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This week on Points North: Grand Traverse Bay is freezing less and less, according to historical data.

Plus, making music that sounds like melting glaciers.

Ice cover on Lake Michigan is happening less and less, and that’s why Grand Traverse Bay hasn’t frozen this year. 

The bay had already frozen out to Power Island by this time last year and the year before.

Read the full story. 

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Ice cover on Lake Michigan is happening less and less, and that’s why Grand Traverse Bay hasn’t frozen this year. 

Treeskin is a side solo project from Michael Dause, drummer for The Accidentals.
Tess Starr

You might know Michael Dause as the drummer for The Accidentals, but the Michigan musician is much more than that. 

Treeskin is the name of a solo side project by Dause, who recently released a new album called "Learning."


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Nestlé Waters will not get the water pumping building it wants in northern Michigan. 

The company did not appeal a court decision in December, effectively stopping the bottler from being able to build on land it wasn’t zoned for.  

Max Johnston

The 86th District Court in Traverse City has changed their policy on third party bond payments. It comes after a letter sent Tuesday from The American Civil Liberties Union that accused the court of using an unconstitutional bail policy.

In a letter to the court and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, the ACLU says the court used bail payments from the family and friends of defendants to cover various court costs on their cases, which they say is unconstitutional.

Courtesy Anibal Pepper

Shortly after arriving in the United States from Peru in the late 1960s, and despite the fact that he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, Dr. Anibal Pepper found himself "invited" by the U.S. Army to "volunteer" for service in Vietnam. 

Max Johnston

The firm looking for the new superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools is in the district to hear from parents this week. Representatives from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYAA) held an open forum Tuesday to get input from parents on the search.

Trust, financial accumen and communication skills were several traits that parents said they wanted to see in the new superintendent.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Work to reduce opioid-related deaths is beginning across the state, as part of a $10 million investment to fight the opioid epidemic.

 

Michigan ranks in the top 15 for drug overdose deaths, according to 2018 figures from the Center for Disease Control.

 

Director of Drug Use Initiatives at Vital Strategies Daliah Heller says not enough communities have access to naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. 

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

Finding child care for infants and toddlers is nearly impossible in northern Michigan. 


This week the Moon will cascade down a stair of morning planets in her silvery gown as the Titan Goddess Selene, sweeping us into the folklore of prophetic morning dreams when she meets Mars on Tuesday morning, Jupiter on Wednesday, and Saturn on Thursday, before she disappears into her dark phase below the eastern horizon and arrives at New Phase again on Sunday, February 23rd.

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This week on Points North: The foundation of the historic Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort is crumbling.

High waters and waves cracked the barrier that protects it from Lake Michigan.

Plus, there are not many commercial fishers left in the Great Lakes.

In Michigan, they have long been at odds with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Now people who catch fish to sell say the state is attempting to put them out of business.

 

 

Jed Jaworski

Large waves and Lake Michigan’s record high water level are breaking down the barrier that protects the historic Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort.

Key parts of the structure are fractured and falling apart.

A fish with low-set eyes peers through a blue, underwater landscape.
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President Donald Trump's proposed budget won’t fund a barrier to stop Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes despite recent remarks that he would protect the lakes from the invasive fish.

It does, however, include one win for the Great Lakes: another $123 million in 2021 to build a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie ($75 million was already appropriated to start construction on the lock in 2020).

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

Durkhanai Jan (DJ) was born in Pakistan, and her family always encouraged her to follow her dreams.

 

She moved to Michigan from Pakistan in 2001 and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. 

A home in Manistee sits dangerously close to an eroding bluff in Manistee.
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Michigan is preparing for more damage that could come from even higher water levels.

On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with federal, state and local officials in Lansing for the first Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit.

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Public Radio is pleased to announce a new eight-week series where we sit down with residents who moved to northern Michigan from across the globe. 

 

It’s fitting that we’re calling the show Our Global Neighborhood, as it takes news consumers into the lives of their neighbors who decided to reside in this part of the world after experiencing a much different life in another country. 

 

The Old Testament tale of the prophet Jonah being swallowed by a whale is commemorated each year at this time in a three-day fast, while the constellation Cetus the whale just begins to set over the western horizon.

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The Upper Peninsula Energy Task force met in St. Ignace today to discuss preliminary findings on Line 5 and the Upper Peninsula’s propane supply.

Public Sector Consultants, the firm hired by the state of Michigan, presented ranges of numbers to the task force.

They say if Line 5 was shut down between Superior, Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ontario, it could impact between 65 and 90 percent of the U.P.’s propane supply. 

If propane also stopped coming to Superior by pipeline, up to 99 percent of the supply could be impacted.

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A non-profit that helps victims of child sex abuse is trying something new.

They’re sending surveys to northwest lower Michigan households, asking people questions about child safety.

The group says with that knowledge, they’ll be better equipped to stop sexual abuse.

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If you’re upset about drunken crowds on northern Michigan rivers in the summer, don’t expect change anytime soon.

This week, the U.S. Forest Service said it will not prohibit alcohol on the Au Sable, Pine and Manistee rivers this year. 

And at a forum about the Boardman River Wednesday, a Michigan DNR officer said they can’t arrest people for being drunk and disorderly on the water.

Giving up on an alcohol ban

Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

This week on Points North we take a look at pollution in Charlevoix. Also, there's no immediate solution for excessive drinking on northern Michigan rivers. 

Plus, Little Traverse Bay is getting new ferry service. 

 


A woman reaches into her microwave to get a mug.
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The City of Charlevoix is known for its beaches, lighthouse and fishermen. The Anishinaabe call it “Zhingwak Ziibing” or “Pine River.”

It’s less well known as a superfund site.

Pollution was first discovered in the city’s groundwater in 1981. The city quickly switched to Lake Michigan drinking water, as legal restrictions were put on the groundwater.

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Kalkaska County Commissioners passed a resolution to become a "second amendment sanctuary" Thursday. 

Steve Luxenberg is the author of 'Separate: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation'. He'll be in Traverse City on February 6, as part of the National Writers Series.
Josh Luxenberg

America has a long, complicated history with race relations. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a “separate but equal” policy that encouraged segregation in the country for the next 60 years.

Steve Luxenberg says we have to come to grips with that controversial history.

 


Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

 

The Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City wants to simplify its operations. 

 

Three different boards currently run the airport  — the Grand Traverse Board of County Commissioners, the Leelanau Board of County Commissioners and the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission.

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