‘Trying it, failing, doing it again’

The only Black- and Indigenous-owned marijuana business in Kalamazoo is targeting another 400 pounds a month when their expansion is completed. But Ahki Canna is an outlier in an industry dominated by the white and wealthy.

Back to school

After an extensive restoration and a pandemic break, classes (and more) resume at the 143-year-old school house on a Cooper Township corner.

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chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

May 12, 2022

New case numbers have jumped 44% over the past week. Most Michigan counties are still designated as low-risk for transmission according to the CDC, but experts say if this isn’t a surge, one is on the way.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

May 5, 2022

COVID-19 infection rates jumped 32% in Michigan over the past week. That’s similar to weekly increases over the past month. Nonetheless, death numbers continue to drop.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

April 28, 2022

The number of new COVID-19 infections has been rising steadily for the past four weeks, spurred by the spread of the highly infectious BA.2 subvariant. But it’s still much lower than it was in January.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

April 21, 2022

New cases of COVID-19 are slowly but steadily moving back upward. So are hospitalizations. All fingers point to BA.2.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

April 14, 2022

New cases of COVID-19 jumped 42% in the past week. The new BA.2 subvariant is to blame.

the buildings lining one of the main roads in downtown Kalamazoo

April 12, 2022

We talk to Rebekah Kik, the head of Kalamazoo’s Community Planning & Economic Development Department, who is tasked with turning around downtown governance and kick-starting a new era of development.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

April 7, 2022

COVID numbers ticked up slightly since last week. Officials speculate it may be due to spring break travelers.

cravings deli owners anson and xin liu

April 4, 2022

Cravings Deli, the aptly-named eatery inside pan-Asian specialty grocer Pacific Rim, still leans into its unique dishes made by mom to expand the community’s food culture.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

March 29, 2022

Last week, it seemed like COVID-19 numbers were on the rise again in Michigan. This week is the opposite. Infection measurements and positivity rates are heading back downward.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

March 22, 2022

For the most part things are looking good pandemic-wise. Hospitalizations are still declining and infection rates are still low. But some indicators are inching up again, raising the specter of another COVID surge.