Author: Meredith St. Henry

Lifeguards Needed in Northern Michigan

People are eager to have a normal summer this year but nationwide there’s a lifeguard shortage and pools and beaches across northern Michigan are feeling it. “It’s been a little more difficult to find lifeguards this year,” says Dawn Olsen, Director of Spa and Recreation Operations at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The resort has full-time and part-time lifeguard…

Mason-Oceana Water Safety Coalition Summer Preparation

Teamwork was the theme of the day on Pere Marquette River and Pere Marquette Lake on Saturday. About a dozen agencies from the Mason-Oceana Water Safety Coalition came together to complete a water rescue exercise. The purpose was to practice communication, coordination aspects and plans related to drownings and boat accidents on waterways. Saturday’s practice Scenario, a lady was found…

Manistee Community Members Remove Invasive Species at First Street Beach

Community members in Manistee spent Saturday morning cleaning up and clearing out an invasive species in an area of First Street Beach. The cleanup was the first step of a much larger project. “The community stepped up again and did an amazing job,” said Tom Oele, Vice-Chair of the Manistee Parks Board. The invasive species taking over the area is…

Fake N-95 Masks Seized From Maryland Warehouse

In an ongoing investigation, federal agents seized 1 million counterfeit N-95 masks in a western Maryland Warehouse. They found pallets full of the fake masks that were headed to workers on the frontline. Federal investigators say China is the source of the fake masks and they were stamped with the 3M brand logo. N-95 maker 3M says they have filed…

New York Gov. Cuomo Accused of Under-Reporting COVID-19 Deaths at Long-Term Care Facilities

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accused of under-reporting the number of coronavirus deaths at long-term care facilities. This comes after Cuomo’s top aide admitted to withholding data for months. That data showed thousands of more confirmed and presumed COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities than originally disclosed. Now 14 New York Democratic senators believe Cuomo should be stripped of his…

Lawmakers React to Trump’s Impeachment Acquittal

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now speaking up following the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. On Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit Trump on one count of inciting insurrection for the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Fifty-seven senators voted to convict, 43 voted to acquit. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called those…

UK Variant of COVID-19 Could Become Dominant Strain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending out a warning to Americans as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says more than 1,000 cases of the variant first found in the United Kingdom have now been detected in the U.S. They warn by March, the variant could be the dominant form…

Trump’s Legal Team Takes Turn Presenting Arguments

Donald Trump’s legal team will begin their arguments in the former president’s second impeachment trial on Friday. Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy says he wants to hear Trump’s lawyers explain why Trump didn’t call off the rioters and why he continued to falsely say the election was stolen. Thursday, the impeachment House managers rested their case, urging senators to convict…

North Carolina Man Charged with Threatening President Biden

A North Carolina man is being charged for making threats against President Joe Biden. Prosecutors say David Reeves called the White House switchboard multiple times between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1, making threats against President Biden and others, saying he would “chop heads off.” When the Secret Service called him, Reeves reportedly said he was only exercising free speech. During…