March 6, 2019
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February 6, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Grand Haven– Freezing rain and ice was the cause of power outages to Board of Light & Power customers beginning in the early hours of the morning on February 6, 2019.
The first reported outage affected 808 customers at 1:51 AM in the West Spring Lake Road area north to Hemlock. Power was restored to all by 8:04 AM. This area lost power again at 8:11 AM with power restored at 9:21 AM.
At 2:46 AM, 2,195 customers lost power in the City of Grand Haven from North Harbor to Colfax and east to Beechtree Street. Power was restored to these customers at 7:30 AM.
At 4:47 AM, 1,042 customers lost power in the City of Grand Haven from Colfax south to Robbins Road. Power was restored at 7:06 AM.
All outages were due to fallen trees or limbs on the lines.
A few scattered outages remain, affecting 1-2 customers at a time. Crews are working to restore power to these customers as safely and quickly as possible.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews work to safely restore power. We would like to remind customers to report power outages in the BLP’s Outage Center, which is on our website at ghblp.org, or by calling 616-846-6250.
February 6, 2019
Freezing rain and ice have caused power outages throughout the GHBLP system. BLP crews have been working since the early morning hours to restore power throughout the area. A few scattered outages remain in the Grand Haven area. At 8:07 am, West Spring Lake Road customers from Ferrysburg to 168th lost power and crews are currently working to locate the cause.
If you lose power, please report your location at ghblp.org on the Outage Center icon or call 616-846-6250. Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power to all customers.
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The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power held five Public Forums this week. Here is the video recording from the Forum on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials say it was much easier this year to band three male peregrine falcon chicks nesting 240 feet up on the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s emissions stack on Harbor Island.
“They treated us much better this year,” DNR wildlife biologist Nik Kalejs said. “Last year maybe was an outlier. Last year, she (mother falcon) was just fighting mad and went after everybody hard. It just makes it harder to concentrate on what you’re doing because your head is on a swivel looking around to make sure she doesn’t come around the curve of the stack and whack you.”
All three of the males produced at the nest box this year appeared healthy, DNR officials said.
“We thought at first one might be a female because the females are a little bit larger,” Kalejs said. “We tried a female band first, and it was so big and so much play on it that the male band fit much better.”
Kalejs noted that this year’s banding occurred later in the season than prior years. In 2017, the falcon chicks were banded in early June.
“It is certainly outside of the normal time frame we’ve seen with Grand Haven birds,” he said.
The wintry weather seen around Grand Haven this past spring could have had an effect on the reproduction process, Kalejs noted.
“We had some weird weather in April,” he said. “It could be something as simple as an aberration in the weather patterns from what we’ve seen in recent years.”
To date, the Grand Haven nest site has produced 45 peregrine falcon chicks — 25 females and 20 males — noted BLP Administrative Services Manager Renee Molyneux. The first chicks reproduced in the box were back in 2001.
Peregrine falcons were listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1970, after their Midwest population was eliminated in the mid-1960s due to problems with the pesticide DDT. In 1999, following extensive restoration efforts, the peregrine was removed from the federally endangered species list, but it remains on the Michigan endangered species list.
Earlier this year, Kalejs banded three falcon chicks at the Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell Generating Complex in Port Sheldon Township. The three birds banded at the Consumers plant brought the total to 42 chicks that have hatched there since 2004.
There were also falcons banded at nesting sites in Grand Rapids, where boxes are located at Grand Valley State University and the Kent County Courthouse.
Article from Grand Haven Tribune, Alex Doty