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West Michigan under Severe Thunderstorm Watch

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – All of West Michigan is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 p.m. as storms roll into the area. The following counties are under the watch: Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Eaton, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Mason ...

Surline students plant pinwheels to promote abuse prevention

WEST BRANCH — Surline Elementary School fourth-graders were ...
Ogemaw County Prosecutor LaDonna Schultz and Becky Yuncker, executive director of the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center in Roscommon, spoke to the children about who they ...

Woman Killed in Deadly Ogemaw County Crash

Police say Helen Mccarron of Alger crashed her car into a pickup truck at the intersection of M-33 and Greenwood road in West Branch around 9:30 ...
Area Man Leads Gratiot County Police on Chase Mid-Michigan deputies say a man in his 60's led them on ...

Elderly woman killed in two vehicle crash

An elderly woman has died following a two-car crash. It happened May 22 at around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of M-33 and Greenwood Road in West Branch, that's in Ogemaw County. Michigan State Troopers say that a black Rendezvous, drive by 89-year-old ...

If a tree falls in a forest, apparently the coach makes a noise

Penn State football star Anthony Zettel went home to West Branch, Mich., and “tackled” a dead tree ...
He comes from a town in Michigan that only has one stoplight, so there’s obviously not a lot to do.” Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer came up ...

Big foot hunters will love west branch michigan big foot festival.

West branch, Mich- With numerous big foot sightings in and around the area of West Branch Michigan its no wonder that West Branch has created its own Big foot festival. The West Branch Big foot days festival. This year the Festival with feature Dr. Igor ...

Back to the Bricks announces 'West Side Promo Tour' for 2015

FLINT, MI — Back to the Bricks recently announced its plan for its 2015 promotional ...
The stops are Battle Creek, Whitehall, Manistee, Boyne City, and West Branch. It will take place June 12-16. Battle Creek was on the tour before, but, Rau said ...

Gerald Adcock

00 p.m. Memorial Contribution can be made to the family of Gerald Adcock. www.steuernolmclaren.com Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Homes, Inc. West Branch, MI

Bold Flavors to Brand New Locations; Rally’s to Expand into West Branch, Michigan

Mike & Joyce Stuck, Longtime Big Boy Restaurant Owners, Awarded Quick Service Drive-Thru Franchise As Part of Legendary Brand’s Planned Expansion in Michigan West Branch, MI (RestaurantNews.com) Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the largest double ...

West Branch, Michigan Vacation Rentals

West Branch, Michigan offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to West Branch, MI, there's surely a great local vacation home rental ...

One Season in the Life of a Trout Lily – HollerPhenology

Just posted my experience observing phenophases of a Trout Lily this spring…   When conditions are right, a significant stretch of land between the edge of my lane and the west bank of Hudson Branch (…

West Seattle Tuesday: Neighborhood safety with WSBWCN, & more

(WSB photo: ‘Retired’ but not off the job yet, the M/V Evergreen State @ Fauntleroy dock) Happy Tuesday! From the calendar: HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: In case you’ve been gone all weekend … the season…

The e-payment last mile hurdle for tech companies in Nigeria

Even though Uche (pseudonym) works with a tech company that provides electronic payment services in Nigeria, he is not keen on using e-payment channels when transacting business. His skepticism about …

Hawaii housing agency plans 90-home project at Villages of Kapolei in West Oahu

The Hawaii state agency charged with overseeing affordable housing finance and development in the state is seeking a developer to build a 90-unit single-family housing project as part of the 888-acre …

Hawaii housing agency plans 90-home project at Villages of Kapolei in West Oahu

The Hawaii state agency charged with overseeing affordable housing finance and development in the state is seeking a developer to build a 90-unit single-family housing project as part of the 888-acre …

Hawaii housing agency plans 90-home project at Villages of Kapolei in West Oahu

The Hawaii state agency charged with overseeing affordable housing finance and development in the state is seeking a developer to build a 90-unit single-family housing project as part of the 888-acre …

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 137

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of …

@ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: Crime trends; ex-gang members; how you can help

By Tracy Record West Seattle Blog editor From this month’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting: CRIME/SAFETY TRENDS: Capt. Pierre Davis of the Southwest Precinct said key categories of cr…

West Branch Area School District

West Branch Area School District  Vacancies as of date posted: Anticipated Secondary Technology Education Teacher (woodshop), Elementary Classroom Teacher, Secondary Life Skills Teacher. Approximate…

Four killed in plane crash in Spring Branch

SPRING BRANCH, Texas (WOAI)  — Four people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed just off of Highway 281 in Spring Branch. Emergency crews were called to 4880 U.S. Highway 281 North, between…


In WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN: Why Good Trade Deals Matter to a Business

Nick Martin is the co-founder of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling business. He sent the following email to the White House list to highlight why a better trade deal means a brighter future for online businesses like his.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn´t just President Obama´s proposed trade deal -- it´s mine, too. It´s a trade deal that millions of other online small business owners in this country would be proud to add their name to. I want to tell you why:

Every time I step through the doors of one of our 4,000-square-foot warehouses in Boulder and Denver, Colorado -- every time I see the bikes and cycling parts that line those walls and take in the energetic buzz of our 30-member team -- I take a step back and reflect on a simple fact: I own a business. It’s a "pinch-me" moment -- every time.

I am a cyclist and the proud co-owner of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling store. And thanks to the Internet and the availability of e-commerce platforms like eBay, we´ve gone global. After all, when it’s not cycling season in the U.S., it’s peak season somewhere else in the world.

International customers aren´t just good for business abroad; they’re great for my Colorado communities. Why? Because selling in more markets means I can hire more people here at home. In fact, more small businesses are using the Internet to grow their business by reaching new customers they couldn´t reach before.

This is why trade is so important to me. If the success of American businesses in the global economy is important to you, say you’re an ambassador for a better trade deal that delivers a brighter future for all of us.

It may seem like a really remote and technical issue, but it actually has a real impact on how small businesses like mine do business. Currently more than 40% of our transactions cross U.S. borders. Unfortunately, most of our trade rules were written in a "pre-Internet" era, which means they are a nightmare to navigate for small online businesses.

Here’s an example: Right now, customs rules are so inconsistent and hard to follow that if we put a cycling part in the wrong packaging or mail it with the wrong label, it won’t make it to our customer in one country. The rules are different for each country, and are sometimes set up in a way that completely blocks out American business.

That is why it is so important that we secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new kind of trade agreement that will ensure America writes the rules and levels the playing field for online businesses and American workers by:

Reducing and eliminating tariffs across the Asia-Pacific region

Streamlining customs procedures

Making the rules more transparent, consistent, and less costly

Helping keep the Internet open and free, enabling online businesses to operate without unnecessary infrastructure costs

Of course, as the President has said, not all of our past trade deals have lived up to their promise. Thankfully, this trade deal is on track to be different. In fact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be the most progressive trade deal the world has ever seen. [13]


Get a Homeland Security Job in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN

What You Need to Know

The Department of Homeland Security has unique career opportunities that will challenge your mind and reward your skills and talents. As a Homeland Security employee, you will help secure our borders, airports, seaports and waterways; research and develop the latest security technologies; respond to natural disasters or terrorists acts; and analyze intelligence reports.

Next Steps

  1. Find the Job Right for You. Find DHS jobs at dhs.usajobs.gov.

    You can also use USAJOBS through an Interactive Voice Response Telephone System
    phone: 703-724-1850
    TDD: 978-461-8404.

    From general mission support to law enforcement to immigration and travel security to prevention and response, exciting professional growth opportunities exist throughout the Department.

  • Mission support careers involve the following fields: medical, human resources, facilities, budget, procurement, science and technology, training, intelligence, planning and coordination, detection, civil rights, fraud detection and more.
  • Law enforcement careers offer positions in protection of the President, Vice President, their families, heads of state and other designated inpiduals; securing the nation’s borders and enforcing immigration laws; interagency law enforcement training; and enforcing economic, transportation and infrastructure security.
  • Immigration and travel security careers involve protecting the nation’s transportation systems, as well as overseeing lawful immigration to the U.S.
  • Prevention and response careers protect the public, environment and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region, as well as provide preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation to reduce loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards are what these careers are all about.
  1. Read the Job Announcement. The announcement will provide you with information about job qualifications, duties, salary, duty location, benefits, and security requirements. Here you will be able to determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a good candidate for the job.

A list of common terms is available to assist you in understanding Department job announcements.

Most Homeland Security jobs require U.S. citizenship and successful completion of a full background investigation and drug screening.

  1. Apply for the Job. Follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each USAJOBS announcement (upper right tab). Instructions will guide you through the application process, providing you detailed information on the questions, forms, and format that must be addressed and used to capture your qualifications for the job. Submit all required documents and pay close attention to the application due date and application procedures, which will vary by job and the Department component.

    During the application process, veterans may be asked to identify Veterans Preference status.

    To post your resume online, apply to certain federal jobs, check on the status of your application, and receive automated job alerts, you must create a USAJOBS member account.

  2. Interview for the Job. The names of best-qualified candidates will be forwarded to the supervisor or hiring official. If you are one of the best-qualified candidates, the supervisor or hiring official may interview you in person or by telephone, or in rare cases may hire you based solely on your application materials. Selection procedures are subject to Federal Civil Service laws, which ensure that all applicants receive fair and equal treatment in the hiring process.


No matter where you are in your career - at the very beginning, transitioning to the federal government mid-career, or another stage in your professional life - the Department of Homeland Security has a place for you.

  • Student and Recent Graduate Job Opportunities - Learn about internships, fellowships and training programs available across the Department.
  • Experienced Professionals - Use your technical skills and management experience to contribute to the homeland security mission. Explore meaningful career opportunities today.
  • Retirees - The Department offers retirees meaningful work opportunities, including short- and long-term projects, on a part-time or flexible schedule.
  • Veterans - The Department is committed to recruiting and employing eligible veterans for suitable jobs.


Last Published Date: December 16, 2014


Giving Every Young Person in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.



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