2014-02-27 / Community

News Briefs

Marquette declares local ‘emergency’ for frost

MARQUETTE – A local State of Emergency was issued for Marquette County due to the severe cold weather causing underground frost levels to exceed over 85 inches in some areas. This is causing water mains to break in the cities of Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette.

“This freeze is causing local jurisdictions to exhaust their resources in order to keep water mains flowing to their residents and businesses,” Marquette County Commissioner Gerald Corkin said. “This declaration will allow the county to reach out to the State for assistance in obtaining the necessary resources to assist those jurisdictions.”

The declaration has been sent to the State Emergency Operations Center for approval.

“Once we receive the approval, state resources could then become available for jurisdictions to tap into for help,” said Scott Erbisch, Marquette County Administrator. “Marquette County Emergency Management and Damage Assessment officials continue to track information related to this incident.”

Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab fundraiser set

GLADSTONE – Bob Wayne and “The Outlaw Carnies” will make a special stop to play at the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone on March 5 at 7 p.m. All profits benefit the Upper Michigan Raptor Rehabilitation and Wildlife Center in Gladstone.

The Raptor Rehab Center was established and federally licensed in 2007. It is owned and operated by Randy Bruntjens, with help from Tracey Anderson, and is dedicated to providing food, shelter, medical care and release to raptors as well as to other wildlife as needed.

As a non-profit organization, it operates on grants and private donations. Bruntjens works closed with the Department of Natural Resources, as the DNR does not have a facility to provide needed care for these animals.

Most bird injuries are the result of accidents, either with cars or while hunting prey, and involve broken wings, legs, etc.

Admission is by a donation at the door. This event is sponsored by “Blues for a Cause”. For more information call (906) 786-6420.

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