In brief

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in deer at farm

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a deer from a farm where deer are raised in the Lower Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development says the disease was confirmed this week in a female deer at the Mecosta County farm.

State veterinarian James Averill says in a statement that the deer farmer whose herd is affected “has gone above and beyond any state requirements to protect … deer from disease.” Averill says it wasn’t immediately known how the infection made it to the herd.

The neurological disease affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It’s spread through saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. There have been about 30 confirmed or suspected infections of whitetail deer in the state since 2015.

County plans project to preserve dunes

FERRYSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Ottawa County is planning a multimillion-dollar project involving the purchase and development of new parkland along the Grand River in western Michigan.

The project in Ferrysburg includes preserving a section of Lake Michigan dunes and linking more than 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of nearby parks and preservation areas

Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund Board came down in favor of the project, recommending that the Michigan Legislature allocate $4.2 million toward purchasing the land. Ottawa County Parks Director John Scholtz says they’ll seek more funding as well.

The property is currently an inactive sand mining operation, located north of property owned by the city of Grand Haven that houses its Musical Fountain. Included within the property is designated critical dune areas, Grand River frontage and a manmade lake.

Postage stamp to honor Sleeping Bear Dunes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan will be honored with a postage stamp being released next year.

The illustration features a sweeping view of a sandy beach, lapping Lake Michigan waves and towering dunes for which the park is famous.

The U.S. Postal Service says the Priority Mail Express stamp will cost $24.70.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” named Sleeping Bear Dunes the nation’s most beautiful spot in 2011. More than 1.1 million people visit annually to wander the park’s 35 miles of shoreline, climb the dunes, hike forest trails and tour historic structures including former lifesaving stations.

The park also includes the North and South Manitou Islands, both popular with campers. Its name was inspired by a Native American legend of a mother bear and her two cubs.