The state Justice Department said Monday that 66-thousand-39 pounds of medications were collected at various "Take Back" events and more than 300 permanent drug collection sites on April 29th.

The previous record was almost 64-thousand-250 pounds on a similar day last spring.

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Fire Warnings in Marinette and Oconto Counties are HIGH.

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Burning and Fire Activity, burning is NOT allowed today. Therefore, burning in barrels, debris piles, and grass or wooded areas with your annual permit is prohibited. Campfires, though strongly discouraged, are permitted if used solely for cooking or warming purposes, but use extreme caution. To see if you’re county is a high fire danger area visit the DNR's website here

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The Program that helps heat and cool homes just passed the federal budget, for now.

The Home Energy Assistance Program that helps hundreds of thousands of low-income families across the U.S. pay their heating and cooling bills is saved from elimination for this year. In March, President Donald Trump proposed cutting around 10 percent from the LIHEAP (LYE’-heep) budget. He also proposed to totally eliminating the program for the federal budget that begins October 1st which would include the 20-17 - 20-18 heating season. Congress restored funding for this year. However, the debate about funding the program for next year won’t be known until later this year.

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Gray Wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin could end up in the cross-hairs of hunters this fall.

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In January of this year Senators from Wyoming, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin introduced a bill to legislation that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states.

A ruling is expected soon from the same appeals court that lifted protection for wolves in Wyoming.

Officials say that whether Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin can hold wolf seasons this fall would depend in part on how soon the court rules.

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WPS Foundation is offering grants to assist first responders in meeting safety needs.

Bay Cities Multi Media First RespondersTo show support for those who work to uphold public safety, the WPS Foundation is encouraging all emergency response agencies in northeastern and north central Wisconsin to apply for the “Safety – It’s Worth the Energy” grant this spring.

Grant applications are being accepted now through June 30th. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, emergency response agencies must demonstrate the equipment or training they wish to acquire is part of a well-detailed effort to improve public safety.

The grant can be applied for online at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/business/worth_energy_grant.aspx

 

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for bear and elk hunting licenses.

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The application period runs through June 1. A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be available for this year's seasons. Hunters can apply online, or at any authorized license agent or DNR Customer Service Center. Applications cost five-dollars.

A base license is not required to purchase an application. Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. Bear licenses are available for both residents and nonresidents. To learn more visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Residents of Menominee construction will cause water shut offs in select areas.

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The City of Menominee would like to remind residents that due to the construction on 14th avenue, water will be turned off from 7am until 4pm today in the following locations: 14th Avenue from 21st Street to West Drive, 22nd Street from 14th Avenue to 15th Avenue, and 25th Street from 15th Street to 10th Avenue.

If you should have questions or concerns contact the City of Menominee at 906-863-2656.

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