January 8, 2016

By KAREN HOPPER USHER

Capital News Service

LANSING — A rivalry between predators is playing out in the forests of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It’s wolves vs coyotes vs foxes, and the effects of this competition are felt on down the food chain to deer mice, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Mammology.

Coyotes are like jerk roommates that steal your food, said David Flagel, the study’s lead author. That’s why wolves hate the fellow canid.

The story of the rivalry plays out on remote property owned by the University of Notre Dame that is home to a naturally rebounding wolf population, said David Flagel, the study’s lead author. Wolves have come back because of protections placed on the animals by the Endangered Species Act.

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BLACK AND GOLD PATROL CARS HONOR STATE POLICE 100th ANNIVERSARY

January 11, 2017

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you, that is a new patrol car on the road.

On Jan. 11, 50 special edition black and gold patrol cars will join the Michigan State Police patrol fleet in honor of the department’s 100th Anniversary. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.


The 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car was one of the department’s first patrol cars and is the oldest vehicle in the department’s historical fleet. This unique patrol car had a siren that ran off of the fan belt and a radio that was ‘receive only.’

The MSP used black and gold patrol cars until 1954 when Commissioner Joseph A. Childs changed the department’s patrol cars from black and gold to the bright shade of blue that remains the standard today.

“These black patrol cars with their distinctive gold striping and 100th Anniversary door shield are a throwback to our past and one of the ways in which we are ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Service’ this year,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Because we are known for our ‘Blue Goose,’ we expect these black patrol cars to turn heads when drivers see them on Michigan roads and at events, providing us with opportunities to talk about our centennial and interact positively with the citizens we serve and protect.”

Each of the MSP’s 30 posts will receive at least one 100th Anniversary patrol car for use on general patrol and at community events.

These patrol cars were purchased as part of the department’s annual fleet replacement so no additional money was expended for them, nor is there an additional cost to purchase a black car versus a blue car. These 100th Anniversary patrol cars will remain in the department’s fleet until they reach their maximum mileage and must be replaced, like any other patrol car.

IHS OPENS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROGRAM FOR 2017

January 10, 2017

The Indian Health Service has announced the opening of the application period for its 2017 scholarship and loan repayment programs with several important improvements that will maximize the long-term workforce development impact of these valuable recruitment tools at eligible Indian health programs.

 

An estimated $13.7 million will be available for scholarships and $30 million will be available for loan repayments this application round. New scholarship applications are due on March 28, 2017. Current scholarship recipients interested in extending their awards must apply by Feb. 28, 2017. Loan repayment applicants must apply by Aug. 15, 2017 and applications are evaluated monthly beginning in January or as soon as funds become available.

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STATE POLICE IDENTIFY VICTIM IN ICE FISHING INCIDENT

January 7, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —  At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 3, a Michigan State Police trooper from the Sault Ste. Marie Post responded to a call on Munuscong Bay in Raber Township of Chippewa County.     

 

A local couple from Chippewa County was ice fishing in two separate ice shanties.  When the husband checked on his 54-year-old wife he found her slumped over in her shanty.  He began CPR until EMS arrived on scene.  She was transported by Pickford EMS to the War Memorial Hospital. Pickford EMS was assisted on scene by Kinross EMS, Raber Township Fire Department, and Pickford Fire Department. 

 

Jenise Lynn Corbiere of Sault Ste. Marie has been identified as the victim. On Jan. 5 she succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.  The Chippewa County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the cause of death as accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. 

 

The public is being reminded to be careful when hunting and fishing in enclosed structures with a heat source and to have proper ventilation with outside air and to use heaters approved for enclosed spaces.   

LAKERS FALL TO NMU

January 7, 2017

MARQUETTE- In a high scoring affair, Northern Michigan claimed a 6-4 victory over Lake Superior State in Saturday's series finale at Berry Events Center to draw a weekend split between the Upper Peninsula rivals.

The teams skated through much of the first period without many scoring chances until Dominik Shine scored the opening score to put the Wildcats (5-17-2, 3-12-1-0 WCHA) ahead 1-0 with 2:28 remaining. Shane Sooth added his second assist of the series on the play after picking up his first of the season in Friday's game at Taffy Abel Arena.

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SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICES CLOSE FOR MLK OBSERVANCE ON JAN. 16

January 11, 2017

 

LANSING – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16 so customers can hop online at ExpressSOS.com, which allows customers to renew their tabs and driver’s licenses, get a duplicate registration, duplicate title, change their address and register to be an organ donor. And with its Print ’N Go feature, customers can renew their driver’s licenses and tabs for their vehicles, motorcycles or boats, print their receipt and drive legally until they get their card or sticker in the mail. On their eighth year, customers do need to visit a branch to get a new driver’s license so they can pass a vision test and get an updated photo.

 

The Secretary of State’s Office mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver’s license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty.

 

License plate tabs can also be renewed at Self-Service Stations, many of which are available around the clock. Visit the Branch Office Locator at www.michigan.gov/SOS to find a Self-Service Station near you.

 

With the exception of holidays, offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Smaller offices may close for the lunch hour. On Wednesdays most offices are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with those in city centers open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PLUS offices and SUPER!Centers are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. SUPER!Centers also provide Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

January 5, 2017

 

Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Program will be held on Saturdays from 9 to 5 pm on Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, and May 20 At the Eastern UP Intermediate School District, 315 Armory Place, Conference Room A, Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783 Course is $300, and there are some partial scholarships available.  You must register and apply for partial scholarships online by Jan. 13. For questions, contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, kransr@anr.msu.edu, or 906-875-0606.

 

FIRE MANAGEMENT COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN BAY MILLS

 

Bay Mills Fire Management will be hosting a class (S130-90) on basic wildland fires. This course is required for those interested in joining the Bay Mills crew. The course will be offered from Jan. 23-27 and will cover entry-level topics such as fire suppression, techniques, fire behavior, and incident management. Class times are Monday, 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Cole or Kyle Tadgerson at 906-248-8443 or 906-248-8448, or email catadgerson@baymills.org to sign up for the class.

A wolf pup nestled in grass. Image: Brett Peters

CEREMONIAL CFRE CHECK– Richard and Theresa Barch (center) present Lake Superior State University with a half-million dollar gift towards transforming LSSU's existing Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL) into a new Center for Freshwater Research and Education. The $11.8 million facility, slated for completion by 2021, will provide an improved hatchery facility as well as expanded research and classroom space, state-of-the-art research and fish disease testing labs, a community visitor’s center and K-12 discovery area, and offices for regional partners. Accepting for LSSU, from left, are ARL manager Roger Greil, LSSU President Tom Pleger, and Tom Coates, executive director of the LSSU Foundation. (LSSU Photo)

 

January 12, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE – Richard and Theresa Barch of Ann Arbor, Mich., have presented Lake Superior State University with a half-million dollar gift towards the transformation of LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory into the Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE). The $11.8 million project, slated for completion in 2021, will include an improved hatchery facility, expanded research and classroom space, state-of-the-art research and fish disease testing labs, a community visitor’s center and K-12 discovery area, and offices for regional partners.

LSSU’s Foundation Office accepted the $500,000 leadership gift from the Dick and Theresa Barch Foundation during a ceremonial check signing in Lansing, Mich., on Dec. 20.

“Theresa and I have been advocates of the work being done by the students, faculty and staff at the ARL for many years,” said Richard Barch. “It is our pleasure to provide this support to make this renovation happen and take their research and fish stocking to a new level. We hope others will join us in helping make this facility a reality.”

"The Barches have made a most generous and significant gift that will help spur other contributions to make this project a reality for LSSU, Sault Ste. Marie, and the Great Lakes," said LSSU President Tom Pleger. "The CFRE/ARL project is important to Sault Ste. Marie's and Michigan's future economy as its focus will be on furthering our understanding of Great Lakes freshwater ecosystems and training future scientists and educators."

“From a fundraising perspective this generous gift by the Barches is the kind of positive momentum we need to set the tone for a campaign,” said Tom Coates, executive director - LSSU Foundation. “This is one of the largest gifts we have received in the history of our Foundation. We are very appreciative of their support and Dick’s volunteer commitment as our campaign co-chair.”

CFRE will be housed in the west end annex of the Cloverland Electrical Cooperative hydroelectric plant on the St. Mary’s River, donated in 2004 when Edison Sault Electric owned the plant. Edison Sault also allocated space and resources on the plant's east end - the ARL's current location - for more than three decades.

Since 1977, LSSU’s current Aquatic Research Laboratory has been a model of a public-private partnership in research, education, and outreach, providing important economic, educational, and scientific benefits to the region. The lab's stocking of Atlantic salmon in the St. Mary’s River for more than three decades has created a world-class fishery in the upper Great Lakes that is valued at over $9 million to the Michigan economy. Its educational impact is equally impressive, as more than 50% of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources officers have been educated at LSSU.

However, over the past decade ARL programs have dramatically outgrown the current facility's capacity. CFRE - with at least triple the ARL's space and capabilities - will provide LSSU students and other researchers with a unique environmental and educational facility. It will also be a premier center for public outreach on issues of regional Great Lakes ecology.

January 13, 2017

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reporting an increase in influenza activity across the state and is recommending that residents receive their annual flu vaccine.

This week, MDHHS increased the flu activity for the state of Michigan to ‘Regional’ as a result of increased activity in the Southeast and Southwest regions. Currently, the MDHHS State Laboratory has confirmed 94 flu cases statewide, including 65 in the Southeast region, 14 in the Southwest region, 13 in the Central region, and 2 in the Northern region. Of the 94 lab-confirmed cases of flu statewide, 82 are influenza A, and 12 are influenza B.

“Seeing an increase in flu cases in January is not uncommon in Michigan and is a good reminder about the importance of getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS. “Because it takes about two weeks for the body to build up immunity to the flu virus after getting the flu vaccine, people should not wait to get their flu shot to stay healthy.”

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MICHIGAN EXPERIENCING AN INCREASE IN FLU ACTIVITY, VACCINE ADVISED

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (very tired)

  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.