Muskegon firefighters out of a job under proposal

Jun 5, 2018

Details of the proposed Muskegon Fire Department takeover by the City of Muskegon Heights were unveiled Monday evening. Muskegon Heights City Manager Jake Eckholm and Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean presented the details Monday to the City Commission. Proposal details include a 10-year service contract with Muskegon, at a cost of $3.6 million per year for the first three years that would provide emergency reponse to the city. 

Meanwhile, local firefighters are rejecting the proposal, citing a number of logistical and safety issues the takeover would create.

The Muskegon Fire Department may soon be a thing of the past. City officials are considering a proposal that would hand over firefighting responsibilities to the Muskegon Heights Fire Department.

Under the proposal, The City of Muskegon would maintain the buildings and equipment the Muskegon Fire Department uses, but would terminate local 370 and its firefighters, and outsource the duties of the fire department to Muskegon Heights. Muskegon Heights City Manager Jake Eckholm says the proposal is a win/win for both municipalities.

A western Michigan museum is showcasing a new exhibit on the history of a former power plant that shuttered two years ago.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that a scale model of the B.C. Cobb power plant is among four other new exhibits at the Muskegon Heritage Museum this summer.

The downtown Muskegon museum shares "unique and extraordinary" histories of local businesses. The exhibits open this week.

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Tech sector entrepreneurs gaining more attention from venture capitalists and we discuss GROW's expansion into Grand Haven and Muskegon.

March Madness has come to the city of Muskegon, as the West Michigan community has made the final four in a nationwide tournament that rates the resilience of local residents. Hosted by non-profit organization Strong Towns, the tournament celebrates communities who are financially strong and resilient through the work of local citizens or “people who care.”

Cindy Larson is the President of the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce and a representative of the Watch Muskegon campaign. She says, now that Muskegon has made it to the final four, there is only one thing left to do.

A Muskegon father of five suffering from multiple sclerosis is hoping to raise enough money to pay for  stem cell therapy in Mexico. While the disease has intensified in the past three years, Brandon Beach says when he first found out that he had been diagnosed with MS, he didn’t believe it. 

Muskegon’s economy looks strong in 2018, but a recession may be on the horizon. That’s according to an economist who presented Muskegon’s Annual Economic Forecast to the cities Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Paul Isley is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, and presented the Annual Economic Forecast at the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce Business for Breakfast Friday. 

A cousin of a man charged in the slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk has avoided additional jail time for helping him afterward. A judge sentenced 49-year-old Kevin Bluhm to time served Tuesday for being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Jessica Heeringa. He had been jailed since September 2016. Bluhm pleaded no contest to the charge.

Crashes amid fresh snowfall snarl traffic in Michigan

Jan 2, 2018

A police chief says only three people had minor injuries in a chain-reaction crash involving about 40 vehicles on a snowy southwestern Michigan highway. The Friday afternoon pileup on U.S. 31 near Muskegon included several vehicles sliding into each other and others going off the roadway. Muskegon Township Police Chief

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As demolition begins on the BC Cobb Power Plant in Muskegon, Union laborers are protesting  North-Carolina based company Forsite Development outsourcing the demolition and reconstruction of the plant to out of state workers.

“With Muskegon as we know, there is a lot of skilled labor of men and women here, that could perform this work,” Bill Kenney, the President of the Michigan Building Trades and Construction West Michigan chapter said. “So it’s important to us that with the medium income in Muskegon County being only $27,000, there are people that need work.”