How Clean is Our Bay?

GT County's drinking water comes from East Grand Traverse Bay, but two areas along its shores are on the state's impaired water list. A study is underway to find out what pollutants are there, where they're coming from, and - before the study ends in...

Watershed Moment for Grand Traverse Academy Students

Grand Traverse Academy, in conjunction with the Grand Traverse Conservation District, has taken on an environmental water quality initiative that exposes middle and high school students to pertinent water issues in the Grand Traverse region."It's an opportunity for kids to get excited about a math...

How to Take Down a (nearly) Century-Old Dam

TRAVERSE CITY - Remote computer commands and old fashioned, hand-operated cranes will likely open the gates of Brown Bridge Dam toward the end of the summer, draining the 170-acre pond it created.State and private engineers are preparing to remove the 90-year-old dam using a mix...

The Next Generation of Water Stewards

REGION - Got water? Yes, a lot of it. But we need to take care of it so it's a precious resource for generations to come.Meet the students and teachers of the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative (GTSI). The end of the 2010-11 school year wrapped...

Kelvin versus Goliath

TRAVERSE CITY - When David squared off against Goliath, he was packing a sling and a stone.When Cartridge World local-franchise owner Kelvin Shaw goes up against his Goliaths - Hewlett Packard, Canon, Lexmark, Dell, Epson and other printer makers - he's armed with a common-sense,...

For the Love of the Low-Tech Company

I have flirted with the idea of returning to a low- or no-tech lifestyle. Crazy fantasies of rotary telephones, file cabinets and visits to the library usually surface after a tech "incident." Like when an important call drops out on my cell phone, or...

Big Daylight’s Bright Idea

TRAVERSE CITY - "Equal parts rocket-science and ditch-digging." That's how Big Daylight describes its online search marketing strategies. What is Big Daylight? A burgeoning TC-based Web company that's nabbing national-level clients with a focused promise: to steer clear of "cookie cutter, smoke and mirrors, nickel-and-dime"...

The Picture of…Cancer?

BEAR LAKE - After getting a degree in forestry, joining the marines, being recruited by the CIA, even working on calculating the environmental impact of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, what was left for Alfred "Jay" Johnson?Oh, maybe developing a tool for diagnosing cancer or osteoporosis....