Archives for August 2019

Six Vaping-Linked Illnesses Under Investigation

(UP, Michigan) — State health officials say they’re investigating the six cases of respiratory illnesses believed linked to electronic cigarettes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the vaping-related illnesses have all been diagnosed in the last 60 days. All the patients range in age from 19 to 39. There are over 200 such cases in 23 states under investigation.

Traffic Restrictions Lifted For Labor Day

Road construction crews will soon begin moving as many orange barrels and barricades out of the way as possible to accommodate Labor Day vacationers. The Michigan Department of Transportation is removing lane restrictions on over two-thirds of its road and bridge projects starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Some equipment and lane closures will remain. In all, lane restrictions will be removed from 106 of 151 projects.

Saxon Marina Reopens

Destroyed by flooding over three years ago, the Saxon Harbor marina opens today.

It’s the first time since the storm in July of 2016, that boats will be able to use the harbor’s marina again.
New docks and boat launches are open for public use. The public is being asked for patience while the cosmetic work and truck traffic continue, as crews continue their work on the campground that was also damaged. That is slated to reopen in 2020.

GL Infrastructure Conference

The inaugural Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference will be held here in Michigan…

Planned by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the event will be held at the end of April next year. The focus will be on what Great Lakes states need to be doing to address critical water infrastructure concerns. The state is accepting speaker abstracts for the conference through September 6th.

Traffic Restrictions Being Lifted For Labor Day Travel

Traffic Restrictions Being Lifted For Labor Day Travel

Road construction crews will soon begin moving as many orange barrels and barricades out of the way as possible to accommodate Labor Day vacationers. The Michigan Department of Transportation is removing lane restrictions on over two-thirds of its road and bridge projects starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Some equipment and lane closures will remain. In all, lane restrictions will be removed from 106 of 151 projects.

Six Vaping-Linked Illnesses Under Investigation

Six Vaping-Linked Illnesses Under Investigation

State health officials say they’re investigating the six cases of respiratory illnesses believed linked to electronic cigarettes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the vaping-related illnesses have all been diagnosed in the last 60 days. All the patients range in age from 19 to 39. There are over 200 such cases in 23 states under investigation.

Governor Whitmer Not Married To 45-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Governor Whitmer “Not Married” To 45-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Governor Whitmer believes her 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase idea is the best option to raise enough money fast enough to fix Michigan’s roads, but says she’s “not married” to the proposal. She tells Crain’s Detroit Business she’d accept a budget that raises at least one-point-eight billion dollars for roads, shy of her two-and-a-half billion dollar goal, and adds if Republicans can find one-point-five billion, serious negotiations would ensue.

Apple Crop On Track With 2018

Michigan’s apple crop benefited from a wet and cool spring.

The Michigan Apple Committee is predicting the harvest will be around what it was last year at 25-and-a-quarter million bushels, keeping the state third among the top apple producing states behind Washington and New York. Growers and the MAC say the quality should be very good due to the wet weather, which allowed the trees to soak in a lot of water. Harvest is a few days behind normal in west Michigan, but some varieties are ready to be picked now.

State Government Shutdown Looms

There’s still no deal in sight on a new budget.

As a result, State Budget Director Chris Kolb issued a memo to state department heads on Friday which has leaked out, telling them to prepare for a possible state government shutdown. In the memo, Kolb says they remain optimistic a deal will be reached, but also asked for reports on what would be considered essential and what parts of the government could temporarily be discontinued without a new budget. The memo was sent Friday.

Santa’s Workshop Building Torched

Santa’s Workshop Building Torched…

Someone in the Upper Peninsula is definitely on the naughty list for Christmas after a fire that destroyed Ishpeming’s community “Santa’s Workshop” was ruled an arson. Police posted on Facebook they need the public’s help identifying and catching the arsonist. Several area residents are offering to help the city rebuild Santa’s house in time for kids to visit with St. Nick before this Christmas.