House bill to make the drunk snowmobiling limit the same as when driving a car

Governor Snyder has until the end of the year to sign a bill making the drunk snowmobiling limit the same as it is when driving a car.

The 0.08 alcohol limit would apply to anyone driving a recreational vehicle. Things like snowmobiles, boats and ORVs.

Northern Michigan police said drunk driving isn’t just a problem on the road. They said drunk snowmobiling should also be taken seriously.

They said more than a decade ago state lawmakers changed the alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for people driving cars.

However, this law did not change the limit for anyone driving ORV’s, snowmobiles or boats. Read more

High school students to compete in statewide essay contest

schoolsuppliesAn inaugural statewide essay contest has been announced for Michigan high school students.

Northwood University has partnered with the state Chamber of Commerce to host the contest.

Students will write an essay on the topic, “How can Michigan become more economically competitive?”.

Tim Nash is with Northwood University.

He said this contest has a number of benefits.

“It gives young people a chance to do some research, learn more about the economy in Michigan, and to hopefully influence public policy in the state.”

Nash said the top essays will be presented to the state legislature and the Governor.

He said the top five finalists will be announced at the Chamber Foundation’s annual dinner in May and will receive cash prizes.

Entries for the contest must be submitted by March 15th.

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Essay guidelines
http://www.northwood.edu/essay/

Thanks to local youth, two schools receive grants for self-esteem assembly and supplies

Schools may have a tough time finding funding for supplies and programs, but two schools in northern Michigan are receiving some helpful grants – thanks to local youth.

Students at Wolverine Community Schools and Mackinaw City Public Schools can look forward to ipads, books and assemblies thanks to the actions of other students.

Members in the Youth Advisory Council, or YAC, chose how they wanted to help other youth in their communities. Read more