Author Archives: Dominic Trimboli

Federal government attempting to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

The Federal government has given the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee an increased budget, in an attempt to keep the invasive fish out of the Great Lakes.

But some scientists say it’s a battle the federal government simply cannot win.
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DNR offers $5000 reward for information on vandal

brokensignThe Department of Natural Resources is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who destroyed DNR property.

The damage was done to a new sign detailing areas where turkey hunting would be fruitful in Allegan State Game Area.
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2nd annual Aldo Leopold festival coming mid-May

postcardside1The second annual Aldo Leopold Festival is coming to the Upper Peninsula in Mid-May.

This year the festival is celebrating a new 150-mile long birding trail.
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Indigenous people feel their concerns about pipelines fall on deaf ears

TranscanadaA Canadian oil company is suing the American government for denying the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aldo Seoane is the Co-founder of the Wicaheli League, and an advocate for indigenous peoples rights.

Seoane said while the legal issues are being handled in court, there is a voice going unheard.
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Michigan looks to save energy as coal power plants shut down 

downloadThe state is asking for public comment on how to get more households on power saving plans with their electric company.

Those plans are called Demand Response Programs.
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Fly fishers challenge DEQ approved fish farm

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A group of fly fishers 8-hundred strong have challenged a fish farm on the Au Sable river.

Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
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Two week multi-branch military training operation occurring in Northern Michigan

National Guard LogoDuring the first two weeks of April over a thousand soldiers from various military branches will descend on Northern Michigan for a joint training exercise.

Sergeant Jeremie Mead is the community relations specialist for Camp Grayling, where multiple parts of the exercise will take place.
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Northern Michigan snowmobile museum receives sizable donation

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum.  Courtesy of the Museum.

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. Courtesy of the Museum.

The season for snow sports is coming to an end, however, if you crave one last taste of winter, Naubinway’s Snowmobile museum has got you covered.

Charlie Vallier is Chairman of the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, and yes, he loves his job.
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Poll: Majority of Michigan residents support recreational marijuana

pot53% of Michigan residents surveyed said they would vote yes if the legalization of recreational marijuana was on the November 2016 ballot.

That’s according to a poll conducted by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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Northeast Lower Michigan to host triathlon this summer

Logo for the race

Logo for the race

Attention Michigan runners, swimmers and bikers, there’s a new reason to start training for the summer.

A new triathlon is coming to North-East Michigan in August, and event organizers are claiming it will be a rough race.
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Michigan saw over 10 million dollars of campaign ads leading up to primary

This year in Michigan the Presidential Primary process was highly competitive on either side of the aisle. More money was spent on TV ads than any previous year.

For some, the spending paid off, for others it was a wasted effort.

Dominic Trimboli spoke with Craig Mauger, a political analyst from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Here’s a shortened version of their conversation.
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Conference to look at contamination issues near Alma

The city of Alma is surrounded by three contaminated EPA superfund sites.

In an attempt to educate the community, Alma College is hosting what it’s calling an Intergenerational Health Conference to examine the effects of living so close, to so much contamination.
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Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge asks for public input on new restoration project

Shiawassee Wildlife RefugeThe Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge recently acquired 135 acres of new land. It comes from the defunct Germania Town and Country Club in Saginaw.

The refuge has scheduled a public meeting for March 15th in order to determine what to do with the land.
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Oil company skips environmental assessment of century old pipelines

Plains PipelineTwo 98 year old oil pipelines under the St. Clair river may see an increased workload in the near future.

Plains All American Pipelines is attempting to get permission from the government to push crude oil through the lines.
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Congressional delegation makes stop in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Today, A delegation of members of Congress went to Flint to listen to the grievances of local residents.

More than 100 people showed up to tell their stories, and attempt to be heard at the national level.

The overarching theme for the event, as Nancy Pelosi addressed a church full of Flint residents, was looking forward.
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Dow Dupont merger makes pursuing lawsuits more difficult

DowBy 2017 Dow Chemical and Dupont USA are expected to merge, becoming the largest chemical company in the United States.

However, it may take nearly 100 years before lawsuits brought against Dupont are resolved.

Late last year, Dupont USA was found liable in the first of 35-hundred cases brought against the company for causing cancer in individuals who drank water contaminated with one of their chemicals.
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Michigan vineyard owner loving the warm weather

Bowers Harbor in Winter

Bowers Harbor in Winter

After two years of harsh winters have taken their toll on Michigan vineyards, this year’s warmer weather is being seen as a blessing.

That’s according to Justin Leshinskey, Director of Sales for Bowers Harbor Vineyards in Traverse City.

Leshinskey said he couldn’t have asked for better conditions for their vineyard’s silver anniversary.

“We’re hoping for a wonderful year this year, in fact this year is going to be our 25th anniversary. We’re hoping, if mother nature and the farming Gods allow, that we’ll have the best 25th harvest that we can.”



This year he expects the best yield he’s had in years.

“It’s been warmer, like I said the bay hasn’t frozen over, we’ve had some great snow, and that’s insulated the vines. Also too, ya know, the vines, after not really producing a lot of fruit the last few years, they’ve got a lot of energy stored up. They’re ready to do their job as long as mother nature allows them to.”

Leshinskey said Michigan is the 4th largest producer of grapes in the nation.

Leshinskey said although it’s been warm, it hasn’t been warm enough for the vines to wake up just yet.

Due to that, he’s not afraid of a late winter frost damaging the crop.

DNR asking for comment on logging Chippewa Hills Forest

tree sapThe Department of Natural Resources plans to reduce its tree harvest in the Chippewa Hills forest by 50%.

They’re cutting back after receiving phone calls from citizens and environmental groups who complained the DNR was going overboard.
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