March 4, 2013We continue our report about the new Cordes Junction Interchange at Highway I 17. Here we are on the highway, facing north right in front of exit 262 going into Cordes Junction. We can see the new ‘fly-over’ bridge to Highway 69 towards Prescott.[photo: Chihiro Saito]This is a view of the other side of the fly-over set of bridges and we can see the Paolo Soleri relief designs, as of yet unpainted.A closer look at the same view.Here we are at the left side of same bridges.We will report more on the new Interchange in upcoming reports.
31Oct Rep. Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse Kalamazoo County study could have statewide importance Categories: Diana Farrington News,News State Rep. Diana Farrington today voted for legislation that establishes a pilot program to battle the opioid abuse epidemic that grips Michigan.Farrington, of Utica, voted for a $700,000 supplemental budget item to set up the program that will help develop a test that assists people with identifying if they have a tendency for addiction to opioids and other painkillers.“The abuse of prescription painkillers is out of control, not just in Michigan but nationwide, and we must take every opportunity to shut down this epidemic that is tearing so many families apart,” Farrington said. “The results obtained from the Kalamazoo County study would allow prescriptions to have the most benefit while also curtailing opioid abuse and overdoses statewide.”The program will test Medicaid recipients for indicators of a high risk toward dependency on painkillers, which will enable doctors to prescribe other medications that may not lead to abuse or overdose.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.#####The legislation is Senate Bill 253.