Archives for November 2017

First Responders Protest

Hundreds of Michigan Police Officers and Firefighters Show Up On The Capital Steps…

Hundreds of police officers and firefighters have rallied at Michigan’s Capitol, protesting yet-to-be-introduced legislation they fear could lead to cuts in retiree health and pension benefits. The demonstration Wednesday was designed as a show of force to persuade majority GOP lawmakers to stick with consensus recommendations included in a report ordered by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Negotiations continue.

New State Troopers

There will be 127 recruits joining the ranks of the Michigan State Police tomorrow.

The 133rd Trooper Recruit School graduation will be held in downtown Lansing at the Lansing Center at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the keynote speech from Governor Snyder. There were 159 prospective state troopers who began training in June, which was the largest trooper recruit class since 2000.

Governor Brian Calley?

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is now after the top elected job in the state.

He launched his run for the Republican nomination for governor yesterday, joining three other Republicans in the race to succeed term-limited Governor Rick Snyder. Calley’s platform includes working to fill over 100-thousand skilled trades jobs in his first four years if elected through high school programs and internships and expanding and improving treatment for opioid addition to get rid of the epidemic.

Michigan’s Senators Outraged Over the Delay Of The Asian Carp Study

Michigan’s Senators Outraged Over the Delay Of The Asian Carp Study

Michigan’s U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are trying to raise alarm over the delay of the finalization of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. They’ve sent a letter to the acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to push for the Brandon Road Study to be released as soon as possible. The Senators are concerned about the timeline for implementing permanent measures at the Brandon Road lock and dam

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline will be going underground

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline will be going underground…

The deal also requires the Canadian company to shut down the transmission of oil through the Straits of Mackinac during weather conditions that would hamper recovery of oil if there were a spill. Governor Snyder said business as usual by Enbridge is no longer acceptable, and the state is evaluating the future of the entire span of the pipeline. Line 5 takes oil from Canada through Wisconsin and Michigan to a refinery in Sarnia, Ontario.

Time To Hit The Slopes

Time to hit the slopes…

Marquette Mountain is in the middle of covering their slopes with snow for the upcoming ski season. Other ski hills like Ski Brule in Iron River and Indianhead Ski Resort in Iron Mountain have colder temperatures and are already up and running. According to Marquette Mountain staff, the temperatures are finally cold enough in late November to run the snow makers. Advanced lift tickets are available and they are ready to sign up kids for ski school lessons.

Gas Prices Post Another Double-Digit Drop

Michigan’s gas prices continue to fall…

Dropping at least a dime a gallon for the second straight week. Triple-A Michigan says the average is now two-dollars-53-cents, a ten-cent difference from a week ago. We’re still, however, paying about 44-cents per gallon more than last year. The auto club says the dime drop at the pump was the third-biggest change in the weekly price nationwide. In Ironwood fuel can be found for as low as 2.49 a gallon this morning.

Health Officials Concerned About Opt-Out Rates For Vaccinations

State health officials say they’re concerned about the number of kindergarten students who are not fully-up-to-date on vaccinations.

Michigan is eleventh nationally when it comes to the kindergarten vaccine waiver rate, though the numbers remain lower than 2014 thanks to parental mandates that started in 2015. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three-point-two percent of students in kindergarten and seventh grade had immunization waivers in 2016, up slightly from 2015, but well below the nearly five-percent in 2014. Parents who opt out of vaccines for their kids have to watch a video at their county health department and speak to a nurse.

Mackinac Bridge Walk Security

Security plans are still being discussed, but the annual Bridge Walk will returning 2018….

The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk will remain a Labor Day tradition. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the date won’t change. But officials still haven’t determined details about how the 5-mile walk will take place. With terrorists increasingly using cars and trucks as weapons, the bridge was closed to most vehicles during this year’s walk. Only about 25,000 people took part. Many were turned away because they couldn’t get in position before the walk ended.

Petition Drive Gets Signatures Needed

Some Michigan Voters Approve Of Re-Districting…

An all-volunteer group of activists has defied the odds by collecting hundreds of thousands of voter signatures for a 2018 initiative to overhaul redistricting in Michigan _ without having to pay a dime for a signature. It’s a rarity in state politics outside of anti-abortion ballot drives. Voters Not Politicians, a ballot committee opposed to the partisan gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts, is poised to turn in roughly 400,000 signatures by year’s end.