The first time Nick Johnston shot a gun was when he was 3 years old. By the age of 12, Johnston started to learn how to take guns apart and put them back together. At age 16, he was able to start making guns for himself. Johnston, now 24, has his concealed pistol license (CPL) and is the vice president of his grandfather’s company, Ultimate Firearms in Okemos. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he is also the owner of Johnston Firearms in Okemos as well as an Alaskan hunting guide.
By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING – There may be bargain license fees ahead for some out-of state hunters and anglers, but that would mean less money for wildlife and fisheries conservation programs and activities. An Upper Peninsula lawmaker wants to sell discounted licenses to nonresidents who own property in the state and to ex-Michiganians who formerly lived in the state for at least 10 consecutive years. Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba called it a “come home to hunt” approach that would make their license fees higher than state residents pay but lower than other nonresidents. In the 2013 license year that ended in February 2014, 1,568,760 people bought fishing or hunting licenses, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). About 14.5 percent of them – 227,678 – were from out of state.
The Lansing City Council sparked public criticism Monday over the terms of a license allowing AT&T Inc. to place telecommunication facilities in Adado Riverfront Park
The council voted unanimously to grant AT&T a license to proceed with the project. The project which allows AT&T Inc. to place underground facilities within a 10-foot-wide area under Adado Riverfront Park, south of and parallel to Saginaw Street, will pay the city $1000 per year for 20 years, for a total amount of $20,000. The money will be deposited into the Lansing Parks Department Land Acquisition and Development Fund. Community members at the meeting feel that this represents a poor business deal on the part of the city. “The city figures that that’s good business,” Darnell Oldham Sr., of 3815 Berwick Drive, said.