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Big Community Projects Underway for ISAAC

Jul 7, 2016
Christine Lena

Community involvement and acting on issues is the mission of the group ISAAC in Kalamazoo. It recently held its 15th anniversary banquet to celebrate several projects and look ahead to the future.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Advocates for users of non-motorized transportation have won a victory at Kalamazoo County. Commissioners approved a “Complete Streets” resolution in a nine-to-one vote on Tuesday, which calls for planning the county’s streets so they’re accessible to all legal users.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council has made it illegal within the city to withhold housing, a job or everyday services like health care because of someone’s sexual orientation or the way they present their gender. Six council members voted for the ordinance and one against at a meeting Tuesday evening.

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The Chinook salmon or King salmon - a favorite of anglers on Lake Michigan - is in decline. That’s because it’s starving. According to a study by Michigan State University, the population of the salmon’s only prey - a small invasive fish called the alewife - has dropped by more than half since 2002. 

Ironically, other invasives - zebra and quagga mussels - are eating the alewives’ food.

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that encourages judges to send younger offenders into alternatives to jail and programs that put them into contact with adults who commit crimes.

The new law represents a re-thinking of juvenile justice policies in place since the 1990s that have treated young offenders as adults.