A DECISION BEFORE THE VOTERS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN MARQUETTE AND ALGER COUNTIES.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG

Thanks to Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Jon Hartwig for stopping by the studio to discuss an important ballot measure coming up for voters to decide this Tuesday.  To listen to details about the proposal, you can listen to the interview with Superintendent Hartwig by clicking “HERE“.  For more about the proposal from the Marquette Area Public Schools website, please click “HERE“.

The information about the proposal is as follows:

Marquette and Alger County voters approved a one mill levy for special education in 1986. Voters increased that levy by an additional mill in 1995. Special education children throughout both counties benefit from passage of that measure. Proceeds from this tax were annually distributed to all Marquette-Alger public school districts and provide support to hundreds of children.

No increases in MARESA’s two mill special education levy have been sought since 1995. However, Headlee rollbacks, based on additional properties being added to our tax rolls, have steadily decreased our region’s special education millage from 2 mills to 1.75 mills. The result is a loss of funding for Marquette and Alger counties’ special education programs. In the 2010-2011 school year, a loss of $579,000 impacts districts’ capacities to address student needs.

Voters are being asked to consider a Headlee Restoration Millage on November 2nd. Approval of this measure would allow MARESA to restore the original tax rate of two mills. All proceeds would be distributed to local districts on a per-student basis. Proceeds from this levy are not retained by MARESA.

HEY KIDS!  IT’S TIME FOR TRICK OR TREATING!!

In the interest of keeping the world’s candy and sweets industry moving ahead successfully, we here at the Mark and Walt show want to keep you informed as a consumer and parent.  Here’s some of the schedules around the area for trick or treating hours this Halloween weekend.

If you play it right, y0ur kids can hit 2 or 3 towns before it gets dark!  Hopefully you’ll have a fun and safe Halloween and you get more in your bag than a rock!

HERE’S SOME SCHEDULES FOR YOU!

CITY OF MARQUETTE

The Marquette Police Department has announced that Halloween
Trick-Or-Treating in Marquette will be held on Sunday, October 31 during the daylight hours.

Downtown and Third Street Village Businesses in Marquette will welcome
Trick-or-Treaters on Saturday, October 30th from 2PM – 5PM.
Participating business will display orange “welcome trick or treaters”
signs.

There will be a costume contest at the Marquette Commons during the
Farmers & Artists Market at 2PM. Prizes will be awarded for Adult
scariest, most humorous, best couple, and most creative. Children
prizes will be awarded for the scariest, most humorous, most creative,
and cutest. The Peter White Public Library is also sponsoring a family
Halloween Party from 2PM – 4PM. All are welcome.

CITY OF NEGAUNEE

Trick-or-treating hours for the City of Negaunee will be from 4pm to 8pm
on Halloween (10/31). Motorists, please be extra watchful for kids on
that day. And kids, be extra watchful for traffic, don’t eat your candy
until an adult has checked it and have fun!

CITY OF ISHPEMING

Halloween In Ishpeming – Sun, Oct 31, 2010 4:00 PM – Sun, Oct 31, 2010 7:00 PM

CITY OF GWINN

Trick or Treating in the Forsyth Township area Sun, Oct 31 from 5 – 7 pm

CITY OF HARVEY

The Chocolay Lions Club annual neighborhood Halloween Party will be held on Sunday, October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Elementary School on Cherry Creek Road in Harvey.

CITY OF MUNISING

Munising Halloween Hours
Trick-or-Treat Hours: Sunday, October 31st, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Motorists are reminded to be cautious and watch for little goblins and ghosts.

MARQUETTE COUNTY’S FAVORITE MORNING SHOW STILL ON A FORCED BREAK!

STILL DOWN, STILL OFF!

So gang, here it is…two mornings off of the air.  YEESH!  That’s nuts.  Mark and I are keeping busy, but all we really want to do is get back on the air!  We miss doing the show.  We’re still off because out transmitter is located in a fairly rural part of Marquette County in the section with the most outages.  We hope to be back later today, or as soon as possible.  We appreciate your understanding and support and regret any inconvenience our unexpected time away may cause.

HERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING TO GET YOU BY!

IN THE BOOTH AT THE MIGHTY 'KRP!

In the interest of keeping you entertained with good radio adventures, please click the link below to watch that classic CBS TV show, WKRP in Cincinnati.  It’s the closest thing you’ll get to having us on the air!

Classic episodes of  WKRP in Cincinnati at HULU.com


Enjoy!

-Walt

MARQUETTE COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURE:

REPUBLIC-MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR 10/27/10

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THE COLD WIND BLOWS!!

RELAXIN' AND WAITIN'.

Hey folks!  You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re off the air this morning.  Well, we’re not the only ones!  There are over 10 stations in our market that are off the air due to the high winds and power outages caused by those conditions this morning.  It’s all part of the fun moving across the region today.  High winds, rain, possible damaging hail.  Pure fall joy!

Of course, when we can’t do the show…bad things usually end up happening to one or both of us!  So, for the time being, just like our little friend here, we’re just hangin’ out keepin’ our nuts warm ’til we’re back on the air.   Stay tuned for more!

Here’s what the National Weather Service office in Negaunee says:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
443 AM EDT WED OCT 27 2010

...VERY STRONG WINDS TO CONTINUE TODAY...

.A VERY INTENSE AND RECORD BREAKING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM NEAR
INTERNATIONAL FALLS MINNESOTA WILL MOVE TO JUST NORTH OF LAKE
SUPERIOR BY THIS EVENING. THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THE SYSTEM WILL
RESULT IN STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS CONTINUING OVER MUCH OF UPPER
MICHIGAN TODAY. EXPECT WINDS GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH AT TIMES. WINDS
WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH THIS EVENING...BUT WILL REMAIN STRONG ALONG
MUCH OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

MIZ004>007-009>012-084-085-271645-
/O.CON.KMQT.HW.W.0003.000000T0000Z-101028T0000Z/
BARAGA-MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-GOGEBIC-IRON-DICKINSON-MENOMINEE-
SOUTHERN HOUGHTON-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE...
GRAND MARAIS...MUNISING...NEWBERRY...IRONWOOD...IRON RIVER...
IRON MOUNTAIN...MENOMINEE...KENTON...SIDNAW...SENEY
443 AM EDT WED OCT 27 2010 /343 AM CDT WED OCT 27 2010/

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/
THIS EVENING...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/
THIS EVENING.

* EXPECT STRONG AND DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS TODAY.

* SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS WILL REACH 50 TO 60 MPH AT TIMES TODAY WITH
  SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 MPH TO 35 MPH. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH
  THIS EVENING.

* THESE STRONG WINDS WILL DOWN TREE LIMBS...TREES AND POWER LINES.
  POWER OUTAGES ARE ALREADY OCCURRING AND MORE OUTAGES WILL OCCUR
  TODAY. TRAVEL MAY ALSO BE DIFFICULT IN OPEN AREAS...ESPECIALLY FOR
  HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE.

&&

WHAT A SMASH!  THE COMMUNITY STEPS UP AGAIN!

CLOTHING DRIVE ORGANIZER DICK DERBY.

Dick Derby, organizer of the Project Keep Kids Warm, joined us again to give us the latest update on the project.  According to Dick, there have been several thousands of items collected by the effort and the time has come for the distribution of them to the needy kids in the community.  The distribution has been set for this Saturday, October 23rd from 9am to 3pm at the Ishpeming Armory.  Shuttle service for those who need it to get to the armory is being provided by the Ishpeming Salvation Army and you can call them to set that up.  To listen to more about this project and it’s amazing success, please click “HERE” to listen to this morning interview with Dick.

A LOOK AHEAD IN MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR DENNIS LIIMATTA AND MANAGER RANDY GIRARD.

Marquette Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta and Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard joined us on the big show today for an update on projects and programs in the township.  Both Liimatta and Girard talked about increasing public input from residents as projects are planned for the next 10 to 15 years in the township.  Residents have several opportunities to have their voices heard, from the ballot box to membership on committees.  To listen to the comments of both Dennis Liimatta and Randy Girard from this morning’s in-depth interview, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about what’s going on in Marquette Township, you can log on to the township’s official website by clicking “HERE“.

THERE’S STILL TIME THIS WEEK TO FIGHT CANCER WITH A COFFEE!

MELISSA FROM CRUISE-N-COFFEE

For every Grande drink or Special of the Day sold, the folks at Cruise-N-Coffee will donate 25¢ to the Marquette General Hospital Cancer Center to be directed towards patients affected by Breast Cancer. The money raised will be used for patient education, mastectomy apparel, and other patient needs.  Nothing like a delicious cup of Cruise-N-Coffee to help fight cancer!!  C-N-C’s Melissa stopped in to tell us all about it and to listen to her comments, please click “HERE“.  For more about the happenings and goings on at Cruise-N-Coffee, please click “HERE“.

AS THE SEASONS CHANGE, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW DRAWS NEAR.

ROCKY HORROR'S DR. FRANK N. FURTER, BOBBY GLENN BROWN.

Thanks to the resplendent Bobby Glenn Brown for stopping in on the big program this morning to promote the upcoming run of the Halloween classic, “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Vista Theater in Negaunee.

This run commemorates 10 years of the production being put on by the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council and includes a few special events including a tattoo contest.  Bobby outlined some unique aspects of this year’s show as well as it’s scheduled run, including two special midnight performances.  He also shared with us  where tickets are available and why you need to get them soon before they sell out.

To listen in to Bobby’s interview, please click “HERE“, and to log on to the Official VISTA Theater site, please click “HERE“.

STARTING OFF A NEW WEEK!

FIREFIGHTERS ON THE SCENE THIS MORNING IN ISHPEMING.

It was a busy one today for firefighters in the Ishpeming area.  It all started around 3:30 am when firefighters were called out to scene of a major structure fire in downtown Ishpeming.  The fire was reported at a building at the corner of Division and Lake Streets and firefighters arriving on the scene found the structure fully engulfed in flames.  There have been no reported injuries because the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.  Eyewitness accounts said the flames were shooting ten or more feet into the air before firefighters got the fire under control by about 8-am.  This photo, taken by our own intrepid Major Discount around 8:45am, shows the fire caused substantial damage to the building.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  (Special thanks to Scanner Don, our own West End newshound for calling in updates as they happened!)

VEGAN DINING AND MORE!

NATASHA GILL FROM NORTHERN VEGANS.

Natasha Gill with Northern Vegans joined us this morning to tell us about a presentation scheduled for this evening at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.  She also discussed some of the upcoming programs and events in the works with Northern Vegans for folks to take part in and learn more about eating a vegan diet.  She also talked about why she has chosen the vegan way and how she feels it helped her.  To listen to Natasha’s comments from this morning’s interview, you can click “HERE“.  To find out more about the Northern Vegans and how you can get involved, please click “HERE“.  Be sure to check out some of the delicious recipes on their site as well.

THE START OF ONE HOT WEEK!

Well, there it is!  A hot time in the old I-town this morning and a plate full of different dinner choices.  Not bad for a Monday, eh?

CHEERS!

-Walt

DON’T FORGET TO HELP KEEP KIDS WARM THIS WINTER!

ORGANIZER DICK DERBY.

Dick Derby, organizer of the Project “Keep Kids Warm” joined us today to remind everyone that tomorrow, Saturday, October 16th, is the scheduled pick up day in Ishpeming and West Ishpeming.  This effort is an attempt to gather as many gently used or new kid’s coats, hats, mittens, boots and the like to distribute to the kids in the community who have the need for the items.  As Dick said, “Gather up your Pamida bags with the orange flourescent fliers and fill them up for tomorrow morning!”  To listen to Dick’s comments and to find out how you can help out if you miss tomorrow’s pick up, please click “HERE“.