Jan. 19, 2018 – Week 1
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ISLEROYALEANIMALS: By Bailey Laske. With only one surviving wolf known on Isle Royale, the national park’s moose population is climbing without predators to keep the numbers under control. To help restore the wolf-moose balance, Michigan United Conservation Clubs wants the federal government to allow moose hunting on the island and to relocate moose from the U.P., not Canada. We also hear from an Isle Royale guidebook writer. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
w/ISLEROYALEANIMALSPHOTO: Wolf in Isle Royale National Park. Credit: National Park Service.
HUNTINGFISHINGLICENSES: As the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold in the state drops, DNR and Michigan United Conservation Clubs warn that money for wildlife habitat protection is shrinking as well. For news and outdoors pages. By Haley Gable. FOR CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
RURALMATERNITYWARDS: A new study finds that many rural hospitals around the country are closing their maternity wards for financial reasons. An Oceana County midwife says such closures mean some pregnant women must travel an hour or more to a hospital. Many are turning to midwife services. Marquette has the only neonatal intensive care unit in the U.P. By Gloria Nzeka. FOR OCEANA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
WILDLIFECOOPERATIVES: Wildlife cooperatives are bringing landowners together to improve habitat and other land conservation efforts. We hear from the Mecosta/Osceola Lake Conservation District, Lake Hudson Pheasant Cooperative, Southern Mecosta Whitetail Management Association, DNR and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. For news and outdoors pages. By Agnes Bao. FOR BLISSFIELD, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.
w/WILDLIFECOOPERATIVESCHART: The number of deer cooperatives in the state is rising. Credit: Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
w/WILDLIFECOOPERATIVESMAP: Deer and pheasant cooepratives in the state. Credit: Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
CENSUS: The headcount won’t take place until next year but the state is ramping up for the 2020 Census, which is expected to cost Michigan a seat in the U.S. House and an electoral vote. Also at stake will be the future shape of legislative and congressional districts and allocation of government aid. The state demographer explains. With references to Wexford County, Gladwin, Clare County and Cadillac. By Riley Murdock. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CADILLAC, CLARE, GLADWIN AND ALL POINTS.
MARIJUANA: By Colton Wood. The Senate has approved a bill to make it easier for licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to deal with banks and other financial institutions. Dispensary owners in Houghton and Holland explain the difficulties they’ve been having without such a law. FOR HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAYMILLS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
CONSERVATIONEDUCATION: Public schools don’t focus enough attention on teaching about conservation as part of the science curricula, a DNR expert and Michigan United Conservation Clubs say. Among the reasons are a focus on standardized testing and the lack of a state Department of Education mandate. We hear from Centreville Schools and the Department of Education. By Maxwell Evans. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS AND ALL POINTS.
CYBERBULLYING: Michigan would be the 17th state to make cyberbullying a crime under legislation pending in a House committee. The sponsor is from Shelby Township. The ACLU has concerns that it would violate freedom of speech under the First Amendment. By Casey Hull. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
CHRONICWASTINGDISEASE: DNR has been ramping up its testing of deer for chronic wasting disease, including new testing efforts in Montcalm, Mecosta and Kent counties. CWD testing costs the state about $1 million a year. There’s still no known treatment. We hear from DNR experts, the state veterinarian and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. By Crystal Chen. FOR GREENVILLE, IONIA, BIG RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.
w/CHRONICWASTINGDISEASEMAP: Deer check stations in Michigan. Credit: Department of Natural Resources.
w/CHRONICWASTINGDISEASEPHOTO: White-tailed deer with CWD. Credit: Department of Natural Resources.