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Nov. 10, 2017 — Week 10
To: CNS Editors
From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf
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SNOWMOBILE:  Warm weather and a cool economy mean fewer snowmobile riders on state trails — and less money in the pockets of those who rely on them. There were 283,884 snowmobiles registered in Michigan in October, down from 2007 when there were 390,168. Lack of snow, a slow economic recovery and expensive machines have depressed numbers. Local retailers say that rentals are increasing. We  hear from a Calumet store, DNR and the Michigan Snowmobile Association. By Carl Stoddard. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.
w/SNOWMOBILE-TABLE: By the numbers, snowmobile registrations in Michigan
w/SNOWMOOBILE-GRAPHIC: Michigan Snowmobile Registrations

FOODFORSCHOOLS: More Michigan students can enjoy local fruits and vegetables with the expansion of a Traverse City program that supports buying them. The state program pays certain schools 10 cents a meal to buy local food. It has served 3.8 million meals and is expanding to include 32 school districts. By Jingjing Nie. FOR ALL POINTS. EDITORS NOTE: CNS SCHOOLS NOW IN THE PROGRAM INCLUDE HARBOR SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HOLLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, GLEN LAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, KALEVA NORMAN DICKSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

STORMWATER: Communitiess are looking to use more trees to act as urban umbrellas to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff expected to increase as the climate changes. When rainwater falls on impervious surfaces such as parking lots, rooftops and roads, it sweeps contaminants into lakes and rivers. A leafy strategy slows the flow and helps put some of that moisture into the air, experts say. Projects are for Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Kingsley, Northport, Kalkaska, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and other communities. By Kaley Fech. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

LANDCAP: Some counties are unhappy about public land purchases and so a proposed bill would grant local governments more power when DNR buys land, while also making sure the state pays its tax bill on time. Critics say the bill restricts statewide land management decisions. Counties with more than 40 percent of state land: Crawford, Dickinson, Cheboygan, Luce, Roscommon and Kalkaska. We talk to a senator from Escanaba, U.P. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Association of Counties, DNR and Michigan Environmental Council By Jack Nissen. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS

RECOUNT: Losers of Michigan elections would have to suffer narrow losses and pay more to qualify for a recount under legislation proposed in the wake of a Green Party challenge to the state’s presidential election. Sponsors are from Park Township and Sherman Township. The Ottawa County clerk opines. By Stephen Olschanski. FOR HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

UPBOOKS: Two new books shed light on U.P. identity and culture. One is about Yooper dialect and the other an anthology of U.P. writings, including poetry and songs. We interview the authors, one a Grand Valley State professor and the other a writer raised near Marquette. By Steven Maier. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
           w/UPPHOTO1: “Yooper Talk” cover. Credit: University of Wisconsin Press.
           w/UPPHOTO2: “And Here” cover: Credit: Michigan State University Press.

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