Michigan Organ, Tissue, Eye Donations Increase

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced on Tuesday that the number of Michigan adults registered as organ, tissue and eye donors has topped 60 percent.

Johnson recently joined Gift of Life Michigan’s CEO Dorrie Dils to film a message for SOS staff, thanking them for their hard work reaching this goal on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. The video message coincides with National DMV/SOS Appreciation Week, Sept. 25-29, when donation advocates across the country will thank SOS and DMV staff for their help in saving and improving lives.


Governor Orders Flags Lowered Across Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyderhas ordered U.S. flags and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday within the state Capitol complex in honor of former state Rep. Thaddeus Stopczynski, who died September 14, 2017.

“Ted was a devoted public servant who will be remembered for his commitment to the people of Detroit and all Michiganders,” Snyder said. “My heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and community.”

Ted was a former state representative of the State of Michigan,


Holocaust Survivor To Visit Bay College Oct. 3

Bay College Campus Activities Board and the Bay College Diversity Committee are proud to host Holocaust Survivor Peter Stein.  Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia two years before the German Army occupied the country, Peter went to school where photos of Hitler and the Nazi flag appeared in every classroom.

Peter’s father and eight members of his father’s family were arrested and eventually sent to Auschwitz where everyone except his father was murdered.  Stein and his mother experienced food shortages,


Rapid River Man Dies In Traffic Crash Near Garden


A Rapid River man died Monday after a traffic crash on US-2 in Garden Corners.

Michigan State Police say the accident happened at about 5:00 in the afternoon at the intersection of US-2 and M-183.

Initial crash scene investigation shows 61-year-old Donald Kuhr of Rapid River failed to stop when leaving the parking lot of Foxy’s Den. He was attempting to turn westbound on US-2 when he was hit by an eastbound semi.


Michigan Senators Vote In Favor Of Defense Budget

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement after voting in favor of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate tonight:

“Today, we are making a strong investment in our men and women in uniform as well as Michigan’s defense industry, which supports over 100,000 jobs and plays an important role in our nation’s security.

The defense bill includes one of my amendments to toughen up our Buy American law. 


Governor Signs Chatfield’s Elections Legislation

Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed legislation to authorize extension of the filing deadline for city office elections in 2017, ensuring mayoral and city council candidates who filed petitions with the necessary signatures will be placed on the ballot for the primary election this August.

House Bill 4892, sponsored by state Rep. Lee Chatfield, adjusts the filing deadline for a candidate if a city clerk published a filing deadline different from the deadline set in the law,


ORV Accident Victim Identified In Marquette Co.

The victim of that fatal four-wheeler accident on Saturday in Marquette County has now been identified. The sheriff says Gregory LaBonte died when his vehicle rolled and landed on top of him just after noon Saturday near the Noquemnon trailhead. The accident was discovered by a biker riding through the area.


Food Bank Council Sets ‘Sufficiency Standard’ For U.P.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan has figured out what U-P families need to achieve self-sufficiency.

The majority of the U-P needs to earn between 17 and 18 dollars, according to the group. But, they say, the eastern tip of the peninsula can get by on between 14 and 16 dollars per hour. According to the group’s website, the so-called “self-sufficiency standard” was developed by the University of Washington School of Social Work.

MPSC Taking Comments On UPPCO Energy Plans Tuesday

A public hearing is being held by the Michigan Public Service Commission on Tuesday at Northern Michigan University.

The hearing is one of three being conducted by the MPSC to solicit feedback from utilities, public interest groups, clean energy businesses and concerned citizens. The feedback will be considered by the MPSC as it establishes a regulatory process that utilities must follow in developing “integrated resource plans” under a new energy law that was passed last year.


MPSC Commissioner Visiting Marquette On Tuesday

Join Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) staff members as they tour the state in September to receive public comments on developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) structure that electric utilities will follow in their filings with the state. Each of the MPSC Commissioners will join staff at one of three public hearings in Livonia, Grand Rapids and Marquette.

Utilities will use IRPs as they look ahead at how to meet the electric needs in their service areas.