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Updated 07/14/17

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 14JUL17

BEGINNING NEXT WEEK RESIDENTS OF ALCONA COUNTY WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE SERVICES FROM THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AT A MORE CONVENIENT LOCATION. A SATELLITE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN AT HARBORTOWN MARKETPLACE IN DOWNTOWN HARRISVILLE. THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9AM UNTIL 4PM ON TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS. PREVIOUSLY RESIDENTS HAD TO TRAVEL TO OFFICES IN EAST TAWAS OR ALPENA. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 989-774-9000.

The Mills Township board voted down three medical marijuana facilities in the township.  The vote was held at the township's July 11th regular board meeting. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Supervisor Dave Ryan made the motion to approve an ordinance and three requests from True Green LLC to construct a provisioning center, a Class C grow operation and a processing center, with support from Trustee Lisa Elkins-Cotton. The motion failed with Treasurer Dona Emerson, Clerk April Schils and Trustee Brenda Eymer all voting against the motion. The meeting was held in front of a capacity crowd at the township hall.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that the application period has opened for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant program. It’s designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula. a total of $50,000 will be made available. The focus area will include private lands in Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Funds will be allocated across these six counties based on a competitive grant application process. Proposals meeting the basic grant requirements and seeking between $2,000 and $10,000 in cooperative funding will be considered. A 25-percent match of funds also is required for each proposal. Project applications are due by September 1st, and successful applicants will be notified by October 1st. Applications are available at Michigan dot dov slash dnr.

THE 24TH ANNUAL CURLEY MEMORIAL CANOE RACES ARE THIS WEEKEND.  THE CURLEY IS AN OFFICIAL MICHIGAN CANOE RACING ASSOCIATION EVENT. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE TWO PERSON CANOE RACES WILL BE HELD SATURDAY BEGINNING AT 9AM. PADDLERS WILL START AT COOK DAM AND END AT FINISH LINE PARK NEAR THE AUSABLE INN IN OSCODA. LAST YEAR'S WINNERS WERE ANDREW TREEBOLD AND RYAN HALSTEAD OF GRAYLING. SUNDAY IS THE ONE PERSON CANOE RACE BEGINNING AT 10AM. PADDLERS WILL START AND FINISH AT THE AUSABLE CHILDREN'S PARK IN OSCODA. LAST YEAR'S WINNER WAS ANDREW TREEBOLD. THIS YEAR'S RACES ALSO FEATURE ROD AND JUDITH CLARK FROM AUSTRALIA, THE FIRST TEAM EVER TO COMPETE FROM OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA.  

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URGING AIR FORCE TO PICK SELFRIDGE-A GROUP OF EIGHT MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN HAVE SIGNED A LETTER URGING THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE TO BRING PRODUCTION OF THE NEW F-35 FIGHTER JET TO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN. U.S.
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MITCHELL PENNED THE LETTER WHICH SAYS "THE ROAD TO MILITARY READINESS STARTS IN MICHIGAN." SELFRIEDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE IN MACOMB COUNTY IS
A FINALIST TO LAND THE F-35. FOUR OTHER LOCATIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED. A DECISION IS EXPECTED SOMETIME NEXT MONTH.

KID ROCK UPDATE-RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATE ... OR OPENING A RESTAURANT? KID ROCK MADE THE HEADLINES THIS
WEEK BY TEASING MERCHANDISE LIKE T-SHIRTS AND CAPS WITH "KID ROCK FOR U.S. SENATE."  CRAIN'S DETROIT REPORTS TWO COMPANIES AFFILIATED WITH THE SINGER, WHO'S REAL NAME IS BOB RITCHIE, FILED FOR TRADEMARKS ON A RESTAURANT CALLED “KID ROCK'S MADE IN DETROIT BAR & GRILL.” NO WORD ON WHERE THE RESTAURANT COULD BE LOCATED, BUT OFFICIALS AT LITTLE CAESAR'S ARENA HAVEN'T DENIED IT COULD BE LOCATED THERE.

FIAT CHRYSLER RECALL-A RECALL FROM FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES. THE AUTOMAKER ANNOUNCING THIS MORNING IT IS
CALLING BACK MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND VEHICLES IN THE U.S. TO REPLACE THEIR ALTERNATORS.  FCA SAYS CERTAIN ALTERNATORS SUPPLIED TO THE COMPANY MAY BE SUBJECT TO PREMATURE BLOCKAGE IN THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL OR COMPROMISE THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM. OWNERS WILL START RECEIVING RECALL NOTICES NEXT MONTH.

ALGAE BLOOM FORECAST-LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL WILL BE GREEN FOR MUCH OF WESTERN LAKE ERIE, THAT'S
ACCORDING TO A FORECAST BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. THIS YEAR'S ALGAE BLOOM IS PREDICTED TO BE MUCH LARGER THAN NORMAL. NOAA EXPECTS THE BLOOM TO MEASURE 7.5 ON ITS SEVERITY INDEX, GROWING JUST UNDER THE SIZE OF THE 2014 BLOOM WHICH LEFT 500-THOUSAND WITHOUT DRINKING WATER. THE DECIDING FACTOR IN THE ANNUAL BLOOM'S SIZE IS THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THE LAKE GETS AND WHEN IT OCCURS.

OWN MSU BASKETBALL FLOOR-FOR JUST 20-DOLLARS YOU CAN OWN A SECTION OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY'S BASKETBALL
COURT. STARTING TODAY, THE MSU SURPLUS STORE IN EAST LANSING IS SELLING FOUR-BY-FOUR SECTIONS OF THE TEAM'S PRACTICE FLOOR. ABOUT 600 SECTIONS OF PAINTED AND UNPAINTED FLOOR ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. THE 28-YEAR OLD FLOOR WAS TAKEN FROM THE BRESLIN CENTER PRACTICE FACILITY. EACH PIECE WEIGHS ABOUT 80 TO 100 POUNDS AND WILL NOT FIT IN MOST CARS.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 13JUL17

The first of four road-stream crossing projects in the East Branch AuGres River Watershed in Iosco County has begun. ACCORDING TO HURON PINES, An undersized culvert at the Esmond Road crossing of Smith Creek is being replaced with a much larger aluminum box structure that will restore river function and fish passage. Other sites planned for 2017 in the watershed include the Webb Road crossing of Smith Creek as well as the Esmond Road and Curtis Road crossings of Vaughn Creek. 

The Iosco County Board of Commissioners supported an equipment request from county Clerk Nancy Huebel.  The request came during the commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday, July 5th. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Huebel said it was recommended by Judicial Information Systems to use an electronic docket system to provide updates to the court calendar of scheduled hearings. IT WOULD replace multiple-paged paper dockets provided to the public and attorneys. information would be displayed on four separate 49-inch monitors, to be located at both circuit and district courts, in the district court hallway and near the clerk’s office, as well online on the clerk’s website. The matter will return before the commission for final approval at the next formal session on WEDNESDAY, July 19th.

THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION’S TELE-HEALTH EDUCATION DELIVERED VEHICLE WILL BE AT THE OSCODA VA CLINIC ON MONDAY. OFFICIALS WILL PROVIDE EDUCATION AND INFORMATION ON THE TECHNOLOGIES ASSOCIATED WITH DELIVERING CARE TO VETERANS VIRTUALLY. TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE HOME BASED PRIMARY CARE, WOUND CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, WOMEN’S HEALTH, RETINAL IMAGING AND SPINAL CORD INJURY. THE VEHICLE WILL BE AT THE VA CLINIC IN OSCODA MONDAY FROM 11AM UNTIL 3PM.

The Michigan State Police is currently investigating two suspicious fires in Ogemaw County. The fires are considered suspicious due to their close proximity. According to the Ogemaw county Herald, Chief Brian Gilbert said the Mills Township Fire Department responded to two structure fires in the Township tuesday, July 11th, in close proximity and occurring around an hour of each other. Gilbert said as the department battled a fire on the 1800 block of West Third Street dispatch sent out a call about another fire located on the 1800 block of West Second Street. Because of the physical proximity and the timing, Gilbert said the fires are suspicious in nature and the investigation was passed off to the Michigan State Police. Mills fire department was assisted on the scenes by the Prescott, Richland-Logan and Moffat fire departments, Michigan State Police and Ogemaw County EMS.  The cause of the fires is unknown at this time.

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ROJAS DUE IN COURT-THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A PORTAGE WOMAN BY PLOWING HIS SUV INTO PEDESTRIANS WALKING ALONG A SIDEWALK IN NEW YORK IS SET TO BE ARRAIGNED. A PLEA IS EXPECTED TO BE ENTERED TODAY FOR RICHARD ROJAS. IT WAS MAY 18TH WHEN 18-YEAR OLD ALLYSSA ELSMAN AND 22-OTHER PEOPLE WERE HIT IN NEW YORK CITY'S TIMES SQUARE. AFTER THE CRASH, ROJAS TOLD POLICE HE HAD BEEN SMOKING MARIJUANA LACED WITH THE HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG PCP.

FUNERAL HOME-THE SWANSON'S FUNERAL HOME IN DETROIT WANTS IT KNOWN THEY ARE NOT THE SWANSON'S FUNERAL HOME IN FLINT WHICH IS UNDER STATE SCRUTINY. REGULATORS SHUT DOWN THE SWANSON'S FUNERAL HOME IN FLINT FOR UNSANITARY CONDITIONS AND OTHER VIOLATIONS, SUCH AS UN-REFRIGERATED BODIES LEFT IN A GARAGE FOR MONTHS. A SPOKESMAN FOR O'NEIL SWANSON, PRESIDENT OF THE FUNERAL HOMES OF THE SAME NAME IN DETROIT AND PONTIAC SAYS THERE IS NO LEGAL OR BUSINESS CONNECTION WITH THE FLINT FUNERAL HOME OPERATED BY HIS SON O'NEIL SWANSON THE SECOND. THE ELDER SWANSON CALLS THE SITUATION IN FLINT "SHOCKING, GOING
AGAINST EVERY PRINCIPLE OF MORTUARY SCIENCE."

MOMS DC MARCH-FAMILIES FROM MICHIGAN WILL TRAVEL TODAY TO WASHINGTON, DC TO PARTICIPATE IN A "PLAY IN" DEMONSTRATION JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITOL. THE GOAL IS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE RECENT MOVES TO ROLL BACK KEY CLEAN AIR PROTECTIONS. MOMS AND THEIR CHILDREN WILL JOIN
LAWMAKERS IN A PRESS CONFERENCE AROUND 10:15 A.M. LATER -- THEY WILL BE MEETING WITH THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE.

METH BUST-A METH BUST HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF FIVE PEOPLE IN BENZIE COUNTY. 9AND10NEWS REPORTS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE GOT A TIP FROM SOMEONE WHO HAD SPOTTED METH-MAKING MATERIALS AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOME IN BENZONIA. FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION, TRAVERSE NARCOTICS
TEAM A ARRESTED A WOMAN AT THE HOUSE ON MULTIPLE METH RELATED CHARGES. THE ALSO TOOK A MAN INTO CUSTODY ON AN UNRELATED WARRANT. THE INVESTIGATION THEN LED TO A LOCAL
MOTEL WHERE ANOTHER THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING A DRUG DEAL.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 12JUL17

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT ON THURSDAY, JULY 6TH, AT APPROXIMATELY 6:30PM, A TROOPER MADE A TRAFFIC STOP FOR A LANE USE ISSUE. THROUGH AN INVESTIGATION, IT WAS DETERMINED THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE, A 58 YEAR OLD GLENNIE MAN, WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. THE MAN WAS LODGED IN THE ALCONA COUNTY JAIL ON THE CHARGE OF OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED SECOND OFFENSE.

OSCODA COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING IN TO REPLACING THE FAIRGROUNDS SEPTIC SYSTEM.  THE ISSUE CAME UP AFTER THE SEPTIC SYSTEM BROKE AT THE OSCODA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS RECENTLY. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, THE SEPTIC SYSTEM WILL COST APPROXIMATELY $8,600 DOLLARS TO REPLACE. CHAIRWOMAN LANITA OLSEN SAID THE COST WILL INCLUDE REMOVAL OF THE OLD SEPTIC SYSTEM AND INSTALLATION OF THE NEW ONE. THE NEW SYSTEM WILL MEET STANDARDS SET BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT WILL COME OUT OF THE COUNTY'S GENERAL FUND AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED LATER THIS WEEK OR EARLY NEXT WEEK.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is awarding 13 affordable housing developments with $11.6 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Among those receiving the tax credits is port crescent apartments in bad axe with an award of $673,232. THE LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS ARE FEDERAL TAX CREDITS AND ARE ADMINISTERED BY MSHDA AFTER A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION PROCESS. THE TAX CREDITS ARE IMPORTANT FOR PROVIDING THE INCENTIVE DEVELOPERS NEED TO RENOVATE AND CONSTRUCT QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING. 

THE AUGRES CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY MET OUTSIDE CITY HALL RECENTLY.  COUNCIL MEMBERS MET AT THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HARBOR. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, CITY MANAGER JOHN STANLEY SAID MAYOR BILL BORUSKO CALLED THE HARBOR TOUR TO GIVE OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE CITY WOULD HAVE TO DO TO KEEP THE PROPERTY IN GOOD SHAPE. THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL BE OFFICIALLY CONVEYING THE HARBOR TO THE CITY OF AUGRES. THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WATERWAYS COMMISSION APPROVED TRANSFERRING THE HARBOR TO THE CITY IN JUNE 2015. NO DATE HAS BEEN SET AS TO WHEN THE CONVEYANCE WILL BE COMPLETED.

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FLINT PIPELINES-CREWS ARE MAKING PROGRESS REPLACING LEAD-TAINTED SERVICE LINES IN FLINT. MAYOR KAREN WEAVER'S OFFICE SAYS 2,181 LINES HAVE NOW BEEN REPLACED AS PART OF THE PLAN TO PUT NEW PIPE SERVICE LINES IN AT SIX-THOUSAND HOMES. CREWS FROM FOUR COMPANIES ARE DOING THE WORK AS PART OF THE FAST START INITIATIVE.

PLANE CRASH-2-MORE INFORMATION COMING OUT FROM THE DEADLY MILITARY AIRPLANE CRASH DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI. ONE OF THE PLANE'S OCCUPANTS -- 31-YEAR-OLD MARINE JULIAN KEVIANNE -- WAS FROM DETROIT. THAT'S ACCORDING TO HIS BROTHER, CARLO. THE PLANE WENT DOWN MORE THAN 80 MILES NORTH OF THE STATE CAPITOL OF JACKSON ON MONDAY NIGHT. THE F-B-I HAS JOINED AN INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED THE PLANE TO FAIL.

ICE HEARING-COURT HEARING TODAY IN OAKLAND COUNTY THAT WILL RE-OPEN A CRIMINAL CASE OF ONE OF THE 114 IRAQI CHRISTIANS ARRESTED BY ICE AGENTS LAST MONTH. HAYDAR BUTRIS WAS CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO PROBATION IN 1999 FOR SELLING MARIJUANA. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET HIS IMMIGRATION OFFICER BEFORE HE WAS CAUGHT IN THE IMMIGRATION SWEEP JUNE 11TH. HAYDAR WILL ASK THE JUDGE TO WITHDRAW HIS PLEA TO SAVE HIM FROM BEING DEPORTED, BEING HE DID NOT KNOW THE IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES FOR MAKING THAT PLEA FOR PROBATION 18 YEARS AGO. HIS ATTORNEY SAYS HAYDAR NOW FACES A POTENTIAL DEATH SENTENCE.

MSU FISH-MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS ARE GETTING MONEY TO STUDY ELECTRIC FISH. M-S-U IS RECEIVING A 1.5 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FOR THE WORK. SCIENTISTS USE THE FISH IN NEUROLOGICAL STUDIES.

LCA SOCIAL MEDIA-ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA UPROAR. THIS TIME, RED WING FANS ARE UP IN ARMS OVER THE ROOF OF THE NEW LITTLE CAESAR'S ARENA AND A DEPICTION OF THE LITTLE CAESAR'S MASCOT INSTEAD OF THE WHEELED WING SHOWN IN EARLIER RENDERINGS. THE DETROIT RED WINGS OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT AND FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS POSTED THE MASCOT THEY SAY WOULD BE THE LARGEST LITTLE CAESAR IN THE WORLD." BUT FANS POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA WERE NOT HAPPY, SAYING THEY WERE LED TO BELIEVE THE RED-COLORED ROOF FEATURING THE WINGED WHEEL WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE SHAPE. BUT THE EARLIER RENDERINGS WERE MADE BEFORE THE DETROIT PISTONS' ANNOUNCEMENT THEY WOULD ALSO PLAY AT THE NEW ARENA.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 11JUL17

OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS, DETECTIVES FROM THE HURON UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS TEAM, OR HUNT, HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INCREASING PRESENCE OF COCAINE IN THE ALPENA AREA. ON FRIDAY, JULY 7TH, DETECTIVES FROM HUNT ARRESTED A 21 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN AND A 43 YEAR OLD HUBBARD LAKE MAN ON MULTIPLE COUNTS INCLUDING DELIVERY OF COCAINE AND POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER COCAINE. THE MEN WERE FOUND TO HAVE APPROXIMATELY FOUR OUNCES OF COCAINE PACKAGED FOR DISTRIBUTION ALONG WITH A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY. THEY WERE LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL. EACH COUNT IS A FELONY PUNISHABLE BY UP TO TWENTY YEARS IN PRISON.

A familiar last name will join the Bad Axe city council.  Former councilman Marc Bridson recently resigned from his position, which left the council 30 days to appoint a new member. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, The person selected for the vacant position would hold the seat until the upcoming election in November. Bad Axe Mayor Jim Hicks nominated Eric Goebel to fill the opening. Goebel, of Bad Axe, is the husband of the late Kay Goebel, who previously served as the city's clerk for more than 20 years. The council unanimously approved the nomination. Goebel will officially take his seat at the next scheduled meeting Monday, July 17th, 7:30pm, at City Hall.

A donation was made recently to both the Tawas Police Authority and Iosco County Sheriff’s Office.  Tawas Police Authority Chief Mark Ferguson made the announcement during the authority meeting last Monday. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Ferguson said each of the departments received a $17,500 donation from the Plastic Trim International Group. Ferguson stated that the donation was delivered by Associate Director Paul Koroly, who advised that the company’s intent for the contribution is that it be used for equipment purchases, upgrades or building and facility improvements. Iosco County Sheriff Allan MacGregor shared that his department plans on using the funds to help with the existing project of updating all the vehicles with mobile data terminals.

QUOTA CLUB OF IOSCO COUNTY RECENTLY RECEIVED RECOGNITION FROM QUOTA INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON DC. A CERTIFICATE OF CELEBRATIONS WAS ISSUED TO QUOTA CLUB OF IOSCO COUNTY FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BARBARA SCHREIBER AND INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT MARIE DOBSON DUNLOP RECOGNIZING DONATIONS TOTALING TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE FUNDS HELP TO EMPOWER WOMEN, CHILDREN, THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING IN THE COUNTY. QUOTA CLUB OF IOSCO COUNTY WILL RECEIVE PERSONAL RECOGNITION FOR THE CONTRIBUTION AND FOR PARTICIPATION IN QUOTA CARES MONTH AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN WASHINGTON DC IN JULY OF 2018 AS WELL AS ON THE QUOTA WEBSITE, FACEBOOK AND BLOGS.

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PART TIME LEGISLATURE-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BRIAN CALLEY'S CALL FOR A PART TIME LEGISLATURE HAS SOME REPUBLICANS CONCERNED.  REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE LARRY INMAN FROM THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA SAYS THE PLAN DENIES REPRESENTATION TO LOCAL CITIZENS.  THE HEAD OF THE MICHIGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS ALSO BEEN CRITICAL OF THE PLAN.

GOOD JOBS PLAN-THERE COULD BE MORE TALK IN LANSING TODAY ON THE SO-CALLED "GOOD JOBS" LEGISLATION.
GOVERNOR SNYDER IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH HOUSE SPEAKER TOM LEONARD. SNYDER HAS BEEN PUSHING THE PLAN. A VOTE COULD COME THIS WEEK.

AUTO DEALERS SUSPENDED-TWO AUTO DEALERS HAVE THEIR LICENSES SUSPENDED -- FOR ALLEGEDLY NOT FOLLOWING PROPER PROCEDURES. THE MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE "UNITY ONE SALES" IN MT. CLEMENS WASN'T KEEPING PROPER RECORDS. THEY ALSO SAY "HILL & HILL AUTOMOTIVE SALES" IN DETROIT DIDN'T MAINTAIN ITS RECORDS EITHER.
SECRETARY OF STATE RUTH JOHNSON SAYS IN A STATEMENT THAT THE "VAST MAJORITY OF AUTO DEALERS FOLLOW THE LAW.”

LSSU INTERIM PRESIDENT-THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS APPOINTED A NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT AT LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
UNIVERSITY. DR. PETER T. MITCHELL HAS BEN APPOINTED. MITCHELL WAS PREVIOUSLY PRESIDENT AT ALBION COLLEGE FOR TEN YEARS, AND HAS ALSO BEEN A CONSULTANT FOR A FIRM THAT MANAGES CHANGE AND TRANSITIONS FOR COLLEGES. LSSU'S EIGHTH PRESIDENT, DR. THOMAS PLEGER PASSED AWAY IN MAY AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS.

SNORTING CHOCOLATE-YOU MIGHT ENJOY EATING A PIECE OF CHOCOLATE OR DRINKING A CHOCOLATE SHAKE. BUT NOW
SOME KIDS AND ADULTS ARE SNORTING CHOCOLATE POWDER AS WAY TO GET HIGH. COCO LOKO IS A POWDER THAT CLAIMS TO ELEVATE YOUR MOOD, PROVIDE A "EUPHORIC ENERGY" RUSH. THE
CHOCOLATE POWDER CONTAINS INGREDIENTS SUCH AS CAFFEINE AND HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS THAT ARE FOUND IN ENERGY DRINKS. MICHIGAN DOCTORS SAY IT IS DANGEROUS. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO INVESTIGATE THE PRODUCT WHICH IS SOLD AT SOME RETAIL STORES AND ON-LINE.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 10JUL17

THE TAWAS SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET TONIGHT. ON THE AGENDA IS A SECOND READING OF THE REPLACEMENT POLICY AND A RESOLUTION FOR A SHARED COST AGREEMENT. BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE HIRING OF A TEACHER. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT 7PM IN THE BOARDROOM OF THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY.

There were no injuries when a car crashed into the Rose City McDonald’s last Thursday.  Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Deputy Branden Kirby said a family of four was sitting in the booth where the vehicle hit.. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, They were uninjured and left prior to the arrival of the sheriff's department. Kirby said at approximately 11:30am last Thursday an 82-year-old female and her 82-year-old husband, of Sterling Heights, were pulling into the McDonald’s when she allegedly lost consciousness momentarily and struck the rock garden, sending the vehicle airborne and crashing into the vestibule of the restaurant. Both occupants were evaluated and released by Ogemaw County EMS and were determined to be unharmed in the accident. However, the vehicle was damaged. Kirby said no citations were issued but he will be submitting a form to the Michigan Secretary of State requesting a re-evaluation of the driver.  (Photo: Ogemaw Co. News Herald)

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT ON THE EVENING OF SATURDAY, JULY 1ST, TROOPERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP HOME FOR A POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE. TROOPERS ARRIVED TO FIND EMS FROM ALPENA TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT AND ALPENA CITY FIRE ATTEMPTING TO REVIVE A 39 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN. THE MAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THROUGH THE INVESTIGATION, THE TROOPER WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THE MAN AND HIS WIFE HAD PURCHASED FENTANYL OVER THE INTERNET AND TURNED IT IN TO A VAP LIQUID. DUE TO THE NUMBER OF HITS HE WAS REPORTED TO HAVE TAKEN, HE PASSED OUT AND NEVER REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS.

Oscoda Township recently received the results of its financial audit.  Oscoda Township was given several recommendations following the 2016 financial audit. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA PRESS, the township does have a healthy general fund balance and received an "A" rating from Jamie Carruthers of Stephenson & Company. Carruthers, the audit manager in charge of the Oscoda TOWNSHIP audit, RECENTLY presented the report at the  meeting of the Board of Trustees.

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CHILD'S DEATH, PARENTS ARREST UPDATE-MORE INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED REGARDING THE FOUR-YEAR OLD THAT DIED SUNDAY MORNING IN KALAMAZOO. WOOD-TV REPORTS THE CHILD WAS A GIRL. HER 33-YEAR OLD MOTHER, ALONG WITH A 34-YEAR OLD MALE ARE IN CUSTODY. OFFICERS SAY THE GIRL APPEARED TO HAVE SUFFERED PHYSICAL TRAUMA. THY ARRIVED ON SCENE FOLLOWING A REPORT OF A CHILD NOT BREATHING. CPR WAS PERFORMED ON THE GIRL FOR NEARLY AN HOUR -- IT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.

JUVENILES AND ABANDONED HOUSE FIRE-SEVERAL YOUTHS ARE BEING HELD FOLLOWING A FIRE OF AN ABANDONED HOUSE IN IONIA COUNTY.  THE FIRE JUST BEFORE 5:00 SUNDAY AFTERNOON WAS IN EASTON TOWNSHIP. CREWS FROM SEVERAL SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES WERE CALLED TO HELP GET THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL. IONIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SAYS THE JUVENILES WERE DETAINED FOR POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT.  THEY HAVE BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE IONIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

CONGRESSIONAL RUN-MICHIGAN DEMOCRATS ARE AGAIN AIMING THEIR SIGHTS ON CONGRESSMAN MIKE BISHOP, HOPING A POLITICAL NEWCOMER CAN UNSEAT THE TWO-TERM REPUBLICAN IN NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION. ELISSA SLOTKIN IS A FORMER SENIOR OFFICIAL AT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT KICKING OFF HER CAMPAIGN TODAY. SHE SAYS HER FOCUS WILL BE ON HEALTH CARE AND THE ECONOMY ALONG WITH CONSTITUENT CONCERNS. A REPRESENTATIVE FOR BISHOP SAYS SLOTKIN WILL BE SEEN AS AN OUTSIDER TO VOTERS IN THE DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES PARTS OF OAKLAND, LIVINGSTON AND INGHAM COUNTIES.

GRAND HOTEL-A CHAMPAGNE TOAST IS SET FOR LATER TODAY ON THE PORCH OF THE GRAND HOTEL ON MACKINAC ISLAND, AS IT'S CELEBRATING ITS 130TH ANNIVERSARY. THE HOTEL FOUNDATION WAS LAID IN 1886, AND MORE THAN A MILLION FEET OF MICHIGAN WHITE PINE WAS USED TO BUILD THE HOTEL IN THE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER OF 1887. THE HOTEL HAS BEEN EXPANDED AND IMPROVED ALMOST EVERY SEASON SINCE.

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FRIDAY, JULY 14th, 2017

President Trump Visits France on Bastille Day/ 1st Anniversary of Nice Terror Attack

President Trump visits France and meets with French President Emmanuel Macron.  The leaders meet on Bastille Day – a holiday marking the start of the French revolution.  This year’s holiday also marks the first anniversary of a terrorist attack in Nice, France which left 86 victims dead.

2nd Anniversary: Iran Nuclear Deal
This date marks the 2nd anniversary of the reaching of a controversial deal between Iran and six world powers.  The deal called for an easing of sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on that country’s nuclear program. The deal went into effect January 16th, 2016.

SATURDAY, JULY 15th, 2017

Vice President Pence Keynotes Maverick PAC Annual Conference in Washington, DC
 
Elon Musk Speaks at National Governors Association Summer Meeting (1:45pm ET)
 
1st Anniversary of Failed Coup in Turkey
 
5th Anniversary: Gangnam Style Debuts on YouTube
The video had been YouTube's most watched ever prior to being surpassed earlier this month by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa's music video for “See You Again.”  Both videos are nearing 2.9 billion views.
 
20th Anniversary: Gianni Versace Murdered
On this date 20 years ago, fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot and killed outside his mansion in Miami Beach by gunman Andrew Cunanan.
 
Wimbledon Women's Singles Final (9am ET)
 
SUNDAY, JULY 16th, 2017

National Ice Cream Day
 
HBO’s Game of Throne Returns for 7th Season (9pm ET)
 
Comedian Will Ferrell Celebrates 50th Birthday
 
Wimbledon Men's Singles Final (9am ET)
 
MONDAY, JULY 17th, 2017

3rd Anniversary of Eric Garner’s Death
The 43-year-old Staten Island resident died after being put in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer.
 
3rd Anniversary of Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down
Passenger flight MH17 was shot down while flying over Eastern Ukraine.
 
David Hasselhoff Turns 65 Years Old
 
World Emoji Day
People are encouraged to tweet their favorite emojis.
 
TUESDAY, JULY 18th, 2017

Nelson Mandela International Day
Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world.  It is marked each year on July 18th, the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
 
Actor Vin Diesel Celebrates 50th Birthday
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19th, 2017
Presidential Commission on Election Integrity First Meeting (11am ET)
Formed by President Trump, the commission is expected to issue a report next year on ways to protect and strengthen the election process.  In response, the Democratic National Committee Commission on Protecting American Democracy from the Trump Administration holds a press conference.
 
Elon Musk Speaks at International Space Station Research and Development Conference (12:30pm ET)
 
Bidding Opens in Auction Featuring Letter from Tupac to Madonna
Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction begins.  Highlight is a handwritten letter from Tupac Shakur to Madonna discussing their romantic relationship.
 
THURSDAY, JULY 20th, 2017
O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing in Nevada (1pm ET)
Parole hearing for O.J. Simpson, found guilty in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other charges.  He has served eight plus years of a nine-to-33-year sentence.  Simpson will appear via videoconference from Lovelock Correctional Center.
 
5th Anniversary: Aurora Movie Theater Shooting
James Holmes killed 12 people and left 70 others injured during a mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.  Holmes was found guilty on 24 counts of first-degree murder and 140 counts of attempted murder.
 
Forbes World's Highest-Paid Authors List Published
Last year's list was topped by James Patterson with earnings of $95 million.
 
San Diego Comic-Con Opens to Public
 
Golf’s British Open Begins
 
Illusionist Criss Angel Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (2:30pm ET)
 
Guitarist Carlos Santana Celebrates 70th Birthday
 
FRIDAY, JULY 21st, 2017
Mars Day! At the National Air and Space Museum
Presented by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Mars Day! is an annual celebration of the red planet, giving visitors the opportunity to talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

 

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