LIGHTHOUSES: Lighthouse boosters and planning to kick off this year’s restoration projects, including necessary fundraising. They include Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington, Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse and Muskegon Breakwater Light. By Kristia Potsema. FOR HOLLAND, MANISTEE, ALCONA, OCEANA, MONROE, LUDINGTON, HARBOR SPRINGS, MARQUETTE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE, MARIE, OCEANA, BENZIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.
TRADES: The Michigan construction and manufacturing industries already face a shortage of skilled workers, and that shortage is likely to worsen. Associated Builders and Contractors West Michigan chapter, Downriver Career Technical Consortium and Michigan Workforce Development Institute talk about efforts to attract more young people to the skilled trades for well-paying jobs. Includes references to Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Saginaw, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Flat Rock, Madison Heights and Detroit. For news and business sections. By Kristia Potsema. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, DETROIT, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, GREENVILLE, IONIA, MONROE AND ALL POINTS.
ENERGY-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES: Industries in Michigan that use lots of energy in manufacturing face challenges in achieving environmental sustainability, a major goal of the Whitmer administration. We talk to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, as well as representatives of the automotive, steel, cement and chemical industries. By Brandon Chew. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, DETROIT, AND ALL POINTS.
EVICTION INEQUALITY: New U-M study says more information is needed to protect renters in communities with high eviction rates and could help the state address the problem of insufficient affordable housing. Southfield, Detroit, Lansing, Pontiac and Flint had eviction rates higher than the statewide average, but some rural areas are hit disproportionately hard as well. We hear from the Property Management Association of Michigan, Michigan Association Against Homelessness, Michigan Poverty Law Program and Michigan Advocacy Program. By Brandon Chew. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
BEER WASTE: Some breweries are finding creative ways to use leftover grain from the beer making process, including baked goods and animal feed, We learn about microbrewery-bakery MI Element in Midland, Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids and Detroit and Short’s Brewing in Elk Rapids and Bellaire. By Sophia Lada. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, CORP! PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.
OPTOMETRY TELEHEALTH: There’s controversy over a bill to authorize telehealth renewal exams for contact lens wearers. Supporters like the Mackinac Center for Public Policy say it would be good because it would increase access to optometric care. Critics, such as the Michigan Optometric Association, an Owosso optometrist and AARP say it could make it harder to diagnose eye and other diseases. The lead sponsor is from Polkton Township, and cosponsors include lawmakers from Gaylord, Lake City, Marion Township, Wyoming, Springport, Casco Township, Niles, Utica, Monroe, Shelby Township and Portland. By Kristia Potsema. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, IONIA, CADILLAC, MONROE, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, MONTMORENCY, TRAVERSE CITY, FOWLERVILLE AND ALL POINTS.
FEDERAL SPENDING: Michigan ranks in the middle of states based on their reliance on federal money, a new analysis shows. That includes a lot of federal dollars in pandemic-related relief. We talk to a Northern Michigan University political scientist, the Department of Technology, Management & Budget and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, in Midland. By Sheldon Krause. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
U.P. CHARGING STATIONS: A new report from the UP Energy Task Force urges state support to expand charging stations for electric vehicles, a goal endorsed by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the state Office of Future Mobility and Electrification. It fits with the Biden administration’s new infrastructure proposal that includes creation of a national network of charging stations. By Elaine Mallon. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
RAPIDS RESTORATION: A $9.4 million project that’s restoring the Little Falls Rapids on the St. Marys River is improving fish habitat, including spawning areas. A Lake Superior State University researcher and experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Great Lakes Commission explain. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
RED-FLESHED APPLES: A new Michigan Craft Beverage Council grant is funding research to develop a red-fleshed apple to make cider, juice and extracts, diversifying the state’s apple crop. We talk to the MSU scientist leading the project, Short’s Brewing of Elk Rapids and Bellaire, and the head of the Michigan Cider Association, from Hudsonville. Top apple-producing counties include Kent, Oceana, Ottawa, Leelanau, Traverse City and Mason. By Kyle Davdison. FOR GREENVILLE, IONIA, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, OCEANA, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.