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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 26NOV21

Iosco County Officials recently discussed the future of Emergency Medical Services.  The Iosco County Board of Commissioners discussed the county’s Emergency Medical Services. According to the Iosco County News Herald, board members began the process of ceasing services with Mobile Medical Response in managing the county’s EMS. The intention is for the county to run its own management of Emergency Medical Services. The move will save the county money in the long run. The contract with Mobile Medical Response will terminate 120 days after MMR is informed by the county.

An Oscoda County Township recently approved expenditures.  The Big Creek Township Board of Trustees, meeting at the Luzerne Fire Hall, approved two expenditures at their meeting. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the board approved spending $400 dollars for parts to repair the township’s vacuum tanker. The tanker was received by the Luzerne Volunteer Fire Department from the Department of Natural Resources in Gaylord. Board members also approved spending $300 to be included in a FEMA Assistance To Firefighters Grant for 800 radios, pagers and truck radios for fire departments in the county.

Huron Pines is one of sixteen Wildlife Habitat Grant recipients from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Huron Pines will use the $84,400 dollars to try new approaches to habitat restoration on state land with a focus on the broader Jack Pine ecosystem in and around Ogemaw County. Now that the Kirtland’s Warbler population is more stable, Huron Pines, in collaboration with state and federal conservation agencies and local partners is looking to take a more comprehensive approach to restoring the landscape.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 25NOV21

Arenac County officials recently approved project funding.  The approval came during the Arenac County Board of Commissioners meeting November 9th. According to the Arenac County Independent, commissioners accepted a subcommittee proposal to use American Rescue Plan Act funding for a renovation project. The funding will be used for Phase Two of the Arenac County Courthouse and Jail Renovation project. Cost of the project is estimated at $195,000 dollars.

Numbers were recently released for the Fall School Head Count.  The head count was held on October 6th. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Tawas Area Schools Superintendent John Klinger reported preliminary reports to the board of education. Klinger told the board that this year’s count was very similar to last year’s numbers. Klinger said this year’s total student head count was 1,166 compared to 1,165 in the fall of 2020 head count. Klinger added that the fall count was an increase of 27 students from last February’s spring count.  

More than two million dollars in grants were recently awarded through the MI Water Plan. The grants, issued through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy support work including replacing lead service lines, enhancing water affordability plans and connecting homes with contaminated drinking water wells, to safe community water supplies. Among the municipalities receiving funding is the City of Pinconning with $219,910 dollars. The grants were awarded through the Drinking Water Asset Management Grant Program.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 24NOV21

The Fairview Area School Board recently approved two bids.  The Fairview Area Schools Board of Education recently approved a bus purchase bid. According to the Oscoda County Herald, board members approved the bid of $109,252 dollars to purchase a new Bluebird diesel bus. The board also approved a bid of $23,930 dollars from Kuhn’s Specialty Flooring to sand and refinish the gymnasium floor. Also during the board’s November 8th meeting, approval was given to transfer $10,000 dollars from the district’s general fund to the athletic department to cover program expenditures.

A Public Hearing will be held next week in Ogemaw County.  The Ogemaw County “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” Task Force will hold the public hearing. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the purpose of the hearing is to review expenditures of the Federal and State Transportation Improvement Program to be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for Ogemaw County. The meeting will be held Wednesday, December 1st, 1pm, in the offices of the Ogemaw County Road Commission, 1250 South M-33 in West Branch. Interested residents are invited to attend the public meeting. For more information call 345-0234.

An Alpena County man has won nearly 700-thousand dollars playing Fast Cash Lotto. The man , who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the K-and-T  Party store on M-32 in Herron, west of Alpena. The 37-year-old plays to pay bills and save the rest.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 23NOV21

An Iosco County Corrections Officer recently completed training.  Corrections Officer Abby Colburn completed a local corrections officer training academy. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Colburn graduated from the 18th Delta Community College Academy. The four week course offered an interactive, comprehensive instruction program with topics including custody and security; defensive tactics, first aid, suicide awareness, fire safety and interpersonal communications. Iosco County Sheriff’s Office Jail Administrator, Captain Brian Golden, said the training helps corrections officers develop and practice the tools necessary to be successful in this high stress environment. (Photo: Abby Colburn receiving award)

An Arenac County Municipality was recently honored.  The City of Standish recently was awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award. According to the Arenac County Independent, the award is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The award honors cities that have maintained a steady level of properly fluoridated water throughout the calendar year 2020. The prize was given to 1,292 water systems in 28 states including Michigan systems in Saginaw, the Bay Area, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and Standish. For more details on the award, visit CDC.gov/Fluoridation.

The U.S Forest Service gave a report on the April Brittle Fire.  The United State Forest Service held an open house this past Friday at the East Tawas Community Center to discuss the events that led to the April 23rd Brittle Wildfire. According to the Iosco County News-Herald, about 5,600 acres were burned when the prescribed burn got out of control. The Forest Service stated that a strong, unexpected wind change from West to North led to spot fires which caused control issues and ultimately led to the controlled burn being designated a wildfire. Forest Service Officials also stated changes they will make to ensure something like this does not happen in the future; including, looking more closely at rainfall measurements, assessing the dryness of possible fire fuel, and having more communication with the National Weather Service to get more current weather conditions. The U.S Forest Service also wanted to thank all of the responding fire, police, and emergency crews for their assistance.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 22NOV21

Local fire crews recently responded to a structure fire.  On November 10th, the East Tawas and Tawas City Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire on Evans Street in East Tawas. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the crews discovered a garage on fire and were able to extinguish the flames within three minutes of arriving. Crews remained on the scene for about 40 minutes to be sure the fire was out, and to clear smoke. East Tawas Fire Chief, Bill Deckett says it appears that the fire started in a wheeled garbage container which had been used to transport leaves from where they were raked to where they were being burned, and some of the hot embers must have gotten into the container. No injuries were reported. Assisting the East Tawas and Tawas City Fire Departments at the scene was East Tawas Police Department.

With regular firearms deer season getting underway in Michigan today, the Department of Natural Resources says there are fewer hunters than last year based on license sales. DNR officials say people might not be planning to get out this week  because they've got other obligations, and last year was a banner year for deer sales. Figures provided by the DNR show license sales are down 4.36% compared with 2020. Last year saw the highest number since 2016.  The high cost of Ammunition may also play a role.

Two Mio-AuSable School teachers recently won technology awards.  The Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon Intermediate School District Board of Education presented the 2020 Lyle Spalding Award for Educational Technology to Mio-AuSable Elementary School teachers, Michelle Marsh and Melinda Green. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the teachers were nominated by Mio-AuSable Elementary School Principal, Celeste Shiffer. They were nominated due to their effective use of the Google Classroom and Zoom platforms during the pandemic. The Lyle Spalding Educational Technology Award is named after a former COOR ISD Superintendent and is given to those who demonstrate the importance of technology to enhance education.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 26NOV21

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated its guidance for long-term care visitation ahead of the holiday season. According to the guidelines, if a  visitor, as well as a resident or their representative, is aware of COVID-19 risks and the  visit doesn't put other residents at risk, the resident must be allowed to receive visitors  as they choose. Previous guidelines tried to prevent visitors from introducing COVID-19  into long-term care facilities. Around 84% of long-term care residents in Michigan are  now fully vaccinated, and boosters are available.

The Ingham County Sheriffs Office is searching for a missing woman and her son.  Sarah Jane Heltzel was last seen leaving a home on Gale Rd. in the Onondaga  area on Nov. 23rd at 4 p.m. She was driving a white Ford F250.  Heltzel is a 40-year-old  Caucasian female, five feet six inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. Her one-year-old son, Ryan, also has brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with  information is asked to contact the Ingham County Sheriffs Office.

The death of a Michigan State University student has prompted officials to suspend the school's chapter of a fraternity the student was involved with. The university and the Pi  Alpha Phi national organization have prohibited the chapter of the fraternity from  hosting any events on campus, recruit students or take part in any campus events  following the death of 21-YEAR old Phat Nguyen (Fat Nye-Jen), who was found  unresponsive early Saturday off campus. Police say the death may have been alcohol- related and the fraternity posted on its Facebook page Nguyen had just joined the  fraternity.

Health departments across Michigan are warning about the risk for Legionnaires  disease as winter weather begins. The disease can be found in Michigan homes,  including showerheads, hot tubs, fountains, humidifiers and hot water tanks and  heaters -- more often in electric heaters. Symptoms of Legionnaires disease include a  cough, shortness of breath, headaches and fever. Those most are risk are people 50  and up, current or former smokers, people with chronic lung disease and people with  weak immune systems.

A Kalamazoo resident is in custody after a police chase involving a stolen car on  Thursday. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers saw a stolen vehicle in the  area of Alcott Street and Portage Street. They tried to pull the vehicle over, but it fled,  officers had to stop the chase after a short time due to public safety concerns. The car  soon crashed near the intersection of Portage Road and Kilgore Road and the 39-year- old driver was arrested without incident.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer called currently deployed members of the Michigan National Guard on Thursday to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and extend to them  the states gratitude for their continued service. She told service members that They are  always willing and able to answer this call to service and for that, we are all truly  grateful. Whitmer additionally thanked the troops for serving so that others could spend  time safely with family.

Two men were shot and killed Wednesday at a home in Grand Rapids. A third victim was in critical condition Thursday morning. It happened around 10:50 p.m., at a home  on Stafford Avenue Northwest. Officer found multiple gunshot victims at the scene. One  victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, while two others were  pronounced dead at the scene.

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STATE NEWS for WED 24NOV21

Authorities in Flint say a house explosion on Monday night killed a 4-year old girl, a 55-year old woman and left 2 others hospitalized. The blast so severe it damaged  homes around the area even shattering windows. Shelters have been set up at three  Flint churches to help those displaced by the explosion. The blast was felt in  neighborhoods as far away as Burton and Grand Blanc. An investigation into what  caused the explosion is still underway. A gas leak has already been ruled out by  Consumers Energy officials.

A Tennessee woman traveling to Michigan to see family for the holidays is missing and the Sherriff in Oakland County is asking the public for help.
73-year old Phyliss Anne Green was supposed arrive in New Hudson in Lyon Township Monday night but never showed up. She was last spotted in Columbus, Ohio at 2am on Tuesday in her white 20-17 Lincoln  M-K-C sport utility with Tennessee license plate N-P-T 087. If you see her, call 9-1-1.

Sheriff's Officers in Oakland County believe a great-grandmother may have
accidentally smothered her great-grandson when she fell asleep in a chair while holding him. Authorities say the Pontiac woman woke up and found the baby boy lodged between  her and the chair around 7:30am Tuesday. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the boy lying on the bedroom  floor and administered C-P-R until he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Kelloggs says it will start hiring permanent replacements for some of its 14-hundred striking cereal plant workers after negotiations broke down again. The Battle Creek- based company said it failed to reach an agreement with the union representing the  workers, and is moving forward with its contingency plan to keep its plants operating.  The Kelloggs workers have been on strike since October 5th, and negotiations aren't  scheduled to resume until the week of December 6th

A man from the U-P has been ordered to pay 150-thousand dollars in civil fines and restore wetlands on an island in the St. Mary's River. A Chippewa County Circuit Court  judge ordered excavator Boyd Rhodes to restore about five and a half acres of  Wetlands and a stream on Sugar Island after regulators said he illegally dredged and  filled-in to create a lake and build a cabin. W-L-U-C reports that Rhodes says he was  wrongly accused and may appeal.

A marijuana testing lab has filed a lawsuit against state regulators after a major product recall and allegations of unreliable results. Viridis Laboratories says the recall last week  was "unjustified" and caused an estimated $229 MILLION dollar disruption to the  industry. The state last week told dealers to destroy the product, have it retested, or  send it back. Consumers should also return it if they have still have some. The test  dates by Viridis were August 10th to November 16th. The state says consumers with  weakened immune systems or lung disease are at the highest risk

Several people were taken to the hospital after a head-on crash in the U-P's Munising Township, east of Wetmore, on Tuesday. The Alger County Sheriff's Office reports an  eastbound vehicle on M-28 lost control on icy roads and crashed into a westbound  vehicle. Those injured were taken to UP Health System Marquette and are in stable  condition.

Cheboygan city officials are once again looking at options to take care of issues with the elevators at the Pedestrian Footbridge over the Cheboygan River. The elevators  on each side of the bridge have not worked correctly for several years due to leaking  water underground and mechanical issues. City officials are exploring the idea of  putting the motors on top, or adding wheelchair ramps.

One-point-six million Michigan residents are traveling this Thanksgiving. This is expected to be the busiest day of the week at Detroit Metro Airport - as travelers return  to the skies following a year off due to the pandemic. spokesperson Erica Donerson, who warns travelers that you must wear a mask inside  the airport due to federal laws. There are some on site if you forget to bring a mask.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 23NOV21

As a result of increasing numbers of patients admitted with COVID-19 and hospitals at or near capacity throughout West Michigan, Spectrum Health is revising its visitor  policies to reduce the number of people in its Grand Rapids and regional hospitals and  outpatient care sites. Effective today, patients are allowed only one adult visitor in All  inpatient rooms, emergency departments, urgent care, walk-in clinics, surgery,  radiology and lab locations, as well as labor and delivery. Pediatric inpatient areas  allow two adult visitors, who must be the same people throughout the patients stay.

Some homes were evacuated in Flint last night after a house exploded . Search dogs have been on the scene since Flint Fire Battalion Chief Ramsey Clapper says three  people are missing and two are hospitalized after a possible meth lab explosion at a  home on Hogarth Avenue. Two babies were possibly trapped in the home. Three  homes near the house that exploded were also damaged by fire. Consumers Energy  was on the scene to monitor in case it was a gas explosion. Shelters have been set up  at three Flint churches to help those displaced by the explosion.

Those heading to gamble in Detroit are going to have to mask up at 2 casinos starting today.  All customers and employees will be required to wear a face-covering at M-G-M Grand  and Motor City casinos, regardless of vaccination status beginning at noon. The rule will not apply to guests attending banquets or events at Motor City's Sound  Board. Greektown Casino has not announced a mask mandate for customers as of yet.

The governor is stepping on the gas when it comes to the removal of lead pipes from  local water systems.  With 10 Billion dollars in infrastructure funding coming to Michigan, 1.2 Billion of it earmarked  for lead pipe removal, the departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and Technology, Management and Budget are being directed by Governor Whiter to  accelerate and coordinate plans to remove the pipes from water utility systems.  There are about half-a-million lead service lines in use around Michigan. Despite the  infusion of federal funds, state officials estimate the cost falls 2.5 billion short to  complete the project.

In southwest Michigan, the Hartford Public Schools is getting rid of its Indians mascot.  The school board voted Monday to retire the Indians mascot. Hartford Schools  superintendent Kelly Millin said in a news release that the name change was sped up  by information presented to the school district by the local Pokagon Band of Pottawatomie. Its Tribal Council approved a resolution last March that would  encourage all non-Native institutions in the U.S. to eliminate the use of Native  American Indian mascots, logos, and nicknames.

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STATE NEWS for MON 22NOV21

High winds on Sunday have resulted in more than 10-thousand power outages statewide for Consumers Energy this morning. There were 40- thousand on Sunday.

 

New information this morning about a group of missionaries who have been held as hostages in Haiti for more than a month.  Two of the 17-people who were there as part of a trip through Christian Aid Ministries  have been released. One adult and 4 children from Oceana County in the west-end of the state were part of the October 16th mission.  A statement from Christian Aid officials says the two hostages are safe, in good spirits  and being cared for. No more information will be released at this time.

Negotiations are expected to start this week between Battle Creek based Kellogg Company and the union representing 14-Hundred workers who have been on strike  for nearly 2 months. The meeting is the first time the two sides will meet since the beginning of November  when an agreement couldn't be met after two days of bargaining. Picketing workers at 4 plants are fighting to get rid of the two-tier wage and benefits  system, which they claim unfairly devalues newer workers and creates hostility
between newer and older workers.

One person is hospitalized after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Kalamazoo yesterday afternoon. Police are investigating. The victim has non-life threatening  injuries.

An elderly man is missing in Lansing. Police say 87-year-old William McKaney was last seen last evening in the 200 block of West Jolly. McKaney suffers from dementia.  He was seen walking to the nearby McDonald's/ He is five foot eight and weights 150  pounds. He was wearing a baseball hat, black jeans, and white tennis shoes.

A student from the University of Michigan has been named a 20-22, Rhodes Scholar only one of 32 Americans chosen for an Oxford University scholarship. Rachael Merritt is a senior in the college of Literature, Science and the Arts and is  double-majoring in Russian and International Studies. The Grand Rapids native plans to enroll in the Oxford Russian and Eastern European  studies Master's Program and follow with a Masters' in internet social science. She is the 30th Rhodes scholar from U-of-M since the award was created in 1902.

In Petoskey, North Central Michigan College has announced the addition of six varsity athletic teams that will compete within the National Junior College Athletic Association  beginning in the Fall of 2022. The Timberwolves will add men's and women's  basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, and E-Sports.

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STATE NEWS for THU 18NOV21

 

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