Latest Traverse City News

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

Forecast calls for continued high water in Great Lakes

Nov. 4, 2019 4:35 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A new forecast says Great Lakes levels are likely to remain unusually high and may set additional records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit on Monday released its outlook for the next six months. Hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz (kohm-PAUL-toe-witz) says a wet...

Judge upholds law allowing Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel

Oct. 31, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators did not violate the state constitution with their decision to allow construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes, a judge said Thursday. The ruling by Judge Michael Kelly of the Michigan Court of Claims was a...

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken dies at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday at age 97, a family spokesman said. Milliken died at his home in Traverse...

Spokesman says William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor, has died at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 5:53 PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Spokesman says William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor, has died at age 97 .

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

Oct. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited...

AP-NORC poll: Energy-saving habits vary in popularity

Sep. 27, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Turn off the lights when they aren't needed? Check. Lower the thermostat a few degrees in winter? Maybe. Go full-time vegetarian? Probably not. Americans are willing to go only so far in engaging in habits that conserve energy and reduce emissions that are warming the planet,...

Enbridge installing supports for Great Lakes oil pipeline

Sep. 24, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge says it has begun installing steel supports on an oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, where erosion has created a gap between the line and the lake bottom. The Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, said Tuesday it had received a permit from the U.S....