Sept. 6, 2013 – Week 1
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NEW SEMESTER HERE: Welcome to our first file for the fall 2013 semester. CNS members can continue to use our archived stories and visuals.
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TOWNSHIPS AHEAD: On Mon., Sept. 9, our correspondents will interview Larry Merrill, executive director of the Michigan Townships Association. Potential topics include funding for local infrastructure, impact of lower real estate values on property tax revenue, and merger and consolidation of municipal services.
SAD NEWS: Donna Milliman, wife of CNS founder Richard Milliman and an active participant in the family’s Milliman Newspaper Group, died July 5, 2013. Memorial donations can be made to the Michigan Press Association Foundation’s Richard and Donna Milliman Scholarship Fund or to the Fr. Weber Endowment Fund at St. Gerard Church in Lansing.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
ENTREPRENEURS: Entrepreneurship is cool again in Detroit, where academic programs, start-ups and student-generated enterprises are expanding despite the city’s dire financial situation. We talk to experts at Wayne State, U of M and the Small Business Association of Michigan and the co-founder of a young media production company. By Lacee Shepard. FOR MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
SAVEWARBLER: A new federal grant will help DNR, Michigan Audubon Society, Gaylord-based Huron Pines preserve habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler in Northeast Michigan. The project includes planting 2 million jack pines. We also talk to a U.S. Forest Service expert in Cadillac. By Matthew Hall. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, CADILLAC, ALPENA, GLADWIN, ALCONA, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR & ALL POINTS.
w/SAVEWARBLERPHOTO: Credit: Joel Trick, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
DRIVINGLESS: Why are Michigan drivers putting fewer miles on their cars? Give a chunk of credit to Millennials who are increasingly turning to bicycles, walking, carpools and public transportation. We hear from experts at Wayne State, bike-share and ride-share groups, a Detroit bike shop and Transportation Riders United. By Becky McKendry. FOR MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
CHAMBER: The new policy director at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce says her lobbying focus will be on education and tax policy legislation. The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce also lobbies in Lansing. By Stephen Ingber. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
CRISPPOINT: The state has completed a $6 million deal for 3,800+ acres of forests and sand dunes along Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. Money came from federal government and a Nebraska-based foundation established by a Kalamazoo native. We talk to DNR and the Little Traverse Conservancy. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY & ALL POINTS.
w/CRISPPOINTPHOTO: The shadow of Crisp Point Lighthouse falls along the Lake Superior sand dunes at Crisp Point. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
WEBCAM: A new webcam on a Lake Michigan buoy between Holland and Grand Haven can help forecasters and anglers get a better sense of weather and water. An Ann Arbor engineering firm maintains it and a second buoy cam on Lake Erie southeast of Monroe. It’s applied for a federal grant for a third buoy off St. Joseph. By Celeste Bott. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, MACOMB, BLISSFIELD & ALL POINTS.
w/WEBCAMPHOTO: Buoy stationed in Lake Michigan between Holland and Grand Haven. Credit: Great Lakes Observing System.
SAVEGRANTHOUSE: Efforts are underway to relocate and save the pre-Civil War house where Ulysses Grant lived when stationed in Detroit. It could be used to tell the public about Grant’s activities as a Reconstruction-era president and of Detroit’s importance as a destination and transit point for escaping slaves. He and Gerald Ford are the only presidents who lived in Michigan. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, DEADLINE DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/SAVEGRANTHOUSEPHOTO: Credit: Michigan Historical Commission.
Sept. 6, 2013 – Week 1