washtenaw county http://wemu.org en July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/july-20-26-gun-safety-week-washtenaw-county <p>Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:49:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 48591 at http://wemu.org July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-helps-fund-washtenaw-county-animal-control-services <div><h1 style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;line-height:33.75pt">The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County.&nbsp;</h1></div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:53:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48416 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' http://wemu.org/post/irwin-blasts-road-funding-earmarks <p>A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The state chose projects that'll receive $115 million in funding based on request from lawmakers, and Democrats complain that most of the work is being done in districts represented by majority Republicans.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 48262 at http://wemu.org Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' Washtenaw County Population Growing http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-population-growing <p>Good new from the U.S. Census Bureau for Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p>According to the Bureau, the County's population grew by .87 percent last year, one of the largest increases in southeast Michigan.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:49:14 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47936 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Population Growing DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/dte-energy-working-restore-power-across-washtenaw-county <p>Storms that rolled through Washtenaw County knocked out power to several thousand DTE Energy customers Wednesday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>The utility's outage map shows three main affected areas:</p><ul><li>Dexter Township area: &nbsp;500-1500 customers without electricity.</li><li>Webster Township area: &nbsp;100-500 customers affected.</li><li>Southern edge of Ann Arbor into Pittsfield Township: &nbsp;1500-2500 customers in the dark.</li></ul><p>Numerous smaller scattered outages have also been reported.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:28:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 47549 at http://wemu.org DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County Ringleaders Identified In Recent Gang-Related Crime Surge http://wemu.org/post/ringleaders-identified-recent-gang-related-crime-surge <p>The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has identified three or four individuals believed to be the leaders in a recent rash of juvenile gang-related trouble at the Huron Heights apartment complex on Leforge Road.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson says a group of mostly middle school to early high schoolers has been mimicking gang behavior, leading to numerous calls for police service.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:44:08 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47190 at http://wemu.org Ringleaders Identified In Recent Gang-Related Crime Surge Washtenaw County Seeks Public Input On Former Juvenile Center's Future http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-seeks-public-input-former-juvenile-centers-future <p>Washtenaw County will seek the community's thoughts on what to do with the former Juvenile Center property on Platt Road.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A consultant will spend the next seven months helping the county decide how to proceed.&nbsp;</p><p>Plans call for a three-day charrette to give the public a chance to weigh in on the future use of the 13-point-five acre parcel, but dates for that workshop have not been set.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:43:53 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47189 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Seeks Public Input On Former Juvenile Center's Future Deer Management In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/deer-management-ann-arbor <p>Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.</p><p>This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 47086 at http://wemu.org Deer Management In Ann Arbor News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions http://wemu.org/post/news-mixed-washtenaw-county-foreclosure-auctions <p>This year's tax foreclosure auctions are a mixed bag for Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:16:18 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46934 at http://wemu.org News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters http://wemu.org/post/when-it-rains-it-pours-local-efforts-contain-floodwaters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152003864&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-description">Water is life-giving, but too much, too fast is destructive. Climate change is causing more severe rainstorms, creating challenges for both homeowners and municipal governments.</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 46567 at http://wemu.org When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs http://wemu.org/post/re-development-powertrain-plant-could-mean-7800-new-jobs <p>Washtenaw County could soon get a major boost to its economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county has applied for a nearly one million dollar federal grant to convert the old GM Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township into a research &amp; development facility for connected and automated vehicles.</p><p>County Administrator Verna McDaniel says if the grant is approved, it could lead to creation of 7,800 research and skilled trade jobs.</p><p>McDaniel says the county should know one way or the other in the next two to three weeks.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:42:56 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46596 at http://wemu.org Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs Chief Of Chelsea Area Fire Authority Continues Recovery From Farm Accident http://wemu.org/post/chief-chelsea-area-fire-authority-continues-recovery-farm-accident <p>Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Jim Payeur is alert and fully functional, as he continues his recovery from serious injuries suffered in a farm accident this past Friday evening.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to Fire Authority Board Chair Rod Anderson, who says he and the board have agreed informally that there's no need to name an interim Chief.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Bob Eccles 46595 at http://wemu.org Chief Of Chelsea Area Fire Authority Continues Recovery From Farm Accident Events Focus On Opioid Addiction, Recovery http://wemu.org/post/events-focus-opioid-addiction-recovery <p>A series of events over the next couple of weeks aim to address the issue of opioid use in Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Glynis Anderson is founder of Home of New Vision, which is hosting a public awareness event Thursday evening at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with remarks from a nationally-recognized expert on addiction, treatment and recovery.<br /><br />Anderson says a workshop Friday is designed to help those who've recovered from opioid addiction share their story of recovery.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:37:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 46581 at http://wemu.org Events Focus On Opioid Addiction, Recovery Washtenaw County Looks To Find Funds For Support Services To Help Homeless http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-looks-find-funds-support-services-help-homeless <div>A private endowment could one day fund important support services needed as homeless individuals transition into permanent housing. &nbsp;In 2008 a Washtenaw County task force recommended a millage to pay for this work until the endowment was funded. &nbsp;The economic downturn killed the tax idea, but the task force has continued to meet.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:24:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46541 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Looks To Find Funds For Support Services To Help Homeless As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important http://wemu.org/post/summer-vacation-approaches-low-income-food-programs-grow-important <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches <strong><a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/" target="_blank">Food Gatherers</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://www.ycschools.us/" target="_blank">Ypsilanti Community Schools</a></strong> are sponsoring <strong><a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/?module=Page&amp;sID=summer-food" target="_blank">Summer Food Service Programs.</a></strong></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:52:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46483 at http://wemu.org As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released http://wemu.org/post/new-book-ann-arbors-architecture-released <div>A new book highlights the most important buildings of Ann Arbor. &nbsp;Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley's "Historic Ann Arbor: An architectural Guide" includes 375 of the city's outstanding structures. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:54:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46467 at http://wemu.org New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released Critics Of Genetically Modified Organisms Will March In Ann Arbor Saturday http://wemu.org/post/critics-genetically-modified-organisms-will-march-ann-arbor-saturday <div>More companies are pledging not to use Genetically Modified Organisms. &nbsp;That's welcome news to organizers of March Against Monsanto events planned in Ann Arbor and hundreds of other locations Saturday. &nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:27:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46284 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-officials-reject-tax-road-work-create-study-committee <div>Washtenaw County like most places in Michigan has plenty of roads that need work, particularly after the harsh winter we had this year. &nbsp;The Washtenaw County Commissioners have opted to form a committee to study options for fixing the roads rather than levy a .4 mill tax in December.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:37:55 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46269 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-hosting-discussion-human-trafficking <div>Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking. &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.emich.edu/wcen/" target="_blank">Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center</a></strong> Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:31:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46268 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-again-receives-record-number-applications <div>Once again a record number of students applied to the University of Michigan. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the 8th consecutive year U of M's admissions office has set a record for applications received.</span></div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:25:41 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46267 at http://wemu.org University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Suspends Operations http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-performance-network-theatre-suspends-operations <p>Ann Arbor's <strong><a href="http://www.performancenetwork.org/" target="_blank">Performance Network Theatre</a></strong> has closed its doors. &nbsp;The board of directors suspended all operations effective immediately earlier Thursday. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:16:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46266 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Suspends Operations Home Prices Up In Washtenaw County; Will Property Taxes Follow? http://wemu.org/post/home-prices-washtenaw-county-will-property-taxes-follow <p>In another sign of economic recovery, prices for homes in Washtenaw County are rising.</p><p></p><p></p><p>April's average home prices are up 10 percent from the same time last year, but that doesn't mean property taxes will be matching that increase.</p><p>County Treasurer Catherine McClary says Michigan law prevents property taxes from being raised by more than 5 percent a year.<br /><br />McClary says rising sale prices are a good sign for the county, and will make it easier for home owners to get out of an underwater mortgage.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:32:15 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46231 at http://wemu.org Home Prices Up In Washtenaw County; Will Property Taxes Follow? Tony Hawk Adding To Excitement Around Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Plans http://wemu.org/post/tony-hawk-adding-excitement-around-ann-arbor-skatepark-grand-opening-plans <div>The grand-opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark is a month away, but news that skating legend Tony Hawk will be at the opening has the skating community freaking out. &nbsp;President of the <strong><a href="http://a2skatepark.org/" target="_blank">Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark</a></strong> Trevor Staples says Hawk and several other professional skateboarders will give demonstrations as part of the opening event. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:21:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46217 at http://wemu.org Tony Hawk Adding To Excitement Around Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Plans Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling http://wemu.org/post/former-department-environmental-quality-official-talk-about-risks-oil-drilling <div>The environmental risks of oil and gas developments and local solutions will be discussed Tuesday night at a meeting at the Scio Township Hall. &nbsp;Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards are hosting the meeting which will include consultant and former Department of Environmental Quality official Chris Grobbel.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:32:10 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46096 at http://wemu.org Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-looking-deer-population-concerns <div>Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years. &nbsp;City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan. &nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:50:50 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45401 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns