Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

Rebekah Kik / City of Kalamazoo

After years of discussion about how to connect the east and west sides of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, the city says it will try out a route in June.

City Planner Rebekah Kik says a temporary, "pop-up trail" will launch the morning of June 18 and stay in place through the weekend. The city will use cones, barriers and signs to direct foot and bike traffic through the pathway.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Many fruit and vegetable farms follow strict food safety standards. But the law doesn’t require them to. Right now the government has almost no say in how produce is produced.

That’s set to change, as the nation’s first rules on safer fruit and veggie growing could be approved this fall. The law exempts some very small farms. But the state says it wants to help all interested growers meet the standards.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to hear from the public on plans to clean PCBs out of the Kalamazoo River. It’s holding a public meeting tonight at 6 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

LuckyStarr / Wikimedia Commons

Most beer gets some of its flavor from a shaggy green flower called hops. The booming craft brewing industry uses lots of them. But growers say sight and smell aren’t enough to prove a hop crop’s quality. Instead, at Western Michigan University there’s a lab for that.

Daniel Oines / Flickr

City, state and regional planners all agree: Kalamazoo needs to make its roads more bike-friendly. Last year they sought input on where to start. And tomorrow they’re again asking people to share their thoughts.