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Monday and Tuesday are expected to be the busiest mail days for the U S Postal Service


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.

A Bay County program that helps homeless or runaway teens is now hoping to help the young adults learn life-skills


A program in Bay County that helps homeless and runaway teens is now expanding to help them learn life-skills.

Project Impact began last year in Bay and Arenac counties.

The program helps at-risk or homeless youth through age 21 or younger through mentoring and finding shelter. Continue reading

Transmitter work to affect 89.5FM in central Michigan

Broadcast tower of WCMU-FM 89.5 Mt. Pleasant.

Broadcast tower of WCMU-FM 89.5 Mt. Pleasant.

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

Challenge of getting “millennials” to vote

voted“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.

Transmitter maintenance to affect 98.3FM Sault Ste. Marie

CMU Public Radio's broadcast tower for WCMZ-FM 98.3 Sault Ste. Marie, located on Sugar Island.

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

Research shows studying abroad can increase job prospects for recent grads

David Fougere (right), Senior Vice President of Kaplan International - North America.

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

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes releases part four of the water strategy

Docks at Grindstone City
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.

There has been another sighting of a bull Elk in Mid Michigan

file2211281264306The 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.

CMU Professor uses old photographs to create an imagined history of gay and lesbian relationships

On display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain

On display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain

A Central Michigan University Professor has traveled the world exhibiting her art.

Her exhibit Through the Lens of Desire was displayed in New York City and just finished displaying in Getxo, Spain.

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Tax incentives and public-private funding has been approved for development projects in Shiawassee County

file2081241837401One 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.

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’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.

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State launches ’21 to Buy, not Supply’ campaign

State officials are launching a new campaign called 21 to buy not supply to remind young adults not to supply minors with alcohol.

Officials say most young adults know supplying minors with alcohol has serious consequences.

Diane Dovico is the executive director of the Royal Oak Community Coalition. She said she’s working to ensure people are educated on the laws.

“Our first strategy was to reach our college students throughout Michigan, because that’s where there is a huge collection of minors, and the upper classmen who have turned 21 on campus.”

Dovico said the campaign has made posters and other giveaways to raise awareness. She said penalties for supplying alcohol to minors include up to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine.