St. Ignace

ST. IGNACE, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force is meeting in St. Ignace this week to discuss propane availability in the region. 

The group was created by executive order to assess the U.P.’s overall energy needs and how they’re being met. It aims to formulate alternative solutions for meeting those needs and identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the region.

The task force must submit a plan by March 31 on possible alternative means to supply propane to the U.P.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   State and federal agencies are gearing up for a Michigan celebration of Smokey Bear's 75-year legacy of preventing forest fires. 

Smokey will join staffers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other partners Friday at Straits State Park in St. Ignace.

A family-friendly birthday party is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature a fire truck open house, displays of wildland fire equipment, fire-prevention games, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the iconic bear.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for volunteers to help assess environmental and navigation hazards in the Straits of Mackinac, the channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment workshop is scheduled for July 24-25 in St. Ignace.

It will bring together waterway users, stakeholders, and government agencies to identify safety risks and consider measures that can be taken to reduce them.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   The Marquette community is mourning two residents killed in a St. Ignace traffic accident Friday.

Jacob Johnson, 18, was the driver of a car that struck a pickup truck driven by Meghann Colegrove, 28, of St. Ignace around noon on North State Street.

Front seat passenger Will Johnson, 22, was taken to Mackinac Straits Hospital, where he later died. Jacob was taken to McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   Authorities have confirmed the identity of a body found last week in Lake Huron in northern Michigan. 

Ronald Dague, a Milwaukee-area prosecutor, died in a plane crash on Aug. 31. The Mackinac County sheriff says dental records helped confirm the identity.

The 64-year-old Dague was an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, for 26 years. He was the only person aboard a single-engine plane that crashed after departing St. Ignace for Mackinac Island.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   The pilot who died in a weekend plane crash in Michigan has been identified as a Wisconsin man who was a Milwaukee-area prosecutor.

Ronald Dague was the only person aboard a plane that crashed in Lake Huron.

Authorities say the plane had departed an airport in St. Ignace on Friday night for a short flight to Mackinac Island. Plane debris has been found, but authorities still are looking for the pilot's remains.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   A small plane with one person aboard has apparently crashed in Lake Huron after failing to arrive at Mackinac Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the Piper Lance plane departed an airport in St. Ignace but didn't arrive at the island early Saturday. Lt. Dan Peters says a wing and other debris were found in Lake Huron.

The Mackinac County sheriff's office is leading the recovery.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   Authorities have positively identified a couple whose remains were recovered from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed more than 20 years ago in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait said Thursday the remains have been positively identified as those of missing couple Mark and Janet Davies.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   Michigan State Police say they’ve found the body of a missing St. Ignace man.

Raleigh Harrington, 25, was reported missing March 20. Crews searched by land, air, and sea for Harrington, concentrating on the region near Straits Area State Park.

His remains were found Sunday in a heavily wooded area of Mackinac County.

Officials say they’re continuing to investigate Harrington’s death, but foul play is not suspected.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force, Civil Air Patrol, and Border Patrol assisted local law enforcement in the search.  

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is on the agenda Friday as officials try to work on details of the 2018 edition. 

Members of the Mackinac Bridge Authority will discuss whether the 5-mile Labor Day walk should begin at both ends. Participants would turn around after 2½ miles. That option would eliminate the need for buses.

The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. at the Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace.