THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

GARY MULLER FROM MGH AND RICK AMENT WITH BELL.

Gary Muller, President & CEO of Superior Health Partners and Interim President and CEO of Marquette General Health Systems, joined Rick Ament, President of Bell Hospital, in our studios for an exclusive interview to discuss the newly-formed Superior Health Partners.  This alliance of the two hospitals in Marquette County is an unique partnership designed to enable more people to receive their health care close to home in the Upper Peninsula.  Superior Health Partners will focus on enhancing high quality health care services and medical treatments delivered in the Upper Peninsula and proactively prepare for national healthcare reforms.  To listen to the entire long-form interview with Muller and Ament, please click “HERE“.  For more information about Superior Health Partners, please click “HERE“.

THAT’S A WRAP, EVERYBODY!

YOUR KBC HOST, MARK EVANS AND THE WORLD'S MOST TOLERANT WOMAN, HIS LOVELY WIFE KRISTI AT THE UPFRONT & COMPANY.

The 2010 Keweenaw Brewing Company/ Sunny 101.9 WKQS “NAME THE BREW” tour is now in the books.  With a rousing wrap-up last night at the UpFront & Company in Marquette, the final names were collected from the fine folks who gathered to sample the Scottish Ale and submit their ideas.  The last finalist was chosen and now goes onto the master list being presented to the folks at KBC in Houghton.   Last night’s selection is now posted on the “Name The Brew” page here on the blog.  It’s a pretty good one, especially if you know anything about hockey history here in Marquette County.  Head on over to the page and check it out!

Thanks to everyone who took part and entered their ideas.  A special thanks to Tom Babcock and Pike Distributing and of course, a VERY special thanks to Dick Gray and Paul Boissevain, the creators and owners of the Keweenaw Brewing Company.  Keep an eye out for their Scottish Ale hitting the streets soon…it just may have YOUR name on it!

ONE MORE TO GO!

MARK HOISTS THE SCOTTISH ALE AT STUCKO'S IN MARQUETTE.

Another successful night of the 2010 Keweenaw Brewing Company NAME THE NEW BREW tour was held at Stucko’s in Marquette last night.  A great time was had by all and the latest finalist in the contest to name the Scottish Ale was selected to see the latest entry and all of the finalists so far, head on over to the “Name the Brew” page here on the blog!

We’ll do it again on Thursday evening at the UpFront & Company in Marquette, and we hope to see you there as we “Name the New Brew” with the Keweenaw Brewing Company!


CHEERS!

-Mark & Walt

GOOD MONDAY MORNING, MARQUETTE COUNTY!!

Yes, I know it’s hot!  Anyone who was trying to sleep last night around the County without air conditioning knows exactly what I’m talking about.  The forecast calls for 90’s today and upper 80’s for the next couple of days.  So far, I’ve heard from a series of folks who are traveling around the country who are letting us know that today is going to be warmer than parts of Florida, Texas and Oklahoma!  I have to admit, that’s really something!  Something to hate, that is.

So anyway, in lieu of  any funny anecdotes or whatnot having to do with the weather, I have decided post a series of community interview updates for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy!

NEGAUNEE SCHOOLS FACE BUDGET PRESSURES.

NEGAUNEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT JAMES DEROCHER.

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James Derocher joined us in the studios to discuss some of the steps recently taken by the Negaunee Schools’ Board of Education to address a 1-point-5 million dollar budget shortfall in their operating budget.  The first round of action included the layoff of seven teaching positions in an effort to save the district approximately 433-thousand dollars.  That still leaves just over a million dollars in further cuts having to made by the district in a limited period of time.  Superintendent Derocher discussed some of the options and challenges faced by the district to carry through those remaining cuts and how they will affect the school.  To listen to the full interview with Superintendent Derocher, please click “HERE“.

YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY UPDATE.

YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY'S LISA COOMBS-GEROU

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, executive director of the YMCA of Marquette County paid us a visit recently and outlined a huge array of programs and activities slated for the summer for all ages and groups around Marquette County.  From Summer Day Camps and swimming and kayaking courses for youth to group exercise and socially-based events for the area’s more “seasoned” citizens, the YMCA of Marquette County has a wide variety of events for folks to take part in!  You can listen to interview with Lisa Coombs-Gerou by clicking “HERE” and if you want to log on to the officials website of the YMCA of Marquette County by clicking “HERE“.

GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKS TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS.

GLCYD'S LINDA REMSBURG.

Linda Remsburg, a youth development specialist with the GLCYD, stopped in to tell us about the U.P. Service Awards.  This program is a special way to honor volunteers for the hard work they do in giving of their time and efforts to help all of the agencies and groups that work to serve the public here in the Upper Peninsula.  She outlined the process to nominate a person, a group, non-profit or for-profit business and more for this award.  To listen to the interview with Linda Remsburg, please click “HERE“, and for more about the Great Lakes Center For Youth Development, you can access their website by clicking “HERE“.

THE KBC NAME THE BREW TOUR HITS THE MODEL TOWN.

YOUR HUMBLE HOSTS, LINDALA AND EVANS.

Thanks to the fine folks at Fat Boyz South in Gwinn for hosting the latest stop on the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s “Name the Brew” Tour.  It was a blast and the folks were great to hang out with as well.  If you want to see a building with history and “mileage”, be sure to check out the building that Fat Boyz South is located in.  It’s some great local history.  We picked another winning entry, and you can head over to the “Name the Brew” page here on our site and check it out!

You can also check out where the tour is headed next week.  There are only two stops left, so if you have not had a chance to get out and sample the KBC Scottish Ale, please take the time to make it a part of your week.  You never know…your entry may end up being the winner!!

THE KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY “NAME THE BREW” TOUR ROLLS ON!

AHHH! KBC GOODNESS! MMMM!

Head on over to Fat Boyz South in Gwinn tonight from 5pm to 7pm for the latest stop in the Keweenaw Brewing Company/Sunny 101.9 “Name the Brew” tour.  Last Tuesday the crew at Fat Boyz in Downtown Trowbridge folks tried out the Scottish Ale and gave it the name “Rock Cut Scottish Ale.”  Now’s your chance to drop your own name.  We’ll see you there!

Full updates and recaps tomorrow here on the big blog!

See you then!


CHEERS!

-Walt

AND AWAY WE GO!  INTO THE BIG BOOKS!

DIANNE PATRICK AND PAM CHRISTENSEN IN THE STUDIOS.

A busy week rolls on with an update about a special event coming up this week in Marquette.  Dianne Patrick with Snowbound Books and Pam Christensen of the The Peter White Public Library joined us this morning to talk about an interesting evening this week with three prominent authors.   It is “Writing War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam,” with noted writers Benjamin Busch, Philip Caputo, and Doug Stanton on Thursday at the UpFront & Co. in Marquette. The event celebrates the conclusion of the Council’s 2009-2010 Great Michigan Read and will be a moderated, panel-style discussion focusing on the impact of war on culture, particularly in relation to recent United States conflicts (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam).  Tickets cost $5.00 for adults and are free for students. They are available online at the above website and locally at Snowbound Books.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

“NAME THE BREW” 2010 ROLLS ON!

YOUR MORNING TEAM AT THE WILD ROVER.

Thanks to the staff and all the fine patrons on the Wild Rover Public House and Bistro for making the latest stop on the Keweenaw Brewing Company/Sunny 101.9 “NAME THE BREW” Tour such a success!  We had a ball bringing the KBC Scottish Ale to all those who wished to give it a try, and we collected quite a few great names for consideration.  To see last night’s winning name entry, head on over to the KBC Name the Brew Tour page here on the blog.  You can also see where where we are headed with the tour over the next two weeks!  We hope to see you out there soon!

SOME DAYS, IT JUST FEELS GOOD TO TALK ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY!

PLEASANT WALT IN THE STUDIO.

This morning was another one of those really cool mornings that makes doing a morning radio show here in Marquette County great!  It was another visit with the Marquette County Community Foundation folks to talk about the involvement of young people with the Youth Advisory Committee that works with the foundation to distribute funds to youth-driven events and activities.  It was refreshing to hear about youth in our community doing good things and the typical “damn kids” kind of coverage.  Check out the information below to hear what I’m talking about!

It’s cool and in a way, kind of inspirational, too!

Enjoy!

MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UPDATE.

THE MCCF'S CAROLE TOUCHINSKI AND HAYLEY MASKUS.

Dr. Carole Touchinski, Executive Director of the Marquette County Community Foundation joined us today along with Hayley Maskus, who is a member of the MCCF’S Youth Advisory Committee.  Carole and Hayley both talked about the youth factor in money being distributed by the Foundation to youth-oriented program funding proposals.  They also addressed how to get young people involved in the process of being on the Community Foundation’s various Youth Advisory Committees.  To listen to the interview with Carole and Hayley, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Marquette County Community Foundation’s website, please click “HERE“.

INSPIRATIONAL INVOLVEMENT OF MARQUETTE COUNTY’S YOUTH!

Sounds good, doesn’t it?  It’s nice to hear about something good concerning our young people, isn’t it?  I love it!


CHEERS!

-Walt

A CHAT WITH SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW.

US SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW

Thanks to Michigan’s Junior United States Senator, Debbie Stabenow for joining us this morning to talk about a piece of legislation that has been approved by the US Senate that that clears the way for the transfer of approximately 5.5 acres of land from the U.S Coast Guard to the City of Marquette.  The Marquette City Commission voted 5-2 vote in September 2007 to approve the sale of a 1.5-acre parcel of waterfront property.  The City of Marquette began to take the necessary steps to obtain approximately 5.5 acres of land north of the museum on lighthouse point.  The land fell under the control of the Bureau of Land Management where it was decided that the land would become public trust or be eligible for protection under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act.  Legislative action was required to accelerate the land transfer.  In an effort to speed up the process of the land transfer, US-Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced and passed legislation under the Coast Guard Authorization bill that allows for a direct transfer of land between the City of Marquette and the Coast Guard.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.