There is a closed (beginners) AA meeting on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the tribal office basement. Another meeting (open discussion) takes place on Fridays at noon, also located in the tribal office basement.
Brimley School meetings
The Brimley School Board meets the third Wednesday of each month in the high school cafeteria. The next meeting will be held Monday, Dec.19 at 7 p.m.
Wild bull elk has made mid-Michigan its temporary home
Occasionally wildlife travel to areas where they are not typically found. A young bull elk recently has been spotted in several locations in mid-Michigan that are outside its home range.
“We first started receiving reports of a bull elk in Ogemaw County, and then Gladwin County and most recently near Beal City and the Herrick area in Isabella County,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources elk specialist Chad Stewart. “We were able to confirm the locations and also that it does appear to be a wild elk.”
Michigan’s wild elk population is found in the northeast Lower Peninsula, the vast majority in the Pigeon River Country State Forest east of Vanderbilt. Michigan also has privately owned elk, within high-fence facilities located across the state. When a species like an elk is reported so far from its typical range like this, the first steps are to ensure it is not an escaped private animal.
“The privately owned elk and deer facilities are strictly regulated, and they have many requirements to ensure wild animals don’t get in and private animals don’t get out,” said Stewart. “After contacting facilities and reviewing photos, we are pretty confident this is a wild male that simply is out exploring mid-Michigan.”
Elk are herbivores that have a diet of grasses, twigs and, this time of year, hard and soft mast like acorns and apples. This elk would have no problem finding food, and is expected to travel back north.
“Typically, a stray wild animal like this will make his way back to where the rest of the herd is found, and actually where the females are,” said Stewart. “It may take several weeks to months for this to happen, so we appreciate any information on this elk and its whereabouts.”
Early archery deer season opened Saturday, Oct. 1, and many people will be hitting the woods and checking their trail cameras. The DNR asks those who believe they have location information or photos of this particular elk to report it by calling 231-775-9727, ext. 6032 or emailing email@example.com.
Michigan’s elk population is estimated to be approximately 1,300 animals. Regulated hunting has been used since 1984 to manage the population, locations and compositions of the elk herd. In 2016, 200 state hunters were successful in the elk lottery and received elk hunting licenses. The elk season is a staggered season, with the first elk hunt period open for a total of 12 days starting Aug. 30 and ending Oct. 3. The second elk hunt will be held Dec. 10-18.
It is illegal to harvest a wild Michigan elk outside of the elk range. Michigan’s elk hunting seasons are open only in select areas of the state.
Learn more about the history and management of elk at mi.gov/elk.
MDHHS reminds travelers to take precautions against Zika virus
Michigan confirms 62 cases of Zika virus including two pregnant women
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding residents to protect themselves from Zika virus while travelling to places with active Zika transmission. Zika virus disease is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which have not been found in Michigan, but are common in tropical areas and some parts of the United States.
“If you are considering travel to a warmer destination, especially if you or your partner are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your physician before you travel about the latest health advisories and recommendations,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS. “The best way to protect against mosquito-borne illness is to prevent mosquito bites. In the case of Zika virus, pregnant women should avoid travel to areas with local transmission for optimal protection.”
Couples who are planning to conceive in the near future should also consider avoiding nonessential travel to areas with active Zika transmission. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects.
To date, Michigan has confirmed 62 cases of Zika virus disease including two pregnant women. MDHHS is participating in the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, an effort to learn more about the effects of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.
All of the Zika cases in Michigan are travel related. While the virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, it’s important that residents of reproductive age are aware of the risks associated with sexual transmission of Zika virus. Zika can be spread through sex without a condom. Most cases of sexual transmission have involved people who had symptoms of Zika virus infection. However, recent evidence suggests that asymptomatic males may be capable of transmitting Zika virus to their sex partners. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.
Zika virus illness is typically mild. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes) lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Zika has also been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an uncommon condition of the nervous system following infections.
Zika virus is an emerging disease and recommendations are changing as new information becomes available. The CDC currently recommends the following for travelers:
Pregnant women should not travel to areas with active Zika transmission. If they must travel, they should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
For non-pregnant women who travel to areas with active Zika transmission, it is recommended they prevent pregnancy for at least eight weeks from symptom onset (if ill) or last possible exposure (if illness does not develop).
For men who return from travel, regardless of whether they develop an illness consistent with Zika virus disease post travel,it is recommended they use condoms and avoid conception for at least six months.
Men who have been in an area with active Zika virus transmission and have a pregnant partner should either use condoms the right way every time they have sex, or not have sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
MDHHS is working closely with the CDC to find additional Zika cases in returning travelers or their partners, and is coordinating with local health departments to enhance mosquito surveillance programs. Additionally, the MDHHS laboratory has added capacity to test for Zika infection to help improve public health response time. For the most current information about Zika, visit
Statewide case counts and Michigan-specific information can be found on the MDHHS Zika webpage MDHHS will provide updates on the total number of cases statewide and including the number of pregnant women. Additional information about the cases will not be made available due to health privacy concerns.
National statistics about pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes are available on the CDC website at
For information about Zika in a specific Michigan county, contact the local health department.
LSSU has strong showing in national rating of four-year schools, regional rating of best values for dollar
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University has landed in the top 5% of a national magazine's rating of best values for Midwest colleges and universities. Washington Monthly's fourth annual "Best Bang for The Buck" placed LSSU 11th out of field of 367 regional private and public schools, in with such company as the Milwaukee School of Engineering (30), Illinois Institute of Technology (18), Notre Dame (24), and Michigan State University (43).
Washington Monthly's annual College Guide evaluates colleges and universities across the country based on key indexes of affordability - such as net annual cost as it relates to family income - as well as by what they are doing for the country across three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
The criteria earned LSSU 37th in an overall ranking of 237 baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities across the United States, buoyed by LSSU being placed 10th in net price for families making less than $75,000. LSSU also fell within in the Top 5% (12th place) and Top 15% (24th) for social mobility and service, respectively.
LSSU placed even higher in Washington Monthly's Best Bang for the Buck Midwest listing, earning 11th place out of a field of 367 public and private schools. This ranking focused more on how schools help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Here, Lake State strengths included a fifth place showing on Pell performance and a third-place finish in net price among families of all income levels.
"We are pleased to be ranked as a high value institution in terms of return on investment," said LSSU President Tom Pleger about the laurels. "LSSU offers a high quality personal private-like education in a unique setting along an international border and in the heart of the Great Lakes."
Pleger added that many of LSSU's programs are well known regionally for their quality and high-demand graduates.
Washington Monthly's Best Colleges and Best Bang for the Buck guides appear in the Sept./Oct issue of the magazine. Run a Web search on "2016 College Guide and Rankings" to read complete listings online.
From its main campus located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Lake Superior State University offers undergraduate degrees in 45 areas of study that attract 2,100 students from every county in Michigan, more than a dozen states and provinces, and nine nations. LSSU offers an in-state tuition rate for all students from North America. Run a Web search on "LSSU admissions" to tour the campus and explore a course of study at Lake State.
Be an ethical hunter; buy a license before you go out, and don't loan kill tags
Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urge deer hunters to engage in an ethical hunt: Buy a license before going out and don’t loan kill tags.
Every deer hunting season, DNR conservation officers encounter individuals engaged in unethical hunting practices. These officers tackle many cases of individuals buying hunting licenses after harvesting deer or loaning kill tags to friends or relatives.
"Each year, we see cases of individuals waiting to buy licenses until after they have shot a deer," said Dean Molnar, assistant chief of the DNR's Law Enforcement Division. "We remind all hunters that you must buy your license before you go out to hunt and have it in your possession when afield. Buying a license is not only the ethical and responsible thing to do, it is the law. Harvesting a deer without a license is poaching."
Deer poaching in Michigan carries a restitution payment of $1,000 per deer, a $200 to $1,000 fine and jail time up to 90 days. In addition, a violator's hunting privileges are suspended for three years. Under the new law that took effect in 2014, antlered deer are assessed an additional $1,000 in restitution plus the standard $1,000 for illegally killing any deer. In addition, deer with eight points but not more than 10 are $500 a point, while deer with 11 points or more are assessed a penalty of $750 per point.
Additional years of hunting privileges will be revoked for violators. This includes an additional two years of revoked hunting privileges for the first offense and an additional seven years for a second or subsequent offences. Michigan also participates in the Wildlife Violator Compact, which includes hunting revocation in participating states.
Another unethical practice encountered frequently each hunting season in Michigan is the loaning of kill tags to an unlicensed individual who has harvested a deer.
"Loaning kill tags is among the top violations we see while on patrol, and is often done for friends or relatives who are from out of state to avoid paying the nonresident license fee," said Molnar. "Kill tags must be validated and attached immediately to your harvested deer and visible for inspection. It is unlawful to loan out or borrow kill tags."
For more information on deer hunting in Michigan, go to
To report a natural resource violation, please call the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. Learn more at
Olive Craig Gallery issues call to artists
SAULT STE. MARIE — The annual Christmas at Alberta House exhibition and sale opens Thursday, December 1, in Alberta House Center and will be in place through Dec. 24.
The show is open to all and it’s a great deal. The gallery will show, advertise and sell the work of artists and craftsmen for a $10 entry fee and only a 15% commission on work sold. Artists may resupply as work sells with no additional fee. No need to haul work to craft shows and sit with it all day during these busy times.
Just bring your pre-priced items and a list of what you’re bringing—identified by number and your name and contact information—to Alberta House during business hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, Nov. 25, 26, 29 and 30, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.Albert House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 217 Ferris Street, just off Portage south of the Soo Locks Visitors Center.For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alberta House at 906-635-1312.
VA Vet Center to hold Open House on Dec. 16
SAULT STE. MARIE – The VA Vet Center will be holding an open house at the Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. of Michigan on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The Inter-Tribal Council is located at 2956 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie. The Escanaba-based Vet Center recently added staff in the Sault Ste. Marie area to serve Veterans in the eastern UP.
Anglea Ellis now provides a full time presence for the Vet Center in the eastern UP.
“As the daughter of a combat Vet, mother of three military adult-children, and an eastern UP Native I do understand many of the challenges that our Vets face up here in the North Country,” said Ellis. “Veterans and their families sacrifice every day amenities for the country’s welfare. I am honored to provide Readjustment Counseling services to combat Vets and their families in our area.”
The Vet Center welcomes Veterans, their families, and the general public to come for fellowship, snacks, refreshments, and information on how the Vet Center serves Veterans.
The Vet Center offers free readjustment counseling services for combat Veterans of all era’s and their family members, along with any service members who experienced military sexual trauma. The Vet Center also provides bereavement services and offers referral to the VA and other local agencies to any veteran in need of services.
Any questions can be directed to the Vet Center at (906) 233-0244.
DNR’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet Dec. 15 in Luce County
The Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to hear the latest information on the DNR’s forest roads inventory effort, an update on eastern U.P. trails and a preliminary report on this fall’s deer and bear hunting seasons.
“This is expected to be another great council session,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “These council meetings give the public an opportunity to provide input and learn what’s new on DNR topics important to the Upper Peninsula.”
The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council, and its western U.P. counterpart, meets alternating months throughout the year.
This month’s session in Luce County will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST in the conference room at the Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft (LMAS) Health Department, located at 14150 Hamilton Lake Road in Newberry.
Subcommittees will provide reports on deer and information and outreach. The meeting will be prefaced by DNR division reports. The council will also discuss council member term expirations.
The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, see
The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.
The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.
Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the application form found on the DNR website at For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.