Lake Superior State University’s 44th Annual List of Banished Words released

December 31, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have released LSSU’s 44th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“We grapple, litigate, and then yeet irritating words and phrases gathered from the nominations and votes received during 2018,” said an LSSU-OTUS thought leader from the word-banishment wheelhouse. “It’s the most important election of our time.”

LSSU’s word banishment tradition is now in its fifth decade, and was started by the late W. T. Rabe, a public relations director at Lake Superior State University. For every new year since 1976, LSSU — also known for premier programs in nursing, engineering, robotics, and Great Lakes freshwater research — has issued this list, firmly tongue in cheek. Read More

Michigan investment in the new Soo Lock speeds up project, will save taxpayers $30 million

Agreement makes Michigan’s commitment of up to $52 million for the new lock official 

December 26, 2018

LANSING —  Efforts to construct a new Soo Lock took a big step forward as Michigan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, have signed a memorandum of agreement officially committing Michigan’s contribution of up to $52 million for the new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

“The Soo Locks are essential to our economy and national security. The time is long overdue for construction to begin on the new lock,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “I’m pleased that the work is finally getting underway and hope that Congress quickly provides the rest of the funds needed to complete the project.”

The state’s contribution will be used to pay for construction activities, including a portion of the channel deepening as well as design work for the new lock. It is estimated that Michigan’s contribution, combined with the Corps’ $32 million, will accelerate the project’s completion by one year. According to the state, this will be saving taxpayers an estimated $30 million.

This Soo Locks project was authorized by Congress in 1986, though funding never followed. Michigan accelerated its advocacy for the Soo Locks project following President Trump’s visit to Michigan and commitment to the project in April.

Last day to submit banished word nominations is Dec. 26

December 25, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Now is the time to get rid of this past year’s abused and misused words and phrases. Only a matter of days remain to submit a nomination for Lake Superior State University’s 2019 Word Banishment List, to be released on Dec. 31.

 

Nominations will be taken until Dec. 26. Read More

Calls to Smoking Quitline increase

December 23, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – In 2018 calls to the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (1-855-372-0037) significantly increased after the release of four digital stories and public service announcements produced by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.

 

According to the Intake Demographic Report produced by the Michigan Tobacco Quitline and National Jewish Health, from October 2017 through June 2018, there were a total of 152 American Indian and Alaska Native callers, a 250 percent increase. Read More

Community Development Mini-Grants awarded

December 23, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission has recently awarded the 2018 round of Community Development Mini-Grants.  Community Development Mini-Grants are funded by the Regional Prosperity Initiative to support placemaking projects which would have a positive economic impact within the community.

 

After a very competitive review process, eight awards were made throughout Mackinac, Chippewa, and Luce counties for a total of $20,000 granted and over $40,000 leveraged in cash and in-kind match.

Projects which were awarded a Community Development Mini-Grant showcase placemaking principals, and each will enhance what makes the surrounding community unique. Public art will be installed outside of the Hessel School House and the Bay Mills Indian Community farmer’s market pavilion.  Drummond Island Tourism Association and DeTour Village each received awards for improved streetscaping and signage.

This program has always supported the recreational characteristics of our Eastern Upper Peninsula communities, and this year was no exception.  Little Traverse Conservancy will construct a birding platform near the Aldo Leopold historic marker on Mackinac Bay, the City of Mackinac Island will install a kayak launch, Garfield Township will be installing playground equipment, and Luce County Parks will build a pickleball court.

These projects will begin in the spring and have a full construction season to finish.

Legislation expands eligibility for substitute teachers

December 20, 2018

LANSING – Under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, individuals with professional career expertise can substitute teach in grades 9-12 without a teaching certificate.

"This legislation will help schools fill teacher shortages in programs that offer high-demand career skills so that our students can be prepared for a 21st century economy," Snyder said.

HB 4421, sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, allows individuals, to substitute teach in grades 9 to 12without a teaching certificate in an industrial technology program or a career and technical education program if the individual satisfies prescribed requirements and has achieved expertise, as determined by the local school board. I also allows individuals under 22 years of age, who don’t have a teaching certificate, to substitute teach in grades 9-12. The bill is now PA 418 of 2018.

Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority approves agreement to build multi-use tunnel, remove pipelines from bottom of Straits

December 19, 2018

LANSING — The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) today approved an agreement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership to build a multi-use utility tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel will house a replacement segment for the Line 5 pipeline that sits on the bottom of the Straits and other utilities.

In addition, the authority, which held its inaugural meeting in St. Ignace, approved the transfer of a property right that will allow Enbridge to construct the tunnel in bedrock beneath the Straits.

Also today, Gov. Rick Snyder and leaders of the departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality signed a separate agreement with Enbridge. This Third Agreement carries forward provisions of two previous agreements with the company – one in November 2017 and one in October 2018. The Third Agreement requires Enbridge to undertake an enhanced inspection and stewardship regimen. The agreement also includes interpretations of the 1953 easement for the dual pipelines on the bottom of the Straits, as well as ongoing financial assurance requirements for the pipelines.

The approved agreements will soon be posted on the mipetroleumpipelines.com website.

MDEQ issues Enbridge a permit for 48 anchors in Straits

December 7, 2018

LANSING —  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, has issued Enbridge a permit to install 48 anchor support structures into the lake bed on Line 5 pipelines to decrease the span distance at these locations within the Straits of Mackinac.  The project is located in Wawatam Township, Emmet County and Moran Township, Mackinac County,  MiWaters permit number WRP014208 v.1.

The MDEQ completed its review and drafted the permit on Nov. 5, under authority of Part  325, Great Lakes Submerged Lands, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.  Enbridge returned the permit on Friday Nov. 30.

Project activities involve the installation of a helical anchoring system with saddle mounts around the pipeline in each of the proposed locations. The 48 anchors will be augured directly into the lake bed using 10-inch diameter screws. The total direct lake bottom impact of all screw augers will be approximately 20 cubic yards with a total footprint of about 53 square feet. Permit conditions require verification of anchor support placement by diver or remote operate vehicle including documentation of pipeline coating conditions after anchors are installed. 

According to the state, the 48 proposed anchors are "for the purpose of minimizing the potential of having any pipe spans exceeding 75 feet." MDEQ asserts the work is being completed to fulfill Enbridge’s obligations under the State of Michigan 1953 bottomlands easement between Enbridge and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as well as the Enbridge-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Consent Decree.

 

This project is not associated with any new utility installation. 

Diocese addresses allegations

December 6, 2018

MARQUETTE — The Diocese of Marquette has completed its preliminary investigation into an allegation against Father Frank Lenz of sexual misconduct with a minor in the early 1970s. The case has been forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith at the Vatican, which has jurisdiction in the Church in these cases. The CDF noted they will review the material and make a decision about how the diocese should proceed. Read More

Senate approves Line 5 utility tunnel legislation

December 5, 2018

LANSING — The state Senate on Wednesday voted to move forward with legislation allowing construction of a utility tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Senate Bill 1197 would establish the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, which would be responsible for acquiring, constructing, maintaining, and operating the new utility tunnel.

The original version of the bill tasked the Mackinac Bridge Authority with responsibility, which received an abundance of public backlash. 

The amended version of the legislation, introduced by Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, gives the three-member board of the MSCA the responsibility of overseeing the tunnel’s construction and daily operation once completed. Members are appointed to six-year terms by the governor.

“Many people that I have spoken with are relieved with the direction that we decided to go with this bill,” Schmidt said. “I think this was a tremendous example of our system of government at work. People came out, voiced their opinions, held discussions, and in the end, we were able to listen to folks and reach a compromise that is in the best interest of our state.”

 

SB 1197 will now go to the Michigan House of Representatives for approval.

Smartphone gambling–even on college sports–under review by state

December 3, 2018

By NICK KIPPER/Capital News Service

LANSING — A trio of bills that would legalize and regulate online gambling from a smartphone or computer is awaiting a vote in the Senate before year’s end.  

If the Senate approves, the state’s three commercial casinos and 24 tribal casinos could set up online platforms for players to gamble through. That includes sports betting, poker, blackjack and any online version of games offered at the casinos. Read More

LSSU to offer new academic programs

December 2, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Lake Superior State University University’s Board of Trustees voted during its Nov. 9 meeting to approve three new certificate programs. They also received updates on the $13.2M construction of the Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE), and activities leading toward a public-private-partnership to build new residence halls.

The new certificate programs are in E-Marketing, International Business, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

The 12 credit-hour GIS certificate includes courses in introduction to GIS/GPS, intermediate GIS, geospatial analysis, and a choice of GIS programming & application, applied geospatial technologies, or remote sensing and spatial statistics. Read More

Renew your CPL online

December 1, 2018 

LANSING — Michigan residents with an existing concealed pistol license can now renew their license online at www.michigan.gov/CPLrenewal.

Online renewal requires a personal identification number (PIN). If a CPL holder’s renewal notification letter does not contain a PIN, he/she may request a new renewal notification letter directly from the county clerk that issued the CPL. 

In addition to online renewal, CPL holders may also renew their license in-person at their county clerk’s office or by mail with a completed application and payment. The application and instructions for renewing by mail are available at www.michigan.gov/firearms.  

First-time CPL applicants must still apply in-person at their county clerk’s office.

Statewide there are 644,677 active CPLs.  Once issued, a CPL is valid for up to five years.

Enbridge tunnel proposal heading to the Senate

November 28, 2018

LANSING — Despite protests from environmental leaders, citizens, and Michigan tribal communities, Senate Bill 1197: Authorize Straits of Mackinac pipeline and utility tunnel, has made it out of committee and is expected to come before the full senate as early as Thursday, Nov. 29. 

Bay Mills Tribal Chairman Bryan Newland was one of many tribal leaders who went to Lansing urging legislators to reconsider this proposed bill. This bill is just one of many that is being pushed through the lame duck session prior to Democrat Gretchen Whitmer taking the governor's office in January. Whitmer has been a vocal opponent of the tunnel and Enbridge's presence in the Straits. 

Critics argue current Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing the deal through without proper consultation, including that of the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The MBA maintains the bridge, and under the bill would be responsible for oversight of the tunnel.

Proposals sought for TedX event

November 28, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE. – Lake Superior State University is seeking proposals for its Spring 2019 TEDx event, to be held in the LSSU Library on April 5. LSSU Students, staff, and community members are welcome to submit their proposals. The theme for the 2019 TEDxLSSU event is “-isms,” where speakers will explore innovative ideas worth sharing sparked by this now ubiquitous suffix.

Individuals, pairs, or small groups may submit proposals of no more than 500 words via the online speaker application at http://bit.ly/TEDsubmit by the end of the business day Friday, Dec. 7. Please review guidelines at https://lakerblogs.lssu.edu/tedxlssu/cfp/ prior to submission. 

TEDx events are local, self-organized programs that bring people together to share a TED-like experience under the guidance of the international TED Conference organization. The TEDxLSSU event will feature live speakers who will share their unique insights and perspectives to inspire the audience to think in new and creative ways. These events are branded TEDx, where x represents an independently-organized TED event.

TED, which began as a conference to bring people together from Technology, Entertainment and Design in 1984, is a nonprofit program devoted to ideas worth spreading. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.

Visit TED.com/tedx to read about TEDx and its mission or to see the atmosphere and character of TED talks; follow @TEDxLSSU on Facebook to stay up to date on TEDxLSSU

Traffic stats for holiday weekend released

November 27, 2018

LANSING — The Michigan State Police announced that preliminary reports indicate 11 people lost their lives in 10 separate traffic crashes during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the same as during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend which resulted in 11 fatalities from 11 traffic crashes.

Out of the 10 deadly crashes:

  • Restraints were not used in three crashes and unknown use in three.

  • Alcohol use was a known factor in two of the deadly crashes.

  • One involved an off-road vehicle where a helmet was not worn.

  • Two victims were pedestrians.

“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m., Nov. 26,” said Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, State Services Bureau. “The preliminary numbers show the same number of fatalities from this holiday period last year. The MSP continues to urge motorists not to drive while impaired, always use proper restraints, and to make responsible driving decisions.”

The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend ran from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

Sierra Club to host program

November 27, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE— The Three Lakes Group of the Sierra Club will host a presentation titled "Large Animals in the Eastern Upper Peninsula" on Dec. 13.  David Jentoft, wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will be the speaker. 

 

The even will take place in Crawford Hall, Room 207, on Lake Superior State University’s Campus starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

The eastern UP supports a number of larger animals like deer, black bear, and wolves.  What is their status?  How are they monitored and managed?  This presentation will cover this and other information for these species, and touch on some other large mammals as well.

November 20 is Michigan Adoption Day

During Adoption Month, Michigan searches for permanent homes for more than 320 children in foster care

 

November 19, 2018

LANSING – More than 320 children who are in foster care in Michigan need loving, permanent homes as the state marks Adoption Month.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed November to be Adoption Month. November 20 is Adoption Day in Michigan.

Anyone interested in adopting from foster care can contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273 or learn more about children available for adoption at www.mare.org.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – in partnership with adoption agencies and the courts – works to find and create forever families through adoption. In fiscal year 2018, 1,931 children were adopted from the Michigan foster care system, according to MDHHS.

“It is important for all children to have a loving home that they can call their own,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “While our priority is to safely reunify children in foster care with their parents, we rely on adoptive parents when it’s determined that a child cannot safely return to his or her home.”

People can adopt whether they’re single or married. They don’t have to be wealthy or own their own home, but must have adequate financial resources to provide for a family.

Children in the foster care system become eligible for adoption following termination of parental rights due to abuse or neglect. There were 13,710 children in the foster care system as of Sept. 30, 2018, but the goal for most children is safe reunification with their families.

For more information about adoption in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/adoption.

With preseason sales up, snowmobile industry hoping for snow

November 16, 2018

By KALEY FECH/Capital News Service

 

LANSING — Snow is flying, and Michigan’s snowmobilers are gearing up to hit the trails.

Traffic on the trails took a nosedive during the recession but was up last year. Bill Manson, the executive director of the

 

Michigan Snowmobile Association, is optimistic the uptick will continue.

“We had a good year last year,” he said. “We actually had about 11,000 more snowmobile permits sold last year than the year before.” Read More

Michigan Legislative roll call highlights

November 15, 2018

LANSING — This edition of the Roll Call Report highlights bills on issues that may arise in the coming lame duck legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 1171: Undo repeal of lower minimum wage for “tipped” workers
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R), to delete the provision of the 2018 initiated law that repealed a lower minimum wage imposed of tipped workers, which had been 38 percent of the minimum wage for other workers. (Under the previous law, a tipped-worker’s employer still had to pay the difference between the lower tipped wage amount and the regular minimum wage if tips come up short.) The initiated law was enacted by the legislature in September of 2018 and is now Public Act 337 of 2018. The bill does not affect the initiative’s minimum wage hike for non-tipped workers.

Senate Bill 1175: Remove employer guilt presumption from employee leave mandate
Introduced by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R), to remove an employer liability provision of the 2018 initiated law that imposes a mandate on small businesses to grant employees up to 40 hours annually, and 72 hours for larger employers. The provisions targeted by this bill potentially create a legal presumption in any disputes that an employer has violated the law. The bill does not affect the actual sick leave mandate the initiative imposed on employers.

Senate Bill 787: Authorize lower-cost auto insurance for seniors
To exempt a person age 65 or above from having to buy the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage mandated by the state no fault auto insurance law. Specifically, these individuals could buy either unlimited injury coverage or a policy that caps medical coverage at $50,000, with injury expenses above that amount covered by the individual's Medicare and related coverage.

Senate Bill 1014: Cap auto insurance crash victim family-care charges
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R), to restrict the amount that can be charged for long term “attendant care” provided by family members to crash victims under the state no fault insurance law’s mandatory unlimited medical coverage.

Senate Bill 1197: Authorize Straits of Mackinac pipeline and utility tunnel
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R), to give the Mackinac Bridge Authority the authority to install a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. This would contain a controversial oil pipeline, power lines and other utility infrastructure. The bill authorizes the Authority to borrow and levy user fees to build and operate the tunnel.

House Bill 6373: Require comprehensive PFAs regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R), to direct the state Department of Environmental Quality to establish and impose a comprehensive regulatory regime for the handling, storage, disposal, and clean-up of substances containing PFA chemicals by the end of 2019.

 

House Bill 5526: Assign letter-grade to each public school
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R), to create a state commission to develop a system that assigns each public school a letter grade between A and F based on its achievement in six specified indicators: math and English proficiency; math and English progress; progress of non-English speakers at learning the language; graduation rate; absentee rate; and the rate of participation on statewide tests.

Senate Bill 983: Require schools have response plans for many threats
Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R), to require public schools and local police to develop emergency response plans for a broad range of specific risks including school violence and attacks. Also, schools would be required to have plans to improve school building security, plans to train teachers on mental health, and an active shooter protocol.

House Bill 6420: Permit and regulate fantasy sports games
Introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden (R), to establish a permissive licensure and regulatory regime on fantasy sports games and contests that offer money prizes, with games subject to specified restrictions and requirements, and an initial license fee of up to $5,000 for would-be vendors. Game outcomes would have to be the result of player skill and knowledge and not just chance, with prize amounts specified in advance. Individuals who run small scale fantasy sport games from their home would be exempt from licensure.

Information provided by MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.

Young artists encouraged to participate in competition

November 13, 2018

LANSING — Calling all young aviators! Do you have a passion for airplanes, hot air balloons, gliders, or simply like to fly as a passenger? Do you like to draw, paint, or color? If so, here's a fun opportunity for children between the ages of 6 and 17 to combine art and aviation in the 2019 International Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Entries are judged in three classes, according to age and at least in part for its creative use of the theme "My Dream to Fly" in relation to the aviation world. Winners will receive recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, D.C., to be judged in the national competition. All Michigan entries must be received by Jan. 18, 2019, to the following person:

            Erika Hanses
            MDOT Office of Aeronautics
            2700 Port Lansing Road
            Lansing, MI 48906
            hansese@michigan.gov
            517-335-8174 
 

Bear regulations meeting to be held Dec. 14

November 13, 2018

ST. IGNACE — Bear regulations are reviewed every two years, making 2019-2020 a new regulation cycle and an opportunity to review potential harvest quotas. On Dec. 14, the Bear Forum will meet in St. Ignace at the Little Bear East Arena, located at 275 Marquette St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bear Forum is made up of stakeholders and non-affiliated individuals who have an interest in Michigan’s bear management.  Public seating will be available.  

The 2017 bear hunter survey and preliminary 2018 harvest information, the Upper Peninsula predator/prey study and bear abundance estimates will be reviewed, and potential regulatory changes will be discussed.

For questions about the upcoming Bear Forum meeting, contact Kevin Swanson at 906-458-1889.

DNR looking for volunteers to serve on the Citizens Advisory Councils

November 12, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens Advisory Councils.

The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive, and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and from the public.

A Nov. 30 deadline has been set to apply for membership to either of the two councils. There are several vacancies currently available.

Each council meets every other month. Meeting agenda items addressed at council meetings are set by the council members. Council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration in policy-formation and decision-making processes.

“The councils are a great opportunity for members and the public to learn about, and have input into, DNR issues, programs and processes,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “Since their creation, the two U.P. councils have drafted over 80 recommendations, on a wide variety of topics, which have been sent to the DNR for consideration, the wide majority of which have been approved.”

Council members, who are required to have their primary residence located in the U.P., represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interest groups or the citizenry at large.

Members are selected for the councils based on a variety of factors.

The eastern U.P. council includes roughly 20 members, each of whom reside within Alger, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac or Schoolcraft counties. The western council includes essentially the same number of members who are draw from the U.P.’s remaining 10 counties lying west of Federal Forest Highway 13.

Application forms and more information about the councils are available online at michigan.gov/upcac or by calling the DNR’s Marquette Customer Service Center at 906-226-1331.

Completed applications may be faxed to 906-228-9441, emailed to dahlstromk@michigan.gov, or mailed to DNR (Attn: CAC), 1990 U.S. 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855.

For more information, contact DNR Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator Stacy Welling Haughey at 906-226-1331.

Lake State inducts members into Athletic Hall of Fame

November 9, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE —  The 2018 Lake Superior State Athletic Hall of Fame were held on Nov. 3 at LSSU. View all of the inductees here.

Attack energy waste to reduce bills, state tells U.P. plants

November 7, 2018

By NICK KIPPER
Capital News Service

 

LANSING — Small manufacturers in the Upper Peninsula are getting state help to attack some of the highest electric rates in the nation.

The Michigan Agency for Energy is offering rebates of up to $10,000 to U.P. manufacturers  with fewer than 50 employees for energy waste reduction. The application process remains open until the $75,000 for the program is awarded. Read More

Whitmer takes governor's seat

Early results are in for the Nov. 6 election.  Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will lead the state as governor as she defeated Republican challenger Bill Schuette for the seat. 

 

Recreational marijuana was also approved by voters.

 

The recreational marijuana measure will allow adults that are over the age of 21 to possess, grow and use small amounts of marijuana legally. Those provisions are set to take effect within 10 days of the vote being certified, meaning that marijuana is expected to become legal in the state later this month.

 

Proposal 3 on voter reforms also passed. Part of the reforms include same-day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and provides for auditing of election results. 

U.P. wide talent show has the potential for national exposure

November 2, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – Barb Hampton, who brought the successful “Betsy’s Game Show Extravaganza” to Sault Ste. Marie Rotary Club, is launching another project, “U.P.’s Got Talent.”

 

This Upper Peninsula-wide talent show will include screening dates Feb. 22-23 and May 3-4 at Bay Mills Casino and a main event on Aug. 10, 2019, at Kewadin’s Dream Makers Theater in Sault Ste. Marie.

 

“U.P.’s Got Talent” is also partnering with Eagle Radio and Sovereign Communications, and proceeds will benefit the Chippewa County Family Project, which is working to build a foster home for area teenagers.

 

“The majority of talent will come from the Eastern U.P. as we kick it off for the first time,” Hampton said. “The long-term goal is to hold auditions in Marquette, then alternate the final event back and forth to give the show room to branch out.”

 

During the first and second rounds, the Bay Mills Casino audience will pick one finalist and judges will choose five more to advance to the main event on Aug. 10. Judges during the main event are talent scouts from Chicago, Nashville and Detroit. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an opportunity to host a Dream Makers Theater production and keep 50 percent of the revenue. The runner-up, and third and fourth-place finishers will receive sponsored prizes. The entry fee to audition is $50 and each act has 90 seconds to perform. The 12 finalists are required to have a $1,000 sponsor and have 120 seconds to wow the judges. The four final acts, including one chosen by the audience, will perform for five minutes each.

 

Tickets are $20 for auditions and $35 for the main event. Sponsors will receive four free tickets to the main event, radio, print and social media exposure, and a 3x8 banner at the main event. A sponsor whose act wins the grand prize will automatically be listed as the main sponsor for the winner’s concert/show. Hampton wants “U.P.’s Got Talent” to be a family-friendly event while showcasing talent of all ages.

 

“We’re bringing in people with credentials to watch these acts,” she said. “We hope to give them the opportunity to advance their career. But we hope the big winners are the Chippewa County Family Project and the kids in our community with the greatest need.”

 

Sault Rotary Club’s game show named in honor of Betsy Demaray has raised $85,000 for local charities and organizations during the past five years. Hampton’s new venture will benefit, the CCFP, which seeks to break ground within a year and build a 5,400-square foot home for teens in the foster care system. The CCFP home will sleep up to six males and six females, house parents and one displaced family of siblings.

Prepare to “fall back” Nov. 4 by checking carbon monoxide detectors

November 2, 2018

LANSING – As we turn back the clocks on Sunday and temperatures continue to fall, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to remind residents to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

“As temperatures drop, we start getting increased reports about carbon monoxide poisonings,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “Now is the time for Michigan residents to make sure their heating sources and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.”

Each year in Michigan about 29 people die and 145 are hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide, follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware stores for $20-50. Daylight Savings Time is a good time each year to replace the batteries and push the “test” button to be sure it’s working properly. Replace detectors every five years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually. Hire a professional to make sure it is functionally sound and vents properly outside the home.

  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or garage. Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins and RVs.

  • Generators should be run at a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

  • Never run a car in an enclosed space. Even with a door or window open, carbon monoxide levels can still build up to an unsafe level.

At high levels, carbon monoxide can cause death within minutes. Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide include headache, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and confusion. If you think you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, or your detector sounds an alarm, go outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.

Visit Michigan.gov/carbonmonoxide for more information about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Chippewa County Animal Shelter seeks millage renewal for animal medical care

October 30, 2018

By Jessica Stanaway

SAULT STE. MARIE —  Counting on strong community support, the Chippewa County Animal Control Shelter is seeking a millage renewal in the November 6 election so that it can continue its commitment to being a no-kill shelter. 

Many county residents may be too young to recall a time when there was no animal shelter.  The opening of the new shelter in 2003 was a huge step in insuring that homeless pets get the best possible chance to find a new home.

When the millage proposal was first passed in 2013, the shelter had a “save rate” of 97.3 percent.  With a determined staff and much community support, the shelter increased its save rate to 99 percent in 2017.

While the adoption rate of 650 pets is remarkable, another less obvious statistic is the owned pets that were found running loose.  Of the 804 animals taken in, 138 were strays who were returned to their owners.

“People recognize that the shelter is the best place for a Good Samaritan to take a found pet and the first place owners should check for a missing pet.  The Facebook phenomenon has made reuniting pet and owner much easier,” said Holly Henderson, shelter manager.

“Whether a pet is a stray or has been relinquished by its owner, if it is sick or injured, the funds from the millage make it possible for us to have the pet treated immediately,” Henderson continued.

“We hope that the voters will come out to support this funding.  It is such a small amount to the average property owner.  The request for .10 mills is only 10 cents for each one thousand dollars of property value.  For example, if your property is taxed at $50,000, the additional tax is only $5.00 per year,” added Henderson.  “That’s less than one fast food meal.”

“Having been in operation for 15 years, we have shown the voters in Chippewa County that we have made the county shelter a successful and compassionate organization that deserves their financial support.  We have the emotional support of the community.  Now, we need the funds to continue to do the right thing on behalf of the citizens.”

String Doctors to appear at LSSU

October 25, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Arts Center at LSSU welcomes The String Doctors Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Arts Center Director, Spencer Christensen, is excited to kick off Great Lake State Weekend (GLSW) with a Michigan based band. “Start GLSW off right,” said Christensen, “ and a day early! You won’t be disappointed.”
 

The band has four members: Joe Madus, leads the band on the guitar and mandolin and brings high energy to the stage; Ray Kalamay, also on the guitar, sprinkles in the jokes and lets his voice croon; Peter Knupfer, award winning fiddle player, will have you tapping your feet along with the beat; and Frank Youngman, the newest member of the group, is known for his bass playing in festivals around the United States. Together, these talented performers make up the country swing of The String Doctors.
 

The band has fans far and wide. One concert-goer, after seeing the band live, remarked “I thought I’d gone to Heaven when Ray Kamalay and Joel Mabus [started] duelling [on] their swing guitars!”
 

This performance of The String Doctors is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts, and the Fund for LSSU.
 

Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $10 for children 17 and under. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in Lot K, in front of the Arts Center, and Lot E, behind the Cisler Center. The Arts Center is wheelchair accessible. For directions, tickets, and more information please visit www.lssu.edu/arts-center or call (906) 635-2787.

Whitmer visits Sault Ste. Marie

 

October 21, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate, spoke to an overflow audience of more than 150 people at the Chippewa County Democratic Party office in Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday, Oct. 21.

 

Whitmer, a former Michigan Senate Minority Leader, spoke to the high energy crowd about local topics including the controversial Enbridge Line 5 tunnel deal with the State of Michigan.  Gretchen mentioned that she is not in favor of putting the Great Lakes in danger, and is not happy about the current governor negotiating a deal in haste with no public input right before the election.

 

“Chippewa County Democrats are incredibly energized for the election on November 6,” said Allison Youngs, Chair of the Chippewa County Democratic Party.  “Our party has been canvassing the county for our Democratic candidates.  Constituents we have spoken with are very excited for our entire Democratic slate this campaign season.”

 

Whitmer also answered questions from constituents relating to right to work, state of Michigan employee issues and morale.  With no straight ticket voting she also discussed the importance of voting down-ballot for Democratic Party endorsed candidates including Debbie Stabenow for US Senate, Dana Nessel for Attorney General, Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State, and the Michigan Supreme Court candidates Sam Bagenstos and Megan Kathleen Cavanagh.

 

Other local candidates in attendance included Matt Morgan for US Congress, Jim Page for Michigan Senate, and Joanne Galloway for Michigan House of Representatives.

 

The Chippewa County Democratic Party campaign season is well underway at their office at 224 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

 

For those interested in volunteering time to knock on doors or make phone calls, please contact Allison Youngs at allie906@gmail.com or 906-440-6124. 

Amateur rock hound eyes yooperlite career potential

October 20, 2018

By WHITNEY MCDONALD
Capital News Service

LANSING — Michigan native Erik Rintamaki discovered a glowing rock on the shores of Lake Superior — and a new career path.

Erik Rintamaki hosting a yooperlite night pick tour in September. Credit: Shirley Klemmer

The Upper Peninsula resident found the luminescent stone in June 2017. He called the stone the “yooperlite.”

He doesn’t claim to be the first person to have found it on the beaches, but he is the first to get the stone verified by a lab at Michigan Technological University. Read More

VA schedules flu shot clinics for veterans

October 19, 2018 

IRON MOUNTAIN – Flu vaccinations are now available for Veterans enrolled in VA health care.  Veterans may request the flu shot at their regularly scheduled VA appointments. 

Veterans may also get vaccinated during free walk-in flu shot clinics at Sault Ste. Marie VA Clinic on Wednesdays October 31 and November 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  No appointment is necessary.  The clinic is located at 509 Osborn Blvd, Suite 306.   Veterans may call (800) 215-8262, extension 34758, for updated VA Flu Shot Clinics in the Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin.

“Some people are worried that getting the flu shot will give them the flu, but that is a myth since flu shots either contain inactivated flu viruses or no viruses at all,” said Ann Mattson, RN, Infection Control Nurse at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Another misconception is that the flu shot prevents the stomach flu.

“The flu is a respiratory disease, not a stomach or intestinal ailment, therefore the flu shot is not going to prevent what many call the ‘stomach flu,’” added Mattson.

The VA has also partnered with Walgreens to provide flu shots to enrolled Veterans without filling out VA forms or carrying paper records.  Veterans can simply go to their local Walgreens, tell the pharmacist they receive care at a VA facility, and show their Veterans Identification Card or other proof they are enrolled in the VA health care system.   The immunization record will be updated electronically in the Veteran’s VA medical record.

LSSU awarded arts grant

October 15, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE  — Lake Superior State University has been named a recipient of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs  grant. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs looks to “encourage, initiate, and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan.”

 

The Arts Center at LSSU received a Project Support Grant that will help support the upcoming concert season. In total, there are seven concerts planned for the 2018-2019 season, as well as Educational Outreach Programming, LSSU Student Theatre Productions, a special production of Hamlet by Actors from the London Stage, and  much more. To reserve tickets, please visit www.lssu.edu/arts-center or call 906-635-2787.

 

“The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University is honored and thankful to be one of four entities receiving MCACA awards in Chippewa County,” stated Spencer Christensen, LSSU Arts Center director and assistant professor of theatre. “Through support from organizations such as the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Arts Center at LSSU is able to fulfill our mission of inspiring human connection.”

 

“This grant recognizes the dual role that the Arts Center plays in our region,” added Dr. Donna Fiebelkorn, dean of the College of Education and Liberal Arts at LSSU, “It will provide access to rich and meaningful cultural events for the community, as well as enhancing the educational opportunities for our students.”

Sierra Club announces program

October 11, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — "Politics of the environment," sponsored by the Three Lakes Group of the Sierra Club, will be held on Wednesday, October 17th in Crawford Hall Room 207 on the campus of Lake Superior State University at 6:30 p.m.

 

Find out what the Michigan legislature has been up to in regard to environmental issues, how your lawmakers vote when it comes to protecting the environment, who the Sierra Club has endorsed in your area, and what impact the 2018 election will have on clean air, water, energy and natural resources.

 

A presentation will be made by Sierra Club Michigan Chapter's Political Chair Richard Barron and Political Director Mike Berkowitz and Political Organizer Sarah Tresedder. 

Soo Locks bill awaits signature, funding

October 10, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE —  Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which includes a provision to build a new Soo Lock. The next step for the bill is the president's signature. Once signed, the law aims to: 

  • Ensure that America maintains the competitiveness of our coastal and inland ports, and maintain the navigability of our inland waterways;

  • Create a new framework to allow for more Army Corps projects to be budgeted with increased local stakeholder input and expanded transparency;

  • Beneficial use of dredged material - increases the number of authorized pilot projects from 10 to 20;

  • Authorize or reauthorize important water infrastructure programs and projects;

  • Include billions of dollars in deauthorizations – making the legislation fiscally responsible;

  • Authorize federal funding for water infrastructure projects, which leverages billions in water infrastructure spending;

  • Reduce flooding risks for rural, western, and coastal communities.

But a passage doesn't guarantee the new lock will be funded. Appropriations must still be made for construction. As has been a major hurdle in the past, money must still be allocated before the project can move forward. 

 

 

Bayliss Library announces upcoming program

October 4, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE -- On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Bayliss Public Library will host a program combining poetry and music. There is an ancient tradition of poetry not only being read, but being set to music and sung. Jennifer Burd, teacher, editor, and poet, joins Laszlo Slomovits, songwriter, composer and singer, to present a program of poetry read and sung.

 

The poems will range from the transcendent, spiritual lyrics of the 12th and 13th century Sufi mystics, Rumi and Hafiz, to the poems of the American greats, Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, to contemporary poets Naomi Shihab Nye, Daniel Gerber, and Linda Nemec Foster.

 

Special features of the event will be Jennifer’s lyric poetry set to music by Laszlo, as well as a reading of Jennifer’s haiku accompanied by Laszlo’s flute playing. With dynamic readings, gorgeous melodies, and lively rhythms, the poems dance off the page, as Jennifer and Laszlo bring the magic of live reading and music to timeless lyrics.

 

Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in Ann Arbor’s nationally-known children’s folk music duo, Gemini. His most recent work is Receiving the Shore, a book/CD collaboration with Jennifer Burd. Jennifer is the author of two books of poems, Body and Echo and Day’s Late Blue, as well as a book of nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library, is located at 541 Library Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. For more information, call 906-632-9331 or check bayliss.ploud.net or Facebook.

Tribe responds to Enbridge deal

October 3, 2018

BAY MILLS — Earlier today, the State of Michigan announced they will permit Enbridge to construct a tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel will then house the pipelines that are currently running under the Straits. You can read the full agreement here. 

In response, representatives from Bay Mills Indian Community released the following statement:

Bay Mills Indian Community is frustrated that the State of Michigan has cut yet another sweetheart agreement with Enbridge to keep Canadian oil flowing beneath Michigan’s waters. 

 

This new agreement allows Enbridge to keep the oil flowing beneath the Straits of Mackinac “for as long as the Line 5 Straits Replacement Segment shall be in operation by Enbridge.”  In other words, Michigan has agreed that Enbridge can operate its oil pipeline beneath the Great Lakes as long as it pleases.

 

The State of Michigan formed this long-term partnership with Enbridge without any meaningful engagement with Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes, and without any regard to the impact of this agreement on the treaty-protected fishing rights and religious beliefs of Native Americans across the State.  In addition, Michigan made the decision to authorize a permanent Canadian oil pipeline beneath Michigan’s waters while Enbridge is actively seeking permits from state and federal agencies related to the Line 5 Pipeline. 

 

Enbridge is responsible for the worst oil spill in Michigan’s history.  It has proven that it cannot be trusted to protect our shared natural resources.  Bay Mills has a 30-year history of working with the State to protect those resources.  Despite that history, Michigan has chosen to partner with Enbridge to manage our shared natural resources.  

 

The State’s new partnership with Enbridge puts Bay Mills Indian Community’s treaty rights at risk, and jeopardizes our Great Lakes for generations to come.  Bay Mills’ Executive Council is prepared to use every available means to protect the rights of tribal members, and to protect the well-being of all residents of northern Michigan.  

BMIC has a new cardboard compactor available for community use

October 2, 2018

BAY MILLS — Have you heard the news? Recycling cardboard just got a whole lot easier!

Bay Mills Maintenance Department is now accepting all corrugated cardboard from both tribal and non-tribal folks free of charge!

You can feel twice as good about recycling with Bay Mills because your cardboard supports other maintenance and waste management efforts at BMIC.

 

Drop off your cardboard in the white garage behind the BMIC trash compactor. Open same hours as the trash compactor.   For more information contact 906-248-8154.

Michigan's unclaimed property website now open for business

Oct.1, 2018

LANSING — Claiming lost or abandoned property in Michigan is as easy as a few clicks of a mouse with Michigan Unclaimed Property’s new, state-of-the-art website, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Individual and business claimants now have access to enhanced search options, the ability to easily check on previously-filed claims, and to file new claims and verifying documentation electronically, uploading it directly to Michigan Unclaimed Property. Previously, claimants had to file paper claims and documentation through the U.S. Postal Service.

“The new website is a significant upgrade to the property claimant’s experience,” said Deputy State Treasurer Ann Good, who oversees Treasury’s Financial and Administrative Service programs. “This is a major step forward in Treasury’s effort to go paperless while offering streamlined and efficient services to taxpayers.”

Michigan Unclaimed Property has returned $400 million to rightful owners or their heirs over the last four years, including more than $90 million the last 12 months.

In addition to an enhanced claims process, the new Michigan Unclaimed Property website provides holders of unclaimed property with the ability to file reports and make payments to the state Treasury Department electronically.

The Michigan Unclaimed Property website continues to be available at www.michigan.gov/unclaimedproperty. Claimants may also call Michigan Unclaimed Property at (517) 636-5320, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.   

Appointments made to Mackinac Bridge Authority

Sept. 30, 2018

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Mike Zimmer of Dimondale and Kirk Steudle of South Lyon to the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

Established in 1950, the seven-member authority authorizes use of legal and financial services necessary to manage and finance bridge maintenance and repair projects.

Zimmer currently serves as cabinet director for the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder. Previously, he worked as the director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Zimmer earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from George Washington University. He will represent Republicans and replace Daniel Musser III.

Steudle is the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, a position he has held since 2006, and from which he is retiring on Oct. 31. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He will represent Republicans and replace William Gnodtke.

Zimmer will serve a six-year term expiring June 30, 2024, and Steudle will serve a six-year term beginning Nov. 1, 2018 and expiring June 30, 2024. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

IBA announces changes to toll

Sept. 29, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — International Bridge customers paying Canadian currency will see the toll rate adjusted due to the current value of the Canadian dollar.

The changes, effective Monday, Oct. 1, are a result of the mandated exchange review conducted by bridge officials twice each year. The U.S. fare will remain unchanged at $3.50.

Starting Oct. 1, the passenger vehicle rate for Canadian currency will change from $4.40 to $4.50.

 

The three-tiered U.S. commuter rates are unchanged at $2.45, $2.80, and $3.15. Canadian currency commuter rates will be $4.05, $3.60, and $3.15.

 

The International Bridge Authority's (IBA) Prox card commuter discount program is based on the number of one-way crossings on each account. Customers with Prox commuter accounts have online access and payment options, while receiving discounts up to 30 percent off the regular cash rate. Discounts are based on the number of crossings in the previous 30 days. Commuter account balances do not expire.

 

"Since 2002, to maintain compliance with the bridge authority's Canada/U.S. operating agreement, the rates are reviewed each April and October," said Peter Petainen, IBA general manager. "This is a mandatory adjustment due to changes in the value between the U.S. and Canadian dollars."

Road projects to get under way immediately as labor impasse is resolved

Sept. 28, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that work will begin on Michigan’s road projects immediately now that the contractors’ association and operating engineers’ union agreed to continue working without a contract through the 2018 construction season.

“This is great news and I appreciate that both sides were able to see how important the work they do is to the safety and quality of life for all Michiganders,” Snyder said. “The vital work of getting Michigan’s roads repaired should not have stalled, but the important thing now is that projects will be getting back on track. A long-term solution to the contract negotiations still needs to be worked out, but that can and should be done after this construction season is completed.”

The Governor’s meeting with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and Operating Engineers 324 earlier this week brought the two sides together and provided the catalyst for a short-term solution. Snyder and his team continued the outreach to both organizations and worked out the agreement reached today between MITA and OE324.

 

The details of the agreement include:

  • MITA will end the lockout on all projects

  • The Operating Engineers will have their workers report to work immediately

  • The priority for work will be for projects that can be completed prior to significant winter weather arriving

  • Other projects will continue for as long as possible, including work to prepare them for safe winter travel if they cannot be completed

  • Contractors and OE324 will use professional mediation through the winter to help them with negotiations for a new contract

MDOT will continue to review contract provisions related to completion dates, extensions for work, and possible financial penalties on a project-by-project basis, as is the standard procedure. The Governor also has directed the department to carefully monitor all projects and ensure a high level of quality is maintained despite an accelerated pace of work.

Fatal crash claims one

Sept. 25, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal traffic a crash on Monday afternoon, Sept. 24. 

At approximately 1:10 p.m.  officers were called to the intersection of Riverside Drive and 7 Mile Road in Bruce Township. Preliminary investigation and evidence at the scene indicates a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Kirk Lee Mortinsen, of Sault Ste. Marie, suffered a catastrophic brake failure at the intersection.

Mortinsen was traveling east on 7 Mile Road when the vehicle's brakes failed, so he was unable to stop at the stop sign. He was subsequently struck by the southbound vehicle traveling on Riverside Drive.

Both drivers were treated at the hospital for their injuries. Tuesday, September 25, Mortinsen died from his injuries. The other driver was treated and released.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post, Sault Fire, and Chippewa County Central Dispatch.

The investigation remains open as additional information is being collected

Sea lamprey control planned

Sept. 20, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY— U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fisheries and Oceans Canada personnel will apply lampricides to Carlton Creek (Chippewa County) to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom.  Applications will be conducted on or about Sept. 24 to Oct. 5 in accordance with State of Michigan permits.  Applications will be complete in about five days.  Application dates are tentative and may be changed based upon local weather or stream conditions near the time of treatment.

 

Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes tributaries and transform to parasitic adults that migrate to the Great Lakes and kill fish.  Failure to kill the larvae in streams would result in significant damage to the Great Lakes fishery.  Infested tributaries must be treated every three to five years with lampricides to control sea lamprey populations.

 

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency have reviewed human health and environmental safety data for lampricides, and in 2003 concluded that the lampricides (Lampricid and Bayluscide) pose no unreasonable risk to the general population and the environment when applied at concentrations necessary to control larval sea lampreys.  However, as with any pesticide, the public is advised to use discretion and minimize unnecessary exposure.  Lampricides are selectively toxic to sea lampreys, but a few fish, insect, and broadleaf plants are sensitive.  Persons confining bait fish or other organisms in stream water are advised to use an alternate water source because lampricides may cause mortality among aquatic organismsstressed by crowding and handling. Agricultural irrigation must be suspended for 24 hours, during and following treatment.

 

Extensive preparations are required for a safe and effective stream treatment.  Prior to treatment, personnel collect data on stream water chemistry and discharge.  In addition, they may conduct on-site toxicity tests with lampricides and stream flow studies with dyes that cause stream water to appear red or green.

 

Lampricides are carefully metered into the stream for approximately 12 hours, and continually analyzed at predetermined sites to assure that proper concentrations are maintained as the lampricides are carried downstream.  Applicators are trained and are certified by Michigan regulatory agencies for aquatic applications of pesticides.

 

The program is contracted through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Commission initiated chemical control of sea lampreys in 1958.  Since that time the highly successful program has contributed significantly to the maintenance of the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fisheries.

 

The Commission is committed to delivering a sea lamprey control program that practices good environmental stewardship. To support the continued safe use of lampricides the Commission recently conducted a series of studies at a total cost of $6 million to assess the effects of the lampricides on human health and the environment. In addition to these studies the Commission has implemented aresearch program to develop alternative control techniques. The Commission also is developing a strategy to increase the number of barriers on lamprey-producing streams, and is conducting research into barrier design, traps, attractants, and biological controls.

 

For additional information in the U.S. call 1-800-472-9212 and in Canada call 1-800-553-9091.  TTY users may reach the Marquette or Ludington Biological Stations through the Michigan State Relay Service at 1-800-649-3777.

Sheriff's Dept. on the hunt for suspect

Sept. 18, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Within the last month the Chippewa Co. Sheriff’s Office investigated breaking and entering complaints from several local churches in Brimley and Rudyard.

It was found that the suspects not only broke into the churches causing damage, but also managed to get away with a large sum of money.

During the investigation two suspects were identified. The first suspect, Mackenzie Edward Webb, 19, is already in custody and being held in Mackinac County on similar charges. A hold has been placed on him and he will eventually be brought to Chippewa County to face these charges.

WANTED:
A second suspect was also identified. We are asking the public’s help to locate:

JOSEPH "JOEY" LEONARD ELLSWORTH III

Ellsworth is a white male, 5' 10" approximately 175 lbs with strawberry Blonde hair and blue eyes. See attached photo of Ellsworth.

Ellsworth currently has multiple outstanding warrants for arrest.

These two suspects have been connected to a string of break-ins all across the EUP.

Any information on the whereabouts of Ellsworth please contact the Chippewa Co. Sheriff’s Office, by phone, Facebook, or the Chippewa County Sheriffs App.