muskegon http://michiganradio.org en Crews working to remove propane tanks from river http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-working-remove-propane-tanks-river <p>EVART, Mich. (AP) - State emergency officials say they are working to remove dozens of propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River as part of flood-recovery efforts in western Michigan.</p><p>State Emergency Operations Center spokesman Ron Leix said Saturday that more than 40 tanks have been retrieved by state and local crews working with propane safety experts on flat-bottom boats. He says floodwaters dislodged them from the residential properties along the river.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Associated Press 17288 at http://michiganradio.org Crews working to remove propane tanks from river Irritated but not shocked, same-sex couples hope their marriages will be recognized http://michiganradio.org/post/irritated-not-shocked-same-sex-couples-hope-their-marriages-will-be-recognized <p>For many newly married couples, it’s not unusual to apply to the state and federal government to get their new last names.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But for Art Bristol and Corey </span>Ledin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, whose newly minted marriage license declares their last names as </span>Ledin-Brisol<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the process was far from usual.</span></p><p>TV cameras were watching and photographers snapped pictures. The secretary of state's office wouldn't even accept the same-sex couple's paperwork for a new driver’s license.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:08:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16951 at http://michiganradio.org Irritated but not shocked, same-sex couples hope their marriages will be recognized Muskegon is home to America's tallest, singing Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-home-americas-tallest-singing-christmas-tree <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A major holiday performance happens this weekend in West Michigan. Students, teachers and parents at Mona Shores High School have spent thousands of hours preparing for the event, where they create a living breathing, and singing Christmas Tree — that’s five-stories tall, and holds more than 200 student singers.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s getting lots of national attention. In 2011, TLC featured the tree on its aptly-titled holiday show, “Extreme Christmas Trees.” This year, it’ll be highlighted on the Travel Channel. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The show is now in its 29th year. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Almost 300 hundred students from Mona Shores High School have been practicing for this show — held at Muskegon’s </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Frauenthal</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Center for Performing Arts — since Labor Day. </span></span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:38:23 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 15554 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon is home to America's tallest, singing Christmas tree Muskegon officials considering port expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-officials-considering-port-expansion <p>The Muskegon port could be expanded to accommodate for larger cargo. The port is one of the only naturally occurring deep water ports, which makes it ideal for bigger ships.<br><br>The port could be used to transport agricultural fertilizers and other goods like wind turbines, scrap metals and coal.</p><p>Jonathon Seyferth&nbsp; is with Muskegon Area First. He says expanding the Muskegon port could help transport goods across the country.<br><br>"The port can make West Michigan and Muskegon an attractive option for all kinds of economic industrial manufacturing development," he said.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:47:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14189 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon officials considering port expansion Stateside for Monday, August 19th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-19th-2013 <p>"Innovation" - it's what many say Michigan needs to become a player in the global economy. On today's show, we took a look at the most-innovative companies in our state. What are they doing differently in a post-Great-Recession economy?</p><p>And, we traveled to Muskegon - a community that continues to be plagued by gun violence. Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project reported on a gun battle that happened last month.</p><p>And, the Detroit Public Schools bond offering is tomorrow. Why should investors be interested?</p><p>Also, the guide to canoeing Michigan’s rivers just got an update. We spoke with one of the authors about the new edition.</p><p>First on the show, d<span style="line-height: 1.5;">onations to Governor Snyder’s civic fund decreased last year by a lot. The 501 c-4 known as The New Energy to Reinvent and Diversity Fund – or “NERD Fund” for short – received $1.3 million in 2011, but in 2012 , the number was $368,000.</span></p><p>As Jonathan Oosting, a reporter for MLive.com, reports, “the NERD fund earns tax-exempt status by purporting to promote charitable causes including lessening the financial burdens of government in the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Jonathan Oosting joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:25:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14052 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 19th, 2013 What will it take to end gun violence? Love. Seriously. http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-it-take-end-gun-violence-love-seriously <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HVHe9-HO1gY" width="480"></iframe></p><p>The video above comes from a march to end violence organized by the Muskegon YMCA last weekend. The man speaking is Zawdie Abiade, who happens to be running for mayor of Muskegon. He also happens to be a former gang member.&nbsp;<br><br>"The gang was the only community I felt understood me," Abiade says. "What we need is somebody and people who understand what it is to be isolated, to be rejected, to be discriminated against, to be misunderstood."</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:25:42 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 14020 at http://michiganradio.org What will it take to end gun violence? Love. Seriously. Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them. http://michiganradio.org/post/shots-rang-out-three-kids-were-line-fire-one-woman-saved-them <p><em>Last month, a disagreement on a residential street in Muskegon turned into a massive gun battle. Six men were armed. Dozens of shots sprayed in all directions.</em></p><p><em>At the house directly behind the gunfight, three children played on a porch.</em></p><p><em>And one woman ran into the line of fire to try to save them.</em></p><p><em>Today we begin a three-part series about the incident, and look at how the dramatic rise of gun crimes in Muskegon is putting more kids at risk.</em></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:29:59 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 13978 at http://michiganradio.org Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them. 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 Snyder drums up 'relentless positive action' after bad news weekend about Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-drums-relentless-positive-action-after-bad-news-weekend-about-detroit <p>Detroit’s bankruptcy will make it tricky to brand Michigan as the comeback state.</p><p>True to his “relentless-positive-action” style, Governor Rick Snyder didn’t let a weekend of bad news about Detroit’s dismal finances get him down.</p><p>On Wednesday morning, as a hearing on the bankruptcy was beginning in federal court in Detroit, Snyder attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for an <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/real-economy/west-michigan-sees-surge-manufacturing">auto supplier that’s expanding in Muskegon</a>. He urged factory workers to spread the good news about Michigan to everyone they meet.</p><p>“I’m not talking just ‘Pure Michigan” tourism messages, Snyder told the crowd. He asked they spread the news about Michigan’s educated workforce and its culture “of making the world’s best products.”</p><p>He admitted to reporters the bankruptcy has sidelined conversations about the state’s economy. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:08:35 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13678 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder drums up 'relentless positive action' after bad news weekend about Detroit Michigan's governor asks for presidential disaster declaration for counties affected by spring flood http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-asks-presidential-disaster-declaration-counties-affected-spring-flood <p>Gov. Snyder seeks a presidential disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hit hard by floods this spring.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heavy rains in April and early May led to flooding in many parts of Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:55:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 12951 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor asks for presidential disaster declaration for counties affected by spring flood Former charter school director gets probation for lying about student enrollment http://michiganradio.org/post/former-charter-school-director-gets-probation-lying-about-student-enrollment <p>A charter school in Muskegon County will have to repay the state close to $30,000 that, technically, the school shouldn’t have gotten in the first place.</p><p>The more students a school has the more money it receives from the state.</p><p>Barbara Stellard, who directed Waypoint Academy from 2002 to 2010, was charged in October with multiple criminal charges for reporting more students than actually attended the charter school.</p><p>Michigan Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Joy Yearout says another employee at Waypoint told tipped the state off to the scam.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:34:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11679 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Uncertified teachers at Muskegon Heights charter school system http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-uncertified-teachers-muskegon-heights-charter-school-system <p><em>The following is a </em><em>summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>Lester Graham is filling in for Cynthia Canty on today's Stateside.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/investigation-uncovers-non-certified-teachers-muskegon-heights-new-charter-school">In her recent report</a>, Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith found that teachers in the new charter school system in Muskegon Heights were hired without teacher certification.</p><p>The entire public school system in Muskegon Heights was recently turned over to a private company.</p><p>While there are teachers who do have certification, there are others who do not.</p><p>The question is, what will happen with those teachers that have not been certified?</p><p>We sat down with reporter Lindsey Smith, who joined us from Grand Rapids.</p><p>She told us how it became evident that there were uncertified teachers working in the school system. She also tells us what it was like speaking to the parents in Muskegon Heights and their reactions.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:04:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 11209 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Uncertified teachers at Muskegon Heights charter school system Muskegon Heights will vote on renewing millage for privatized public schools http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-will-vote-renewing-millage-privatized-public-schools <p>The emergency financial manager of Muskegon Heights Public Schools is asking voters to renew an operating millage for the next 16 years.</p><p>“The outcome of this millage will change the future of Muskegon Heights forever,” <a href="http://www.mhpsnet.org/documents/EM/MillageLetter%20to%20Parents.pdf">says a letter </a>the school district’s emergency financial manager Don Weatherspoon sent home to parents this week.</p><p>Weatherspoon privatized the school district so he could focus on paying off its $16 million debt. That debt is mostly owed to the State of Michigan.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:53:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9463 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights will vote on renewing millage for privatized public schools Muskegon prison reopens; set to employ 240 http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-prison-reopens-set-employ-240 <p>The Muskegon Correctional Facility has reopened and will employ 240 people.</p><p>That is freeing up space for inmates in other parts of the state.</p><p>Michigan began closing prisons in 2007 as part of budget cuts. The Muskegon Correctional Facility was shut down in 2009.</p><p>Now the 1,300 bed, medium-security facility is open again and the state has begun transferring inmates from other places—mostly from the Ryan Correction Facility in Detroit.</p><p>Russ Marlan is a Department of Corrections spokesman.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:59:06 +0000 Rina Miller 9413 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon prison reopens; set to employ 240 “Salties” with wind turbine parts attracting lots of attention in Muskegon http://michiganradio.org/post/salties-wind-turbine-parts-attracting-lots-attention-muskegon <p>This week people in Muskegon have been checking out a rare sight; several giant foreign ships that have docked there to unload cargo.</p><p>Crews in neon hard hats carefully lower a nearly 200-foot-long wind turbine blade from a massive ship onto a special truck that’s three times as long as a normal semi-trailer. The carbon fiber blades from Germany weigh about 22,000 pounds. The tower sections shipped from Korea can weigh up to 68 tons.</p><p>These thirty blades are destined for a wind farm in Ithaca, south of Mount Pleasant.</p><p>About fifty people gathered Thursday afternoon to watch. Families with small children snapped photos.</p><p>Life-long Muskegon resident Judy Dobberstein says she’s only seen the foreign ships, or “salties,” a couple of times before.</p><p>“This is the best viewing of salties that I think I’ve ever seen; one after another like this. This is really cool,” Dobberstien said. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 01:07:04 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9375 at http://michiganradio.org “Salties” with wind turbine parts attracting lots of attention in Muskegon Charter company faces challenges running public school district in first weeks of class http://michiganradio.org/post/charter-company-faces-challenges-running-public-school-district-first-weeks-class <p>The first two weeks of class have presented some obstacles for Michigan’s first fully privatized public school district.</p><p>Muskegon Heights schools' emergency financial manager <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/check-out-details-michigan-s-first-privatized-public-school-system">hired Mosaica Education, a charter school company, in July </a>to run the K-12 system while he focuses on paying off the district’s debt. Highland Park schools’ EFM <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-public-schools-selects-leona-group-manage-charter-system">took the same option later that month.</a></p><p>Alena Zachery-Ross is the top administrator at the new Muskegon Height Public School Academy System. She’s very positive, but admits the first two weeks didn’t go “as smoothly” as she expected.</p><p>“There are all these things that you don’t think of. There are small details that we want to ensure are taken care of immediately but they take time,” Zachery-Ross said. She says these 'day-to-day' details are important but she must stick to a priority list. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 05:48:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9122 at http://michiganradio.org Charter company faces challenges running public school district in first weeks of class Check out the details of Michigan’s first privatized public school system http://michiganradio.org/post/check-out-details-michigan-s-first-privatized-public-school-system <p>Parents in the Muskegon Heights Public School district are just starting to get an idea of what to expect for their children this fall.</p><p>The district is having major financial problems and is under the control of a state appointed emergency manager, Donald Weatherspoon.</p><p>Weatherspoon said turning over the entire district to a charter school operator was his only option to keep school open this year.</p><p>Last week, the three-member school board (appointed by the Weatherspoon) hired Mosaica Education Inc. to operate the schools in Muskegon Heights.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:07:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8310 at http://michiganradio.org Check out the details of Michigan’s first privatized public school system Muskegon Heights schools handed over to charter school company http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-schools-handed-over-charter-school-company <p>The leader of a small, urban school district in western Michigan is completely privatizing the public school system there. The case may become an example for other school districts facing major financial problems.</p><p><strong>The problems are academic and financial</strong></p><p>The situation at Muskegon Heights Public Schools was dire. It ran $18,000 in the red each day school was open last year.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:24:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8214 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights schools handed over to charter school company Private, for-profit charter company to run Muskegon Heights schools http://michiganradio.org/post/private-profit-charter-company-run-muskegon-heights-schools <p>The emergency manager of the Muskegon Heights Public School district has signed a contract with a private company to run the district next year.</p><p>Mosaica Education is a for-profit charter operator that already runs <a href="http://mosaicaeducation.com/locations/united-states/michigan/">six other charter schools in Michigan.</a></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:38:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8199 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers face uncertain futures in three Michigan school districts http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-face-uncertain-futures-three-michigan-school-districts <p>DETROIT (AP) - Teachers in three school districts run by the state are laid off with many not knowing if they&#39;ll have jobs when classes begin.<br /><br /> Charter operators have yet to be selected to run new systems in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park.<br /><br /> State-appointed emergency managers have shopped Muskegon Heights in West Michigan and Highland Park near Detroit to charter operators as part of plans to pull the cash-strapped districts from near-fiscal ruin.<br /> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 14:04:54 +0000 The Associated Press 8182 at http://michiganradio.org