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Zika concerns continue into fall

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human services  Michigan has confirmed 62 cases of Zika virus disease including two pregnant women. MDHHS is reminding residents to protect themselves from Zika virus while travelling to places with active Zika transmission. All of the Zika cases in Michigan are travel-related. MDHHS said Zika can be spread through sexual activity without protection with an infected partner. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.  For the most current information about Zika, visitwww.cdc.gov/zika.

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Forest Service conducting survey

 The Forest Service will conduct a year-long survey of visitors to the Huron-Manistee National Forests starting this month. Forest Service employees in bright orange vests will be stationed at recreation sites, as well as along Forest Service and County roads to survey exiting visitors.  Signs that read “Traffic Survey Ahead” will indicate where survey takers are working. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and all information is kept confidential. Local residents as well as those visiting from outside the immediate area are asked to participate. Repeat visitors may be asked to complete the survey more than once. About a third of the visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey provides National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people actually recreate on federal lands and what activities they engage in while there as well as how satisfied people were with their visit and the economic impact of the recreation visit on the local economy.  

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Possession to deliver charges arrive in court

Evan Zucker, a 21 year old Dillon, CO resident, recently appeared in the 78th District Court of Hart on the charges of Possession with the Intent to Deliver Ecstasy and Possession with the Intent to Deliver Ketamine.  Possession with Intent to Deliver Ecstasy, is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  Zucker became the subject of an investigation while he was attending the Electric Forest Festival in 2016.  Zucker posted a cash bond and has been released.  No court date has been set.

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