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Ask ELi: Are East Lansing Recycling Rates Up?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Since the new single-bin program started, recycling is up, but trash is not down by nearly as much. We asked DPW's Cathy DeShambo to explain this and more about the new program.

Local Weather Ruins Another Astronomy-Viewing Opportunity, But There’s Hope

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Above: The cloud cover in East Lansing this morning.

“Cement sky” is the term used by regular ELi on Earth reporter Aron Sousa for what we’ve got overhead right now. It’s the kind of sky that makes East Lansing’s amateur astronomers like Sousa unhappy. But these night-watchers are holding out hope that the cloud cover may yet clear and they may yet get to see the unusual delight of five planets all lit up together in our early morning sky.

Balancing Road Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The photo above shows our City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) snow and ice team—the people who clear and salt our roads when winter storms turn them dangerous. As Ron Lacasse, DPW’s Infrastructure Administrator explains, “the staff in this picture includes all areas of DPW related to the effort, including staff that plows parking lots and sidewalks as well as mechanics who keep everything serviced and repaired during a storm event. All are important pieces of the puzzle that keeps us successful.”

YOUR ELi: Pet Obituaries

Friday, January 22, 2016

Above: A memorial stone made by the author’s husband for the author’s all-time favorite pet rat.

East Lansing Info (ELi) prides itself on providing only factual, non-partisan content. As part of that, we prohibit editorializing in our articles. When we write and edit, we take special care to ask ourselves whether someone could reasonably see a word choice, a claim, or a presentation as opinion rather than fact.

Eighteen months into ELi’s life, we’ve decided to make one exception to this rule, and that is for pet obituaries.

Council Capsule: January 19, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. (Woods left after the consent agenda.)

Escape Room Game Space to Open Downtown

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Above: Matthew Ao presenting the plan to East Lansing's City Council.


A new type of gaming business will be opening downtown in the coming weeks: escape rooms. The for-profit business known as “ESC The Room” will be located in the basement of 301 M.A.C. Avenue (the northwest corner of M.A.C. Avenue and Albert Street).

Hibernation Versus Torpor: A Quandary for East Lansing Animals

Monday, January 11, 2016

Above: An East Lansing squirrel who will not engage in hibernation or torpor but who has recently chubbed-up for winter.

In the last couple of weeks, it has turned cold in East Lansing. For some animals, that means poofing out their coats like a squirrel and toughing it out, but some animals in East Lansing just go into a torpor.

Your ELi: You Analyze Our Analysis

Sunday, January 10, 2016

At ELi, we limit ourselves strictly to nonpartisan, non-editorial news. As a consequence, we generally refrain from doing anything like “news analysis,” because that tends to veer into subjectivity. And while no one is ever perfectly objective, we do try like heck to be as factual, fair, and balanced as we can be, so that eastlansinginfor.org can be a place where all citizens of East Lansing can go for straight news about their community. We reporters are human, which means we have opinions, but we try hard to leave those at the door when we report for you.

City Council Discusses Financial Health Team and Sets Hearing on Density Downtown

Saturday, January 9, 2016

At a four-hour special meeting of the East Lansing City Council this Saturday morning, January 9, the Council began a discussion with City staff of strategic priorities for the City. We will have a separate report on this discussion when the slide presentations by staff are posted on the City’s Granicus system.

Council Capsule: January 5, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Each week, ELi brings you a “capsule” of what happened at the meeting.

All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.

Vacancies on boards and commissions: Councilmember Draheim pointed out in her report that there are still a lot of vacancies on boards and commissions. She encouraged citizens to apply. To see the list of vacancies, click here.

Before We Go

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was writing to tell you what a typically crazy week it had been at ELi. So much going on, so many reporters assigned to so many important stories! What a difference a couple of weeks on the calendar makes around East Lansing. Today, everyone is either away or laying low, enjoying the break. As you’ll understand, it makes sense for ELi to be mostly on break during this period, too.

ELi on Earth: Winter Solstice

Monday, December 21, 2015

Image of the Newgrange passageway on the winter solstice, courtesy World Heritage Ireland

Winter solstice comes to East Lansing this year at 11:49 p.m. tonight, Monday, December 21. At that time, the earth’s tilt away from the sun (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) will be at its maximum. From that moment until the summer solstice in June, the Northern Hemisphere will tilt more and more toward the sun.


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