• U.S. Senate resolution honoring John D. Dingell of MI

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced Senate passage of a resolution honoring the life and legacy of former Congressman John D. Dingell. The bipartisan resolution, which was co-sponsored by 17 other Senators, passed the Senate unanimously. “With this resolution, we pay tribute to a true Michigan – and American –…

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  • Secretary of State closures, delays

    The Customer and Automotive Records System (CARS) is replacing the antiquated vehicle records system that has technology dating to the 1960s. When it launches, more online services will be available to millions of Secretary of State customers, and the existing services at ExpressSOS.com will be improved. Branch office technology also will be much better. In…

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  • Whitmer’s State of the State Feb. 12

    Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State Address to a joint conference of the Michigan Legislature. The speech will highlight the fundamental challenges our state is facing and outline the governor’s policy priorities for building a stronger Michigan. Watch the address online at www.michigan.gov/misots19 The link will go live shortly before 7 p.m.

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  • Looking for a summer job?

    Mackinac State Historic Parks, along with several other state parks in the Straits of Mackinac region, will host a summer job fair on Saturday Feb. 23 at St. Anthony’s Hall in Mackinaw City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mackinac State Historic Parks will be hiring for seasonal positions in park operations and maintenance, sales…

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  • Boyne School Forest project

    In an effort to protect land and water quality while connecting people to nature, the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA) is raising funds for the Boyne School Forest Expansion project. So far, $8,839 of the $141,161 needed has been raised. With a goal of 140 acres of public access conserved by the Walloon…

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  • LETTERS – Generous Boyne City

    Generous Boyne Editor: I am writing to thank Boyne City residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Boyne City and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in…

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  • Legislation would award Aretha Franklin Congressional Medal

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), as well as Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced in August 2018 in the wake of Franklin’s passing. The…

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  • Bill would safeguard Michigan military, Army Corps funding

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, introduced the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-appropriations (RAIDER) Act of 2019. This legislation prevents the president from utilizing the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to raid any funding from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Military Construction accounts for construction,…

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  • Natural gas scare prompts review of Michigan energy systems

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer has formally requested that the Michigan Public Service Commission conduct a statewide review of supply and deliverability of natural gas, electricity, and propane contingency planning. In a letter to MPSC Chair Sally Talberg, Governor Whitmer is requesting that the MPSC complete their initial report by July 1, 2019, and that it evaluate…

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  • Gov. Whitmer creates offices of Climate and Energy, Clean Water Public Advocate, Environmental Justice Public Advocate

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday signed two executive orders and one executive directive to protect the Great Lakes, clean up our drinking water, and combat the impacts of climate change. Executive Order 2019-2 restructures the Department of Environmental Quality as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The executive order also creates new offices…

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  • Gov. signs directive on transparency, accountability

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week signed Executive Directive 2019-11 at the Michigan Press Association’s annual luncheon to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act by closing loopholes and fostering a more user-friendly process within departments and agencies through the use of transparency liaisons to facilitate public requests. “State government must be open,…

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  • ‘Stop STUPIDITY’ legislation aimed at preventing Gov’t shutdowns

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that he has co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal funding will not lapse in the absence of appropriations being signed into law. He highlighted the legislation following the recent partial federal government that lasted 35 days and as…

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  • US-31 realignment project begins Feb. 4

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $11.2 million to reconstruct about 1.3 miles of US-31 in the city of Petoskey from the Mitchell Street Bridge to Fairview Avenue. The project is slated to last from Monday Feb. 4 to Friday Nov. 1. The work will include realigning a portion of the highway away…

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  • Boyne Valley Catholic events

    The Boyne Valley Catholic Community is offering many opportunities to enrich your prayer life and spirituality beginning on January 27th the third week in Ordinary Time: Sunday January 27th:  Children s Faith Formation/Junior and Senior meet at 5:30 pm at St, Matthews Men’s Bible Study Group:   The group meets on Tuesday morning at 6:30 am…

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  • NCMC unveils renovation plans

    North Central Michigan College will begin the renovation of its 50-year-old Main Classroom Building in 2019, in part, with $3.4 million from the State of Michigan. The College also seeks a $4 million match. Officials say this renovation project is designed to provide students with an engaging and exciting learning environment with tools and technology…

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  • Beaver Island Mormons

    Guest Commentary by Mitch MacKay MICHIGAN HAD BARELY GAINED STATEHOOD when James Jesse Strang brought his colony of Mormons to the pretty little island in Lake Michigan. Few settlers there at the time, the newcomers soon took over and routed most to the mainland as they built their first encampment, prospered, and Strang even achieved State…

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  • Free fishing Feb. 16-17

    105th District Michigan State Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) outlines the details regarding Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. The 2019 Winter Free Fishing Weekend will be held Saturday Feb. 16 and Sunday Feb. 17. As part of these weekends, all fishing license fees are waived for two days with residents and out-of-state visitors allowed to enjoy fishing…

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  • Legislation would modernize research, support Great Lakes

    U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to boost Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the legislative authority to support the $7 billion Great…

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  • Michigan Air Force Base contamination issue continues

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) on Thursday Feb. 7 received a response from Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in response to a letter Peters sent last week regarding the agency’s cooperation with the State of Michigan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup efforts around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco…

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  • Boyne Housing Solutions Feb. 15

    The next Community Forum of Boyne Housing Solutions will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 15, in the City Commission Chambers of Boyne City Hall. Housing goals for 2019 will be discussed, along with brief educational presentations by developers on projects being planned in Boyne. The Boyne Area Chamber, in conjunction with the City…

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  • LETTERS – Graduated income tax

    Graduated Income Tax Editor: There are many projects which would benefit our state if only we could afford them: avoiding crises like the one in Flint, fixing roads and bridges, helping to preserve the Great Lakes.

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  • Michigan Gov. seeks AG opinion on legality of commissions

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel regarding the legality of the Environmental Rules Review Committee and the Environmental Permit Review Commission. “From high lead levels to PFAS contamination to foul-smelling emissions, the people of Michigan have faced increasing threats to our drinking water, air, the Great Lakes, and…

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  • Working toward high-wage Michigan careers

    Through career and technical education, students are trained in an environment where they are taught using hands-on techniques that can be applied to real-world, 21st-century careers after graduation. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared February to be Career and Technical Education Month in Michigan to expose students and their influencers to the career-tech classes and programs across the…

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  • BCBS grants $15k to Boyne clinic

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will award a $15,000 grant to Boyne Area Free Clinic on Friday Feb. 8 in Boyne City. The grant funding will help improve access to primary and specialty care for uninsured area residents as well as patient and provider education related to opioid use disorder.    

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  • Petoskey Audubon Program Feb. 12

    The February 12 Program will feature Derek Shiels of the Little Traverse Conservancy and Darrell Lawson of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society. They will introduce and demonstrate bioacoustic monitoring techniques, equipment, and software that is used to form a better understanding of what wildlife is inhabiting conservancy land.

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  • OPINION: Consolidation national

    Guest Commentary by Mitch MacKay NOT SOCIALISM, NOT NATIONALISM, a blending and conflating of the divide in this country, this is what can arise through the outlandish and momentous altercations of the present. Blatantly the dichotomization of ideals has come into sharp focus under the microscope of political and legal maneuvering equaling only exigent ultimatum…

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  • Boyne City Commission business

    The Boyne City Commission dealt with a number of business items during its regular Tuesday Jan. 22 board meeting. Among topics discussed and decided upon were a trail grant application, flood insurance ordinance, city properties sale, filing deadline to run for city commission, and more.    

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  • ATTENTION: Michigan residents urged to conserve natural gas

    At 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 30, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made an emergency announcement urging all Michigan residents to turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees or lower due to extremely high demand for natural gas and a gas facility incident. Consumers Energy has asked everyone to comply until noon on Friday Feb. 1….

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