February 12, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

MPSC Investigates Ferry System

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has launched an investigation and will conduct public hearings into the rates, fares, charges, and tariffs of the ferry companies that intend to serve the communities of the City of Mackinac Island, the C More...

News

Mackinac Island Master Plan Focuses on Preservation, Maintenance

Mackinac Island’s master plan, being updated for the first time in 12 years and just undergoing a public review, reflects a community in “maintenance mode,” says consultant Fran Brink, one where residents would like to maintain what More...

Master Plan Heads Back to Committee for Final Review After Public Weighs In

The Mackinac Island Master Plan will require more work in response to information received at a public hearing Tuesday, February 8, to include information about wind turbines and future development on nearby Round Island, and information about schola More...

Mackinac Island To Be Featured in its Own Pure Michigan Ad

The newly formed Mackinac Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has teamed up with Travel Michigan to launch a million dollar Pure Michigan advertising program that focuses on one destination, Mackinac Island. More...

Obituaries

Jeff Kenyon

Jeff Kenyon, 62, of St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly of Grand Ledge, was among the early groups of tour guides working at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island in 1966 and enjoyed reuniting on Mackinac Island with Fort staff members over the years. More...

John Manikoff

Mackinac Island summer resident, musician, and artist Vitold “John” Manikoff, 59, died Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant from cancer.  Mr. More...

William ‘Matt’ Bazinau

William “Matt” Bazinau, 42, of Mackinac Island was a well known horseman on Mackinac Island all of his life, working for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Mission Point Resort, and the State Park, and for many years for Cindy’s Riding More...

Letters

Council Decision Will Cause Financial Hardship to Boat Lines

To the Editor:  More...

Ferry Problem Will Become Moot If Boats Are Empty

To the Editor:  As a longtime past (starting in 1949) summer resident, with a significant personal history on Mackinac, I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness at the ongoing negative news streaming from the Island.  More...

Disappointed With Web Cameras

To the Editor:  Reading the latest edition of your paper, it was interesting to learn of all the [holiday] decorations on the Island. It is a shame that some of the Web-cams do not pick this up. More...

City Sets Ferry Franchise Fee at 7%, Caps Tickets at $24

The franchise fee the City of Mackinac Island will impose on ferry companies this year was increased 350% Wednesday, February 9, from 2% of gross passenger ticket sales to 7%, a move that will add about $750,000 to the city’s coffers, about one More...

Mayor, Clerk, School Seats Contested

Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud and Clerk Karen Lennard will face challengers in the city election Tuesday, May 3. City council seats of Jason St. Onge and Armin Porter will be on the ballot and three new candidates are seeking the posts. Mr. More...

‘Ice Bridge’

Some Find Freedom, Some Find Thrills in Lake Huron Crossing

Dennis and Ann Plegue sat on their snowmobiles silently looking over Moran Bay. More...

People

Shannon Receives Doctorate From Central Michigan

Mary Anne Shannon, Ph.D., was graduated from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant with a Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics December 11, 2010. Dr. More...

Charlotte Whittington

Charlotte Eleanor Whittington was born to Luke and Caroline Whittington of Ashburn, Virginia, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at Reston Hospital in Reston, Virginia. She weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce at birth and measured 19 inches in length. More...

Lydia Armour

Lydia Grace Armour was born Friday, January 7, 2011, in Portland, Oregon to Arthur and Rebecca Armour. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Benefits From Detroit-Windsor Bridge

Largely missing in media coverage of the politically charged controversy over building a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor is the span’s importance to outstate Michigan, including Up North.  More...

HORSE TALES

One of the funniest things to see is when a horse, any horse, pulls his ears back, lifts up his head, and curls up his front lip. More...

Nature Notes

Water: Think About How Much We All Depend On Its Various Forms

Well, folks, it’s winter. The boats have stopped running, snow has fallen, and the ice has “made” (meaning that the ice bridge to St. Ignace has formed so we can cross). More...

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