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YOUR ELi: Seriously

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Click-baiting photo of Ann Nichols’ ancient dog, Charlie, who has attended many ELi management meetings, almost always under a blanket.


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ASK ELi: Sewer Back-Ups in EL Homes

Friday, August 14, 2015

Image: East Lansing work crew dealing with a sewer

After Monday’s very heavy rain, a reader wrote to ask: “We have had this [a sewer back-up in the drain] happen in our home for three years in a row now, and East Lansing govt. says it is a freak ‘act of nature’ that they can't control. Do you know if there are any organizations discussing putting some pressure on City to deal with combined storm/sanitary sewer problems? I would like to be part of a group making this effort.”

ASK ELi: Must the Sweepers Wake Us Up?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Photo, courtesy City of East Lansing.

An ELi reader asked, via Twitter: “It’s six in the morning. Is the street sweeper really necessary right now?”

The answer we have for you comes from Ron Lacasse, Infrastructure Administrator for the City of East Lansing, who explains, “Our sweeper comes in at 5:30 in the morning for two reasons.”

ELi ON EARTH: Perseids May Dazzle East Lansing

Monday, August 10, 2015

This promises to be an excellent year for the Perseid meteor showers in East Lansing. Sharp-eyed observers may see some early or late Perseids for a few weeks on either side of the shower’s peak, which is on the night-to-early morning of August 12-13. You can also read ELi’s coverage of the Geminids and the Lyrids.

Council Capsule: August 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Image: East Lansing paramedic/firefighter Matt Sterling who last night received the Paramedic of the Year Award.

Present: All members of Council were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, Ruth Beier, and Susan Woods.

ELI ON EARTH: East Lansing's Chilean Astronomical Connection

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Image: The author (on crutches) visiting the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array high site at over 16,000 feet.

Nine astronomy educators were chosen to visit Chile this June for ten days as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program (ACEAP). They were sent to experience why Chile is one of the astronomy capitals of the world and I was lucky enough to be one of those educators.

YOUR ELi: An Appreciation

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our Managing Editor, Ann Nichols, is supposed to be off duty for a couple of days because she is doing the cooking for a friend’s wedding. (Besides being a lawyer, professional writer, and ELi’s Managing Editor, Ann is also a professional—and spectacular—cook.) This means I’ve got a rare moment where Ann isn’t paying total attention to ELi, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for me to sneak into ELi something she’d probably veto: an appreciation of Ann.

ASK ELi: How Will This Council Election Work?

Friday, July 31, 2015

A reader asks: How will this year’s City Council election work on Tuesday, November 3?

The basics: The East Lansing City Council has five members in total. Each serves for a four-year term.

The terms of three Councilmembers are ending in November: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmember Kathy Boyle. (Boyle will not have served a full four years because she was chosen by Council to replace Don Power when he resigned shortly into his term.)

YOUR ELi: New Reporters on the Team

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This week we held a new reporters meeting at my house for folks interested in becoming reporters for ELi. We had six potential rookies attend! They ranged in age from ninth grade to people a ninth-grader would consider old. Best of all, their interests ranged all over the place, from arts and music, to city politics, to crime and public safety, to school district activities, to environment and garden.

ASK ELi: Nearby TIF?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Image: The Lodges of East Lansing, a student rental complex near MSU whose real estate taxes actually go to Meridian Township; the large project was built without TIF.

Council Capsule: Coming in August

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Just a reminder that City Council remains on break for the rest of the month, so we won't be bringing you the weekly Council Capsule until August 5. In the meantime, we will be publishing some news articles related to the business of Council, so keep an eye out for those, and also check out our series analyzing campaign financing of sitting Council members.

ELi ON EARTH: Female Mosquitoes Bite East Lansing Residents

Monday, July 20, 2015

Above: The author being bitten by a local mosquito.

More than nine inches of rain in June and continued rain well into July have created mosquito development habitat in the standing water of yards, fields, and nearly any upright container in town. The mosquitoes that hatch in the summer can turn over a new generation every two weeks as long as there is standing water for their reproduction cycle, and that means we in East Lansing have at least a few more mosquito-filled weeks left in the season.

ASK ELi: Survey Says . . .

Friday, July 17, 2015

We now have the results to our first ELi reader survey which focused primarily on asking people to rank, in terms of interest to them, the “Ask ELi to Investigate” requests we’ve gotten from readers. We had 52 respondents to the survey, although not all answered every question.

Readers were asked to rank the following possible investigation areas in terms of level of interest. Number values were assigned as follows:

  • very interested = 1
  • somewhat interested = 2
  • neutral = 3
  • disinterested = 4
  • very disinterested = 5



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