For the latest power outage updates from the Upper Peninsula Power Company, please click “HERE“.

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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Strong storms with high winds and heavy rain moved across the U.P. affecting thousands of people by knocking out power and causing damage including downed trees and more.  The Upper Peninsula Power Company is reporting thousands of customers without power, with outages reported from the Copper Country to Delta County.  UPPCO has not released a timeline for the expected full restoration of service.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power says their crews are working on restoring main circuits first, and as a result, some of their customers in some of their outlying service areas in Marquette County such as Skandia, Sands and Chocolay Townships may be without power until tomorrow.

Wind gusts over 50 miles per hour were reported on the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette, while 65 mile an hour gusts were reported in Menominee.  The high winds caused trees and branches to be blown down across the region, blocking roads and cutting power.  State Police at Central Dispatch in Negaunee Township say all main roadways are open and clear, but roads in many rural locations may still be blocked by trees and debris and motorists need to use caution.

Residents are being advised to stay away from downed power lines and treat them as if they were live and energized.  People should not attempt to move or cut any trees or branches near the power lines.  Downed power lines and trees can be reported to your local police agency, power company or local road commission office.

School Closures for 9/30/11:

The following schools are closed due to power outages today-

REPUBLIC- MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS

AUTRAIN-ONOTA SCHOOLS

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NICE Community Schools say Bus #9C, which serves County Road 573 and South Camp Road is not running this morning.

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The Marquette Board of Light and Power says that their crews are working on restoring the main circuits at this time.  As a result, some of their outlying service areas, such as Chocolay, Sands, Skandia and Negaunee Townships, may be without power until sometime tomorrow.

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Michigamme Township Hall is open this morning with a generator for residents if they have any medical or oxygen concerns.  They have full power to help, and most importantly, the coffee is ON!

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UPPCO is currently reporting over 5000 customers across the Upper Peninsula this morning.  Here is their latest statement:

Strong winds continue to cause power outages to UPPCO electric customers. The outages are the result of strong winds causing branches to break or trees falling onto power lines.

UPPCO has been assessing the damage since earlier this afternoon. Asplundh tree crews are on site and working to clean up fallen trees and debris so UPPCO crews can continue restoration efforts. At this time no restoration times are available.

Residents are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to treat them as if they are energized. Do not attempt to clear downed trees or branches from areas near power lines!

If you have an electric emergency, contact UPPCO at 800-562-7809. All other emergencies please call 911.

Customers who are without power and have internet access can report an outage via their mobile device, laptop or tablet. They can also visit the UPPCO Web site: www.uppco.com.outagesummary/view/outagegrid.aspx to view outage information.

 

The sunrise over Lake Superior from behind the wheel during the morning commute.

The weather over the last few days has been more than a bit challenging, with fog, rain and even some sleet.

This is also the time of year where glare from the sun can create problems on your morning or evening commute.

Check out this picture.

Our own marketing and sales guru Mike Flannery snapped this shot of the sunrise as he drove in to work in Marquette from Negaunee yesterday.  With the sun encased in low-lying fog, it was quite a challenge to not be blinded.

Because the sun rises and sets closer to the horizon and almost exactly east and west in the fall, driving can be difficult and, in some cases, dangerous. The Michigan Department of Transportation (M-DOT) offers these tips for safe fall driving:

-Adjust the time that you travel to and from your destination;

-Wear a good pair of sunglasses and drive slower than you usually do; and

-Keep the windshield clean as the sun’s glare can make dirt more obvious.

“Using any or all of these tips, especially in early fall, can make our roads safer,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T.Steudle. “Another good way to deal with the bright sunlight is to allow more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

Intense glare from the sun on the horizon has the potential to blind drivers,causing unexpected slow downs. Other potential safety hazards exist every year as well, like wet, fallen leaves and frost.

For more information on autumn driving tips, visit the M-DOT Web site by clicking “HERE“.

Yours Truly with World Famous St. VINCE in Green Bay, WI.

Hey Folks!  I know I’ve made it no secret, nor has Mark, that this morning show is a Green Bay Packer friendly place.  We both love the Pack and cheer them on every season.

We are also true Packer fans who understand that although the team can have a great game going on the field, they can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on the turn of a dime.  We have watched Green Bay Football for years and we know the power the Packers have to screw up a game.

So it is with some guarded optimism we watch the team get off to a 3-and-0 start this year as the defending Super Bowl Champions.

As for that moniker, “defending Super Bowl Champions”, ask any true Packer fan what they felt like when the Pack won the whole block of cheese last year.   If they tell you any answer other than “shock and disbelief”, they’re not real Packer faithful.   Real Packer fans don’t carry an air of domination or swagger.  They know how lucky we are and don’t take any of it for granted.

So anyway, with a hearty “GO PACK GO!”, we cheer on the Green Bay Packers and hope for the best.  Ya gotta admit, things are going well so far!

 

GO PACK GO!

 

-Walt

The crowd awaits.

The Grand Prize!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to Flanigan’s Bar in Marquette for the Great Lakes Radio Detroit Tiger Ticket Giveaway.  We had a ball watching the game and hanging out at one of our favorite places in town.

Our own Joe Duckworth gets the crowd ready!

Although the Tigers took it on the chin and lost the game last night to Baltimore 6 to 5, the party was fun and it was great to see so many folks out and about.  A special thanks to Don Marple and the rest of the staff at Flanigan’s for making the evening roll along smoothly!

Also, thanks to Tom Babcock and Pike Distributing for the game tickets and setting up the Labatt’s Blue and Blue Light specials.  And thank you to the folks at Mueller’s Pizza for the specials we enjoyed at the party!

Congratulations, Red!

We send out a special congratulations to the winner, Brian Smalls.  He’s better known as “Red” around town and he was very excited to win the tickets.  As he said last night, he’s never been to a game at Comerica Park, and he’s definitely going to the game.  Congratulations, Red!

Thanks to everybody who took part and made it happen!  The night was truly a home run! 

GO TIGERS!

 

 

 

 

 

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NMU CNAS Dir. April Lindala

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University is presenting the 15-th Annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Summit later this month.  The conference is being held on Friday, September 30th on campus at NMU.

NMU CNAS Director April Lindala joined SUNNY 101.9′ s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the conference and to encourage listeners to register and take part.  She outlined the event schedule as well as the topics being covered in the seminars and workshops.

To listen to the interview and hear more about the U.P. Indian Education Conference, please click below:

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To visit the Center for Native American Studies website, please click “HERE“.

 

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Marquette Police vehicles at the scene of the shooting

STORY UPDATE AS OF 2-PM 9/21/11

MARQUETTE, MI -Great Lakes Radio News –

MARQUETTE CITY POLICE HAVE RELEASED AN UPDATE OF THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO A FATAL OVERNIGHT SHOOTING.

POLICE WERE CALLED TO AN APARTMENT BUILDING AT 1005 WEST RIDGE AROUND 2-AM TODAY AND FOUND THE BODY OF 49-YEAR-OLD JOHN BRADBURY OF MARQUETTE IN ONE OF THE APARTMENTS, DEAD FROM A GUNSHOT.  23-YEAR-OLD RAYAN ZIMMERMAN OF MARQUETTE HAD ALSO BEEN SHOT IN THE LEG AND WAS TAKEN TO MARQUETTE GENERAL FOR TREATMENT.

POLICE SAY 22-YEAR-OLD TYLER JOHN WOLF OF MARQUETTE WAS FOUND HIDING IN A CAR ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE BUILDING.  WOLF WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH OPEN MURDER AND A PAROLE VIOLATION.  HE HAS BEEN LODGED AT THE MARQUETTE COUNTY JAIL.

REPORTS SAY A METHAMPHETAMINE LAB FOUND INSIDE THE APARTMENT AND THAT WOLF AND ZIMMERMAN BOTH LIVED THERE.

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MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – Marquette City Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened overnight in the city.

Below is the news story direct from our newsroom:

MARQUETTE CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN OVERNIGHT SHOOTING IN THE CITY THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ONE PERSON.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO AN APARTMENT BUILDING AT 1005 WEST RIDGE AROUND 2-AM.  OFFICERS ARRIVING ON THE SCENE FOUND A 49-YEAR-OLD MARQUETTE MAN DEAD FROM A GUNSHOT AND A 23-YEAR-OLD MARQUETTE WOMAN WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO HER LEG.

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The location of the overnight shooting in Marquette.

SHE WAS TAKEN TO MARQUETTE GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.  POLICE INVESTIGATING THE SCENE DEVELOPED A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE SHOOTING AFTER CONDUCTING SOME INTERVIEWS AND SEARCHING THE AREA.  A 22-YEAR-OLD MARQUETTE MAN WAS FOUND HIDING IN A CAR NEAR THE SCENE AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AND FURTHER DETAILS ARE BEING RELEASED LATER TODAY.

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MSP Negaunee Post Commander Robert Pernaski.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– A number of  State Police posts around the state have been slated closure due to budget cuts to the department.  This includes posts located here in Upper Michigan such as the post in Munising.

The post there was supposed to be closed down later this fall, but the word came down late last week from MSP Headquarters that the Munising Post was to cease office hours this week and close down the building.

As part of the plan, the post would become a detachment of the Negaunee Regional Dispatch Post in Marquette County and troopers in Alger County would share some small office space with city police and firefighters in downtown Munising.

Negaunee Post Commander F/Lt. Robert Pernaski joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss these changes and more in detail.  He explained that the State Police will still maintain the same level of service and security via road patrols with the “brick and mortar” elements of the posts being the only noticeable loss for residents.

To listen to the interview with Post Commander Pernaski, please click below:

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Gwinn Athletic Director Duane VanDrese.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio Sports– The Gwinn Area Community Schools District has discontinued their varsity football program for the rest of this season.

The district’s Board of Education voted last night to take the action due to a low number of students able to play the sport.

Reports say Gwinn had only 12 players able to play in a game against Negaunee scheduled for this Saturday. School officials said the low number of students participating in the game would have forced them to play the entire game and would have significantly increased their risk for injury.

As a result, the board voted to end the program. The football team was also facing a further loss of players due to academic eligibility requirements taking effect on Friday. The district hopes to restore the varsity football program in the coming years.

Great Lakes Radio’s Mark Evans spoke with Gwinn Schools Athletic Director Duane VanDrese this morning on Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to get the latest information about this decision.

To listen to the complete interview, please click below:

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Nysse Wilson from the MI Iron Industry Museum.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News -The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is hosting a special event this weekend in Negaunee Township.  The event will feature music, free pony rides, games, a farmer’s and artist’s market and more at its Fall Fest.  The event is scheduled for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iron Industry Museum.

Nysse Wilson from the Michigan Iron Industry Museum joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to promote the event.  Wilson says visitors will enjoy watching international dancing, listening to live music, playing old-time games, eating delicious samples of local foods, and much more during this fun-filled event.

To listen to the interview with Nysse, please click below:

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To visit the website for the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, please click “HERE”.