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ICAPP poll released on Ohio voter views on Issue 1 and subsequent elections

Full results available HERE.

An Ohio Northern poll of likely Ohio voters examines Issue 1 on the August 8 Ohio special election, a proposed statewide constitutional amendment relating to abortion and contraception and current voter preferences for the 2024 Ohio Senate race.

July 25 Field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers 

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two 
During the spring walleye run, anglers travel from all over the country to catch their limit of fish. While working sportfishing enforcement along the Maumee River, State Wildlife Officer Nathan Robinson, assigned to Van Wert County, and State Wildlife Officer Ethan Bingham, assigned to Williams County, observed a group of anglers snag several walleye. The fish were placed on stringers and the anglers continued to fish. The officers contacted the anglers, confiscated the snagged fish, and issued multiple summonses for the violations.   

Bluffton's Motter Metro Park in bloom

By Paula Scott

The Motter Metro Park in Bluffton, one of 15 Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District locations with pathways to explore, has a deceptively modest entrance and description. With 1.5 miles of trail, you might expect a hike with naturalist Dan Hodges to be a brief jaunt. And perhaps you've never pulled off at the entrance at 10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road.

But for those who visited the park on a summer evening in July–in the company of a naturalist and other park enthusiasts–it proved to be a leisurely, flower-filled treat.

Highway construction update for the week of July 24

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Hancock County during the week of July 24. All outlined work is weather permitting.

Interstate 75 southbound between the village of Bluffton and the U.S. 68/SR 15 interchange in the city of Findlay will be restricted to the left (passing) lane on Wednesday, July 26, for pavement repairs.

U.S. 30 between State Route 235 and U.S. 68 will be restricted to the right (driving) lane for resurfacing. Work zone speed limits are in effect.

State Route 103 just east of State Route 698 may have temporary lane restrictions for culvert work.

Ohio EPA discontinues Air Quality Advisory on July 18

COLUMBUS, OH (July 18, 2023) - Due to improved air quality conditions throughout the state, Ohio EPA has cancelled the statewide Air Quality Advisory. Smoke from Canadian wildfires is now having less of an impact throughout the state. The most recent statewide advisory expired at end of day, Monday, July 17, 2023.

July 17 Ohio Air Quality Advisory: Unhealthy for sensitive groups

COLUMBUS, OH (July 17, 2023) - Ohio EPA is issuing a statewide Air Quality Advisory as smoke from Canadian wildfires again continues to adversely impact air quality. The advisory is in effect through the end of, July 17. Ohio EPA expects the Air Quality Index to be in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to “unhealthy” ranges.

When air quality is in this range, people who are in sensitive groups (due to medical conditions, exposure conditions, or innate susceptibility) may experience health effects during outdoor activities. To decrease the potential for health issues, sensitive groups of people (children, elderly, people with asthma or COPD) should limit prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity.

To see real-time air quality in your area, visit the AirNow website.