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Daily Globe (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Ironwood, Michigan WINGS WEATHER CAROLINA STORM Detroit behind to top canes in overtime Pg 9 THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 GOOD DAY Paul Magdziak Happy birthday Grampa Adam SNOW REPORT FORECAST TONIGHT Mostly clear early scattered snow showers developing late FRIDAY Turning blustery and colder with scattered lake effect snow showers Hi 18 Page 2 ALPINE INDIANHEAD MTN Reports a 65 inch base and except for some powder areas Ml trails are open with 6 lilts running today BIG POWDERHORN MTN Reports a base of packed powder Area is 100 cent open with running BLACKJACK Reports a 62 base and overnight There are 20 trails 3 double and 2 rope tows available today Saturday Tommy Moe and Kilt will be at Blackjack for NASTAR Midwest Regionals Students of GCC MTU and Finlandia ski or on Sunday WHITECAP MTNS Reports a 65 inch base and All 36 runs are open and 6 lifts are operating PORCUPINE MTN Reports a 40 inch base of packed powder There are 15 trails open and 3 lifts running GENERAL Official snowfall is at 232 inches over 19 feet it's awesome in Big Snow INDEX Classifieds Comics 14 No Highland 4 Obituaries 2 Opinion 11 CLOTHING V Sportswear SALE Men's Ladies Children's Columbia Jackets STORE Saturday 9 p.m Friday 9 p.m Closed Sundays Abelman Clothing Sophie St Bessemer Ml Phone Hurley told to address water infiltration problems By RALPH ANSAMI Globe News Editor The Hurley City Council must ately plan to address water infiltration problems in its sanitary sewer system the manager of the Treatment Facility said Tuesday Mark Bowman appeared before the city council to sound an alarm that Hurley is using more than its share of water through a contract with Ironwood The wastewater treatment facility in Ironwood is designed to treat 3.4 million gallons a day In periods of the spring when water infiltrates the Hurley system the city vastly exceeds its share of usage Bowman said Hurley is using way beyond its ty at certain times of the Bowman said We're requesting you get this down to a reasonable level He said the tial exists that the overflow could cause some to go untreated There are some severe consequences if Hurley officials don't take some action Bowman said State and federal tors could place a moratorium on sewer extensions for example he said There were indications at Tuesday's meeting that both the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources are prompting the city to take some action Connie Loden of the Iron County Zone noted with a Hurley trial park expansion project in the works sewer extensions are a necessity Eric Blomdahl of MSA Engineers a firm hired by the city notes the project will open up 38 acres more to industrial development in the park and eventually 51 acres Loden noted the industrial park is presently full No property is available without extending the she sized Loden asked if Hurley could purchase a greater share of the water treatment pie from Ironwood Township Bowman said there's nothing in the to prevent that Blomdahl said the grant period for the industrial park project has been extended through August of 2002 Blomdahl suggested the city attempt Page 7 How Low CAN SHE Megan Janczak does the limbo as part of a Hawaiian celebration for Valentine's Day at St Sebastian School in Bessemer Students and teachers wore shorts hula skirts and leis Some made their own hula skirts The students played lawn games and with beach balls did the limbo and learned to hula while the snow outside continued to pile up I would not be stretching it to say that 90 percent or more of Gogebic County crimes are alcohol-related and that's all crime categories Groat prosecuting attorney Alcohol drug abuse directly linked to public safety Editor's This in the sixth and final installment in a on the Western Upper Peninsula Com- munity Profile 2000 By ANDY Globe Associate Personal safety and security are critical issues In Western Upper Michigan the quality of life and therefore the public health is outstanding But things could be better especially if the rate of alcohol and drug abuse can be reduced People are generally healthy the crime rate is low especially violent said Ray Sharp author of a community profile published through the Western UP District Health Department If you live in Detroit you're 10 limes more likely to be dered For the period the region averaged 82.3 violent crimes and the crime rate was 80 percent lower than the state see related charts Page The rural nature of the com- lends to the sense of security At the same time the large geographic area with a smattering of officers means a different sort of law enforcement challenge Michigan has an average of 36.4 law enforcement officers per 100 square miles In the Western UP that ber is as low as 1 in Ontonagon County and averages 4.6 officers Row data also seems to gest that Gogebic County has a higher crime rate than its Wettern Upper Community Profile 2000 boring counties though the bers appear to be driven by unusually high rates of ly conduct and petty offenses in tile state crime all ers including drunkenness and vagrancy category It was almost equal to crimes reported in Houghton County with about half the population That's said Graydon Blank who heads the human services coordinating board which participated in the profile Assuming that there isn't a problem in reporting I think that says something about the economic life of our said Blank I think these things are supportive in terms of direction of programs we need to look at They also can be very supporting in terms of seeking grants to try to work on some of these lems Pnge 7 Blanchard still launching test balloons for 2002 By ANDY HILL Globe Associate Is Michigan for a new and improved Gov Jim Blanchard who was shot out of the saddle by Gov John Englor in the 1992 election visited wood Wednesday to test the waters for a run at his old job in Lansing I'm continuing to explore the possibility of ning for governor he told The Daily I'm on a lour basically in the central and western Blanchard met with Gogebic County Democrats and elected and appointed officials Wednesday at Towne House Following his two terms as governor Blanchard served as ambassador to Canada and has been active in numerous endeavors including ing on the board of directors giant tel Networks These things would mean added expertise and in the governor's office he asserts I've stayed in public service and been very much involved in diplomacy and businesses a ety of t liings that give me a perspective on the state and the governor's hn said and on a lot of missed opportunities Hint have occurred in our state While in office Blanchard facilitated the revival White Mine through an employee stock option plan He remains keenly aware of the lems facing Gogebic and Ontonagon counties Clearly the challenges of the Western are unique and serious he said The record ty that the country hns experienced these last eight years or so have not necessarily washed across the or this area Blanchard also is critical of the current priorities Even our state government has not taken very good care of our he said whether it's public education which lias to be a focus here or the infrastructure which cries out for maintenance and improvement or the quality of health care or the environment The Nortel Networks connection networks carry half of the Internet of Europe and 75 percent of the Internet of North he said could help the remote Western Upper Peninsula Here I suppose it would be trying to make sure thai Gogebic and counties could he put in the middle of the information technology he said We need an here to help support businesses and tourism Clearly one of the anchors is Gogebic Community College and the public schools here Even there the ture of Gogebic Community College needs lion He also sees area resources as having My plan was lo larget forest products as one of the growth lie said We did that before We'll do it again We recruited a number of to come to the not just the Champion International mill expansion but Louisiana Pacific and others came here Blanchard said the changing economy means taking different approaches to region's revival Tourism is slill not to be underestimated at all The use of information technology is not to be said The great vantage hero is that it is a remote area With ern information technology we could be in the ter of action Blanchard outlined his reasons for considering the governorship again 7 Former Gov James Blanchard and his wife Janet visited Ironwood Wednesday as part of a statewide tour Blanchard who served as Michigan governor for two terms is considering another run at the state's highest office
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