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Invasive Species Management Now Covers Five Local Counties

The Forrest service and the DNR are teaming up against invasive species that threaten Northern Michigan. Its called the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

The fight locally was focused on public land like national forests or state parks. They now want to include private land owners to handle the disconnect of only spraying land that is public or state owned.

The Invasive species management will now cover five counties and include public and private land owners.

Mason, Lake, Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola Counties will now be protecting itself against invasive species. The state has pointed out eight specific species making their way across Michigan: Eurasian phragmites, black and pale swallow-wort, Japanese and giant knotweed, baby's breath, flowering rush, and European frogbit.

Some have seed banks that have to be sprayed for 100 years so it is very important to keep them from spreading.

Visit www.northcountryinvasives.org for more information. 

Young Men Occupy Court

It was a busy day for young men in local court yesterday.

20 yr old Scott Samuel-Ray MacArthur pleaded guilty Tuesday to felonies of aggravated stalking; using a computer to commit a crime and a third offence habitual offender.

19 yr old Austin James McCumber was arrested June 19 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office in the Wendy’s parking lot on US-10. McCumber testified that he had two grams of heroin in his possession at the time of his arrest.

21 year old Sebastian Allen-Leroy Chandler testified Tuesday that he touched a girl’s breasts, who was under the age of 13 at the time, and that he also possessed a provocative picture of a child under the age of 16.

Voters say "Yes" to Millage Renewal

Both Millages passed yesterday at the polls. LDN reports a wide margin of yes voters in Mason County totaling:
Yes 1,157
No 636
Manistee County precincts reporting:
713 yes votes 
538 no votes
 
New WSCC president Kenneth Urban says staff and students were “Gratified” at the outcome.
 
The request was defeated in two counties by narrow margins:
Oceana County at 36 yes to 63 no 
Lake County 18 yes and 23 no
 
Mason County Easterns Millage Also passed:
Yes 269
No 112

Millage Voting Today

There is a special election today in Ludington. Two millage request are up for renewal at the poles. West Shore Community College needs its .9732 mill capital improvement levy renewed as well as Mason County Easterns .75-mil site sinking and maintenance tax fund levy. Polls open at 7am and will remain open till 8pm

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