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Updated 07/26/16

TUE 26JUL16

ON SATURDAY, JULY 23RD, AT APPROXIMATELY 8:30PM, TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE WEST BRANCH POST WERE CONTACTED BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD REGARDING A MISSING DIVER. THE MISSING DIVER ALONG WITH TWO OTHER DIVERS LEFT THE OSCODA BOAT LAUNCH LAST SATURDAY AFTERNOON PROCEEDING TO A SHIPWRECK APPROXIMATELY EIGHT MILES OUT INTO LAKE HURON. WHEN THE MISSING DIVER DID NOT RETURN TO THE BOAT, THE OTHER DIVERS CONTACTED THE U.S. COAST GUARD WHO WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE THE DIVER. ON SUNDAY, THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE DIVE TEAM RETURNED TO THE AREA AND BEGAN THEIR UNDERWATER SEARCH. AT APPROXIMATELY 4:46PM THEY RECOVERED THE MISSING DIVER NEAR THE SHIPWRECK. THE MISSING DIVER WAS IDENTIFIED AS 67 YEAR OLD RICHARD CASTILLO FROM DETROIT. TROOPERS WERE ASSISTED BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS GREAT LAKES BLOOD SERVICES REPORTS THERE IS A CRITICAL BLOOD SHORTAGE. GREAT LAKES BLOOD SERVICES REGION MANAGER TODD KULMAN SAID THE RED CROSS CONTINUES TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY NEED FOR BLOOD AND PLATELET DONORS TO GIVE NOW AND HELP SAVE LIVES. DONORS OF ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED. THE RED CROSS IS THANKING THOSE WHO COME IN TO DONATE BLOOD OR PLATELETS BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST 31ST BY EMAILING THEM A FIVE DOLLAR AMAZON DOT COM GIFT CARD CLAIM CODE. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL 800-RED-CROSS, VISIT RED CROSS BLOOD DOT ORG  OR USE THE FREE BLOOD DONOR APP.

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MON 25JUL16

A $2.6 million project to replace the East Tawas State Dock is in limbo after contract renegotiations broke down. According to M-Live, Chuck Allen, Tawas area parks and recreation supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources said If the state can't find a replacement first-phase contractor to do the dredge and electrical work within the next three weeks that fits its budget, the project will be quashed until further notice. Complications with the project arose when the first-phase contractor, Bay City's MKC Group, pulled up high volumes of wood product in their dredging. Although the volume of material agreed to be dredged in the contract wouldn't have varied, the difficulty in dredging wood product prompted the contractor to request more funds than the state's budget for the project allowed. Allen said If the state lands a contractor within the next three weeks, the estimated completion date for the project is this fall.

IN A RECENT DECISION, A THREE MEMBER PANEL OF THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, AFFIRMED A LOWER COURT RULING THAT THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE HAD CORRECTLY PROCESSED AN APPLICATION FOR A SPECIAL-USE PERMIT FOR AN OIL PIPELINE THAT OPERATES ACROSS THE HURON MANISTEE NATIONAL FORESTS. AT ISSUE WAS THE RENEWAL OF A SPECIAL-USE PERMIT AUTHORIZING ENBRIDGE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN AN 8.1 MILE SECTION OF THE LINE IN A RIGHT-OF-WAY ON THE MIO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE HURON NATIONAL FOREST. THE SIERRA CLUB ALLEGED THAT THE FOREST SERVICE IMPROPERLY FAILED TO CONDUCT AN EXTENSIVE ENVIRNOMENTAL ANALYSIS WHEN IT REISSUED A THIRTY YEAR SPECIAL-USE PERMIT TO ENBRIDGE ENERGY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. THE SIERRA CLUB HAS NOW REQUESTED A HEARING BEFORE THE ENTIRE SIXTEEN MEMBER COURT OF APPEALS.

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FRI 22JUL16

THE EAST TAWAS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE WAS HELD ON WEDNESDAY. 77 DONORS PRESENTED AND A TOTAL OF 70 UNITS WERE OBTAINED INCLUDING FIVE DOUBLE RED DONATIONS. THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IMPACT UP TO 210 LIVES AS EACH UNIT DONATED IS SEPARATED INTO THREE COMPONENTS, PLATELETS, PLASMA AND RED CELLS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BLOOD DRIVES IN THE AREA VISIT RED CROSS BLOOD DOT ORG.

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR NORTHEAST MICHIGAN RECENTLY RECEIVED A $25,000 DOLLAR HERITAGE GRANT AWARD FROM THE MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL. THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO FUND “THE LAKE HURON DISCOVERY TOUR: EXPLORE OUR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE”. BARB FRANTZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SAID THE GOAL OF THE LAKE HURON DISCOVERY TOUR IS TO PROMOTE THE OUTSTANDING NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST MICHIGAN AND ENCOURAGE COMMUNITIES FROM STANDISH TO MACKINAW CITY TO JOIN TOGETHER IN DOING SO. THE LAKE HURON DISCOVERY TOUR, OCTOBER 7TH THROUGH THE 10TH RECOGNIZES THAT THE REGION HAS A RICH NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL NATIVE AMERICAN TRAIL THAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE U.S.23 HERITAGE ROUTE. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US 23 HERITAGE ROUTE DOT ORG.

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THU 21JUL16

Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co–op recently awarded their Community First Fund Grants to several local groups. According to a press release, Over $17,000 dollars in grant money was sent to groups in Montmorency, Presque Isle, Otsego and Alpena counties. groups that were awarded funding include the Long Rapids Township Fire Department and United Way of Northeast Michigan. Presque Isle Electric and Gas raises the grant money through voluntary round up of electric and natural gas billings. Since the program began in 1997, Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co–op has given more than $1.3 million in grant money back to Northeast Michigan non–profit groups.

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WED 20JUL16

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS CONSORTIUM WILL CONDUCT ITS FIRST TEST AND EVALUATION FLIGHT THURSDAY MORNING. THE FLIGHT WILL TAKE PLACE IN DESIGNATED SPACE AT THE ALPENA COUNTY AIRPORT. THE CONSORTIUM IS TESTING A SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR A VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS INCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARY, UTILITY COMPANIES AND FOR INSPECTING THE INTERIOR OF LARGE ENCLOSURES SUCH AS OCEAN GOING VESSELS. THE CONSORTIUM, A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION, RECEIVED GRANT FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT FROM THE MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION THROUGH A BILL INTRODUCED BY STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS AND STATE REPRESNETATIVE PETER PETTALIA. OPENING CEREMONIES INCLUDING REMARKS FROM SENATOR STAMAS WILL BE HELD AT THE CIVILIAN TERMINAL AT THE AIRPORT IN ALPENA BEGINNING AT 9:30AM.

THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION REPORTS THAT SIMMONS ROAD IN WEST BRANCH TOWNSHIP, FROM STATE ROAD SOUTH TO M-55 IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC NOW THROUGH APPROXIMATELY SEPTEMBER 23RD DUE TO TOTAL ROAD RECOSNTRUCTION. ALSO GERALD MILLER ROAD, IN CHURCHILL TOWNSHIP, FROM STATE ROAD NORTH TO THE DEAD END IS NOW OPEN.

 


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TUE 19JUL16

THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION REPORTS THAT COOK ROAD, IN HORTON TOWNSHIP, FROM CHANNEL LAKE ROAD SOUTH TO GREENWOOD ROAD IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC TODAY UNTIL 4PM DUE TO THREE CROSS ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENTS. THE DETOUR IS CHANNEL LAKE ROAD TO WICKES ROAD TO M-30 BACK TO GREENWOOD ROAD. ALSO GERALD MILLER ROAD, IN CHURCHILL TOWNSHIP, FROM STATE ROAD NORTH TO THE DEAD END IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNTIL APPROXIMATELY THURSDAY, JULY 21ST DUE TO TOTAL ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.
 

An open investigation is underway involving the death of a dog. According to Up North Live, The dog was found dead in the Mio area. The Oscoda County Animal Control officer calls it a “foul play” situation. The Oscoda County Animal Shelter is asking for the public’s help for any information about any dogs being “poisoned” in the area. if anyone knows information regarding this case to contact Oscoda County Animal Control 745-1910 or the sheriff’s office at 826-3214.

 

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MON 18JUL16

SAINT JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCED THAT THE HURON SHORES WALK-IN CLINIC AT 325 M-55 IS NOW OPEN. THE CLINIC PROVIDER, NURSE PRACTITIONER AMY PONDO, SPECIALIZES IN FAMILY HEALTH CARE AND CAN DIAGNOSE, TREAT AND WRITE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR COMMON FAMILY ILNESSES. THE WALK-IN CLINIC HOURS ARE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 11AM TIL 7PM AND MOST INSURANCES ARE ACCEPTED. CHARITY HIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF PHYSICIAN SERVICES SAID THE NEW CLINIC ENHANCES ACCESS FOR PATIENT CARE AND DEFINES THE COMMITMENT OF SAINT JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM TO SERVE AS THE HEALTH CARE SAFETY NET FOR THE COMMUNITY. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 362-6426.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that the application period has opened for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network Grant Program. According to a press release, The monies will be used to support private land deer habitat improvement projects. The focus area for 2017 is Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Funds will be given across these six counties and Grant proposals for $200 to $10,000 dollars will be considered. Deer PLAN funding results in immediate, on the ground efforts to improve deer habitat. Project applications are due September 1st and successful applicants will be notified October 1st.

THE CURLEY MEMORIAL CANOE RACES WERE HELD THIS PAST WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY THE C-2 RACE WAS HELD AS A TUNE UP TO THE AUSABLE RIVER CANOE MARATHON JULY 30TH AND 31ST. 45 TEAMS COMPETED ON THE AUSABLE RIVER. FINISHING IN FIRST WAS THE TEAM OF ANDY TRIEBOLD AND RYAN HALSTEAD. IN SECOND WAS NICK WALTON AND TAD HILL AND FINISHING THIRD WAS MIKE DAVIS AND WESTON WILLOUGHBY.


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FRI 15JUL16

A boil water advisory could impact the city of Grayling for several days. According to Up North Live, The Grayling Department of Public Works said they noticed the water pressure was low Thursday morning for about 5 to 10 minutes. By regulation, if the pressure in the pipes ever reaches under 20 PSI, then there is the possibility for contamination. That's when an advisory warning people to take precautions was sent out. The DPW reminds people that the boil notice is only for water that is used for drinking or cooking, so it is safe for people to shower and wash their hands.

MOTORISTS IN NORTHEAST MICHIGAN SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT BEGINNING TOMORROW AS ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY VOLUNTEERS HEAD BACK TO STATE ROADS TO PICK UP LITTER. PARTICIPANTS IN THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM WILL CLEAN HIGHWAY ROADSIDES BEGINNING TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 24TH DURING THE SECOND OF THREE SCHEDULED PICKUPS THIS YEAR. VOLUNTEERS WILL BE WEARING HIGH VISIBILITY YELLOW-GREEN SAFETY VESTS WHICH ARE REQUIRED BY FEDERAL REGULATIONS. MDOT PROVIDES FREE VESTS AND TRASH BAGS AND ARRANGES TO HAUL AWAY THE TRASH. THE YEAR’S FINAL ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PICKUP IS SCHEDULED FRO SEPTEMBER 24TH THROUGH OCTOBER 2ND.

 

 

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THU 14JUL16

A MOSQUITO CONTROL PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT 7PM IN THE TAWAS CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 550 WEST LAKE STREET IN TAWAS CITY. THE PRESENTATION BY AMP MOSQUITO CONTROL WILL EXPLAIN THEIR MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM TO THE TAWAS CITY COUNCIL, STAFF AND RESIDENTS. THE CITY OF TAWAS CITY INVITES EVERYONE TO ATTEND TONIGHT.

 

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WED 13JUL16

THE CITY OF TAWAS CITY WILL HOLD A MOSQUITO CONTROL PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY AT 7PM IN THE TAWAS CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 550 WEST LAKE STREET IN TAWAS CITY. THE PURPOSE OF THE PRESENTATION IS TO HAVE AMP MOSQUITO CONTROL EXPLAIN THEIR MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM TO THE CITY COUNCIL, STAFF AND RESIDENTS. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

 

THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION REPORTS THAT GERALD MILLER ROAD IN CHURCHILL TOWNSHIP, FROM STATE ROAD NORTH TO THE DEAD END, WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNTIL APPROXIMATELY THURSDAY, JULY 21ST DUE TO TOTAL ROAD RECONSTRUCTION. ALSO STATE ROAD IN CHURCHILL TOWNSHIP, FROM HENDERSON LAKE ROAD, WEST APPROXIMATELY A MILE AND A QUARTER HAS SINGLE LANE CLOSURES DURING THE DAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.

 

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Tuesday July 26th, 2016

Court hearing on Volkswagen settlement agreements
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California hearing on whether to grant preliminary approval of Volkswagen's proposed class settlement agreements with the Department of Justice and the State of California; the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L TDI diesel engine vehicles in the U.S. following the announcement 28 June of an agreement that will cost the German auto maker $14.7bn. A separate agreement with the attorneys general of 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico was also announced * It was revealed in September 2015 that the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board had detected manipulations while testing Volkswagen diesel cars that violated U.S. environmental standards

Dorothy Hamill celebrates 60th birthday
Retired American figure skater famous for winning the 1976 Olympic and world titles in ladies' singles

USA vs. China basketball exhibition game
This is part of a series of five exhibition games for the USA team, which will go on to include matchups with Venezuela and Nigeria
 

Wednesday July 27th, 2016

President Obama speaks at 2016 Democratic National Convention day three
President Barack Obama delivers remarks. Also this evening, voting and roll call to confirm who has won is traditionally held on the penultimate day of the convention

20th anniversary of two killed in 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing
Two people were killed….111 injured.  In 2005, Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to the Centennial Olympic Park attack, along with two other blasts in Georgia and one in Alabama, and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at ADX Florence super maximum prison in Florence, CO

2016 Puppy Prom and Pup Choice PAWards
Prom-style award show celebrating canines in films, TV, and social media presented by Puppyrazzis, ahead of the 2016 Teen Choice Awards on 31 Jul

 

Thursday July 28th, 2016

US PGA Championship begins
98th US PGA Championship - final major golf tournament of the season

Lollapalooza 25th anniversary event
Lollapalooza music festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, expanding to four days in honor of the occasion. Headlined by J Cole (Thursday), Radiohead (Friday), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Saturday) and LCD Soundsystem (Sunday). Today's other performers include Lana Del Rey, G-Eazy, The 1975, Flosstradamus, Bastille and The Last Shadow Puppets

 

Friday July 29th, 2016

GDP
Bureau of Economic analysis  pulishes advance GDP datat for the 2nd quarter of 2016 first quarter of 2015. 

Windows: 1 Year
1st anniversary of Microsoft making its new Windows 10 operating system available worldwide for PCs and tablets

Bulls and Wade
Chicago Bulls hold introductory press conference for guard Dwayne Wade, who is joining under free agency from the Miami Heat. Bulls General Manager Gar Forman also speaks

98th US PGA Championship continues
It’s the final major golf tournament of the season. It’s taking place in Springfield, NY

Gleason Out
'Gleason', documentary directed by Clay Tweel about former football player Steve Gleason and his life following a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), released in theaters

Museum of Ice Cream
A new pop up museum opens, offering a temporary interactive experience with ice cream in New York City. Highlights include a swimmable rainbow 'sprinkle' pool, edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room and a massive ice cream sundae. Guests can swing on an ice cream sandwich made for two, seesaw on an ice cream scooper and find their favorite flavor on a custom app in Tinder Land

 


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