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Native Plants Improve Health of WMU's Valley Pond

Jul 15, 2016
Christine Lena

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Fishermen can no longer lure fish by throwing bait into trout streams. The Natural Resources Commission banned the controversial practice of “chumming” on most trout streams at their monthly meeting Thursday night. 

The Southwest Michigan Mosquito Squad sprays down the back yard of a homeowner on Kalamazoo's east side
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The wetter the summer, the more mosquitos you’re likely to find outside. In hot, dry summers like this there are fewer mosquitoes, but the ones there are are a greater threat. That’s because West Nile virus spreads more easily in warm weather. This summer Michigan State University has predicted an outbreak of West Nile in Michigan.   

Update: The Berrien County Sheriff now says that the prisoner who shot and killed two bailiffs on Monday was wearing handcuffs at the time.  (Story from the Kalamazoo Gazette)

Van Buren District Library/Webster Memorial Library / Toni I. Benson Room, Local History/Genealogy

John Mairs owns an electrical business that takes him all over southwest Michigan. A few years ago, something caught his eye in Van Buren County – a road sign for “Tea Pot Dome.”

The sign lies just west of County Road 671 and the Red Arrow Highway, a few miles west of Paw Paw. Mairs says he couldn’t figure out what it referred to.

“My very first thought was it was geographic, but there’s nothing here to support that - pretty flat,” Mairs says.