Author Archives: Jeff Popovich

Continuing incidents by Aramark employees remain an issue

prison 11-26-13Problems continue to mount for Aramark Correctional Services as it reaches the one year mark in it’s contract to handle food services at Michigan prisons.

Since Aramark took over food services at the state’s prisons, the company has dismissed an average of eleven employees a month. Read more

Chippewa International Airport receives marketing report from local college students

planeNew flight destinations may be in store for Chippewa County International Airport following a recent marketing survey.

The two week study was conducted by a marketing research class from Lake Superior State University.

12 students were divided into subgroups and used patron demographics to look at things like the demand for additional flight destinations, satisfaction rates and parking. Read more

Small businesses need ‘educating’ on liquor licenses

liquorIf you’ve ever attended a promotional event for a local business, one that doesn’t normally sell alcohol and they’ve offered you a drink, it may have been done so illegally.

A business that doesn’t have a liquor license, but gives away or encourages customers to bring their own alcohol, is breaking the law. Read more

Geminid meteor shower expected to wow this weekend

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If you love the night sky, try to set some time aside over the next several evenings for one of the best meteor showers of the year, the geminids.

The geminid meteor shower will be taking place over the next few days, with astronomy experts predicting it to peak Saturday and Sunday.

Mary Adams is the Director of the International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.

She said this meteor shower is one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year, and one you won’t want to miss.

“The estimate is that there can be between 120 and 160 meteors per hour, so that’s more than one per minute. That’s a lot of activity.”

Adams said despite the shower’s greater quantity of meteors, some light pollution from the moon may hinder peak viewing hours.

She said, “We are at the last quarter moon when the meteor shower comes to it’s peak, and the last quarter moon can still shed a great deal of light into the sky. So we might not be seeing those numbers just because of the light of the moon, but it still should be a magnificent show this year.”

She said since the geminid typically appears earlier in the evening, anytime after 10pm should be fine for viewing.

The next meteor shower, Ursid, takes place around the winter solstice December 21st.

National Premature Birth Awareness Month

baby Health advocates say a problem that has been on the decline in recent years, now only affects one out of every nine babies instead of one out of eight . That problem: preterm or “premature” birth. Read more

Redhead duck poaching case is resolved

redhead ducksTwo Kawkawlin men are facing charges for poaching redhead ducks.

Conservation officials said the men have been sentenced with $4,000 each in restitution fines, $625 each in court fines and five days of jail time.

The two admitted to shooting 20 redhead ducks while hunting last month in Arenac county.

The bag limit for redhead ducks is two per hunter.