Local briefing

Off-leash park area permits available

MARQUETTE — Off-leash park permits are now available for purchase at the Marquette City Clerk’s office, 300 W. Baraga Avenue. Per animal, a permit costs $15 for city of Marquette residents, and $20 for non-residents. The park is open Nov. 1 through May 1 and is located at the Tourist Park area. Proof of a current dog license is required.

The city clerk, along with most local veterinarians, sell dog licenses, as does the Marquette County clerk. To purchase a license, you will need a paper copy of a current rabies certification from your veterinarian. For details, call the city clerk’s office at 906-228-0430.

Lakeview public skating season begins

MARQUETTE — Public skating sessions at the city of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena began Oct. 2.

The program hours are as follows:

≤ Drop-In Figure Skating Monday-Friday from 9 to 9:50 a.m.

≤ Preschool/Parent & Senior Citizens Monday-Friday from 10 to 11:20 a.m.

≤ Drop-In Hockey Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

≤ Public Skate (all ages) Monday-Sunday from 1 to 2:50 p.m.

≤ Senior/Adult Skate (18 & older) Monday from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m.

(Free to Marquette city senior residents with ID)

≤ Adult Drop-In Hockey Monday from 9:30 to 10:50 p.m.

This schedule may be affected by tournaments and holidays. Please see the city website (www.marquettemi.gov), the Lakeview Arena Facebook page, or call the Lakeview Arena office at 906-228-0460 for additional information.

DNR 2017 Wildlife Habitat Grants

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the recipients of the 2017 Wildlife Habitat Grants, with the U.P. Whitetails Association of Delta County receiving $15,000.

A total of $998,000 was awarded to various conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit organizations for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019.

Examples of funded projects include enhancement of large wetland complexes, winter deer complexes, mast-producing food sources, forest openings, oak savanna and small game habitat.

The other successful applicants, the counties in which their habitat projects will take place and the amounts awarded are:

≤ Allegan Conservation District (Allegan), $85,600;

≤ Barry Conservation District (Barry), $143,900;

≤ Chippewa Nature Center (Midland), $33,800;

≤ Clinton Conservation District (Clinton), $56,100;

≤ Ducks Unlimited (Saginaw), $250,000;

≤ Fish Point Wildlife Association (Tuscola), $116,500;

≤ Gratiot Conservation District (Gratiot), $49,300;

≤ Iosco Conservation District (Iosco), $15,300;

≤ Land Ethics (Iosco), $69,300;

≤ Muskegon Conservation District (Muskegon), $61,600; and

≤ Ruffed Grouse Society (Lake, Mason, Newaygo, Oceana), $101,600.

The grant program’s main objective is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of a specific goal from the DNR Wildlife Division’s strategic plan.

To learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, visit mi.gov/wildlife or mi.gov/dnr-grants.