Vicki Rakowski, American Cancer Society.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Today is the 36-th annual Great American Smokeout.  This national effort encourages smokers to quit for one day in an effort to get them to quit smoking completely.

Vicki Rakowski, with the Great Lakes Division of the American Cancer Society, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to discuss the effort and encourage folks to quit.

She also outlined the importance of support of those who are trying to quit smoking and where folks who are trying to quit can turn to for help.

To listen to the interview from this morning’s show, please click the link below.

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For more about the Great American Smokeout, please click “HERE“.

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Adam Lowe and Kristin Halsey in the studio.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Well, sort of.  Actually Adam Lowe and Kristin Halsey, cast members from the production of “A Year in the Life of Frog and Toad”, stopped in this morning to discuss the show.

Lowe, who plays the part of “Toad”, and Halsey, who pulls double duty as “Turtle” and “Mole”, talked about the show and it’s run with Walt Lindala.

The show is being produced by the NMU Theater Department at the Forest Roberts Theater on campus tonight through Saturday and to listen to this morning’s interview, please click the link below:

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For more about the show and the Forest Roberts Theater, please click “HERE“.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Detroit).

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)–  The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing yesterday in Washington, D.C. on counterfeit electronic parts in the Department of Defense supply chain.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and ranking member Sen. John McCain announced the investigation in March 2011.

Senator Levin called in to SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss the hearing and investigation.

To hear the entire interview with Senator Levin from this morning’s show, please click the link below:

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NMU Archivist Marcus Robyns.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– A special evening is planned for this Thursday at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives on campus in Marquette.

Archivist Marcus Robyns joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the evening, which is intended to teach those attending about family history.  How to research it, keep it and learn from it.

The event is scheduled for 7-pm at the Archives in the Learning Resources Center on campus and is open to the public.

To listen to excerpts from this morning’s interview, please click the link below:

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For more about the archives, please click “HERE“.

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DIGGING ROOTS in SUNNY 101.9 Studio.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Canadian group “Digging Roots” joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morningtoday to promote their show tonight at the Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.  The show starts at 7:30 and tickets are available at the door.

Band members Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish joined Walt Lindala to talk about their music, influences and inspirations.  The band also performed a new track live in the studio.  The live track, entitled “Naturally Higher”, mixes lyrics of love and togetherness with smooth harmonies and lead ukelele.

To listen to the interview with Digging Roots and to hear the song, please click the link below:

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For more about Digging Roots, click HERE for their website.

CLOSINGS and CANCELATIONS 11/10/11

All Marquette County Meals on Wheels and congregate meals canceled.

Marquette County Sheriff’s Hunter Safety class at Negaunee HS canceled.

Marquette Area Public Schools parent-teacher conferences canceled.

Ishpeming Schools Birchview Elementary parent-teacher conferences canceled.

Superior-Central Schools parnet-teacher conferences canceled.

Negaunee Schools Choir trip to Green Bay canceled.

Westwood HS football & cheerleading banquet rescheduled to Nov. 21 at 6pm.

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development closed today.

 

 

A SNOWY MORNING IN NEGAUNEE TWP.

Severe weather moved through Central Upper Michigan causing closings, cancellations, power outages and traffic accidents.

This shot, taken this morning in Negaunee Township by our own intrepid winter adventurer Todd Noordyk, shows the amount of snow that hit over the last 12 hours or so in the Western portions of Marquette County.

Please drive carefully today.  Roads are very slippery.

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR 11/10/11

Marquette Area Public Schools – Parent-Teacher conferences cancelled.

Northstar Academy & Polaris Middle School

Father Marquette Schools

Marquette-Alger RESA Offices

Ishpeming Public Schools – Birchview Elem. Parent-Teacher conferences cancelled.

Negaunee Public Schools

NICE Community Schools

Superior -Central Schools

West Iron County Schools

OTHER CLOSURES:

Christ the King Preschool in Ishpeming

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Marquette

Marquette School Bond Proposal
Allow the Marquette Public Schools borrow $29.2 million for new technology equipment and construct a middle school addition to the current high school complex at a rate of 1.5 mills for 20 years.
Yes: 1605   No: 3522

Powell Township School Operating Millage Proposal
Powell Township Schools levy 18 mills for school operations.
Yes: 116   No: 128

Republic-Michigamme School Bond Proposal
Allow the Republic-Michigamme School District borrow $4.24 million to equip and remodel the school building for energy conservation and improvements.
Yes: 321   No: 214

Marquette City Commission – 3 Open Seats
Don Ryan (I) 2153
Fred Stonehouse (I) 1905
Robert Niemi (I)  1753
Mike Plourde 1122
Marquette Board of Light & Power
Edward Angeli 2138
John Sonderegger 1883

City of Marquette City Charter Revision
Call for a general revision of the Marquette City Charter and the election of a Charter Commission?
Yes: 2073   No: 669

Marquette City Charter Commission – 9 Openings
1 Thomas Tourville 2007
2 Michael Coyne 1804
3 Thomas Baldini 1707
4 Cornelia Mazzuchi 1690
5 Robert Kulisheck 1638
6 Cameron Howes 1532
7 Sara Cambensy 1475
8 Robert Berube II 1442
9 Martha Conley 1438
10  Don Potvin 1011
11  Martha Haynes 891
12  Lynn Laakso 729
13  Taylor Klipp 499

City of Marquette Senior Millage Renewal
.35 mill renewal for 4 years to provide services for Marquette City residents 60 years and older.
Yes: 2206   No: 719

Republic Township Iron Ore Heritage Trail Millage
Increase .2 mills for 6 years to fund the construction and maintenance of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Republic Township.
Yes: 209   No: 173

Negaunee City Council
Keith LaCosse 140

Gwinn School Board
1  Ronald Lauren 271
2  Cynthia Filizetti 227
3 John Asplund  209
4 Walker Maki 188

Ishpeming School Board
Todd Kauppinen 116
James Smith 112

Marquette School Board
Jean Hetrick 3545
Matthew Williams 3307

Powell Township School Board
Bill Kinjorski 172
Benjamin Kent 168

Republic-Michigamme School Board
SuAnn Ambuehl 397
Marcella Rankinen 384

Champion Township EMS Millage Renewal
1 mill renewal for 5 years for emergency medical operations in Champion Township.
Yes: 28   No: 6

Michigamme Township General Operations Millage Renewal
2 mill renewal for 6 years for general operations in Michigamme Township.
Yes: 98   No: 31

Powell Township General Operations Millage Renewal
2.5 mill renewal for 5 years for general operations in Powell Township.
Yes: 148   No: 91

Powell Township Garbage Collection Millage Renewal
1 mill renewal for 4 years for garbage collection and disposal in Powell Township.
Yes: 166   No: 75
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Matt Zika, NWS.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, commonly known as EAS, is scheduled for tomorrow, November 9th, 2011, at 2-pm eastern time.  This is the first time that this system will be tested on a cross-country level.

The EAS is used by local authorities in times of emergency to warn citizens about an impending situation.  Most of the time that you would hear an EAS announcement in our area it has to do with severe weather.

On that note, Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss this test and how EAS works both nationally and on a local level.  He explained how the EAS is a key tool in disseminating severe weather information across our area.

He also explained how the system is a separate part of weather-related communications in the country.

To listen to the interview with Matt about the EAS and NOAA weather radio, please click the link below:

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Congressman Dan Benishek

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Congressman Dan Benishek has responded to charges in an advertising campaign claiming he is siding with big oil by voting in support of  tax breaks for the companies.

Congressman Benishek, who represents Michigan’s 1-st Congressional District covering all of Upper Michigan and a large portion of Northern Lower Michigan, appeared on SUNNY 101.9’s WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today and addressed the ad.

The Iron River Republican says the message of the ad is misleading and he calls it “ridiculous” and he is not concerned about it.  To listen to the complete comments of Congressman Benishek about the advertisement, please click the link below:

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The advertisement was run by the League of Conservation Voters and is running in the Marquette and Traverse City markets.  You can find out more about the advertisement by clicking “HERE“.