News Briefs 2/27


GVL Briefs

Elizabeth Schanz, News Editor

Michigan residents left without power following ice storm

Many Michiganders are still feeling the effects of the historic ice storm that took place across the state on Feb. 22.

The storm left over a million residents without power. As of Feb. 26 at 12 a.m., approximately 230,228 DTE and Consumers Energy customers remained without power

It’s estimated that only a small percentage of people will still be left without power on Monday and Tuesday. 

DTE has prioritized returning power to emergency services, schools and larger areas. They’ve been working to restore over 10,000 downed power lines. 

Other resources for people facing power outages or effects from the weather include warming shelters across the state. 

Affordable housing plan for Grand Rapids paused after neighborhood concerns

On Feb. 23, a developer brought an affordable housing plan for Grand Rapids in front of the city planning commission. The rezoning would allow for a three-story 52-unit apartment building in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood.  

However, the commission tabled the rezoning request. Many residents were opposed to the project voicing concerns over the possibility of the apartment changing the character of the neighborhood, availability of street parking and safety. 

The project is an “income-restricted development.” According to Wood TV8, the housing would be reserved for people earning between 30% to 80% of Kent County’s median income.The complex would also offer residents free parking. 

The plan was not rejected and the city told developers to reapply in future months.

United States to send 2 billion dollar military package to Ukraine

Following the year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Pentagon announced that they’ll send two billion dollars worth of ammunition and small drones. 

The ammunition is for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and munitions for laser-guided rocket systems. There are no details of how many rounds of any kind have been bought. 

There are multiple, unmanned drones that are included in the aid. This includes an upgraded Switchblade 600 Kamikaze drone and electronic warfare detection equipment. 

Additionally, the aid package includes money to buy mine clearing and communications equipment. The money is also planned to fund training and maintenance to Ukrainian forces. 

Since the start of the invasion, the United States has contributed over $32 billion dollars of security assistance. President Joe Biden said this effort demonstrates the United States’ continued commitment to the people of Ukraine and President Volodmymr Zelenskyy.