Air Quality Alert for Indiana Due to Wildfire Smoke

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day for all counties in the state due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. Due to north to northeast winds, IDEM says this particulate matter is expected to continue traveling through Indiana and air quality may continue to be impacted beyond today Thursday […]

Railroad Crossing Work Continues in Valparaiso

In Valparaiso, city officials say work on railroad crossings continues, requiring short-term closures and detours as upgrades continue. “We continue to work closely with Canadian National to facilitate projects that improve crossings for motorists,” said City Engineering Director Mike Jabo. This week Canadian National is completing work on the crossing at Roosevelt Road, upgrading it […]

District Offers Medical Sharps Collection with Porter County Health Department

The Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District says it has launched a partnership with the Porter County Health Department to offer a residential medical sharps collection. Residents can bring in their medical sharps, needles, syringes, and lancets to collection bins at Porter County Health Department locations in Valparaiso and Portage for proper disposal, Monday-Friday, […]

Nominations Sought for Duneland Chamber Community Awards

In Chesterton, the Duneland Chamber of Commerce says it is currently seeking community nominations for eight awards given during the Duneland Chamber Community Awards Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Nomination forms are available on the Chamber website or can be emailed upon request. All nominations are due by Friday, June 30, […]

Northwest Indiana Rail Crossing Projects Receive Federal Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced it has awarded more than $570 million in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program funding to proposed projects in 32 states including Indiana, three in the Region. In Hammond, two at-grade crossings would be removed at Parrish and Arizona Avenues and an overpass called Governors Parkway would […]


Community Mourns Death of Merrillville Town Councilman

In Merrillville, the community is mourning the sudden passing of Town Councilman Donald Spann. A news release from the town says Spann, who represented Ward 1 for over a decade, died Friday June 2 at his home. Town Council President Rick Bella said flags were lowered to half-mast at all of Merrillville’s buildings in honor […]

INDOT Public Information Meeting on US 30 Study

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) says it is hosting seven public information meetings this month as it continues the Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) studies along the U.S. 30 and U.S. 31 corridors in northern Indiana. The ProPEL studies span 180 miles across 12 counties and include U.S. 30 from Valparaiso to the Indiana/Ohio […]

Northwest Indiana, Much of State Considered Abnormally Dry

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map released Thursday June 1, 2023, now shows all of Northwest Indiana and much of the state as Abnormally Dry. The only counties in the Hoosier state not classified in any drought category at this time are in eastern and southwestern Indiana. In Illinois, a large portion of Cook County […]

Fire Department: Homeowner Alerted by CO Detector

In Porter County, Liberty Township Volunteer Fire says a late-night call last week for a carbon monoxide alarm sent a person to the hospital after high levels of toxic gas were detected inside the residence. The news release said firefighters also rescued a dog who was still inside. While on scene investigating, firefighters say they […]

Valparaiso to Host Neighborhood Workshop

In Valparaiso, the city is hosting a workshop in June to promote neighborhood engagement. A release from the city says neighborhood workshops provide an opportunity for neighborhood representatives to connect, learn from each other and become more familiar with available neighborhood services. The June agenda includes an introduction to Police Chief Andrew McIntyre and a […]