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Kelly House

Bridge Magazine

Portland, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Kelly:

National Guard on Camp Grayling expansion: Troops won’t be in your backyard

At the first public meeting on a proposal to dramatically expand the training facility’s footprint on public land, military officials and state land managers sought to allay the concerns of area residents and outdoors groups. → Read More

Will Michigan’s grid stand up to heat wave? What to know as temps soar.

Extreme heat, like that Wednesday, is growing more common in Michigan. Utilities say they’re prepared for customers to crank up the A/C, while community organizations find creative ways to keep residents cool. Here are four things to know. → Read More

As Saginaw Bay pollution grows, farmers urge other farmers to change ways

State officials this spring declared Saginaw Bay "impaired" due to nutrient pollution. Farmers like Steve Tait are now working to convince fellow farmers that no-till and other soil-conservation practices are profitable, along with good for the environment. → Read More

Nuclear power is having a moment in Michigan after Palisades

Billions of federal bailout dollars, a climate crisis and experimental new technologies have prompted a political resurgence. But experts say it may be too late to save Michigan’s shuttered Palisades plant. → Read More

Lee Chatfield’s home searched amid criminal probe, Dana Nessel confirms

The search at Chatfield’s northern Michigan home comes amid an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. → Read More

Owner says Palisades nuclear plant closed for good. Michigan has other ideas

A performance issue closes plant 11 days early, but energy regulators say they still hope to find a buyer. Nuclear is a key part of helping Michigan become carbon neutral. → Read More

Michigan farmers pinched by rising fertilizer prices. Consumers may be next.

Prices have doubled since last year. That could be bad news for the price of consumer goods but may be good news for Michigan waterways. → Read More

Map reveals Michigan National Guard’s proposed Camp Grayling expansion

The proposed expansion includes large tracts to the north, south, east and west of the existing 148,000-acre camp, some of it adjacent to the Au Sable and Manistee rivers. → Read More

Five fixes for Michigan’s drinking water woes

The Great Lakes News Collaborative asked state and national experts how Michigan could break the cycle of underfunding and poor decision-making that has left water systems across Michigan in sorry shape. → Read More

Search warrant confirms scope of criminal probe of Lee Chatfield’s finances

An investigation that began with a sexual-assault complaint against the former Michigan House Speaker has expanded to financial records tied to campaign and nonprofit funds, and the roles of two close Chatfield associates, Rob and Anne Minard. → Read More

Some MI water systems are overbuilt, underfunded. Are mergers the answer?

Customers get cheaper, cleaner water when communities share the cost of infrastructure. But Michigan’s experience shows how political conflicts and logistical challenges can complicate the math. → Read More

Michigan National Guard wants to double Camp Grayling training land

The Guard, seeking more space for cyber training and other modern military needs, would expand Camp Grayling’s footprint by accessing vast swaths of state land. It may face pushback from landowners and outdoor groups. → Read More

Report: Discarding protocol saved lives during 2020 Midland dam disaster

A new report on flooding that caused $200 million in damages singles out the actions of Midland County’s emergency services coordinator, who called for an early evacuation. → Read More

How Michigan state parks will spend a $250 million COVID windfall

After years of deferred maintenance, big upgrades are coming to Belle Isle and picturesque Tahquamenon Falls. But there are also potholes to fill, toilets and sewers to replace and electrical systems to modernize. → Read More

Who’s at fault for Midland dam failures? Pretty much everyone, report says

That’s what an independent panel found in its final report chronicling the physical and human causes of the May 2020 dam failures that flooded out mid-Michigan, forcing thousands to evacuate and leaving widespread damage. → Read More

Michigan climate plan calls for EV incentives, faster renewable transition

The Whitmer administration just released a roadmap of its effort to wean Michigan off fossil fuels by midcentury. Accomplishing the plan would require big changes at the state and within industries. → Read More

Weeks before closure, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aims to save Michigan Palisades nuclear plant

The governor hopes a new federal funding source can prolong the plant’s life, protecting jobs and preventing the need to burn more fossil fuels for energy. But plant owners say that, for now, they’re sticking with plans to close. → Read More

Benton Harbor activists: We need more proof city's drinking water is safe

While crews work to remove lead pipes from the city water system, activists say they worry that violations at the city water treatment plant could further threaten residents. Regulators say there’s no cause for concern. → Read More

Records: Police searched Lee Chatfield's family school in sex assault probe

After Pastor Rusty Chatfield refused to cooperate with Michigan State Police investigators, officers obtained a warrant to seize “any and all” documents related to Lee Chatfield’s employment at the church and school. → Read More

State praised for vow to remove sources of lead from Benton Harbor homes

The Whitmer administration’s announcement goes beyond lead pipe replacement to include lead found in paint, dust, soil and other elements of older homes. Advocates welcomed the news while pushing for the program to be extended across the state. → Read More