Merry Christmas! (and other notes)
Front Page, week of Dec. 25, 2021
Merry Christmas, everyone!
I’m doing my best to bring cheer at the end of a year that brought a lot of disappointments and challenges, but also some great developments that I can build on in 2022.
One of those disappointments is that my travel plans for the holidays have been canceled, again, due to COVID-19. Most of the people we were planning to visit either has recently tested positive or are just getting healthy again. Despite their precautions, the recklessness of people around them still managed to lay them low with illness.
As such, I saved a little of my work from this week for next week. It’s not good for me to be entirely idle. So while I’m still planning on being “off” for the week, you can expect another brief Front Page next weekend.
Here’s wishing you a happy holiday, spent with your friends and family in whatever way you deem is safest.
Calumet Village Council, Dec. 21, 2021
The council has also been informed that the Calumet Theatre has hammered out a deal for new insurance and is now waiting for the coverage to take effect. There was also a discussion about how to proceed with the insurance claim for the collapsed roof that destroyed some antiques owned by the village.
The initial response to the FOIA request I sent last week included only the omitted communications, but those from the U.S. Coast Guard about limiting the times at which the Portage Lake Lift Bridge opens for boat traffic is interesting.
The chief of the bridge branch noted that there didn’t seem to be much of a spike in crossings during the hours that preventing lifts was requested, according to the data provided by MDOT. Chief W.B. Stanifer also said that of the openings between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Four bridge openings in one week are more than reasonable.”
You can read the letters to County Commission Chairperson Al Koskela and MDOT Engineer Aaron Johnson from Chief Stanifer by clicking right here. They start on page 2.
The Inside Scoop
An update on my efforts to bring greater transparency to the Houghton County administration.
Other News (aggregated, not sponsored)
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From graduate students in MTU’s Dept. of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology:
The Associated Press
A former Michigan state employee who pleaded guilty to multiple felonies for embezzling $855,690 from the state was sentenced to jail time Tuesday in an Ingham County court.
The Associated Press
Kellogg’s workers are headed back to the plant. I’d like to remind everyone that they agreed to this contract only after Kellogg started trying to replace them entirely.
Patti Brandt Burgess, Traverse City Record-Eagle
The Grand Traverse County board allocated more than a quarter million dollars to purchase an armored rescue vehicle for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, despite overwhelming opposition by the public.
Angelo Fichera and Sophia Tulp, The Associated Press
A look at the people behind some of the videos being misused to link abnormal deaths to COVID-19 vaccinations. As someone with a recently-deceased family member, I can’t imagine the anguish seeing their memory abused in such a way must cause.