Author Archives: Jeff Popovich

Michigan Historical Commission approves four new historical markers

MI_His_CenterResidents and tourists in Michigan have some new historical destinations to learn about.

The Michigan Historical Commission has added four new historical markers to the more than 1700 green and gold signs found across the state. Continue reading

New policies attempt to address the vaccination issue

vaccinationState health officials are just over a month into enforcing a new policy aimed at informing and providing parents with education on vaccinations.

The state is ramping up efforts to increase vaccination rates after Michigan ranked fourth-highest in the nation last year for vaccination waiver requests. Continue reading

MDOT awards grants to help fund business expansions

bad-yellow-line-roadjpg-55a2be0a87eeea1d_largeA public / private investment will fund three road improvement projects in Huron and Lapeer counties this year, that will help several area businesses expand their operations.

The improvements will allow three companies to expand, creating 135 new full time jobs. Continue reading

Expert weighs in on why Valentine’s Day is overrated

valentineThere’s a big day coming up this weekend that many people are looking forward to, the day after Valentine’s Day when the price of chocolate drops!

Let’s face it, whether you’re in a relationship or not, many people say Valentine’s Day is overrated. Continue reading

New bill aims to offer high school students new options for college credit

School Cafeteria State lawmakers have introduced a bill that they say will help counter the rising cost of higher education, giving they say high school students an earlier chance to earn credits at a four-year University.

Right now, dual enrollment is allowed only at community colleges. Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity receives funding for affordable housing

Stack of MoneyLow income families struggling to find affordable housing are receiving some help from a state grant.

Habitat for Humanity Michigan was recently awarded a grant of 1.1 million dollars to help Michigan families find homes. Continue reading

Downtown Alpena to receive newest Holiday Inn prototype

holidayinnspotVisitors to Alpena will have a new lodging option beginning this summer, and it promises to be one of the first of it’s kind in the United States.

Downtown Alpena has been chosen as a launch site for the newest generation of Holiday Inn Express hotels. Continue reading

Fifth-grader enrollment for emergency preparedness program grows

schoolsMore schools in Michigan are enrolling their fifth graders in a state program that aims to prepare them for emergencies.

It’s called Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP. It’s a curriculum that helps teachers prepare students for emergencies like tornadoes, flooding and storms. Continue reading

Alpena police seeking the public’s help in missing persons case

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Thursday marks one week since an Alpena woman went missing. Now police are asking for the public’s help in locating her.

Police say 57-year old, Mary Carol Allen is in need of medication and is considered endangered. She was last seen January 22nd at her home on Avery street in Alpena.

Joel Jett is Chief of Police for the Alpena City Police Department.


He said there is growing concern to locate Allen due to the cold temperatures and her medical condition.

“From the time that it was reported Sunday afternoon up until today, we are expending all resources that we can in our attempts to locate her.”

Jett said air search crews from the state police have been working in along with ground searchers and canine units.

Mary Allen is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds with graying brown hair and brown eyes. Police say she might be wearing glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Alpena Police department at (989) 354-1800 or the Michigan State Police.

CMU researchers develop new tool for home rehabilitation

DATSFor people who have lost the ability to drive, getting to a rehabilitation appointment can be daunting.

There’s a new tool aimed at addressing this issue by bringing driving simulations right into the patients home. Continue reading

Monumental asteroid passes by Earth

earthIf last night you thought you saw something unusual in the sky overhead, you were right.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 passed by Earth last night, with astronomers saying it passed at around three times the distance of the moon.

Mary Stewart Adams is Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.


She said by studying things like the asteroid’s composition, we can expand our understanding of how things work in the universe.

“We find out more and more about how our universe began, how our planetary system developed. It’s always just a great opportunity to see something new that we haven’t seen before and see if we can find out something that we don’t already know.”

Adams said the significance of this particular asteroid is it’s size and brightness.

Astronomers say the asteroid is somewhere between 400 and 900 meters wide.

Adams said this is the closest and largest asteroid that’s going to pass by Earth for the next 15 to 20 years.

Latest developments in college campus sexual assault claims

white houseThe issue of sexual assaults on college campuses isn’t new.

It garnered national attention last year after a list was released revealing a federal investigation of dozens of colleges for their handling of sexual abuse claims. Continue reading

“Sprout Lab” hits the road to spur statewide innovation

sproutA program for agricultural entrepreneurs is coming to Mid-Michigan, with the goal of fertilizing new ideas.

The “Sprout Lab” is an entrepreneurship program focused on identifying agricultural innovators, and engaging them in the state’s entrepreneur ecosystem. Continue reading

Lower gas prices equates to cost savings for farmers

CropsLower prices at the pump are not just good for Michigan motorists, but for farmers as well, according to a recent analysis.

According to MSU Extension Services, farmers could save 13% on operational costs this year compared to last, based on current gas prices.

Jerry Lindquist is with the MSU Extension Services.

He said, “Gas prices will be a benefit the longer they stay down as we approach the planting season. It will reduce the price of operations with running of equipment, especially at the tillage time, planting time, and then if it should last into the fall, through the harvest season as well.”

Lindquist said savings will be a particular benefit for producers in northern Michigan, where corn and soybeans are predicted to be less profitable this year, due to low commodity prices.

Flu update: problems continue into the new year

flushotIf you still have yet to get a flu shot, health officials suggest making that that your new years resolution.

185. As of January 6th, Health officials said that was the number of influenza hospitalizations so far in Michigan. Continue reading

Funding to aid in recruitment for foster families in Montmorency

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is starting off the new year awarding more than two dozen new grants in the region.

One of the grants is earmarked to recruit foster families in Montmorency county. Continue reading