ANOTHER PACKED MARQUETTE COUNTY WEEK IN THE BOOKS!

Whew!  What a week!  From politics to medical marijuana, Boy Scout celebrations to brain tumor and cancer benefits, ham radios to Northern Michigan University updates, school bond and millage elections to YMCA visits, it was all in there!  Wow!  We do more in one week on Mark and Walt in the Morning than many other “community oriented” morning shows do all month!  HA!  We love it!

But enough of this self-serving clap trap, here a few more Marquette County community interviews and updates for your perusal and consideration.

ENJOY!


ISHPEMING SCHOOL DISTRICT REGROUPS AFTER ELECTION RESULTS.

ROBERT BERTUCCI.

Following a defeat of a school bond proposal that would have allowed the Ishpeming Public Schools to re-do and expand the Birchview School building and get out of the C.L. Phelps building, we spoke with the Ishpeming Schools’ business manager Robert Bertucci to find out what is next for the school district to do to adjust their budgets and address a 400-thousand dollar shortfall for next year.  To listen to the complete interview with Robert Bertucci, please click “HERE“.

UPPER PENINSULA BRAIN TUMOR CENTER UPDATE.

DR. ROBERT WINN and DR. RICHARD ROVIN.

Dr. Richard Rovin, Neurosurgeon at Marquette General Health Systems and Dr. Robert Winn, Professor of Biology at Northern Michigan University joined us to discuss the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, a collaborative effort between the two institutions to increase training of students and the effective treatment of brain tumors in patients from Upper Michigan.  To listen to select highlights of the interview with Dr.’s Rovin and Winn, please take a moment and click “HERE“.


NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY END OF SEMESTER UPDATE.

NMU PRESIDENT DR. LES WONG.

Northern Michigan University President Dr. Les Wong visited our studios to give us a semester wrap-up along with a look ahead for the summer and the next year and a half or so for Northern.  Avoiding the usual blather about budget cuts, Dr. Wong outlined plans for changes in programs and facilities at NMU and what may be some of the strongest enrollment numbers for not only the fall, but the summer semester and the rest of the year.  Wong says the positive numbers bode well for the rest of  year and for the students and the University.  To listen to Dr. Wong’s morning show interview, please click “HERE“.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!


CHEERS!

-Walt

LOADING UP THE BLOG WITH A BIG PILE OF INFO!

LOVIN' THE KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY!

So, this is one of those days where the blog loads up fast and furious.  Lots of community information and plenty of discussion points.  From a chat with a candidate for congress to a special event combining blues music and Cajun food all to help a good cause, this blog is certainly full of it!  Of course, so is the show!  HA!

OK!  That joke was bad, but I’m sure you had at least a brief snicker!

Oh yeah!  Be sure to check out the KBC “Name the Brew” page here on the blog for the latest on the tour to name the new KBC brew!  We’re headed to the UpFront & Company next.  See you all there!


CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DAN BENISHEK STOPS BY.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DR. DAN BENISHEK.

Dr. Dan Benishek joined us this morning to discuss his run for the 1-st Congressional District as a first-time politician.  Benishek, who is running as a Republican, is a general surgeon from Crystal Falls who is running for the seat being vacated by long time Congressman Bart Stupak.  Stupak recently announced he was not going to run for re-election after this current term.  Benishek, who declared his candidacy prior to Stupak making his announcement, says he is the right person for job for a multitude reasons including his lack of political experience.  To listen to the interview from the show, please click “HERE“.  For more on Dan Benishek and his campaign, please click “HERE“.


SO, YOU WANNA SMOKE ONE UP?

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN.

Attorney Brian Bloch, with the Lake Superior Legal Center in Marquette, visited our show to discuss legal issues connected to the recently-enacted Medical Marijuana Law in Michigan.  While the law has the potential to benefit those who are truly and genuinely ill and wish to use marijuana to ease chronic pain, Bloch feels the language of the law is overly nebulous and has too many unanswered legal questions attached to it.  He joined us to let us know that he is one of the few attorneys in town willing to discuss the law in depth with clients and would be available, through the Lake Superior Legal Center, to answer questions from the public as best as he could.  To listen to the interview with Brian, please click “HERE“.

SINGIN’ THE BLUES TO BEAT CANCER.

LORRIE HAYES AND CARL FULSHER IN THE STUDIO.

Lorrie Hayes, with the Flat Broke Blues Band and Carl Fulsher with the American Cancer Society stopped in to discuss the 4-th Annual Blues For Life Cancer Benefit.  The event will be held at the Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery in Downtown Marquette this Saturday starting at 5:00 pm. Activities will include live blues music, food provided by the Lagniappe, a silent auction and more.  The Blues for Life event will feature complimentary food from the Lagniappe and live music by FAST EDDIE’S BLUES BAND and THE FLAT BROKE BLUES BAND. Also on the bill is a silent auction and door prizes. A cash bar will also be available. All proceeds raised will go to the American Cancer Society for local cancer research and recovery programs.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

BUSY, BUT THAT’S THE WAY WE LIKE IT!

SERVICE WITH A SMILE (AND KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY BEER)!

That puts the wraps on another day’s worth of the blog.  That’s a lot of information to pass on to you, and you can tune in tomorrow for more!  We like to keep busy by helping to keep you informed as a listener and a blogger.  It’s our pleasure!

See you again soon here on the internetz!

CHEERS!


-Walt

ELECTION RESULTS FROM AROUND MARQUETTE COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

ISHPEMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND PROPOSAL

Should the Ishpeming Schools borrow $11.2 million to expand and re-do the Birchview School and close the Phelps School?

Yes: 579

No: 756

MARQUETTE ALGER REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE AGENCY SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING MILLAGE REQUEST

Should an increase of .75 mills be levied on principal residences for 20 years for special education purposes?

Yes: 1,912

No: 2,561

ALGER COUNTY RESULTS

AUTRAIN-ONOTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Should 18 mills be levied on the principal residences for operations of the AuTrain Onota Schools?

Yes: 77

No: 38

MUNSING PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Education Member

Jason Brisson – 298

Alma Oatley – 179

Walter Loope – 126

Kris Petoskey – 103

Mark Cabinaw – 75

Laura Felker – 68

SUPERIOR-CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Education Member

Ben Bartlett – 146

Barbara K. Tromley – 107

Heidi K. Swajanen – 68

Christian Young – 63

YIKES!!  WHAT HAPPENED?  WASN’T IT JUST THE WEEKEND?

AHHHH...THE GRILLING SEASON HAS BEGUN!

Wow!  It must have been a great weekend in and around Marquette County because this week is off to a slam of a start!  Lots of guests and lots of goings on to keep us busy.  I had a feeling things were going to go all kittywampus (that’s an official term…look it up) this week after I had a magnificent weekend that was all about rest and relaxation.  A weekend filled with warm weather, socializing, and yes (as you can see to the left), even grilling of seasoned beef kabobs over an open flame.  Oh dear weekend, please come back to me and bring you charcoal-grilled goodness with you!!  I miss you so!!

POLITICS AND MORE TO START OFF THE WEEK.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE GARY MCDOWELL (D-RUDYARD)

State Representative Gary McDowell, a Democrat from Rudyard in the Eastern U.P. joined us while he was in town as part of a State House Subcommittee on Appropriations for Higher Education hearing at Northern Michigan University.  He visited the morning show to talk about his interest in the 1st Congressional District seat that is being vacated by the announcement of Congressman Bart Stupak not running for re-election this fall.  McDowell, who has not officially announced he is running, discussed why he is interested in entering a very crowded field of candidates for the seat.  To listen to comments of Representative Gary McDowell, please click “HERE“.

BOY SCOUTS CELEBRATE AND GO GOLFING!

DEWEY JONES WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

Dewey Jones, with the Hiawathaland Council of the Boy Scouts of America, joined us in the studio to talk about a major milestone in the local history of the local chapter.  He also told us about an upcoming golf outing designed to raise a few dollars for the Boy Scout and their programs.  To listen in to Dewey talk about both events, be sure to click “HERE“.