DNR: 85% of 3,000-acre wildfire trail caused by campfire in Northern Michigan is contained
Michigan officials announced on Sunday that 85% of a wildfire trail in northern Michigan is now contained. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported that the source of the fire was a campfire on private property.
3 Arkansas officers suspended after video captures beating
Federal authorities say they have started a civil rights investigation following the suspension of three Arkansas law enforcement officers after a video posted on social media showed two of them beating a man while a third officer held him on the ground.
Michigan DNR awards nearly $2M in recreation grants to 18 communities
LANSING, Mich. – Nearly $2 million in recreation grants will go to local park and trail improvements and developments. The DNR’s recreation passport program has awarded about $12.7 million in grants since being introduced in 2010. The program is tied to license plate registration renewals and more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the recreation passport on their license plate tabs. Ten percent of every recreation passport sale goes to the grant program. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”
Former mine sites in Michigan to be repurposed as large-scale solar power operations
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources awarded Circle Power of Royal Oak a 5-year lease agreement to develop solar arrays on two former mine sites. “Our department is entrusted with taking the best possible care of the state’s natural resources and creating quality outdoor experiences. Circle Power is backed by Amber Infrastructure and its U.S. parent, Hunt Companies, Inc. “The potential development of two former mining sites for large-scale solar power, in my opinion, checks all the boxes,” said John A. Kinch, executive director of Michigan Energy Options. What the project does do is to drive the creation of more clean, renewable energy in Michigan, with the DNR leading by example.
Michigan to auction 225 land parcels: Heres where, how to bid
Michigan will hold its annual land auction this fall, offering more than 200 parcels of surplus land across the state. The parcels available for auction range from lake frontage to small lots. There will be 225 properties available through an online auction in September and October. Counties include Allegan, Antrim, Bay, Crawford, Gladwin, Gogebic, Houghton, Lake, Lapeer, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oscoda, Otsego, Schoolcraft and Shiawassee. Ten online auctions will be offered, featuring available land parcels by county:Sept. 8 Shiawassee County.
Truck carrying 39 live cows overturns on I-75, closing part of freeway
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich. A livestock truck carrying nearly 40 cows overturned on I-75 Wednesday near Grayling in Crawford County. Volunteers and officials Crawford County Animal Control were called to the scene to help with the animals. Authorities said some of the cows were killed in the crash and some had to be put down due to their injuries. According to Crawford County officials, local farmers volunteers to help round up and transport the remaining cattle. The freeway was reopened at about 1 p.m.
‘I have to save my dog’ -- Michigan woman scares off black bear to rescue pup
GRAYLING, Mich. – Not many people have come face-to-face with a bear enough to understand how scary of a situation it can be. Heather Willobee said it wasn’t the first time she crossed paths with a bear, but April 18 was different. "But I also knew she wasn’t coming alone and that something big was right behind her.”A 300 pound black bear had tussled with Lucy and was chasing her home. Willobee said she was able to get Lucy inside and realized she needed to go to the vet immediately, but the bear was still outside. Once Lucy was in the backseat, Willobee turned around and saw the bear was back.
Michigan Dads rifle fires, injuring 2 boys on deer hunting opener
GRAYLING, Mich. Police say two boys were injured when a gun discharged while their father was preparing to go hunting on opening day. Sheriff Shawn Kraycs says the trigger went off Friday when the man put the rifle into its cover. The bullet went through a wall at the home in Crawford County. Fragments injured a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy. The sheriff tells WPBN/WGTU-TV that the 29-year-old father was absolutely devastated. Kraycs says the man knew it could have been a heck of a lot worse.