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Questions regarding Right to Farm Act in conjunction with rural hobby farm near Mattawan

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

There are questions about Michigan’s Right to Farm Act related to a rural hobby farm near Mattawan. For more on the story from MLive, click on the following link:  Mattawan family’s rural hobby farm under fire, raising questions about Right to Farm Act.

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Bridge Magazine article reports on resort community of Idlewild, part of Michigan’s cultural heritage

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“This is a vital, vital part of the Michigan cultural heritage.” These are the words of Ben Wilson, emeritus professor of Africana studies at Western Michigan University, in talking about Idlewild, a resort community in Lake County that “once attracted some of the nation’s top entertainment acts when it served as a mecca for African-American […]

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Michigan’s June jobless rate increases as workforce expands

Posted July 18, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June increased over the month by three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.7 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB). The state’s labor force rose by 21,000 in June as total employment advanced by 9,000 and the number […]

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Michigan lighthouse preservation continues

Posted July 9, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Grants funded by specialty license plates announced LANSING, Mich. — The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), announced this year’s recipients of Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grants. The grants are funded through the sale of the Save Our Lights specialty license plate. “Michigan has more lighthouses […]

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Perspectives on Medicaid expansion

Posted July 3, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A news release from Governor Rick Snyder and a story from Michigan Capitol Confidential, “A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy,” provide contrasting views on one of the major issues currently under consideration in Lansing:  Medicaid expansion.  The governor’s perspective is expressed in the news release that […]

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DNR reminder regarding ‘wildlife viewing’

Posted June 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Now that summer is here, Michigan residents and visitors are spending more time outdoors. And every summer, they view wildlife in our state forests, parks or sometimes right in their own backyards. Remember, wildlife should be left in the wild. When you see wildlife, especially young wildlife like fawns, enjoy the moment – but don’t […]

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Fishers return to the Lower Peninsula

Posted June 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Although there have been regular reports of fishers in the Lower Peninsula, the Department of Natural Resources had not been able to confirm fishers south of the Mackinac Bridge – until now. Recently Melissa and Nate Sayers of Onaway were out for walk in North Allis Township, located in Presque Isle County, when they saw […]

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To everything there is a season: Understanding seasonality in Michigan

Posted June 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

An article from Michigan State University Extension provides some interesting reading about seasonality of food in Michigan.  To check it out, simply click on the following link:  To everything there is a season:  Understanding seasonality in Michigan.

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May jobless rates increase seasonally in most of Michigan’s regional labor markets

Posted June 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in May, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and labor force levels increased seasonally in all 17 regions over the month. “May unemployment rate increases throughout much of the state reflected a larger-than-normal […]

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Snyder leads delegation to enhance Michigan’s business ties with Israel

Posted June 15, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder will lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on a nine-day investment mission to Israel to increase bilateral trade and investments, academic cooperation and strengthen Michigan’s relationship with the state of Israel. “Michigan’s longstanding ties with Israeli companies and academic institutions have created excellent opportunities to improve […]

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Perspectives on ‘Medicaid expansion’ in Michigan

Posted June 13, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Expansion of Medicaid in Michigan is a hot topic In Lansing these days.  In the interest of providing readers with information on the subject, the River Country Journal would like to share two links that will provide access to a variety of perspectives on the matter. The first link is to an article by Tom […]

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Sen. Bruce Caswell announces details of 2013-14 state budget

Posted June 11, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – The Michigan Senate passed the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, House Bill 4328, last week and it now awaits the approval by the Governor.  The budget bill included funding for 17 departments, the Executive Office, and the Judiciary and Legislative branches.  It included appropriations of $33.6 billion total and $7.9 billion from the general […]

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Snyder seeks presidential disaster declaration to assist 16 counties in wake of recent flooding

Posted June 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder has requested the president to declare a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of severe flood damage that occurred in 16 counties from April 16 to May 14. Affected counties are Allegan, Barry, Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa […]

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Hunt for State Christmas Tree begins

Posted June 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – The search for the State of Michigan Christmas tree is under way. The state is now taking nominations for the 2013 Christmas tree that will ultimately sit on the front lawn of the Capitol this November. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) has announced it is now searching for a 65-foot […]

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No signs yet of white-nose syndrome in Michigan bats

Posted May 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A recently completed statewide survey of 33 known bat wintering sites in Michigan showed no sign yet of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that kills bats by causing them to burn up energy reserves prematurely during hibernation. The Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division, in conjunction with Dr. Allen Kurta and Steve Smith of […]

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Board of State Canvassers certifies petition signatures to place wolf hunt referendum on 2014 Ballot

Posted May 22, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Editor’s Note:  The following news release was provided by the committee to Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, 5859 W. Saginaw Hwy. #273, Lansing, MI 48917.  Information from the Michigan Secretary of State regarding the wolf hunt referendum follows the news release as does a link to an earlier River Country Journal story on the subject based on a […]

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Summit to discuss Michigan’s talent mismatch

Posted May 16, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Kalamazoo, MI – It is a question that has been getting a lot of attention recently–with so many Michiganders unemployed, why are there so many businesses looking for workers? Educators, economic developers, and workforce development professionals will come together Friday (May 17) to grapple with that question and others at a regional talent summit. The […]

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