Archives for November 2018

Ontonagon River Stamp

A Michigan river will be featured in a new set of postage stamps highlighting scenic rivers.

The Ontonagon River in the Upper Peninsula will be on one of 12 stamps to be released in 2019. The Daily Globe in Ironwood reports that the stamp shows a branch of the river in Gogebic County. The newspaper says sections of the Ontonagon River were designated as part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers system in 1992. Forty-three miles are designated as wild and 35 miles are listed as scenic.

Senate Leader Seeks To Ban Home-Grown Marijuana

The legalization of recreational marijuana hasn’t even gone into effect yet, and already state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is trying to pull the rug out from underneath it.

As many communities pass ordinances opting out of allowing marijuana businesses, it’s looking like the only option for people to have the drug legally will be to grow it themselves. Meekhof has introduced a bill to outlaw that, preventing people from growing fewer than 150 plants as a microbusiness, saying no one is allowed to sell home-brewed beer in bars. His bill also slashes the tax rate on marijuana from ten to three-percent and prevents schools and roads from getting the revenue.

State Health Officials Urge AIDS Testing

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging people to get tested and know their status.

State health officials say there are an estimated 18-thousand-650 people who are HIV-positive living in Michigan, with 78-percent of them being men. More than half of the people in the state with HIV are black at 56-percent, with 34-percent of those infected being white and six-percent are Hispanic.

A Judge Clears Way For OCF Closure

A Judge Clears Way For OCF Closure…

There will be no last-minute reprieve for the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula. Michigan Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello has ruled Marenisco Township lacked a legal basis to block the prison’s closing, which is scheduled to happen on December 1st. OCF is a major employer in the region, and township officials sued to try to keep it open.

Changes To Minimum Wage Law

The State Senate Makes Changes To Wage, Leave Laws

Michigan’s minimum wage might not be going up to 12-dollars an hour until 2030 under changes to the law approved by the House and Senate earlier this year. The Senate yesterday passed revisions to the wage law to delay the full implementation by six years and to remove those earning the tipped wage from the minimum wage hike. Senators also changed the sick leave law to require employers to provide 36 hours of paid sick time a year instead of 72.

Enbridge Wants To Begin Survey Drilling Under Line 5 In Spring

Enbridge Energy has a timeline to begin the drilling under the Straits of Mackinac as part of its plan to encase its Line 5 pipeline in a tunnel in the bedrock.

The Canadian company wants to start that work in the spring, and its permit application is open for public comment through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality until at least December 7th. Governor Snyder reached a deal with Enbridge to move the aging pipelines underground instead of on the lakebed, but Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel are both opposed to the plan and instead want the crude oil and natural gas pipelines shut down.

One Fair Wage Urging No Vote On Minimum Wage Change

The group behind a ballot proposal approved by state lawmakers earlier this year to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to 12-dollars an hour by 2022 is urging the Senate to reject changes to it.

Republican leaders passed the proposal from One Fair Wage with the intent of modifying it without needing a supermajority, which would have been required had it been approved by voters. One Fair Wage leaders will be rallying on the state capitol steps today to oppose the changes in a new Senate bill which would restore the tipped wage credit and prevent servers and bartenders from being part of the 12-dollar minimum wage. Organizers say the bill makes unconstitutional changes to the law, and they plan to sue if it passes.

Over $32M In Funding For New Soo Lock

The new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie will receive just over 32-million dollars…

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District says the money will be spent to start deepening the upstream approach channel, and it’s enough to complete design and allow construction of that part of the project. Congress approved the work to combine the two smaller locks into a second large one to complement the Poe Lock back in 1986, but didn’t approve the funding until this year. President Trump got behind the proposal before a rally in a Detroit suburb several months ago, which finally got things moving.

Marijuana Will Be Legal Next Week

Michigan residents over the age of 21 will legally be allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana next Thursday.

The Board of State Canvassers on Monday certified the results of the November 6th election, which set the date for the decriminalization of the drug for December 6th, one month from the day voters said yes. However, just because possession will be legal, many communities are already opting out of allowing businesses to set up shop to sell weed and other products derived from the plant.

Iron River man still is missing

It’s still a mystery as to what happened to Jay Dee Luckey.

The last reported sighting of the 47-year-old Missouri man was at Snyder’s in Iron River around 3:30 pm on October 23. Since then, his family hasn’t heard anything and can’t seem to put the pieces of the puzzle together either. Family members say jay was a loving family guy, who enjoys being outside and doing construction. Anyone with information about Luckey’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Iron County Sheriff’s Office at (906) 875-0650