HEY BLOGGERS!  HERE’S A NEWS ITEM FOR THE WEEKEND!

Taken from a Cliff’s Natural Resources press release:

Cliffs’ Equipment Move Will Impact Road Travel in Marquette & Delta Counties.

Ishpeming, MI—July 31, 2009 —Cliffs Natural Resources,  Michigan operations, is working with a transportation company to move some oversized  materials and equipment from the port of Escanaba to the mines in Marquette County that will impact travel on several Upper Peninsula roads.

The equipment and materials being moved are related to a future repair of the Tilden Mine’s rotary pelletizing kilns.   The kilns are used to heat-harden concentrated iron ore pellets to allow for shipment to steel making facilities in North America.

The oversized pieces of equipment include a kiln shell piece that is 25-feet in diameter and two kiln riding rings that are slightly more that 29 feet in diameter.  The equipment and materials will be used to replace similar pieces that have been in use at Tilden since 1979.

As a result of the material movement, the trucking company has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies to determine which roads will be affected.  Due to the size of the loads, roads will have to be cleared in front of the transporting vehicles.

“We realize this may be a slight inconvenience for motorists as the vehicles pass through the communities between Escanaba and the mines,”  said Dale Hemmila, Cliffs’ district manager of public affairs in Michigan.  “However, this is the most expeditious way to move these large pieces to the mine.  We plan to work with MDOT and the law enforcement agencies to minimize the impact on motorists and others.”

The cargo movement will affect the streets and roads from Escanaba to Marquette beginning at 4:30 am EDT on Sunday, August 2, 2009.  Roads closest to Escanaba will be affected initially with the roads closer to the main gate at the Empire Mine on M-35 north of the village of Palmer will be affected later in the morning.

YIKES!!  IT’S THE END OF JULY ALREADY!!!  WHERE THE HECK IS SUMMER??

So here it is, the end of July in Marquette County.  Tomorrow is August and it feels like it’s still spring around here.  What a wild season.  Oh well, I guess it’s part and parcel of living here in the glorious U.P.!  And really, I guess it could be a lot worse, so I best zip my lip and take it as it comes!

CASH FOR CLUNKERS!!  TO THE EXTREME!!

"YEAH, UH...JUST DROP 'EM OUT BACK DERE, EH?"

"YEAH, UH...JUST DROP 'EM OUT BACK DERE, EH?"

Check out this uniquely ostentatious display from a Petoskey Chevy dealer.  Our own Major Discount, Todd Noordyk, took this picture yesterday while traveling though the area.  I have to wonder if this is what they meant when they said, “Just drop off your clunkers here!”  If that’s a drop off, they’ve got some strong people in Petoskey!  HA!  I’d hate to see what they do with these vehicles after they get to the dump.

TALKING FARMER’S MARKETS AND MORE IN DOWNTOWN NEGAUNEE.

THE EVER MELLOW MARKET MASTER BILL BRAZIER.

THE EVER MELLOW MARKET MASTER BILL BRAZIER.

Thanks to our old friend Bill Brazier for stopping by this morning to tell us about the new farmer’s market and the flea markets being held in downtown Negaunee.  He discussed the effort and how the city is trying to increase interest and activities in the downtown area with events such as these and more.  For more details and how you can take part, click on Bill’s interview “HERE.”

HEY, IT IS THE WEEKEND!

Get out and enjoy it, even if it’s going to be a little wet occasionally.  The light rain will just keep the dust down, right?  Catch you all back here on the information superhighway next time!

-Walt

BUSY MORNING, AS USUAL!!

HEY THERE!  I'M BARRY JAMES!  WANNA HEAR ABOUT THE HISTORY OF IRON MINING IN THE U.P.?

HEY THERE! I'M BARRY JAMES! WANNA HEAR ABOUT THE HISTORY OF IRON MINING IN THE U.P.?

Lot’s of stuff on the show today, and lots of laughs, but we wanted to thank one of our regular long-term guests, Barry James for coming by to tell us about a great exhibit going on this weekend at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township.  It’s all about the relationship between Iron Ore mined in the Upper Peninsula and the Civil War and is being held this Saturday and Sunday at the museum located off of County Road 492 in Negaunee Township.  To listen to highlights from Barry’s interview, please click “HERE“.

OTHER THAN THAT, HERE’S A WHIMSICAL PICTURE OF MARK.

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Enjoy this relaxing moment brought to you by Mark & walt in the Morning and the fine folks at Shunk Furniture in Marquette.

On that note, peace and comfort until next time,

-Walt

WE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY WHEN WE SAY WE SERVE THE COMMUNITY!

So I alluded to it in yesterday’s blog, but here’s the details:  Great Lakes Radio is the official and exclusive home of Marquette AND Negaunee High School Sports!  Following action this week by the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education, GLR has been named as the exclusive home of Marquette High School sports.  This officially continues the multi-year relationship we have had with MSHS Football and Hockey on 103.3 WFXD.  It now adds 98.3 WRUP to the mix by being on the network to cover Boy’s and Girl’s MSHS Basketball.  And as always, Sunny 101.9, WKQS will continue the commitment to Negaunee Miner sports that we have had for over a decade!

The best local news coverage, the best community interviews and the best high school sports coverage around!  Why would you choose anyone else other than the stations of Great Lakes Radio?

GUTS FRISBEE IS BACK IN A BIG WAY!

TOURNAMENT CO-DIRECTOR, BUCK BUCHANAN

TOURNAMENT CO-DIRECTOR, BUCK BUCHANAN

Thanks to Buck Buchanan for coming in to tell us about the upcoming Marquette Invitational Guts Frisbee Tournament coming up on August 8th & 9th at Hurley Field in Marquette.  He told us about the history of the sport and how it has evolved from a lark of a game in Escanaba in 1958 to an internationally known game played by competitors from around the world.  To listen in to Buck’s full interview, click “HERE“.


SPORTS EVERY WHERE, AND SO MUCH MORE!

Boy, is it fun around here these days!

Here’s to serving the community with all that we bring to the table!

Peace, everybody!

-Walt

A NEW FACE IN THE PLACE!

MARQUETTE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL'S NEW ATHLETIC COORDINATOR, JAMIE TUMA.

MARQUETTE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL'S NEW ATHLETIC COORDINATOR, JAMIE TUMA.

Today was a day of meeting a new face and looking to the future.  A good day to say “hello” and look ahead.  The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education announced at their meeting last night that the district had worked out an issue pertaining to the leadership of the athletic department.


The following is from the district’s official release:

Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) Athletic Director Mark Mattson submitted his resignation on July 17 to begin a new career at Glen Lake Community Schools.

MAPS staff member Jamie Tuma has been named to the position of MAPS K-12 Athletic Coordinator for the 2009-2010 school year.  Mrs. Tuma was originally hired in 2006 as a Marquette classroom teacher.  She is a longtime district resident with strong and active interest in Marquette’s sports program.  “I’m thrilled to accept this opportunity to become part of the great MAPS Athletics program that Mark Mattson has shaped,” she stated.   “I’m confident this will be a positive experience for me, Marquette student athletes, parents and coaches.”

“After discussing Marquette’s short- and long-term sports program needs with Mrs. Tuma, we were convinced she will bring enthusiasm and skill to this important position,” said Superintendent of Schools Jon Hartwig.  “Her experiences as an educator, parent and community member, coupled with strong support from staff, will combine to provide advocacy for our athletes, their parents and MAPS sports program.  Above everything else, Mrs. Tuma is an exemplary educator who believes in the value and mission of public schools.”

Mr. Mattson will remain in his current position as Marquette’s athletic director throughout the transition process.

THE NEW PERSON STOPPED IN THIS MORNING.

We had a chance to sit down with Jamie this morning and talk about her new role in the district.  To listen to the raw, unedited interview, click “HERE” to listen in.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME!

Interestingly enough, the actions involving changes with MAPS athletics also include some things that have stayed the same…you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to hear more about that.

Until then,

CIAO!

-W

SOMETIMES MONDAYS CAN BE THE MOST INTERESTING DAY OF THE WEEK.

An interesting thing happened this morning as I was heading out the door on my way to do the show.  I was struck by a feeling of actually looking forward to doing the show today.  Now, I know that sounds like I don’t like to do this job.  Rest assured, nothing could be further from the truth!  But there are days, particularly Mondays, where getting up early and doing the show is not my favorite pastime.  Today, however, was not one of those Mondays.  I was more than happy to be headed to the studios and ready to do the big program…then I got to the studio.

MONDAY ON THE MIND.

JUST DOIN' THE NEWS!

JUST DOIN' THE NEWS!

As always, my day starts off with putting together the news for the first newscast at 6-am.  It’s usually a so-called re-cap or mop-up of the weekend’s events and has the requisite accident and police reports from the last couple of days.  Today was no different, but it was a bit burdensome.  For example, today’s lead stories were about four people dying in a suspected arson fire in a Houghton County apartment building, two people dying and three people getting injured by a hit and run driver in Mackinac County, and a former NMU United States Olympic Education Center athlete and Marquette Senior High School graduate murdered in an attempted carjacking in Atlanta, GA.  Death, destruction and doom are the common denominator in doing the news, and I have grown accustomed to it over the years, but sometimes, when there’s so much of it in one sitting, it can get difficult.

BUT ALL IS NOT LOST.

SOMETIMES, YOU JUST NEED TO PET THE CAT!

SOMETIMES, YOU JUST NEED TO PET THE CAT!

I have to say, though, that not all of the show was a morose, melancholy Monday.  In fact, it wasn’t really at all.  Mark and I managed to get out some good laughs and have a successful Main Street Monday with a lot of listeners calling in.  (By the way, the answer was “Water Buffalo” and we congratulate Sarah S. for being our winner today.)  I also talked about “McGoostock” which went on this weekend in Big Bay for two days.  It was a coming together of the music and art communities to help out an individual with his health-related expenses and was a very well attended and worthwhile event.  My band played at the event on Saturday evening and we were honored to be a part of such a community event.  Music and art and good food all came together in a little town in the U.P. to show the true positive side of the human spirit!  As Goofus would say, “ROCK ON!”

LET’S WRAP THIS UP!

Hey, I know this little diatribe is beginning to prattle on a bit, but isn’t that what blogs are for?  No, seriously though, it was just one of those days where I felt like putting a bit more of my thoughts down on the page over anything else and if you’ve actually read this this far, thank you.  I’ll just leave you with this thought:  “Hey get over it!  It’s only Monday and we’ve got the rest of the week to go!”

-Walt

SMACKADOODLE!! IS IT A BUSY TIME AROUND THESE HERE PARTS!!

EVANS & TIBOR, A GREAT COMEDY DUO, ESPECIALLY OVER SAUSAGES!

EVANS & TIBOR, A GREAT COMEDY DUO, ESPECIALLY OVER SAUSAGES!

You know the old saying, “when it rains it pours”?  Well, it’s true today in more ways than one!  This is one of the premiere weekends in the county.  For example, all day today is the Blueberry Festival in downtown Marquette.  Then for the weekend there is the popular “Art on the Rocks” art show and sale at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park, the irreverent “Outback Art Fair” at Picnic Rocks, and one of the grooviest music events in the history of the county, the “Magoostock” in Big Bay, which feature two days of events, art and music to benefit a local chap by the name of Tim McGee who is courageously battling health issues.  All of these events are open to public to enjoy and support, and we here on the big program want to encourage you to get out this weekend and take them in!  Of course, you shouldn’t forget about the lunchtime sale at Shunk Furniture on US 41 West where our own Barbecue Bill Tibor is going to be cooking hot dogs and brats for folks who stop by to check out the deals!  In this photo, taken at yesterday’s sale, Mark is desperately trying to get Bill to relax.  It looks like it’s working!

GETTING GUBERNATORIAL ON YOUR BUTT!  AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CANDIDATE RICK SNYDER.

RICK SNYDER, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR

RICK SNYDER, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR

Thanks to Republican Candidate for Governor Rick Snyder for calling in this morning to talk about his campaign.  He entered the race officially this week and is criss-crossing the state, meeting with supporters and the media to get his message of changing government out to the people.  We had an exclusive interview with Rick this morning on the show, and to listen to his message, click “HERE“.  For more on him and his campaign message from his website, click “HERE“.  He will be in the Marquette area tonight at 8:45pm to do a meet and greet session at the Presque Isle Pavilion with folks from our neck of the woods.  Go on out an meet the guy and say Mark & Walt sent you!

MARQUETTE FIREMEN HIT THE STREETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

DEAN MALLOS & BRIAN ANDERSON WITH THE MFD.

DEAN MALLOS & BRIAN ANDERSON WITH THE MFD.

Hey, be sure to keep an eye out in the City of Marquette for members of the Marquette Fire Department out on the streets today and tomorrow (Sat) at various intersections doing the “Fill the Boot” campaign.  The plan is to get you in your car to throw your loose pocket change into the boot the fireman  is holding.  The money raised will all go to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The firemen will be out this afternoon from 3-pm to 6-pm tonight and from 10-am to 3-pm tomorrow (Sat).   Here’s a shot of Marquette Fire Department members Dean Mallos and Brian Anderson who stopped by the Sunny Studios this week to tell us about the effort.

IT’S BEEN A CRACKIN’ GOOD WEEK, SO LET”S HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

As I mentioned earlier, this weekend is full of great opportunites to get out and check out all sorts of events and activities that make living here great!  And if you’re just visiting and happen to be reading this info, do the same.  As I always say, don’t take it for granted…JUST TAKE IT IN!

We’ll catch you soon back here on the internetz!

-Walt.

KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED AND ENTERTAINED EVERY DAY!

Today was a good day on the program!  We had the chance to talk about the art scene in Marquette County with a preview of one of the county’s major music events and talk about the current political climate at the State Capitol in Lansing with our State Representative.  Today’s show was a prime example of what “Mark & Walt in the Morning” is all about.  Up-to-date in-depth interviews with the newsmakers of our community and discussions on matters important to you that go well beyond the sound bite!  In fact, if you missed the show today, dear blog-o-phile, keep reading on and take a listen to today’s interviews at your leisure.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE STEVE LINDBERG.

SUMMERY STATE REP.STEVE

SUMMERY STATE REP.STEVE

Thanks to 109th District State Representative Steve Lindberg for stopping in this morning for an exclusive interview to talk about the current legislative climate in Lansing, including the increasingly tenuous budget negotiations that he feels are going to go down to the wire once again this year.  You can listen to the full-length interview by clicking “HERE“.  To contact Representative Lindberg through his website, click “HERE.

MARQUETTE COUNTY IS GETTING THE BLUES (IN A GOOD WAY)!

MARQUETTE AREA BLUES FEST

MARQUETTE AREA BLUES FEST

Thanks to Mark Stonerock, Festival Director with the Marquette Area Blues Fest for visiting the Sunny Studios to provide and update about the upcoming 6th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest, being held Labor Day Weekend at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette.  Stony (as everybody calls him) gave a full rundown of the performer lineup as well the vendors and beverage tent.  Also was discussed was tickets, the performance workshops at the festival and how people can volunteer to help out at the event.  To listen to the interview, click “HERE“, and to find out more about the Marquette Area Blues Society and the Festival, click “HERE.

THAT’S ANOTHER BLOG FOR ANOTHER DAY.

Thanks for checking in today!  We’ll catch you again next time!

Until then, see you later!

-W

HEY BLOGGERS, DUE TO SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES, HERE’S A COUPLE OF MAKE-UP INTERVIEWS POSTINGS!

In the never-ending quest to keep you connected to the local goings-on, here are a couple of interviews that did not get posted immediately to the blog over the last couple of days.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause or has caused or might have caused or….well, WE’RE SORRY!

BASEBALL BEING PROPOSED AT MARQUETTE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

BOY'S BASEBALL ADVOCATE TRACY HENRIKSEN.

BOY'S BASEBALL ADVOCATE TRACY HENRIKSEN.

As part of our network’s continuing coverage of Marquette Senior High School sports, we spoke with Tracy Henriksen last week about a proposal to bring baseball to MSHS this season.  To listen to the interview with Tracy, click “HERE“.  A vote on this issue is pending at the next meeting of the Marquette School Board of Education and all interested persons are asked to try and attend the meeting and let their opinions be known.

We’ll keep you posted as the issue moves along!

DANCE MY LITTLE BLUEBERRY, DANCE!!

THE SMILIN' NIKKE NASON!

THE SMILIN' NIKKE NASON!

Thanks to Nikke Nason with the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center for stopping in to talk about the upcoming Blueberry Festival Dance Event that is being held in conjunction with the annual Blueberry Festival in Marquette. Click “HERE” for the interview with Nikke.  Of course, she’s chipper as ever, so make sure you have your morning coffee down before listening!

ENJOY THOSE BITS OF LOCAL INFO!

See ya soon!

-Walt

TODAY’S BLOG DEDICATED TO MARK EVANS…OR AT LEAST HIS FEAR OF BEING TICKLED!!

HERE WE GO!

HERE WE GO!

This, my friends, is the face of trepidation!  This is the face of uncertainty and fear!  This is the face of Mark Evans as he sat down to have the FIRST massage of his life be administered by the lovely and talented Heather from Utopia Tan and Skin Care.  Why is he so nervous?  Why so uncertain?  Because Mark is very, very ticklish and has never allowed himself to have a massage before.  I must step up and commend him for confronting his fears on the show today.  Not only did he do it in front of all of his co-workers, he did it live on the air for all of you listeners to check out.  Well done, Mark!  You beat the fear and actually seemed to enjoy it by the end!  The moral for all of you kids out there is that once you confront your fears, they really don’t seem that bad after all!

IT SEEMED TO WORK WELL!!

HEY...THIS AIN'T SO BAD!

HEY...THIS AIN'T SO BAD!

Here is our friend Mark after about 10 minutes of neck and shoulder massage by Heather.  See the relaxation in his face.  See how he actually seems to really be getting into it and is showing relaxation!  He wouldn’t fully relax, though, because he was certain someone was going to poke him in the sides or give him the full-on side tickle.  No one ever did, though and he made it through the ordeal (his) with flying colors.  He even said that it should be done again.  If you’d like to be like Mark…you can contact Utopia Tan and Skin Care in Marquette.  We thank the tolerant Heather for coming in with the rest of the Utopia Crew this morning for this wonderful moment in local radio history!

IT WAS A BUSY SHOW AS WELL!

SARAH PEURA FROM SAIL.

SARAH PEURA FROM SAIL.

Thanks to Sarah Peura with the Superior Alliance for Independent Living for stopping in to let us know about the upcoming “Walk & Roll” event that is happening on Augst 15th.  This event is a major fund raiser for the agency and also is part of an overall awareness campaign for SAIL.  To listen to Sarah’s comment’s click “HERE“, and for a look at their website, click “HERE.”

THE FORGOTTEN EAGLES RIDE AROUND MICHIGAN!

MIKE KOPPINGER & BRAD SLAGLE.

MIKE KOPPINGER & BRAD SLAGLE.

Thanks to Mike Koppinger with the Forgotten Eagles and Brad Slagle with the Jacobetti Home for Veterans for coming by the Sunny Studios to talk about the annual “Ride Around Michigan” which is put on by the Forgotten Eagles to benefit veterans and agencies like the Jacobetti Home.  The ride is coming up in early August and will cross the entire State of Michigan.  The group will be raising money to give to veterans, their families and veteran’s groups and agencies.  To listen to the interview, click “HERE“.  For more about the Forgotten Eagles, click “HERE“.

THAT’S A FULL BLOG!!

Well, here’s hoping you guys are enjoying what bit of summer we have going on and you’ll keep listening to big show and checking in here intermittently on the blog for insight into the Mark & Walt in the Morning multi-media experience!

-Walt