Author Archives: Arielle Breen

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

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

Energy researchers say gas prices don’t drive gasoline consumption

AAA predicts that nearly 95 million people will be traveling for the holidays. Many divers are finding gas prices to be much better than last year.

However, energy economists said gas prices have little impact on how much people actually drive.

They said life milestones such as retiring and even what part of the country we live in are more important factors. Read more

DNR officials: Deer harvest numbers dropped compared to last year

Snow may be a great joy for snowmobilers and skiers, but for deer hunters in the Upper peninsula, the snow was a problem this year.

DNR officials said smaller deer populations, more snow, and a late corn harvest contributed to a low firearm deer harvest this year.

Michigan DNR officials said the firearm deer harvest across the state is down this year. Read more