NOTE: Monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet who are in Traverse City this week will also perform at Milliken Auditorium this Saturday, and live on Classical IPR Thursday in the 10 a.m. hour. How to listen.
The Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College is hosting Tibetan Buddhist monks this week.
They are constructing a mandala sand painting. It is an intricate design made with thousands of grains of colored sand over a period of days or weeks.
The Boardman River and the upper Manistee have crested and are expected to fall slowly overnight. Both rivers reached record high levels Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord.
Wexford County's state of emergency continued Tuesday, even as spring flooding in the region slowed. The county's worst-hit area is along the Manistee, north of Mesick.
Wexford Lieutenant Richard Denison says police in dry suits waded up to doorsteps of flooded homes to make sure nobody was stranded.
Starting with President Nixon in 1973, every U.S. President has pledged to make America energy independent. That same year, 500 drilling permits were issued in Michigan, and the quest for domestic oil nearly destroyed one small village in Northern Michigan.
Williamsburg is about halfway between Traverse City and Kalkaska. It was settled in a place American Indians called the Weesh Ko Wong, or clear cold water, because of the many natural springs that bubble up there. Spring-fed trout ponds and a state fish hatchery were once the pride of Williamsburg.
It might get a little easier for the Traverse City community to be green this summer.
The city is getting three water bottle filling stations this summer. One new and two retrofitted stations will be installed in The Open Space. They will have a unified look and are forest green in color.
The concept will go to the city commission next week for approval.
Katie Lowran is deputy city clerk for Traverse City. She says the purpose is two-fold.
Funeral Director Gaylord Jowett has noticed a rise in drug-related deaths in his community. He's now offering free drug-testing kits. "I'm sure if a family says, 'Yeah, we went to the funeral home and we picked this up for you...' hopefully it will be an eye-opening experience for some."
The use of heroin and other drugs is on the rise across northern Michigan, but the effects are being felt particularly in the small, tight knit communities of Benzie County.
Toxicology reports are not back for the two latest victims. But if their deaths are confirmed overdoses the count will rise to six deaths in two years. And some in the community are looking for anything they can do to ward off the next.
Drugs Testing Kits At The Funeral Home
It’s not just the police who have noted a rise in heroin and other drug-related deaths in Benzie County.
“You’re taking care of a lot your friend’s kids now,” says Funeral Director Gaylord Jowett. Some of those funerals have taken place at the Jowett Family Funeral Home in Benzonia.