Winter Storm Watch issued for West Michigan for Sunday

What’s UP West Michigan?

I’m an East sider by birth (Warren, Michigan) and a Spartan by blood (Class of 2017)

Number one complaint from my elementary school teachers was that I talked too much to my classmates. Now I get paid to talk to people. Funny how life works out.

Got my start in news in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at KELO TV. Before that I won some awards and stuff for my reporting at MSU. I guess I won three “Emmys” or something but I credit all my accomplishments to the awesome mentors I found in East Lansing.

Fun facts: I have never ran a mile, wrestling is my favorite sport, my middle name is Kay, (Although if you call me Julie Kay I will automatically think I am in big trouble…thanks mom), and I love telling stories.

I’ve been telling them since before I could write them down myself. My mom, Karen, bless her heart, transcribed my earliest works when I was 3. Now I get to share your stories every day. I mean it when I say it’s an honor and privilege to do so. Without you, I wouldn’t be doing the coolest job on earth.

So I’m sorry to all the teachers who had to tell me to quiet down over the years… but I’m so grateful I didn’t. It put me in the position to meet all of you.

Find me everywhere @JulieDunmire

Recent Articles
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    ODESSA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Wind turbines are on the table for discussion in Odessa Township. The community held a public meeting Wednesday to get people’s perspectives. The room had mixed feelings, some saying the turbines would add a much-needed economic boost to the community, others raising familiar concerns about wind turbines, including blight and long-term damage to property values. What makes it complicated is that Odessa Township isn’t zoned, and neither is the county. That means regulating what property owners […]

  • Lowell wrestling vs. Everybody

    LOWELL, Mich. — Most wrestling fans across the state want Lowell to lose their sixth straight attempt at a state championship this weekend. Except for, of course, Lowell. Head coach R.J. Boudro says by now the kids are used to it. They just keep up the same hard work they’ve always done. “I think the secret is, there is no secret,” R.J. Boudro said. The secret is as simple as this: luck is where hard work meets opportunity. Lowell wrestlers […]

  • GRPD: Help us help you; follow odd-even parking rules

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It seems as though some people are having a hard time following the odd-even parking policy in effect on many Grand Rapids streets. Our crew had a hard time figuring out what was the “right” side of the road to park on Thursday because there were cars parked on both sides of the street. That creates a problem for emergency vehicles to get down streets that can’t be plowed because cars are parked on both sides […]

  • GRPD seeking tips on attempted child abduction

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police are seeking tips in the investigation of an attempted child abduction. Police say a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother left their residence in the 800 block of Sigsbee Street around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to walk to their bus stop. On the way there, they were approached by a man on Sigsbee Street between Diamond and Barth Avenues. The suspect offered to drive the children to school and grabbed the girl by the […]

  • Attorneys explain lawsuit filed against Rogers Plaza

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  • Last people get power restored before more outages expected

    IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — This time a week ago, roughly 150,000 people in West Michigan were without power after ice storms hit the area. As of Monday night, nearly everyone has their power back. Tom Crebessa was among the last to get his lights back on. “They’re going to go where the population is. Why service four houses on a line, when you can go into town?” Crebessa said. Crebessa’s Ionia County home is stocked with plenty of logs for […]

  • Grand Rapids mayor, city manager, respond to State of Emergency

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– Grand Rapids Mayor Rosaylnn Bliss says the State of Emergency declared in the city by Governor Whitmer is a necessary step to start clean up before more bad winter weather could hit the area. “We just don’t have the capacity to meet the need,” Bliss said. City Manager Mark Washington adding, that crews could keep up with cleaning debris and other storm damage, but the repairs would take as many as 16 to 18 weeks to complete. […]

  • Thousands in Grand Rapids without power overnight

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Consumers Energy says the power outages in West Michigan could last until Sunday.  For people like Tim Fiorenzo, who’s lived in his north Grand Rapids home for the last 42 years–this type of power outage is a first. “It’s been a long time, the house is getting kind of cold,” Fiorenzo said. Fiorenzo is prepared, saying he’s got some oil lamps, flashlights and plenty of wood for his fireplace on hand from another outage Wednesday. His […]

  • Portland police: Stay off ice jam

    PORTLAND, Mich. — Portland police are warning those curious about the ice jam through downtown to not walk out onto the ice. Officers said the shifting chunks of ice may look solid, but have a fast current beneath. Police say they’ve already had to ask two kids to get off the ice earlier on Wednesday and they are up to their ears in work. Most of the department worked an 18-hour day Wednesday after horrific flooding hit the town late […]

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