Archives for January 2019

No Mail Delivery In Michigan Today

The U.S. Postal Service is canceling all mail delivery and pickup in the state today.

The move is due to the extreme cold that is still enveloping Michigan, with wind chills once again expected to be 30- to 45-degrees below zero. While there will be no delivery, many USPS retail operations will be open, but the Postal Service says hours will be reduced for some locations.

Mackinac Island Fighting Line 5 Anchor Supports

Mackinac Island officials are challenging the state of Michigan over Line 5 plan…

Lawyers representing the island have filed legal challenges in an attempt to rescind the permits granted last year to Enbridge, noting those would extend the life of the 66-year-old pipelines by up to another decade. Enbridge reached a deal with the former Snyder administration to move the pipelines underground, which is years from happening.

Fish Stocking Report

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it stocked more than 1.1 million fish in waters around the state last fall.

The fish were released at 153 locations . Combined with earlier efforts in the spring and summer, the department says the total number of fish stocked last year topped 22 million. Nine species were targeted. They were Atlantic salmon, channel catfish, brook trout, brown trout, coho salmon, rainbow trout, lake sturgeon, walleye and muskellunge. Several other fisheries management units also stocked fall fingerling walleye.

Polar Vortex Slams Into Michigan

It is dangerously cold throughout Michigan today.

The polar vortex has arrived with sub-zero high temperatures and wind chill readings expected to be as cold as 50-below zero in some areas. Frostbite can happen in a matter of minutes, and it’s been 25 years since the state has experienced this deep of a freeze. All state offices are closed today along with the Legislature, and the vast majority of schools have also canceled classes today.

Tax Filing Season Begins

The Michigan Department of Treasury is opening up tax filing season.

The department says 2018 tax year state individual tax returns can be filed immediately electronically or through the mail. Treasury officials say 83-percent of Michiganders e-filed last year. The deadline this year is back to the normal April 15th after being April 17th last year.

Governor Whitmer Declares State Of Emergency Due To Weather

Michigan is under a state of emergency due to extremely cold weather settling in tonight and tomorrow.

Governor Whitmer issued the declaration late Monday night, activating the State Emergency Operations Center at the headquarters of Michigan State Police. She is urging people to limit their time outside, take steps inside their homes to ensure pipes don’t freeze, and check on elderly and disabled neighbors and family members. Wind chill readings in the are projected to be 50-below zero and colder in some areas tonight and tomorrow.

Missing Northern Michigan University Student Found Dead

The search for a missing Northern Michigan University student has ended with the discovery of his body.

Twenty-five-year-old Guiancarlo Estupigan was reported missing Thursday, and his body was found yesterday about 300 feet from a road in Marquette County. Authorities believe he became disoriented by a snowstorm that hit while he was out taking pictures of waterfalls.

M-28 Closed

Authorities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have closed a highway because of a 13 car pile-up…

Michigan State Police said Sunday afternoon that M-28 in the central UP would be closed until further notice. It said the highway was closed between M-77 and M-94. The investigation determined that a westbound Subaru, driven by a 67 year old Traverse City man rear ended a west bound Ford Pick up pulling a covered trailer.l The crash caused a chain reaction with other motorists who came upon the crash suddenly. All three were transported to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital for treatment.

Missing Northern Michigan University Student Found Dead

The search for a missing Northern Michigan University student has ended with the discovery of his body.

Twenty-five-year-old Guiancarlo Estupigan was reported missing Thursday, and his body was found yesterday about 300 feet from a road in Marquette County. Authorities believe he became disoriented by a snowstorm that hit while he was out taking pictures of waterfalls.

Whitmer May Propose Shifting Gas Sales Taxes To Roads

The six-percent sales tax on fuel in Michigan is currently split between public schools and road repairs…

Now, Governor Whitmer might be about to propose putting all of it into roadwork. According to WLNS-TV, Whitmer is weighing unveiling that possibility during her first State of the State address next month. The tax brings in around 675-million dollars a year, so the governor and legislative leaders would need to find ways to replace the money schools would lose.