Mackinac Island

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. 

Protesters were at the ferry docks to greet attendees of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac conference.

Jim Lively is with a Northern Michigan environmental group. He says the line under the straits serves as a shortcut for moving fuel between points in Canada with little benefit to Michigan.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Some business owners in the tourist industry of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island say they're experiencing a severe worker shortage because of a drop in federal visas.

The Detroit News reports the federal government limits visas to 66,000 foreign workers per year, but it doesn't include returning workers against the cap. Congress decided not to renew the exemption for returning workers in September 2016 after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump condemned foreign workers getting American jobs.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   A half-acre of land on Mackinac Island is up for sale. reports Monday that the property consists of three lots in the Hubbard's Annex neighborhood.

The land is not part of Mackinac Island State Park. It was acquired by the state via tax reversion in 1944. It is currently off city and county tax rolls.

The sale is being overseen by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, an independent entity within the state Department of Natural Resources.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   Mackinac Island is restricting drones amid worries that such unmanned aircraft may startle the island's horses and interfere with its historic charm.  

The Detroit News reports the restriction is expected to go into effect July 26 requiring visitors and residents on the island to seek permission from officials before flying drones. The City Council recently approved the ordinance.

According to the ordinance, potential drone operators will need to request a permit before flying their devices. Violators could be subject to a fine.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   Authorities say a 79-year-old woman died after her bicycle struck a horse-drawn carriage on Mackinac Island. 

Island police Chief Brett Riccinto said Gail Johnson of Llano, Texas, was bicycling on Main Street near the public library Tuesday afternoon. He says it appears she "veered over and ... drove right into the carriage."

Riccinto says her head hit a crossbar at the rear of the carriage, she became caught under the wheels and was run over. Witnesses told investigators it was unlike Johnson — a healthy, avid bicyclist — to lose control.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Detroit museum's effort to bring art to unexpected places will feature installations in Alpena and Traverse City as well as on Mackinac Island.

Reproductions of pieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection go on view around the northern Michigan communities May 20-Oct. 31 as part of "Inside/Out."

The reproductions will feature various artists and styles, from old masters to modern art. Among displays in Traverse City are "The Nut Gatherers" by William Bouguereau and "Reeds and Cranes," a landscape by Japanese artist Suzuki Kiitsu.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   A rare birth has taken place on Mackinac Island after the mother was unable to make it to the mainland before her water broke.  

Dr. Lisa VanHevel delivered a baby boy Wednesday morning at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. It was only her second time delivering a baby since she started practicing medicine on the island in August 2014.

VanHevel tells the Grand Rapids Press that pregnant women who live on Mackinac Island usually relocate temporarily to the mainland when they're nearing their due date.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   A newly built ferryboat for transporting passengers between Mackinac Island and the Michigan mainland has made its maiden voyage.  

"Miss Margy" embarked Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Shepler's Mackinac Island ferry docks in Mackinaw City.

The 85-foot vessel is the first ferryboat to be built in northern Michigan. It recently obtained U.S. Coast Guard certification and the company says it's ready to go.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has canceled an appearance this weekend at a Republican gathering in Michigan.  

Campaign spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski says the GOP presidential hopeful will not attend the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. He had been scheduled to speak Friday night. Walker also has canceled an appearance in California.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to speak next month at a Republican gathering in Michigan.

He's the sixth presidential candidate announced as a speaker at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The Sept. 18-20 event will occur six months before Michigan's presidential primary.

Paul attended the conference in 2013.

Other speakers on Mackinac Island will include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.