south haven http://michiganradio.org en South Haven implements beach safety program, pays drowning victim's family http://michiganradio.org/post/south-haven-implements-beach-safety-program-pays-drowning-victims-family <p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/08/city_of_south_haven_to_pay_400.html">Aaron Mueller of the Kalamazoo Gazette </a>reports on a settlement reached between the family of a 2009 drowning victim, and the "<span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association." Martin Jordan of St. Charles, IL drowned in Lake Michigan after being caught up in strong rip currents.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:20:26 +0000 Mark Brush 13923 at http://michiganradio.org South Haven implements beach safety program, pays drowning victim's family Waterfront Film Festival will go on, despite power outage in South Haven http://michiganradio.org/post/waterfront-film-festival-will-go-despite-power-outage-south-haven <p>The show will go on tonight in South Haven.</p><p></p><p>It looked for a while this morning that the start of the 15th annual Waterfront Film Festival might be delayed. Last night’s wind storm knocked out power to more than 95% of South Haven.</p><p></p><p>Patrick Revere is with the film festival. He says things looked “dicey” this morning, but they have since made arrangements to have the backup power they need to kick off the festival tonight.</p><p></p><p>“We’ll be able to do everything that we were planning on doing for our opening night party tonight at South Beach,” says Revere.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:42:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 13036 at http://michiganradio.org Waterfront Film Festival will go on, despite power outage in South Haven TIMELINE: 8 shutdowns at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in past 2 years http://michiganradio.org/post/timeline-8-shutdowns-palisades-nuclear-power-plant-past-2-years <p>Michigan Radio has been following the problems at the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/palisades-nuclear-plant">Palisades Nuclear Power Plant</a> for the last several years.</p><p>Our West Michigan reporter, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/lindsey-smith">Lindsey Smith</a>, has been on top of all the leaks, shutdowns, public meetings and visits from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.</p><p>Last February, after five shutdowns in one year, the NRC downgraded Palisades' safety rating. It was rated as one of the four worst in the country.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:21:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10335 at http://michiganradio.org TIMELINE: 8 shutdowns at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in past 2 years Palisades nuclear power plant inspection to begin this week http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuclear-power-plant-inspection-begin-week <p>A critical two week federal inspection of the Palisades nuclear power plant begins Monday.</p><p></p><p>Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors want to determine if Palisades’ owners have addressed problems that have raised questions about the nuclear plant’s “culture of safety”.</p><p></p><p>The problems have resulted in four unscheduled reactor shutdowns.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9107 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades nuclear power plant inspection to begin this week Palisades critics still doubt nuclear power plant's management's commitment to safety http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-critics-still-doubt-nuclear-power-plants-managements-commitment-safety <p>The owners of the Palisades nuclear power plant promised last night to improve their “culture of safety." &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But dozens of people at the public meeting doubted that promise.&nbsp;&nbsp; Catherine Sugas spoke for many people who attended the meeting when she questioned why the problem plagued nuclear power plant is still operating.</p><p></p><p>“If you can’t shut down a plant that’s dangerous…what are you? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;How can you keep a plant going that’s obviously dangerous,” Sugas asked a panel from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 9062 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades critics still doubt nuclear power plant's management's commitment to safety Palisades nuclear power plant's safety record will be the subject of a public meeting tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuclear-power-plants-safety-record-will-be-subject-public-meeting-tonight <p>The safety of west Michigan’s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palisades_Nuclear_Power_Plant">Palisades nuclear power plant </a>will be the topic of a public meeting tonight in South Haven.</p><p></p><p>Palisades has one of the worst safety ratings in the country.</p><p></p><p>Maintenance mistakes and other problems led to four unscheduled reactor shutdowns at Palisades in 2011. &nbsp;And there have been more problems this year.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9036 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades nuclear power plant's safety record will be the subject of a public meeting tonight New water leak forces Palisades nuclear power plant to shut down again http://michiganradio.org/post/new-water-leak-forces-palisades-nuclear-power-plant-shut-down-again <p>The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South Haven is shut down again. This is the second time this summer&nbsp;Entergy Corporation has had to shut down the plant&nbsp;for repairs.</p><p>The plant shut down to refuel in April; that was normal. It restarted in early May.</p><p>But then a water leak in a tank above the control room caused the plant to shut back down just a few weeks later. Those repairs took a month and on July 11th&nbsp;the plant&nbsp;started up again. Though that leak appears to be fixed, it is still <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/federal-investigators-probe-entergy-over-leaky-tank-palisades">under investigation by special federal </a>agents with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.</p><p>But as it returned to service in July, Palisades Spokesman Mark Savage says operators discovered a different water leak – this time in the building that holds the nuclear reactor. In a written statement Savage called the leak “minor.” Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:40:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8651 at http://michiganradio.org New water leak forces Palisades nuclear power plant to shut down again South Haven celebrates top crop at National Blueberry Festival this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/south-haven-celebrates-top-crop-national-blueberry-festival-weekend <p>Michigan is the largest blueberry producing state in the country, and Van Buren County produces the most blueberries in Michigan.</p><p>“It’s natures perfect fruit, if&nbsp;you stop and think about it. There’s not any seeds that you have to deal with. You don’t have to peel it. You rinse it. You eat it. And not only do they taste good, they’re good for you,” Shelly Hartmann said.</p><p>Hartmann owns The Blueberry Store in downtown South Haven and a huge blueberry farm, True Blue Farms, in Grand Junction.</p><p>At <a href="http://www.theblueberrystore.com/">The Blueberry Store</a> you can get just about anything with blueberries in it. “Blueberries aren’t just for pancakes and muffins anymore,” Hartmann said.</p><p>I spot blueberry bath soaps, blueberry coffee, frozen and fresh blueberries, blueberries in brats and sausages, chocolate covered blueberries, blueberry candles, dog treats, mustard, popcorn, soda pop, butter, cookies, pancake mix, pie filling, jam, jelly and blueberry whoopee pies. Plus there’s dried blueberries, and even blueberry flavored beef jerky. The list goes on and on.</p><p>Hartman says this year’s crop has been affected by the dry conditions, but fared much better than other fruits grown in the region.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.blueberryfestival.com/">National Blueberry Festival</a> celebrating the region’s top fruit crop in South Haven is nearly 50 years old. Organizers typically expect around 40,000 people to come for the blueberry pancake breakfast, the live music, a blueberry parade and the very messy but very entertaining blueberry pie eating contest.</p><p>Here's a video the festival posted on youtube of one of the blueberry pie eating contests Friday afternoon.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxI094AKU5c&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 02:17:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8643 at http://michiganradio.org South Haven celebrates top crop at National Blueberry Festival this weekend NRC Chairman: Palisades needs to work on “the basics of nuclear safety” http://michiganradio.org/post/nrc-chairman-palisades-needs-work-basics-nuclear-safety <p>The head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says operators of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant must improve plant safety.</p><p>NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko shared his thoughts following a three-hour tour of the plant in South Haven Friday.</p><p>“There’s really a need to improve on fundamentals. Just some of the basics of nuclear safety really need to be worked on,” Jaczko said. “We’re starting to see some of that happen which is a positive but it needs to be sustained to ultimately get the performance where we’d like to see it."</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 22:14:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7633 at http://michiganradio.org NRC Chairman: Palisades needs to work on “the basics of nuclear safety” Investigation shows event at Palisades Nuclear Plant was of "substantial safety significance" http://michiganradio.org/post/investigation-shows-event-palisades-nuclear-plant-was-substantial-safety-significance <p>The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a week-long <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/nrc-inspectors-back-palisades-after-2nd-shutdown-2-months">shut-down of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in September </a>was of &quot;substantial safety significance.&quot; The plant is located in South Haven about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:18:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5194 at http://michiganradio.org Investigation shows event at Palisades Nuclear Plant was of "substantial safety significance" Shipwreck found in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/shipwreck-found-lake-michigan <p>According to <a href="http://chestertontribune.com/Local%20History/3191%20hundreds_of_shipwrecks_populate.htm">one estimate</a>, there are around 3,000 shipwrecks in Lake Michigan (<font face="Times New Roman"><font size="4">estimate from Jim Jarecki, President/Archivist of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago).</font></font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="4">Now, add one more to that list. </font></font>From the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110330/METRO/103300394/1361/">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>An organization that documents shipwrecks says it&#39;s found the wreck of a 60-foot, single-masted sloop in Lake Michigan that may date back to the 1830s.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganshipwrecks.org/">Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates</a> this week announced that the wreck was found off southwestern Michigan in water about 250 feet deep between Saugatuck and South Haven. The discovery was made while working with author Clive Cussler and his sonar operator Ralph Wilbanks of the <a href="http://www.numa.net">National Underwater &amp; Marine Agency</a>.</p><p>Holland-based Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates says the vessel sits upright and is in relatively good condition. The group says the sloop&#39;s construction and design are consistent with ships built in the 1820s and 1830s.</p><p>Video of the wreck is expected to be shown April 16 at an event in Holland.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:13:46 +0000 Mark Brush 1844 at http://michiganradio.org Shipwreck found in Lake Michigan Largest snowfall from winter storm reported in South Haven http://michiganradio.org/post/largest-snowfall-winter-storm-reported-south-haven <p>The <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a> is releasing data on just how much snow fell during the massive winter storm that sweep across the state this week. <a href="http://www.southhaven.org/content.cfm?m=44&amp;id=44&amp;CFID=748935&amp;CFTOKEN=fe94d7d5be9c77fb-31FAD8CF-3048-D277-86B80D3F43489BCA">South Haven</a>, on the coast of Lake Michigan, saw 20 inches of snow on the ground. That's the largest snowfall so far reported, according to the Associated Press. Muskegon got 19.7 inches. A foot of snow fell in the Lansing area. Flint got 10 inches, Detroit got 8.7 inches. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:09:14 +0000 Zoe Clark 1145 at http://michiganradio.org Largest snowfall from winter storm reported in South Haven