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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

An unusual proposal to fix Kalamazoo’s budget might be too big to fit into regular meeting times. On Monday commissioners said they’d consider adding extra discussions in the hours before its regular meetings to talk about the plan.

The commission is considering whether to accept a $70 million private donation that would shore up Kalamazoo’s finances for three years – and whether to try to create a permanent endowment for the city.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo has taken a decisive step toward building a non-motor path downtown.

On Monday commissioners approved construction contracts to extend the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. The new path would close the approximately one-mile gap between the KRVT’s east and west trailheads.

Bill Bouton

Last week, the Kalamazoo Nature Center released 18 rare butterfly caterpillars. The Mitchell’s Satyr butterfly is a nationally endangered species. There are only 11 groups of the butterfly left in the entire United States. The Mitchell’s Satyr has been called a “canary in a coal mine” for America’s wetlands.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Years ago when Julie Allen’s son was in a stroller, she’d take him for walks on South Westnedge Avenue. That’s when a building set well back from the road caught her attention.

“I probably walked by it four or five times before I actually noticed the house,” she says.

It’s brick, one story with big windows. But it’s the shape that sets it apart. At a glance the house looks almost round. Look closely and you can see the house has eight sides, like a stop sign. 

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

It looks like the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s labor dispute may be coming to an end. KSO musicians filed an unfair labor practice charge against the symphony in May after the symphony changed rehearsal times without consulting its musicians. On Tuesday, the symphony agreed to withdraw those changes.