Month: October 2015

Annual evacuation exercise enhances readiness throughout Korea

Family members, civilians, contractors and other non-emergency personnel visited noncombatant evacuation operation centers throughout the Korean Peninsula, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, as part of Exercise Courageous Channel to learn more about what to expect during a real-world crisis or natural disaster. Read more here:: Annual evacuation exercise enhances readiness throughout Korea Bookmark It Hide...

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Fishing Targets Change with Rain – Oct. 31

Lansing, Michigan – October 31, 2015 – Much needed rain should help with the low water levels.  The Chinook salmon run never really peaked this year and catch rates were spotty at best.  Anglers are now targeting coho and steelhead.  Those fishing the inland lakes report panfish being caught in deeper waters.  Those bow fishing are doing well for carp in shallow waters. Northeast Lower Peninsula Ocqueoc River: Was producing salmon but the numbers remain low. Rogers City: Fishing for the season is pretty much done. Windy conditions have made it impossible. The marina, the cleaning station and the restrooms are now closed for the season but there was still one dock in. Alpena: The weather has made it miserable for those wanting to fish. When anglers can get out, they are targeting steelhead, Atlantic salmon, small Chinook and walleye. As we move into November, anglers will be trying for whitefish along the reefs as they tend to move in closer to shore for spawning. Thunder Bay River: The Ninth Street Dam continues to see a few salmon but they near the end as most were dark and beat up. Look for steelhead was water temperatures drop. Try drifting salmon eggs near the bottom. Harrisville: As the weather cools steelhead should start to show up in the harbor. There were reports of walleye in the harbor but number of...

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Senators Stabenow, Peters Call for Extension of Perkins Student Loan Program

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid to take up and pass a one-year, no-cost extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on October 1st. The Perkins Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help students with exceptional financial need pay for their education. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-year extension on September 28th, but the Senate has yet to take action to extend the program. ‘On October 1, the authorization of the Perkins Loan Program, the nation’s oldest federal student loan program and a critical lifeline for many low-income students, expired… As a result, thousands of current and future students face uncertainty and hundreds of institutions are struggling to find another way to help their neediest students afford their education,’ the senators wrote in the letter. ‘Immediately taking up the House-passed extension bill is a simple solution that can provide clarity in the near term to students and the colleges and universities that serve them without any cost to the federal government.’ Since 1958, the Perkins Loan Program has provided more than $28 billion low-interest loans through nearly 26 million awards to students with financial need across the country. The program disburses financial aid to students through campus-based revolving funds that use federal dollars to...

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NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Next Tracking, Data Relay Satellite

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the agency’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) mission. The mission will launch in October 2017 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Read more here:: NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Next Tracking, Data Relay Satellite Bookmark It Hide...

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Project Homeless Connect – Nov. 3 – 10

Marquette, Michigan – October 30. 2015 – As part of National Homeless Awareness Month for November, the Alger Marquette Schoolcraft Continuum of Care (AMSCoC) will be hosting a number of public events beginning Tuesday, Nov.3rd aimed at raising awareness of homeless families and individuals in Alger, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties. The events are free and the public is encouraged to attend. The AMSCoC is comprised of numerous and varied service agencies, businesses and formerly homeless individuals. The coalition is working throughout Alger, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties as part of Michigan’s statewide plan to end homelessness in Michigan by 2016. As part of that effort, the Alger Marquette Schoolcraft CoC gathers data on our local homeless populations and will present it on Tuesday, November 10th, 6:00-7:30 pm in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University. Also the annual Helen McCormick award will be presented to a volunteer in recognition of extraordinary service to the homeless community. The award is named in honor of Helen McCormick whose vision and dedication to the service of homeless individuals fostered the creation of Room at the Inn. According to Douglas Russell, Executive Director of Room At The Inn and this year’s chair of Homeless Awareness Month Committee, “Our community has homeless individuals, youth, and families struggling to get their basic needs met. Our understanding of this issue continues to improve with supporting data...

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