Author: Kaleb Vinton

CMU Professor Explains Significance of New Nuclear Weapons Treaty

Friday, the Biden administration announced plans to try to extend the START Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia, limiting the number of active nuclear warheads. But there’s another treaty that 51 other countries ratified. It’s known as The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Hope May is a professor at Central Michigan University. She says the ratification of The Treaty…

MSP Angel Program Marks 3 Years in Michigan

A Michigan State Police program that helps people battling addiction is marking three years in the state. The Angel Program was launched at the Gaylord post in 2016. It was expanded statewide in 2017. The Angel Program is modeled after a program on the east coast. It lets anyone battling drug addiction walk into a State Police post and ask…

Former Top Pentagon Official Discusses Added Inauguration Security

Washington D.C. is under heavy security tonight ahead of Wednesday’s inauguration events. Dr. Steven Bucci says things like barriers and fencing are not uncommon sights around the nation’s capital come inauguration day, what is uncommon — the heavy troop presence. “There’s always a lot of support that goes to an event like this, this is characterized as a national security…

Michigan Survival Grant Application Window Opens for Small Businesses

Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for grants from the state. Michigan has set aside $55 million for these “survival grants.” $2.5 million will go to ten counties in northwest Michigan. The application window opened Tuesday morning. There are certain requirements businesses must meet and there’s also a limit on the amount of money each business…

Michigan School Districts Projected to Face Continued Enrollment Drop

Michigan schools continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while closely watching another challenge: enrollment numbers. Data from the state’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference shows an enrollment drop projected to continue. New numbers from the state show public school enrollment projected to drop by 11,951 students in the state’s current fiscal year, 14,600 in the  next, but only 8,500 the year…

State Updates Economic Forecast for Michigan

The state held another Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference Friday morning. It gives lawmakers and state leaders a better idea of where the state is financially, a topic that’s been getting plenty of attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan is making progress in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but there’s still a long way to go. The state now…

Hook & Hunting: Hunter Harvest Survey

Deer season has come to an end for most, with the exception of a very select few counties. Due to COVID-19, people looked to get outdoors and it’s no surprise that it led to the sale of more deer tags than last year. Even though they did see an increase in tag sales, the number of harvests seemed to be…

City of McBain Receives Grants, Loans to Start Water Project

People in McBain can expect a visit from the city soon to talk about their water pipes. The city is about to begin a big water project thanks to a few grants and loans. They plan to replace water mains, update the water tower, add an iron filtration plant, and replace lead and copper service lines. Each home or business…

Northern Michigan Health Departments Struggle With Vaccine Shortage

Governor Whitmer is asking the federal government for the ability to directly buy 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to address a vaccine shortage that’s affecting local health departments. The District Health Department #10 has reached vaccine capacity and is no longer able to schedule appointments. The website link has been temporarily disabled until appointments are able to be scheduled….

Adults 65 Years and Older Can Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccination in Select Counties

Next week, people 65 or older who want the COVID-19 vaccine can start getting it. There’s a way to get in line if you meet the requirements for the next phase of vaccinations and live in Benzie, Antrim, Charleviox, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties. The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan and United Way…