The holiday season is always hectic – but even more so for postal workers.
Monday and Tuesday are expected to be the busiest mail days of the year.
The Mt. Pleasant post office said people are sending out packages in order to make it on time for Christmas.
Timothy Roberson is with the service in Mt. Pleasant.
“Last Friday we had 3,500 packages come in, so our volume is like up double digits right now for parcels.
Roberson said their volume of packages is higher than it was last year.
“The weather is going to be a little sketchy with the extreme cold, the carriers are going to have to take precautions to probably keep from getting frost bite, and take breaks to make sure they warm up, and all the snow that’s adding to the routes too, when you have to get out of your vehicle upteen times a day to deliver packages, that slows you down.”
Roberson said many offices will be fully staffed up until Christmas Eve to make deliveries.
On Monday, November 14, CMU Public Radio will begin a major upgrade of our broadcast equipment for 89.5FM, serving Mount Pleasant, Midland, Big Rapids, Saginaw and surrounding communities. This will, at times over the next week and a half, have a significant impact on your ability to listen to CMU Public Radio in central Michigan. Continue reading →
“Millennials.” Depending on who you ask, most agree the term is used to describe people born in the 1980s or 1990s, especially in the U.S. While a quick google search turns up hundreds of articles talking about the challenges of getting Millennials to vote, CMU Public Radio’s Sarah Adams discovered that this election has them singing a different tune.
The state agency responsible for Michigan’s medical marijuana program says changes are in store. That’s after an audit found it’s not tracking doctors who approve medical marijuana cards. Continue reading →
CMU Public Radio’s broadcast tower for WCMZ-FM 98.3 Sault Ste. Marie, located on Sugar Island.
Beginning Wednesday, November 2, WCMZ-FM 98.3 Sault Ste. Marie will be at reduced power for necessary transmitter maintenance during daylight hours. Reduced power is necessary to protect workers from potentially dangerous radiation while they are working on the tower. Continue reading →
David Fougere (right), Senior Vice President of Kaplan International – North America.
New research is pointing to the value of studying abroad while in college. A recent study commissioned by Kaplan shows that students who travel internationally are more likely to land a job within six months of graduation, compared to those who don’t. Continue reading →
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released the final part of its state water strategy. The plan includes 75 strategic recommendations for sustainable management, and enhancement and protection of Michigan’s water resources.
The fourth part of the plan focuses on water monitoring systems and management tools, to improve stewardship of Michigan’s water resources.
Jon Allan is the director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.
“We like to call it blue accounting. How are we accounting for both the social, community, the cultural effects as well as the water related effects of fish, and flow and ecosystem health.”
Allan said water monitoring systems are very important, giving researchers a baseline to see what’s in the water, and how it’s changing over time.
Now that the full plan has been unveiled, the Office of the Great Lakes is planning education and outreach initiatives.
The elk was spotted earlier in the month in Isabella and Clare counties. The most recent report of an ambling elk came from Gratiot County.
Officials speculate all the sightings are the same animal, but without a photo, there is no way to be sure.
Brian Mastenbrook is the Wildlife Field Operations Manager with the DNR.
“These are wild elk, from up in Otsego and Cheboygan and it’s pretty rare for them to wander this far, they’ve done it before they’ve been to the north side of Bay City, they’ve been down around Houghton Lake, but it’s like every two or three or five years ya know one or sometimes two take off and make these long travels.”
Mastenbrook says elk are typically not a hazard to humans or other animals. He says he expects the animal to eventually make its way back up north.
One of the projects will renovate an abandoned armory into office space. The other, is construction of a new animal feed mill.
Justin Horvath is President and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership. He says the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the Community Revitalization Program.
“CRP program that the state offers is really focused on, you know turning particularly downtown buildings particularly historic buildings into something of value you know one of the challenges is you know it does cost you know a fair amount of money to rehabilitate these older historic structures.”
Horvath says the projects could create more than 50 new jobs, and more than $19-million in capital investment.
The projects are expected to be completed within the next year.
We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.