Albion, Michigan News

Albion, Michigan News Albion Michigan News; keeping you updated. Articles about The City of Albion, State of Michigan, Local, Regional, National News and Events. Information on Weather, Sports, and School Closing.
Albion Michigan News 24/7
(10)

Albion, MI Forecast Update: January 22, 2020Updated: 12:50A.M.WednesdayPartly sunny, with a high near 33. South southwes...
01/22/2020

Albion, MI Forecast Update: January 22, 2020
Updated: 12:50A.M.

Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 33. South southwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight.

Thursday
A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 34. South wind around 6 mph.

Thursday Night
A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the evening.

Friday
Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Detroit’s Mark Twain Library closed in 1996For renovations do never reopened.
01/22/2020

Detroit’s Mark Twain Library closed in 1996
For renovations do never reopened.

Detroit’s Mark Twain Library, which was closed in 1996 for renovations and never reopened.

01/22/2020
Freaked

It has Been one of those Days 🤪

Accurate....

How Much Does An Average State Of Michigan Employee Cost Us?By RenkJanuary 21, 2020I must say even I was extremely surpr...
01/22/2020
How Much Does An Average State Of Michigan Employee Cost Us?

How Much Does An Average State Of Michigan Employee Cost Us?

By Renk
January 21, 2020

I must say even I was extremely surprised to find out what the average annual cost to us Michigan taxpayers is for each and every state of Michigan employee.

The Michigan Capitol Confidential is reporting that:

The average annual cost to taxpayers for each State of Michigan employee rose from $122,157 in 2018 to $122,959 in 2019, or 0.6%.

According to the article and Mackinac Center’s director of fiscal policy James Hohman, the average cost of compensation apart from their salary is made up of the following:

health care insurance, retirement, retiree health care, Social Security, Medicare, etc.

That number came to approximately $54,845 per employee in 2019.

The average salary of a state of Michigan employee is $68,114.

James Hohman stated that after adjusting for inflation, state workers’ pay has been relatively flat for two decades,

The average state benefits package to employees, on the other hand, is where the really big increases have come from. According to the article:

After inflation, the real pay of the average state worker increased by only about 3.7% between 2000 and 2019. In contrast, the average cost of employee benefits increased almost 130% over that period. In 2000, the average state benefit package cost the equivalent of $23,885 in current dollars, with average salaries pegged at $65,673.

A 130% increase in 19 years sure sounds like quite a bit to me.

What are the main drivers of this skyrocketing benefit costs to the taxpayers of Michigan? Well again according to the report they are in:

employee health insurance, contributions to a defined benefit pension system (which was closed to new hires in 1997), and payments for retiree health care coverage

Also according to a conversation I had with James Hohman our unfunded liability for Michigan’s defined benefit pension system, which again it is important to note was closed to new hires in 1997, went from zero to over $6.5 billion as of today.

How did that happen?

According to Mr. Hohmen:

the state contributed less to the system that was necessary to keep the pension system fully funded and overestimated investment returns

Now you know the facts and the real numbers that our state employees cost us Michigan taxpayers.

Read More: How Much Does An Average State Of Michigan Employee Cost Us? | https://wbckfm.com/how-much-does-an-average-state-of-michigan-employee-cost-us/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Our unfunded liability for Michigan’s defined benefit pension system, which again it is important to note was closed to new hires in 1997, went from zero to over $6.5 billion as of today. How did that happen?

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.January 21, 2020Written by:Ted RoelofsCelebrated by...
01/22/2020
How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

January 21, 2020
Written by:Ted Roelofs

Celebrated by author Ernest Hemingway, enshrined decades ago as Michigan’s state fish, the brook trout has been through some choppy political waters of late.

In 2017 — after persistent lobbying by Upper Peninsula anglers and sports groups — a state commission doubled the daily catch limit for brook trout in 33 streams that stretch more than a thousand miles throughout the U.P., from five fish per day to 10.

Then it was back down to five, when the state Natural Resources Commission in late 2018 inadvertently voted to remove those streams from a wide-ranging order covering several fisheries regulations. That vote was the apparent result of a clerical error buried in a 96-page document.


The NRC again returned to catch limit to 10 in April last year’s trout season, a vote it reaffirmed in November. That came despite opposition from groups like Michigan Trout Unlimited and against recommendations of Department of Natural Resources director Daniel Eichinger and staff. Trout Unlimited sued the NRC a couple weeks later, seeking to block the higher limit. Its concern: A higher limit could jeopardize longer-term brook trout populations.

Then, earlier in January, the NRC again reversed course and set the limit back at five. For those keeping score: That’s a head-spinning four changes in the brook trout catch limit since 2017.

Depending on who you talk to, the latest decision is either a victory for science and conservation – or a slap in the face of Yooper anglers.

“What do I think about this? I’m not very happy at all,” said U.P. resident Tony Demboski, former chairman of the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance. The group for years advocated raising the daily brook trout limit to 10 on select U.P. streams, contending it would be good for anglers and tourism – and have little or no effect on trout population in those remote waters.

“I think the U.P. got thumbed,” he said.

A veteran angler, Demboski said he fishes to eat. And as a practical matter, he says, brook trout tend to be small (those in streams tend to reach seven to nine inches long). So if you want a meal or two, he says, you need a bunch.

“If you go fishing, five little brook trout is hardly worth anything. If I sit down for breakfast, I would need at least three.”

Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Michigan Trout Unlimited, has a contrary view of the NRC decision.

“We are a conservation group first and foremost. We care about anglers. But this decision is wonderful for brook trout.”

The Jan. 9 NRC vote came after the commission emerged from executive session to discuss the Trout Unlimited lawsuit.

Burroughs cited the departure of former NRC Chairwoman Vicki Pontz of Portland – whose term expired in December – and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment that month of Commissioner Anna Mitterling of Mason – as key factors in the commission’s most recent reversal. Pontz voted in November to back the 10-fish limit. Mitterling voted to reset the limit at five.

Commissioner Chris Tracy was among the two who voted to keep the limit at 10, along with former DNR Director Keith Creagh. Tracy told Bridge he’s not convinced there’s strong evidence that a higher limit is bad for the fish.

“I don’t know the science is super-strong one way or another,” he said. “I don’t know that there’s been an arduous study of any one stream to say exactly what the right number is. Why not five or 10? Why not one or zero?”

At the January meeting, Tracy said he was uncomfortable with the fact that the NRC vote to again reduce the catch limit came on the heels of a lawsuit against the commission.

“The commission is sued a couple months ago. Our response to that in fairly short order is to cave to what the Trout Unlimited wants, which is to go back to five brook trout rather than 10,” he said.

But Mitterling, the new commission chairwoman, told Bridge the evidence does indeed support a lower limit.

“There just isn’t a strong scientific basis that supports keeping a limit of 10 for brook trout. There’s a risk there to the population which we don’t want.”

Trout is so beloved it became the state fish in 1965.

Then 23 years later, lawmakers bestowed that title solely on brook trout, a native to the cold, clean streams of the U.P. and northern Lower Peninsula. Many anglers prize the brook trout as much for the remote pristine home waters in which they swim as for the fish itself – which they often release to stream after reeling it in.

It’s also gained near-cult status among some anglers in the wake of Hemingway’s masterful depiction of U.P. trout fly fishing in his 1925 short story about a World War I veteran, “Big Two-Hearted River.” Scholars and anglers who know their geography agree the actual waterway depicted in the story is the U.P.’s Fox River.

In 2000, the NRC, which sets rules enforced by the DNR, set a daily catch limit of five brook trout for all of Michigan, including the U.P.’s 22,000 miles of small streams.

But in 2012, some NRC members began calling for higher brook trout limits across U.P. streams. Two U.P. commissioners who have since left the board — J.R. Richardson and John Matonich — were among the leading voices. Their calls prompted four years of DNR research at a cost of nearly $200,000.

The DNR study released in 2016 concluded that raising the limit to 10 brook trout “has potential to deplete local [populations]” of trout.

That study looked at seven pilot U.P. streams from 2013 through 2016 that were given a 10-trout limit. It found diminished numbers in the third or fourth year in most of the streams.

DNR surveys also found that most anglers want to keep the brook limit at five. A 2012 survey of 1,400 Michigan anglers found 55 percent supported a five-trout limit, while 17 percent opposed it. It found 53 percent opposed a 10-trout limit, compared to 28 percent who supported the higher limit.

Even among U.P. residents, 45 percent supported a five-trout limit, compared to 39 percent who supported a 10-trout limit.

Dave Nyberg — the only U.P. resident on the commission — also voted to return the limit to five.

“The NRC has a mandate by the people of Michigan to make decisions based on sound science,” he told Bridge Magazine. “It was logical to me the best decision for the resource was not to increase the limit where we are seeing the population go down.”

Brad Petzke, owner of Marquette-based Rivers North Guide Service, has guided anglers for 20 years on fly fishing trips through the length and breadth of the U.P. In 2012, he said, he gathered a couple thousand signatures from Michigan residents opposed to the proposed 10-trout limit then under consideration.

So it’s no surprise Petzke said the NRC did the right thing by a fish prized by his customers, most of whom are catch-and-release anglers.

“Once a large amount of fish is kept out of spawning-age class fish, it limits the amount of adult brook trout in the river. You would see a definite crash in the population.”

He added: “The brook trout is one of Michigan’s only native trout. I have people who travel from all over the United States just to fish for brook trout in the U.P.

“Of all the species to protect, the brook trout is indeed number one for me and my customers.”

State regulators have changed daily catch limits for Michigan’s state fish four times since 2017 as they try to balance conservation concerns against the frustration of many Upper Peninsula anglers.

Michigan state park fees increase by $1 in March 2020Dave Bartkowiak Jr.Published: January 20, 2020, 12:11 pmUpdated: Ja...
01/22/2020
Michigan state park fees increase by $1 in March 2020

Michigan state park fees increase by $1 in March 2020

Dave Bartkowiak Jr.
Published: January 20, 2020, 12:11 pm
Updated: January 20, 2020, 12:16 pm

Michigan state park fees will increase by $1 starting March 1, 2020.

This is due to a statutory provision to adjust the fee based upon the Consumer Price Index, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“The change is due to a statutory provision to adjust the recreation passport fee based upon the Consumer Price Index as determined by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics,” reads a statement from the DNR. “That statutory requirement was put into law when the Recreation Passport funding model was created in 2010 to ensure the funding source keeps pace with inflation.”

If you’re planning to buy one this year, do it before March 1 to save a dollar.

Michigan state park fees will increase by $1 starting March 1, 2020.

Tesla Reaches Deal Clearing Way for Michigan Service CentersGabrielle Coppola and Dana HullBloombergJanuary 21, 2020, 8:...
01/22/2020
Tesla Reaches Deal Clearing Way for Michigan Service Centers

Tesla Reaches Deal Clearing Way for Michigan Service Centers
Gabrielle Coppola and Dana Hull
BloombergJanuary 21, 2020, 8:58 PM UTC
(Bloomberg) -- Tesla Inc. has reached a settlement with the state of Michigan over its federal lawsuit challenging a state ban on direct-to-consumer sales, according to people familiar with the matter.

In a partial victory for Tesla, the accord clears the way for the electric-car maker to open service centers in the state through a subsidiary, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified ahead of a filing in U.S. District Court that’s expected as soon as Wednesday. Customers will still have to title their cars in another state and transfer them to Michigan.

The Michigan attorney general’s office had no immediate comment. Tesla representatives didn’t respond to requests for comment.

(Bloomberg) -- Tesla Inc. has reached a settlement with the state of Michigan over its federal lawsuit challenging a state ban on direct-to-consumer sales, according to people familiar with the matter.In a partial victory for Tesla, the accord clears the way for the electric-car maker to open servic...

Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientationby DAVID EGGERT Associated PressTuesday, January 21st 2020LANS...
01/22/2020
Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientation

Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientation

by DAVID EGGERT Associated Press
Tuesday, January 21st 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker alleged Tuesday that a fellow legislator sexually harassed her during a Capitol orientation 14 months ago, coming forward a week after a young female reporter said the same senator made a sexist comment to her before a group of high school boys.

A Michigan lawmaker alleged Tuesday that a fellow legislator sexually harassed her during a Capitol orientation 14 months ago, coming forward a week after a young female reporter said the same senator made a sexist comment to her before a group of high school boys. Sen. Mallory McMorrow, a Royal Oak...

WB I-94 after Capital Ave Exit 97Left Lane BlockedDue to a CrashCalhoun County
01/21/2020

WB I-94 after Capital Ave Exit 97
Left Lane Blocked
Due to a Crash
Calhoun County

01/21/2020
World News Now

1st confirmed case of new coronavirus reported in US: CDC

By: Erin Schumaker | January 21, 2020, 2:54 PM

The first case of a new coronavirus that's sickened nearly 300 people in Asia has been reported in a patient in Washington state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday at a news conference.

At least six people have died, according to officials.

Chinese authorities have said the outbreak began in a seafood and live-animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The virus, in the same family as SARS, MERS and the common cold, often circulates among animals. It can jump from animal to human, and in rare cases can mutate and spread from person to person.

The Washington state patient, a man in his 30s, had traveled to Wuhan, but said he did not visit the market in question or know anyone who had the virus. Cases also have been reported in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, as well as in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

"Information is rapidly evolving. We hope over the coming days the situation will become clear," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday.

The key information, according to Messonnier, will be determining how easily the virus can spread from person to person.

The U.S. began screening for the new virus at airports in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles on Jan. 17. The Washington state patient entered the United States before the screening system was implemented and before any of his symptoms developed.

Health officials said Tuesday they'll expand screenings to airports in Chicago and Atlanta.

Health officials also are doing a contact investigation from China to Washington state, said Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state's epidemiologist for communicable diseases.

As authorities in China try to contain the outbreak, the World Health Organization plans to meet Wednesday in Geneva to decide whether or not to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

HAPPENING NOW: Officials with the Washington State Public Health Department give an update on coronavirus case. https://abcn.ws/36f3Tan

MLive.com
01/21/2020

MLive.com

Here's to the hidden walnut stash underneath someone's hood. Here's to the bird feeder that's about to get emptied. Here's to finding a nut on a cold winter's day. #SquirrelAppreciationDay

Harrington Elementary School, Marshall Public Schools
01/21/2020

Harrington Elementary School, Marshall Public Schools

Please mark your calendars for these important dates!

Address

P.O. Box 1033
Albion, MI
49224

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Albion, Michigan News posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Albion, Michigan News:

Videos

Mission, Vision, Principles

Our Mission:

Albion Michigan News is a family first company; but our family includes our friends, churches and other local businesses. We strive to provide the most accurate information therefore promoting community building and unification.

Our Vision:

We hope by providing a realistic look into life in Albion Michigan that we expose the outside world to the beauty of our uniqueness and diversity that we demonstrate our problem-solving abilities. Through home-grown artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropers, and scholars our differences make us great and even though we have perspectives "We are Albion."

Our Principles:

We endeavor to remain true to journalistic ethics. We seek to rise above the status quo. The data accuracy that Albion Michigan News provides is through multiple gates of source verification and cross-checking facts. We will not cave into sensationalism and ensure all sources are reliable and the stories posted have substantial evidence.

Page Rules from the Admins


  • No Hate Speech or Bullying: We Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
  • 2. No Promotions or Spam: This page it runs off coffee and energy drinks not money. Sorry Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links in comments sections aren't allowed.

    3. Respect Everyone's Privacy: Being part of this page requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make pages great and build communities.

    4. Be Kind and Courteous : We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. If one cannot refrain from trolling, baiting and fighting posts their posts will be deleted.

    5. Keep Conversations and Comments Civil: No Disrespecting others, personal attacks, antagonist behavior. Avoid making comments that incite. It may lead to being temporarily muted/cool off period. “If there’s nothing nice to say.....” else We will ban you without hesitation.

    6. Freedom of Speech - Heck Yes: Not in the form of bashing others, bashing other community members and groups. Any attempt to steer conversations away or incite non-professional behavior leads to a actions equal or greater than the level of negativity.

    7. No Spam: We all hate spam. If you see it report it to us and someone on the team will take care of it.

    8. Community Help: Do ask your fellow community members for help with community oriented tasks and events. Also use the Nextdoor App and “Our Albion Page” as venues for positive progressive actions.

    9. Joining Albion Michigan News: By joining Albion Michigan News Group and or Page you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the group and ore page rules. Even if you have not read these rules just by use you have by default agreed.

    Nearby media companies


    Comments

    I'm still working hard so getlike me
    Hi there! New to the area and wondering the best internet options for around here? Please and thank you! 🙂👍
    https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mshda/NEPRound5Informationrevisedguidance92419final_002_666605_7.pdf
    Friends - PLEASE HELP TODAY if you can! Last day of the contest and Staci has someone hot on her heels! Please vote for Staci if you haven't and SHARE big time if you have a decent friends list! https://www.matiarobotics.com/contest/ This is for a stand-up TekRMD wheelchair for staci from Matia Robotics. Jim and Staci Stuart
    Story Time Today (and every Monday) at 5:30pm! Author Peggy Grigowski reads her books and we have a great craft! For kids pre-K through 5th grade and it's FREE! https://www.facebook.com/events/563842297700371/
    Finding yourself with no plans on this dreary fall evening? No hayrides or bonfires, but still felling the Halloween vibe? Come see the show! Tons of fun with aliens, sasquatches and... well, you'll just have to come to find out! https://www.facebook.com/events/527964247953658/?ti=cl
    KELLOGG ARENA Festive Vintage & Craft Market is ONLY 2 Weeks Away! Nov 2nd Check out our event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/654080525085685/?ti=cl
    If you are driving to the Fall Farm Festival, please park along Newberg! See you at 1:00!
    Anyone know what was going on at the river lots of flashing lights and the ladder truck just spraying water in the river
    Double vision center opening up a community center we need your support and donation give back to our kids who need it the most