News Update For Wednesday, 6/27/12

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula News

State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard say the search is over for a missing diver near a shipwreck in Lake Superior.  52-year-old Derril Yerigan of New Richmond, Wisconsin, visited the S-S Samuel Mather shipwreck with three other divers on Monday.  The site is located 174 feet deep in the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve about 16 miles from the Whitefish Point Harbor in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  When the rest of the divers returned, the dive charter boat’s captain notified the United States Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard and the Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit began a search for Yerigan and his body was discovered at the shipwreck yesterday.  The Chippewa County medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  The investigation into the matter continues but foul play is not suspected.

The first eight of 16 timber sales on state forest land in the Duck Lake wildfire area in Luce County has brought the state nearly 395-thousand dollars.  The Department of Natural Resources started getting areas ready for timber harvest as soon as conditions from the fire this spring were deemed safe.Timber from the remaining 3,887 acres will be sold in the second eight sales tomorrow at the DNR’s Newberry field office.

108th District State Representative Ed McBroom and members of the Michigan House Energy and Technology Committee are touring the Central U.P. to listen to area residents and businesses regarding energy needs and issues in the region. The lawmakers hosted an energy town hall forum in Escanaba last night, toured the Verso Quinnesec Paper Mill and met with local business owners and energy company representatives for a round table discussion yesterday.   The lawmakers will continue their UP tour with afternoon visits to Cliff’s Natural Resources Mining Operations in Marquette County and the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has unveiled upgrades to its popular Mi Drive traffic data Web site, including a corridor dashboard to check road and traffic conditions on I-94, a major state route for both commercial and passenger traffic. Both the Web and mobile-based versions of Mi Drive have the same address:  www.michigan.gov/drive.  Motorists can now check real-time color-coded views of traffic flow and speeds on both directions of I-94, all the way from Port Huron to New Buffalo.   In addition, both versions of the Mi Drive site now give users the option of viewing information on either a Bing map aerial view or the traditional Mi Drive road view with a new map that loads much quicker than before. Shortcutting Mi Drive on a smartphone provides quick access to the site.

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