Category Archives: Local

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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Bay City follows anti-discrimination ordinance trend

LGBT_flag_02An anti-discrimination ordinance passed unanimously this week in Bay City, and looks similar to ordinances that are popping up in cities and counties across the state.

Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.

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More governments turning to local funding to fix roads 

IMG_8023-1 (1)Infrastructure across the state is notoriously out of date, but with the 1.2 billion dollar road funding plan approved last year, many counties felt like help was on the way.

What local communities across the state are coming to realize is that the road plan comes with a few strings attached.

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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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A $100,000 dollar grant awarded to the city of Mount Pleasant will help finish the demolition of the former Mount Pleasant Center

100_0853The latest grant is in addition to a $250,000 grant received by the city last year.

Dave Murray is the communications director for the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. He said blight is an issue in cities large and small.

“Smaller Communities including Mount Pleasant also have need a because an abandoned property can be a problem in our small communities as well.Sometimes even a single parcel, if it’s in an important spot can weaken an neighborhood.”

Murray said future plans for the land will be up to the city to decide.