Archives for January 2018

Dog Park In Escanaba

A project that has been on the drawing board in Escanaba for years will soon become a reality.

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous corporate sponsor, Escanaba will be building an enclosed dog park this spring. A three and a half acre parcel of land in Airport Road just off the highway will be the location of the proposed project. The park will feature separate runs for larger and smaller breeds and will be surrounded by a six-foot fence. The parek will be free to the public to use.

Bye, Bye Drivers Responsibility Fees

A state Senate committee is expected to approve a repeal of Michigan’s Driver Responsibility Fees today.

The legislation would include full amnesty for those owing the fees by October and is close to what has already passed the state House. Previously, the Senate had been reluctant to completely wipe out the fees, which were put in place over 15 years ago as a way to try to balance the budget. Lawmakers from both parties have been critical of the fees, saying they target those who can least afford them and have resulted in people being unable to drive and get jobs.

Save Buffalo Reef Meeting Tonight

There’s a public meeting today in Lake Linden, focused on saving lake trout and whitefish spawning areas on Buffalo Reef.

The underwater reef is threatened by shifting stamp sands, a by-product of copper milling done in the community of Gay. The EPA formed the task force to develop a long-term plan over the next couple of years to contain and potentially reuse the stamp sands. The group will gather input from many stakeholders, including the public. The meeting will be 6-8 p.m. in the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Auditorium. Task force members will reconvene tomorow.

Michigan Tax Returns Accepted

The Michigan Department of Treasury is now accepting 2017 tax year individual returns either online or through the mail.

All returns need to be e-filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 17 with the extra days due to the 15th being on Sunday, and Washington, DC observing Emancipation Day on the 16th. Last year, nearly 83-percent of state income tax filers e-filed, which has become the preferred method for the Treasury. Limited tax forms will be available at public libraries, northern Michigan post offices, Treasury Field Offices, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services county offices starting February 5.

Child Abuse In Escanaba

Possible Child Abuse In Escanaba…

A 22 Yo, Father has been arrested after authorities say an infant who was brought into OSF St. Francis Hospital emergency room showed signs of child abuse. The infant has been transferred to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisc., for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The unidentified man was taken to the Delta County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $500,000 cash bond.

Line 5 Replacement

Enbridge Energy officials say they are working on replacing the Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac.

A senior manager says the company is working on getting the permits to replace the aging natural gas and crude oil pipelines, which date to 1953 and have been found to have big gaps in the protective coating. Several state officials, including Attorney General Bill Schuette, have called for the pipelines to be shut down. If the permits are granted, Enbridge anticipates the work to start at the end of 2019 and take about two months.

Wind Turbines Approved, Others Under Condieration

Delta County Commissioner’s have decided the fate of some, wind turbines…

The commission approved the applications of 22 of the 36 wind turbines proposed for the Garden Peninsula. However, there was talk of eliminating seven of the turbines at Burnt Bluff, due to possible dangers to to bats and migratory birds. The motion did not carry and four of those seven were approved before the end of the meeting. The applications of the remaining 14 turbines will be discussed at the next meeting on Feb. 5.

Michigan In Top Ten For Worst Winter Driving

A home security website has ranked Michigan in the top ten for the most dangerous states for driving in the snow.

SafeWise.com looked at deadly car crashes due to snow using crash data from 2016 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and came up with the likelihood for crashes per 100-thousand people in a state. Wyoming is the most dangerous, followed by Vermont, Montana, Idaho, and Maine in the top five, with Michigan sixth. Our state had the highest number of snow crashes in 2016 at 59, in which 72 people were killed.

Great Lakes Waters On The Rise

Great Lakes Waters…on the rise…

Experts predict that Great Lakes water levels will rise for a fifth consecutive year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says all five lakes should reach above-average levels in 2018, continuing a steady recovery from record lows in 2013. Lake Superior is expected to hit the highest level on record. The upward trend is good for pleasure boaters and commercial shippers but may cause shoreline erosion.

Final State Of State For Governor

Governor Rick Snyder is taking a victory lap.

In his final State of the State address, he recapped the accomplishments of his seven years in office but offered very little in new initiatives. Snyder promised to roll out a major initiative every day next week on the environment or infrastructure and pledged to increase per-pupil funding for K-12 schools by the largest amount in the past 15 years in the upcoming budget. He closed by calling for a return to civility and compromise in politics, saying real solutions need to be found without forcing partisan solutions on each other.