Trump deportation policy hits close to home

MSU freshman Pamela Quintana descibes her mother as hardworking, kind and community-oriented. “Everyone who knows her loves her,” said Quintana. “She’s known throughout the community…she’s a very hands-on mom, always taking care of her kids.” Every day, she wakes up at 5 a.m. She cleans as many as five homes a day to make ends meet. And she tries to return home at 5 p.m to see the kids she works hard to support.

Grand Ledge looks to keep roads and sidewalks clear through winter

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Michigan took another beating this winter, Grand Ledge being no exception. The city has received 23 inches of snow already this calendar year, according to wunderground.com. The snow plows and salt trucks were put to great use this season with back-to-back snowstorms in February. To ensure residents of how soon they can expect their roads to be cleared The City of Grand Ledge has developed a snowfall plan. “We summarized it into the public service announcement flyer for the general public to have a better understanding of our preplanned snow event response,” said Grand Ledge City Administrator, Adam Smith.

County prepares for snowy roads, ice, potential salt shortages

By Cameron Billes
The Ingham County Chronicle

Last winter gave Michigan drivers many problems, including icy roads, potholes and traffic delays. With a few snowstorms already hitting the mitten’s capital and the heart of winter fast approaching, Ingham County residents can only wait and see how the 2014-2015 winter pans out. Due to the heavy amounts of snowfall and ice last winter, Neil Sheridan, president of Bluegrass Lawn and Landscape, says salt could become a hard commodity to get this year. “There is a huge shortage of salt this year so if we do get the same kind of winter we had last year, salt will become a very big issue,” Sheridan said. “Even with county roads and city roads and things like that, people’s budgets just won’t allow them to spend the big money on the salt like they have to.”

Sheridan says the state and county road departments have “locked down” the salt shipments, making it very hard for contractors to get salt of their own.

Icy lakes made some towns, businesses winners or losers

By NICK STANEK
Capital News Service
LANSING — The record-breaking ice on Lake Superior is bad news for the steel industry but not for tourism in some parts of the Upper Peninsula. The Sault Ste. Marie locks opened Tuesday as they do every year on March 25. But this was the first time since 2009 a boat didn’t pass through the very same day. The lack of boat traffic in 2009 was due to economic reasons.

Dairy dilemma: Cold chills milk production, threatens cow health, increases feed costs

By DARCIE MORAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — The seemingly everlasting winter chill might cost Michigan dairy farmers whose cows are trying to stay warm. Farmers are treating cows with more than the usual number of pneumonia cases, chapped teats and udders, disturbed calving cycles and injuries from slipping on ice. And some of them might receive a lower paycheck from lackluster milk production thanks to the long, cold winter. Although cows prefer cooler temperatures, the animals need far more energy to survive during harsh winter weather, said Ron Erskine, Michigan State University professor of veterinary medicine. Because the animals are using the energy from food to stay warm, it is not going to milk production, Erskine said.

Waterfowl threatened by confusing roads with water

By DARCIE MORAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Near-record ice and less open water on the Great Lakes are a growing concern for the safety of waterfowl in Michigan. Licensed rehabilitators say they have seen a “profound” increase in reports of waterfowl stranded on roadways that they confuse with open water. Once they land, some birds cannot take off again because their bodies are adapted to lifting off from water. Northernaire Wildlife Rescue owner Susan Good said this year she’s fielded at least 50 calls so far about stranded waterfowl. Typically her Cheboygan County business receives about six stranded bird reports each year from surrounding areas.

ID the ice? Help shipping, boaters

By GREG MONAHAN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Think all ice is the same? That’s not the case on Michigan’s Great Lakes. And now scientists have found out how to detect the differences – with math. The development, reported recently in the International Association for Great Lakes Research, is important because it could help guide freighters through Michigan’s icy lakes, assist the Coast Guard in breaking up large ice formations and help weather scientists predict evaporation that could lead to lake effect snow. Researcher George Leshkevich of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Ann Arbor led the study with help from Son Nghiem of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

New film highlights worlds of Great Lakes ice

By MATTHEW HALL
Capital News Service
LANSING — The shaping of the Great Lakes’ geographic, economic and cultural history by ice is revealed in a documentary set to be finished in late April. Producers of “Project Ice” used high-definition cameras to capture spectacular scenes of ice on the lakes, as well as intimate portraits of residents’ connection to the wonders of winter, said William Kleinert, executive producer and director of the film. “Ice has been involved in so many aspects of the Great Lakes, right from its original creation from glaciation, on through the present and the development of its culture, economy, shipping, navigation and commerce,” Kleinert said. He began the project two years ago to document the historic car ferries on the Straits of Mackinac. But it evolved into something bigger and more illustrative of the entire Great Lakes region.