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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University student George Seahorn has a thinker’s interest in nature. 

A senior in philosophy, he says he’s fascinated by “harmony after disasters, the peace after a rainstorm or the calm after a blizzard.”

Seahorn also has a passion for African-American studies. “It gives me some kind of hope on my origins,” he told WMUK. “Eventually I’m going to figure it out.”

As Seahorn was picking out classes for the fall, he saw one that promised to unite these interests.

County Weighs In On Morrow Lake Dam

Dec 3, 2020
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County commissioners are weighing in on problems caused by a dam on the Kalamazoo River.

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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The year 2065 is a little late for Western Michigan University to reach carbon neutrality. That’s the message from leaders of Western’s student government, who say they would like to see the school move its target for net-zero emissions forward about 25 years.

City Commission Votes To Cut 721 Trees

Nov 16, 2020
An aerial photo of undeveloped land is overlaid with blue and red lines showing where the power lines would be placed
Courtesy photo / Consumers Energy

More than 700 trees will be cut down to take way for new power lines in Kalamazoo. 

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Jeffrey Klyce

This story has been updated to reflect that the flow reduction originally planned for Monday is now scheduled for Tuesday. 

After months of delay and an environmental crisis on the Kalamazoo River, the project to repair Morrow Dam near Comstock is moving forward. Eagle Creek Renewable Energy plans to send divers to the dam’s gates Tuesday. The state says the company will reduce flow through the gates to protect the workers. That will cause the water level to drop downriver.