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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Every city has its major streets, often with familiar names like Lincoln or Vine. Then there’s Kalamazoo’s Westnedge Avenue.

“I’m interested in words and the origins and I’d never encountered this word before,” says Kate Kirk-Greenberg, a grief counselor in Kalamazoo, who asked “Why’s That?” how the street got its name.

A map of Area 2 of the Kalamazoo River cleanup between Plainwell and the Otsego City Dam. The lines in orange are the anabraches - which is where the EPA says most of the contamination lies.

Many people want to see the Otsego City Dam removed - including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA unveiled possible options for the next phase of the Kalamazoo River cleanup - between Plainwell and the Otsego City Dam - Wednesday night. Most of those plans included removing the dam. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The commission also heard an update from the local ID task force. The ID project is likely to face an important vote at the board's next meeting.

Kalamazoo County has taken a step toward building a new courthouse, and toward selling its main court building downtown. On Tuesday commissioners said the county can start work on a land swap with MW Acquisitions, which is part of PlazaCorp.

The county would trade its Michigan Avenue Courthouse for property on Kalamazoo Avenue, between Park and Cooley Streets. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The state has made cuts in recent years to programs that help prisoners succeed after release. But a new group in Kalamazoo hopes to push the trend in the other direction. On Monday the City Commission said it supports the creation of the Kalamazoo Prisoner ReEntry Coalition, a partnership that includes several local nonprofits.

WMU Student Satellite Nearer Orbit

Mar 6, 2017
WMU College of Engineering

A team of engineering students at Western Michigan University is still trying to get their satellite into earth orbit.

The Western Aerospace Launch Initiative, or WALI (“Wally”), began working on the design of the "CubeSat" in 2016.