STATE POLICE RELEASE A COMPOSITE SKETCH OF A POSSIBLE SUSPECT IN MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP MURDER CASE.

State Police at the Negaunee post have released a composite sketch of a man who was seen at the ‘Quick Cash & Guns’ store last Tuesday afternoon in Marquette Township.  Police are looking for the man as a possible suspect in the shooting death of 27-year-old Robert Dusseau of Ishpeming at the store that evening.  The man is described as a white male, about 35 to 45 years old, around 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing about 200 to 220 pounds.  He has brown hair and a close-cropped goatee or beard along with silver or gold-rimmed glasses.

Authorities are also looking for information from anyone who may have seen the victim’s car between the hours of 5-pm and 8-pm on Tuesday evening.  The vehicle is a blue 2007 Pontiac Vibe 4-door with a rear hatchback and a Michigan license plate.

If you have any information related to this case, please call State Police at the Negaunee post at 475-9922.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has posted a 5-thousand dollar reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the case.

MAPS BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO RELOCATE 5-TH GRADE CLASSES.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG.

The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education has voted to move 5-th grade classes in the district to a new location.  Following a 4-hour meeting and workshop last night, the board decided on a 5-to-2 vote to move 5th graders from the Graveraet school to the Bothwell school starting next year. Bothwell school will now house 5th through 8th graders.

Superintendent Jon Hartwig, during an exclusive interview with Great Lakes Radio News, said educational uses will be developed for Graveraet including the possibility of used it as an expanded alternative high school.  Hartwig added that over time, the Board of Education will look at other possible grade alignment options.  To listen to comments from Superintendent Hartwig, please click “HERE“.

THE STORM WASN’T SO BAD AFTER ALL!

So, here we are on a Wednesday morning, somewhat disappointed because the big snow they said was coming, didn’t.  Oh well, I guess a few inches of fluffy, white snow isn’t so bad after all! It cleans things up visually, so to speak, and that’s always good.  There are some snowy areas out there around the region, though, so the latest storm details are added below for your convenience.  Enjoy!

There are a few closures out there this morning in some school districts, and for the latest listings, check out the “School Closings” and “Cancellations” portions of today’s blog.

THE LATEST FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS MORNING:

MARQUETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE
446 AM EST WED FEB 24 2010

A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON.

* LAKE EFFECT SNOW…HEAVY AT TIMES…WILL CONTINUE EAST OF
MARQUETTE THROUGH THE MORNING. WEST OF MARQUETTE…SNOW WILL BE
LIGHTER. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH IN THE AFTERNOON.

* EAST OF HARVEY AND SKANDIA…EXPECT AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 9 INCHES
OF SNOW TODAY WITH MOST OF THE ACCUMULATION OCCURRING THIS
MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL NEAR SHOT POINT. WEST OF
HARVEY AND SKANDIA…ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 1
TO LOCALLY 4 INCHES.

* ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND HAZARDOUS. HIGHWAYS M-28 AND
US-41 EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF MARQUETTE WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL. NORTH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 30 MPH WILL PRODUCE
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW AND VERY POOR VISIBILITY IN OPEN AREAS
NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF LAKE
EFFECT SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS.
LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TYPICALLY ALIGN THEMSELVES IN BANDS AND
WILL LIKELY BE INTENSE ENOUGH TO DROP 1 TO SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW
PER HOUR FOR SEVERAL HOURS. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN
YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

UPDATE FOR AGENCIES AROUND THE STATE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

Here are some updates involving agencies here in Michigan and in Marquette County that we have talked to in the recent past.  Enjoy!

A CHAT WITH REBECCA HUMPHRIES, THE DIRECTOR OF THE D-N-R-E.

DNRE DIRECTOR REBECCA HUMPHRIES

Director of the newly-formed Department of Natural Resources and Environment for the State of Michigan was in our studios recently to talk about the merger of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality and what the changes mean to us as Michigan citizens and business owners.  She also discussed hot-button issues such as the dangers of Asian Carp getting into the Great Lakes and she gave us her latest opinions concerning the current status of the Kennecott Eagle mining project here in Marquette County.  To listen in to the interview with Director Humphries, please click “HERE“.

A FEW MOMENTS WITH THE GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.


ANN GONYEA WITH THE GLCYD

Ann Gonyea, outreach co-ordinator with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined us to talk about development of effective and sustaining boards of directors for non-profit agencies and how the Center can assist in that endeavor for your groups.  She also talked about the criteria to use when selecting and recruiting a board member or members to insure that your organization maintains a comfortable success level in perpetuity. To listen to the points raised in Ann’s interview, please click “HERE“.


YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY UPDATE.

HEALTHY LIVING MAVENS, GEORGE & LISA

YMCA of Marquette County Executive Director Lisa Coombs-Gerou and Marquette County Health Department Director George Sedlacheck came in to discuss a new survey and grant that had details about the the healthiness of Marquette County.  The “ACHEIVE” Grant, awarded to the YMCA of Marquette County and the Marquette County Health Department is set up to increase the availability of healthy activities and the education of healthy activities to residents of Marquette County.  To listen to the interview with Lisa and George, please click “HERE“.

HELLO FOLKS!  HERE’S THE DEAL:

This is one of those blog postings that’s long on information and short on conjecture.  That’s because it’s set up to0 be one of those information-loaded blasts that gets us back up-to-date!  So, I guess we best get to it!

NEGAUNEE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE SCHOOL DAY CHANGES.

NEGAUNEE SUPERINTENDENT JIM DEROCHER

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James DeRocher joined us to discuss a plan developed in response to a projected deficit of $265,791 for 2009-10 school year and a projected deficit of up to $1.2 Million for the 2010-11school year.   The Board of Education and the Negaunee Education Association have signed a Letter of Agreement, which reduces the number of instructional days for 2009-10 school year from 180 days to 175 days. This change in the number of instructional days also means that the school day will be 30 minutes longer for students, beginning on Monday, February 22, 2010.   At the Negaunee High and Middle Schools, classes will begin 10 minutes earlier, 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. respectively, while at Lakeview Elementary School classes will begin at 8:40 a.m. The present bus pick-up schedule for the morning will be 10 minutes earlier, beginning on Monday. Afternoon dismissal times will be as follows: Middle School: 2:50 p.m., High School: 3 p.m. and Lakeview: 3:50 p.m. Afternoon bus drop off times will be 20 minutes later for the High School and Middle School students and 10- minutes later for Lakeview students.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

COME TO THE DRY DOCK FOR A GREAT CAUSE!

STAN HUBERT, OWNER, STAN'S DRY DOCK IN HARVEY

Stan Hubert, owner and operator of the Dry Dock Tavern in Harvey stopped in this morning to give us an update on a special snowmobile run coming up tomorrow to benefit the Marquette-Alger Regional Service Agency and their programs for special needs children.  He talked about what’s going on tomorrow and the events, activities related to the event.  It’s a great opportunity to hit the trails for a good cause and help out area kids with special needs.  To listen in and catch up with the schedule, please check out Stan’s interview by clicking “HERE“.

IT’S ALL PART OF A BUSY WEEKEND!

Hey there’s so much going on this weekend around Marquette County, that we hope you get out and enjoy it all!  But remember to be safe and don’t be a news story on Monday!


See Ya!

-Walt

PACZKI’S FOR EVERYBODY!!  EXCEPT FOR ME.

DON'T LOOK AWAY!!! THEY ARE PACZKI'S OF DOOM!!

So, it would figure that as I stepped on the scale this morning it would read 294.4 pounds.  That’s a weight loss of about 10 pounds so far as I work to battle the bulge.  It’s all part of the success I have encountered so far on the HealthSeekers 2010 program that I am enrolled in.  It’s a great number, and I’m happy.  The problem is…today is FAT TUESDAY!!!  Of course, in the olden days of yore, I would have most like snarfed at least two paczki’s today over coffee!  Never mind what I else I would have gobbled down in a thoughtless blind “Fat Tuesday” inspired munch-a-thon!  But I can honestly say…I HAD NO PACZKIS! Not two, not one…none!  I looked at them, smelled them and I walked away!  Dang!! That’s it, no more, no less!  It CAN be done!

eLOFT WELCOMES AN AUTHOR TO TOWN!

DAR SHEPERD FROM THE eLOFT.

Dar Shepard from the eLoft in Marquette joined us today to talk about a special upcoming presentation.  It will show how local businesses across the country are beating the global competition. This presentation will present practical ideas for creating and maintaining a vibrant, successful, and locally owned business system that could revolutionize the economy of the Upper Peninsula.  Michael Shuman will be speaking on the dramatic impact that small business has on the local and global economy.  In our current economy, small business is key to spurring economic growth.  The eLoft will also be announcing the winner of The eLoft’s™ Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.  For more about the eLoft, please click “HERE“, and to listen to an excerpt of Dar’s interview, please click “HERE“.


HAPPY MARDI GRAS EVERYBODY!!!  WHATTA DOO!

Have a good day everybody.  Eat, drink and be merry, if that’s what you want to do today, just use common sense and don’t be a news story for me tomorrow!

See ya all later!


-Walt

A WINDY AND SNOWY FAT TUESDAY!

It is a nasty one out there this morning in the central U.P. with snowfall, high winds and cold temperatures.  As a result, there are several school closings this morning to pass on.  Please head to the school closings and cancellations links above.

DO YOU LOVE THE DAY AFTER THE DAY OF LOVE?

POST VALENTINE'S DAY DISCOUNTS ARE ABOUNDING!

So, hopefully, you had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day Weekend.  The day of love was  Sunday this year, and for some guys, having the Daytona 500, the NBA All-Star game and the Olympics all on the TV on Valentine’s Day was probably quite a challenge.  The desire to be a good husband or boyfriend and be attentive and romantic on a day loaded with special sports events on TV probably made for treacherous waters to navigate for most guys.  And for the women, dealing with us knuckle-dragging neanderthal troglodytes (also known as men) trying to be romantic and loving must be quite a trip as well.  Ahhhh, the romance!!  At least the next part of this blog has to do with helping out those in our lives who love us unconditionally!


FIRST AID TRAINING FOR OUR PETS.  YES, OUR PETS!

THE RED CROSS HELPS US TO HELP OUR PETS!

Christy Beck, the Community Service Co-ordinator for the Red Cross of Marquette County joined us this morning to fill us in on a program that has been developed to train people to provide first aid to their pets.  This program has been offered by the Red Cross to the people in member agencies, but has never been offered to the public here in Marquette County.  The training session is an experimental one, meaning that if enough people show up and have an interest in continuing training, the Marquette county red Cross will continue to provide it.  To find out more about the program and when the session is being held, please click “HERE” to listen to Christy’s interview.

WHO DO YOU LOVE?

BO DIDDLEY...'NUFF SAID!

Well, that’s a quick posting for you on this day after Valentine’s Day.  Hopefully, it did go well for you and your significant other and you had a great day.  If it didn’t, oh well…you’ll live on!  Of course for those who insist on saying things like, “It’s only a Hallmark Holiday”, or, “It’s just to sell some candy and cheesy gifts that no one needs”, they have never truly experienced the joy of being able to share time with someone who is near and dear to their heart and to take the time to express the genuine feelings of love, care and compassion for another person.  Those folks, in my humble opinion, don’t know what they are talking about…in fact, they don’t know Diddley!

On that note,


CHEERS!


-Walt

BLOGGIN’ AND FLOGGIN’ ON A FRIDAY!

AHHHH...LOVE!

Troops! It’s Friday, which of course means that this is the weekend.  But, the rub this weekend is that it is Valentine’s Day Weekend! For those of us, like me, who has a significant other (wife) that is not swayed by the traditional gifts such as chocolates and jewelry, it creates a particularly challenging environment to navigate.  It’s always a difficult time to get through when holidays like this one come up!  Oh well, I’m a smart and resourceful guy and I’m sure I can come up with a decent plan.  I guess you’ll just have to listen in on monday to see how the weekend went!  Anyway…without further ado, ON WITH THE BLOG!

A FESTIVAL OF FANCY FEASTING FOR A FINE CAUSE!

CHEF RYAN POTILA AND MITT ARBELIUS.

Mitt Arbelius from the Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter and The Women’s Center in Marquette joined Landmark Inn Executive Chef Ryan Potila in the studios to talk about the upcoming “Chefs Against Domestic Violence Dinner and Silent Auction”.  The event will be held at the Landmark Inn on Saturday, March 27th and is an evening of elegance designed to raise funds for the Harbor House.  Chef Potila rolled out the evening’s menu, and after the drool was wiped up off of the studio floor, we discussed tickets and event times.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“, and to find out more about the Harbor House and the Women’s Center, please click “HERE“.

A LOT OF LUTHERAN LENT FOR YOU.

THE PLEASANT PASTOR, DAVE VAN KLEY.

Pastor Dave Van Kley from Messiah Lutheran and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches in Marquette stopped in recently to fill us in on a series of church services, gatherings, sessions and discussions being held at the churches during the Lent season which begins soon on Ash Wednesday.  You can find out more about what is planned by listening to the interview by clicking “HERE” and go online and log on to the church’s website by clicking “HERE“.

IT’S A SLED DOG RACE, NOT A DOG SLED RACE!

PAT TORREANO FROM THE UPSDA.

Pat Torreano with the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association  joined us to chat about the UP 200 and Midnight Run Sled Dog races coming up next weekend in Marquette and Alger Counties.  She gave us the schedule for the race start, which, as always, is set to get underway in Downtown Marquette on Friday night in front of thousands of spectators.  Oh, by the way, I’ll be your MC for the start again this year!  To listen to Pat’s comments, please click “HERE” and to hook up to the UPSDA website for more information about the race and all of it’s related activities, please click “HERE“.

WELL, THAT’S THAT!

That wraps up another busy week here at the radio ranch!  I hope you get out and have a safe and enjoyable weekend.  AND…have a good Valentine’s Day as well!  We’ll catch up again real soon!

CHEERS!


-Walt

STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW AND STUFF YOU DIDN’T REALLY NEED TO SEE!

MAJOR DISCOUNT IS DRESSED TO GO HUNTIN'!

So…an average Wednesday on the big show is referred to as an “abbreviated edition” of the program.  Well, this time around, the show was jam-packed with information and was one hour shorter due to the ridiculously popular and outlandishly supported Great Lakes Radio Shopping Show with our own Major Discount, Todd Noordyk.  As is usually the case, he’ll stroll in a couple of minutes before air time and casually sit down with the mission of saving you money.  He did it again today, but we simply had to capture him on camera because of his stunning fashion statement that he made.  Sporting a shirt like no other, he sat down to tell us about what was on the show and whatnot, but we couldn’t get past the shirt!  So, ladies and gentlemen…here it is!


MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UPDATE.

DR. CAROLE TOUCHINSKI OF THE MCCF.

Dr. Carole Touchinski visited us this morning to discuss planning to make “legacy” contributions to the foundation’s endowment fund by leaving them in your will.  She explained that the Foundation has will planning kits available at there office and she would be happy to pass one on to anyone interested.  She also gave us a bit of an overview about how the Marquette County Community Foundation functions to benefit non-profit agencies in Marquette County.  To log on to the Foundation’s website, please click “HERE“, and to listen to the interview with Carole, please click “HERE“.

MARQUETTE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING.

TERESA SCHWALBACH AND JOE VANOOSTERHOUT.

Teresa Schwalbach, Marquette County’s Emergency Management Co-ordinator and Joe VanOosterhout, the Manager of Marquette County’s Central Dispatch provided us an update on several efforts underway in the Emergency Management sector of the county.  From efforts to develop more volunteers to have on reserve in time of a crisis, to a plan to make all 9-1-1 centers across the Upper Peninsula be compatible in their communications to a new service known as NIXLE, they filled us in on much pertinent information.  To listen to the interview with Teresa and Joe, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Marquette County website, please click “HERE“.

FULL DAY, SHORT SHOW AND A SNAPPY SHIRT!

YOWZA! YOWZA! YOWZA!

Well, folks, like I said…that’s one full (yet abbreviated) morning radio show!  But before we go…I just wanted to give you all a full-on close-up of that clever shirt!  Enjoy that, and we’ll see you all tomorrow on the air and online!

CHEERS!

-Walt