MSU students say environment is important, but not priority

Substantive issues can take a backseat to the more inflammatory issues that constantly resurface across debates and across campaigns. One example of this is the plight of environment, science and health issues.

Springtime Festival gets bigger for 2016

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

The Springtime Festival has been a staple of Clinton County living for over 50 years. Each year on the second Saturday in May, the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce opens the CCRESA building to over 50 local craftsmen looking to show the community their craft. In addition to the building full of local vendors, Clinton County’s emergency response vehicles flood the parking lot during each Springtime Festival for a hands-on education experience. “I’ve had a booth at every Springtime Festival since I started selling my carvings,” said Bill Klaus, a Bath Township retiree who’s been honing his craft since 1988. “It’s one of the things I look forward to most each year.

Clinton County investigating disappeared files, stillborn inquiries into alleged discrimination and harassment

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The Clinton County Board of Commissioners is currently investigating allegations that employees of the commissioner’s office have been violating the Clinton County Employee non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy. According to the official statement of the Board of Commissioners, made in an open meeting in February, records of several instances of sexual harassment in the office dating as far back as 2007 have “suspiciously disappeared.”

In addition to this, several employees have come forward with statements that allege harassment forms submitted to the office of the personnel director, where reports of harassment in the workplace are supposed to be submitted, were simply never followed up with any kind of administrative action. “I was sexually harassed by a male coworker in September,” said Molly Davis, employee of the Commissioner’s office for 15 years before the incident. “Immediately afterward, I submitted a sexual assault report to the personnel director’s office.

Clinton County is about to clean up

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

In most communities, garbage is largely ignored as an inconvenience or an unwelcome necessity. As long as it can be taken to the curb and gotten rid of, few care what’s in it or where it’s going. Clinton County refuses to be one of those communities. The Clinton County Clean Community event is on April 30, and event organizers believe that this year’s event could be the largest so far. Since 2005, Clinton County’s Clean Community events have been some of the largest government-organized community events on Clinton County every year, with one event every spring and two in the fall.

Ducks Unlimited chapter uses annual mallard migration for education

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Each year, right under our very noses, one of the greatest natural marvels on earth happens in the state of Michigan. The annual waterfowl migration, every spring, sees hundreds of thousands of waterfowl flying from their winters in southern North America back to their spring roosts in the northern U.S. and southern Canada. On April 2, the Clinton County chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted a migration tour. Citizens of the county were encouraged to come out to one of four locations known by the chapter to be nesting spots for the spring mallard migration and observe one of the greatest marvels nature has to offer. Once there the visitors were given access to experts, tour guides and literature describing the event.

Clinton County residents look to the sky for International Dark Sky Week

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

It isn’t a national holiday, it’s an international one. International Dark Sky Week is underway, but until April 10 you can still participate in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ celebration of the event. For the entire week, the DNR is keeping multiple state parks across Michigan, including Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, open past 11 p.m. to allow residents to participate in this holiday. International Dark Sky Week was created in 2003 with the goal for “people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future,” according to Jennifer Barlow, creator of the holiday.

Deer Infected with CWD found in Clinton County

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

One deer in Clinton County was among two deer in mid-Michigan that tested positive for CWD, bringing the total up to seven in the past year. Department of Natural Resources officers report that a three-year-old female harvested by Department sharpshooters in Watertown Township tested positive for the disease. CWD, or Chronic Wasting Disease, affects deer, moose, elk, and other cervids. The disease is neurological, affecting and attacking the brain and central nervous system, causing death. The disease is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids.

Nearly 2 in 5 registered Clinton County voters participate in primaries

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Michigan’s March 8 primary was attended by thousands of voters across the state and Clinton County was no exception. Clinton County’s 2016 presidential primaries were attended by 38.31 percent of Clinton County’s registered voters. Of these voters, 12,528 were registered Republicans and 7,819 were registered Democrats. The candidates receiving the most votes in their respective primaries were consistent with state results; Bernie Sanders won Clinton County with 55.72 percent of the Democratic primary votes and Donald Trump won 29.63 percent of the Republican primary votes. “Bernie is absolutely my favorite candidate still in the race,” said St.

2016 Clinton County budget spends more on public safety and recreation, less on administration and economic development

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Clinton County’s 2016 administrative budget contains reductions to administrative service expenditures and community & economic development, as well as increases in funding to recreation and public safety. Public safety expenditures are gaining $200,000 more funding than they did in 2014, increasing to $7,354,104 from $7,154,290. Recreation funding was increased to $165,368 from $149,939 in 2014. Clinton County Clerk’s office administrator Jenny Schmidt explains, “The increases to recreation funding are intended to help towns that thrive on out-of-town visitors such as St. Johns continue to do so.