Winter’s icy grip may have melted, but at one mid Michigan college, the ice is just starting to take hold on campus.
Delta College, in Bay County, uses a thermal energy storage system to keep campus cool.
Delta buys electricity at night and on weekends when power is cheaper. It stores the energy in the form of 8-foot by 8-foot ice blocks. Then during the day when prices are higher, the melting ice cools campus buildings. Continue reading →
Two canine law enforcement officers in Grand Traverse County are now outfitted with new bullet and stab resistant vests.
This is thanks to community fundraising efforts that raised more than $2,000.
Janke is a 2 ½ year-old explosives detection canine and Jax is a 1 ½ year-old narcotics detection dog at the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. Both are German Shepherds from Poland. Continue reading →
Farmers are getting out for planting around the state. And some in Michigan are planting a new crop; utility poles.
Educators with the Michigan State University Extension Office said they recently started growing utility pole crops in northern Michigan.
They said this new crop is great, but, they say, in some areas, farmers are running into problems with neighbors who don’t like the crop.
Kurt Schindler is with the MSU Extension Office. He said these neighbors took the case to the state court of appeals.
He said the township wanted to prohibit the crop production, so they took their case to the state court of appeals.
“And the reason why, is the local organization NIMBY Inc was upset because utility poles are a portrait or vertical orientation and they’re trying to sell their landscape for purposes of attracting tourists as a horizontal landscape,” Schindler said.
Schindler said group wanted to draw in tourism to the area -and says the crop landscape wouldn’t be inviting to tourists.
“We’ve had a Michigan Court of Appeals case which has ruled that growing utility poles is a forestry product and thus not subject to the protections under the right to farm act. And in Joe Rural Township, there was an opposition group,” Schindler said.
He said the crop is resistant to acorn woodpeckers.
Gladwin county officials said the county has struggled with internet access barriers for years. Now they have been awarded the latest Michigan certified connected status.
The status means the county met internet access goals and offers a variety of service providers to 95 percent of the county.
Officials said even though Gladwin is certified, they will keep improving broadband access. They said they are working on overcoming physical barriers like valleys and a scattered population. Continue reading →