Michigan Vacationers Urged To Beware Of Zika Virus In Warm Areas

For many Michigan residents, the winter months often include travel to warmer climates. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging travelers to protect themselves from Zika virus while travelling to places with active Zika transmission. Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which have not been found in Michigan, but are common in tropical areas and some parts of the United States.

 

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Deer In Another Michigan County

Chronic wasting disease was confirmed this week in two female deer from a Mecosta County deer farm. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the second time the disease has been found in a farmed deer facility in Michigan. In 2008, a white-tailed deer from a Kent County deer farm tested positive.

“Chronic wasting disease is a serious disease affecting both farmed and free-ranging deer,” said MDARD State Veterinarian James Averill,

 

More Information Released On Iron County Fatal Accident

At 07:54 AM on January 18, 2017, the Iron County Sheriffs’ Office responded to a report of a PI accident on US 2 near Wild River Road in West Iron County.

Investigation at the scene revealed that an SUV had rear-ended an Iron County Road Commission Grader that was clearing the shoulder of the road.

The driver, Angela Esbrook, 35 year old Iron River resident, and two passengers, a 12 year old female and a 17 year old male,

 

Kivela Promises To Work On Addiction Legislation In Final Term

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The problem of drug and alcohol addiction is a growing one here in the Upper Peninsula. The Great Lakes Recovery Centers helped to sponsor a program Wednesday night in Marquette called “The Cost of Addiction”.

It brought together experts to talk about the effects of drug and alcohol addiction in the region.

Upper Peninsula State representative John Kivela says he knows the power of addiction first hand. The Marquette Democrat tells the Radio Results Network that he will continue to work on legislation in Lansing to help alleviate the problem.
 

DNR Stocks Nearly Eight Tons Of Fish; 110,000 Fingerlings From U.P.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced totals from its fall fish stocking efforts. The DNR’s Fisheries Division stocked 10 different species totaling more than 300,000 fish that weighed nearly 8 tons. Fish were stocked at 99 locations throughout the state.

“It was another outstanding fall fish stocking season that will provide enhanced opportunities throughout Michigan,” said DNR Fish Production Manager Ed Eisch. “When added to our successful spring and summer stocking efforts,

 

Deadline Approaching To Be Part Of Marquette County United Way

Marquette County nonprofit agencies and organizations wishing to be part of the fall 2017 United Way campaign have until Monday, January 23, 2017 to apply.

Only 501(c)3 health and human service organizations serving Marquette County are eligible.  Agencies applying must provide services related to identified need areas in our community such as basic needs, youth programs, medical assistance/ health care programs, and elderly citizens and adults with disabilities.

Applications will automatically be emailed to current member agencies on January 9,

 

Stabenow Wants To Withdraw From Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced legislation to require the President to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“This trade deal doesn’t crack down on countries that manipulate their currency or enforce protections for American jobs,” said Senator Stabenow. “President Elect Trump should withdraw from the deal and keep his promise to workers in Michigan and across the country.”

Senator Stabenow has been a champion of strong trade protections for Michigan businesses and workers including authoring legislation to crack down on other countries like China and Japan that manipulate their currencies. 

 

Attorney General Issues Order Against Breast Cancer Outreach Foundation

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday announced a Notice of Intended Action and Cease and Desist Order against Breast Cancer Outreach Foundation, Inc., a Florida nonprofit corporation, for violating the Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act. Violations included false solicitation and diversion of funds raised to other purposes. The foundation has been in operation since July 2014.

In 2015, Breast Cancer Outreach Foundation (BCOF) raised $1,425,201, including $36,372 from the 2,003 paid pledges from Michigan residents.

 

State Makes It Easier For Businesses To Deal With Treasury Dept.

Michigan’s businesses now have an easy option for conducting taxpayer transactions after several recent enhancements were made to the Michigan Treasury Online website, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

Effective immediately, businesses can upload their W-2s and other wage statements, request fuel credit refunds and perform other paperless taxpayer duties through a cleaner, redesigned website. For the last year, Treasury has worked to make MTO an effective and user-friendly resource for business taxpayers by improving and expanding its internet services.

 

Governor Makes Appointments To Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board

Governor Rick Snyder announced Thursday the appointment of Victoria Leonhardt of Marquette as well as the reappointments of Justin Carlson of Negaunee and Susan Hornbogen of Marquette to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the nine-member board advises the department on policies, plans and programs concerning the Negaunee Township-based Michigan Iron Industry Museum. The board supports education programs and public use of the facility.