The historic 1903 house seeing little visitors during the week.

New home, new chapter as Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame set to move from Lansing to Okemos

Thirty years have passed since the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame moved into the historic Cooley-Haze House in downtown Lansing. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in the museum’s history. The museum will be packing its bags and moving into its new home at the Meridian Mall in Okemos. “We are really seeing the positive sides of this move,” said Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director. “We have been here for so long, it really show’s our longevity, and we see this as turning a new page and starting a new chapter in our history.”

Landscape view of the Michigan State Capitol in downtown Lansing.

Majority wants more protection from a Lansing sanctuary city proposal

The Lansing City Council voted to table a resolution that would reaffirm Lansing’s status as welcoming city to immigrants and refugees on Feb.13. The resolution was scrapped not because the council didn’t want to pass legislation, but largely due to public demand for more protection under the proposition. See below for the full proposal. The meeting drew a crowd so large that a viewing area was set up in the lobby to accommodate more people. “I’ve been on the council for a year and in that time I have never seen a crowd at a council meeting that large,” said Council Member Kathie Dunbar.

SOURCE: http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/lansing/michigan/united-states/usmi0477/2017/2

“It’s global warming, not Michigan warming.” This winter’s warmth may just be a coincidence

The normal frigid February seems to be a lot warmer this year in Lansing, leaving residents wondering what’s causing the sudden change. The normal temperature throughout February in Lansing is about 26 degrees, but this year temperature skyrocketed to highs of over 50 degrees for several days. Even consistent 40 degree weather in February isn’t textbook, because Lansing and Michigan are usually in the thick of the snow this time of year. In the past years the scientific community and environmental activists having been warning people about the effects of global warming not only in the United States, but the entire world. While some people would attribute this new sense of winter to global warming, others aren’t so quick to place the blame.

Lansing residents stood outside of the city council meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 with a banner to show support for a sanctuary city resolution. Photo by Taylor Skelton

“We are still on hold.” Sanctuary city resolution delayed in Lansing

 

The Lansing City Council continues to delay actions that would declare Lansing a sanctuary city. City Council Member Judi Brown Clarke says the council needs more time to look at the language and get legal opinion on President Donald Trump’s recent executive order. “We are still on hold,” Clarke said. While Lansing continues to hold off with a new resolution on immigration policies, earlier this month East Lansing affirmed a resolution declaring the city a safe haven for refugees. Clarke says that Lansing’s current policies are similar to East Lansing’s recent resolution.

One of the potholes on Townsend Street. Photo by Lukas Eddy

Lousy roads can cost Lansing residents more than just taxes

You’re driving to work with your eyes peeled for texting teenagers, but in the dim morning light you can’t make out a new pothole before it swallows one of your front wheels in a single, expensive blow. Similar experiences can cost other Lansing residents anywhere from $60 to over $800 for repairs ranging from front end alignments to new wheel replacements and more. Potholes can be the results of salting the roads over winter and harsh fall and spring refreezing conditions. In extremely low winter temperatures road salt loses it’s effectiveness, so the melted ice water that flows into small cracks in the pavement can freeze and expand, weakening the road structure. In the fall and spring when temperatures fluctuate around the freezing point, water flows into small spaces where it freezes and expands, damaging the road.

Landscape view of the Michigan State Capitol in downtown Lansing.

Historic Michigan State Capitol building delights guests, one tour at a time

It would not take a Michigander to point out the Michigan State Capitol building in downtown Lansing. Perhaps this is because its architect, Elijah Myers, designed it so closely with the U.S. Capitol. Both are centered with a white dome, sandwiched by a right and left wing. Is this a coincidence? Matt Van Acker, the Capitol Tour and Information Service Director, thinks not.

Common Core, no more?

Educators throughout Michigan have been teaching to the Common Core State Standards since it was adopted in 2010. Recently, a lawmaker proposed a bill to repeal these standards in Michigan.