Author Archives: Jeff Popovich

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

Leftover grant funds help the city of Cadillac improve a popular tourist area

Stack of MoneyLeftover grant money from the state will allow the city of Cadillac to beef up a popular tourist area.

The MEDC has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to five Michigan communities through leftover funds and other grants that failed to materialize in recent years. Continue reading

CMU’s Board of Trustees approves new Masters degree

CMU Board of Trustees meetingCentral Michigan University will be spending the new year working on the outline for their newest masters degree.

A new Master of Public Health degree will become available for graduates looking to serve rural and medically underserved areas. Continue reading

Going into the new year people reflect back on 2014

new yearsAs we get ready to welcome the new year, Jeff Popovich walked around the campus of Central Michigan University to ask what people remember most from 2014 and what they hope for in the year ahead.

As the year comes to a close people often reflect back on memorable moments from the past year. Continue reading

Community support centers getting ready for the holidays

crossThe holidays are often regarded as a time for giving to those less fortunate and community support centers do just that.

Love INC is a non-profit, Christian-based organization that uses volunteers and funds from local churches to help people in the community. Continue reading

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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Petoskey bookstore receives a James Patterson donation

bookBestselling author James Patterson launched 2014 by pledging to support small, independent bookstores that promote children’s reading.

Now as the year comes to a close, one of his donations will be making its way to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.