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The Sunny Morning Show is still going strong with Walt and Mike! Weekday mornings from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, Walt and Mike bring you the Dumb Criminal Files, Classic Cartoon Trivia, and all the news and community updates.

You can find Walt and Mike on the Sunny Morning show on your radio at 101.9 SunnyFM and online at Sunny.fm.

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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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Patrick Bradley Camp Counselor

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The Lake Superior Theater is presenting a special summer camp this year for special needs kids.  Patrick Bradley, a counselor with the LST Drama and Dreams Playscape and Summer Camp, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to chat about the camp and how you can get involved.

The camp utilizes techniques learned in theater to develop life skills of the kids who take part.  Bradley explained that there is limited space available, so people need to get involved now if they are interested.

To listen to a portion of the interview, pleas click below:

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A CHAT WITH ONE OF MICHIGAN’S LEADING ECONOMIC EXPERTS.

MSU PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, DR. CHARLES BALLARD.

Dr. Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics at Michigan State University, joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss his views on the current economic situation in Michigan.  Ballard, who is visiting Marquette to speak this evening at the monthly meeting of the Economic Club of Marquette County, discussed his opinions about how the state’s economy got to where it is and what he feels it will take to get it back on track.

He also outlined some of his concepts on the importance of strong, well-funded K-12 schools and universities in the recovery of Michigan and how the budget plan put forth by the Snyder administration does not seem to follow those ideas.  He also discussed tax cuts, the tax structure in Michigan and how excessive tax cuts have gotten Michigan into the budget deficit situation it’s in now.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Ballard, please click “HERE“.  For more on Dr. Ballard and his background, please click “HERE“.

 

 

WE WELCOMED THE LATEST COMMUNITY LEADERS!

THE 2010 LSCP LEADERSHIP ACADEMY STOPS BY.

Thanks to the latest class of the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Leadership Academy for starting their day off with us this morning.  As part of the program, the group visits several businesses in Marquette County to find out more about what goes on behind the “storefront”.  They have been kicking off Media Day with us for several years, and it was great to see the latest batch of Marquette County’s business and community leaders beginning to develop!  They spent the morning touring several other media outlets around the county including television and other radio stations.  But we like to start them off with a laugh and some truth about broadcasting here in the Upper Peninsula.  If you would like to find out more about the program, log on to the LSCP website by clicking “HERE“.

GOOD CONSERVATION CONVERSATION WITH DUCKS UNLIMITED!

SCOTT MCFARREN WITH DUCKS UNLIMITED.

Scott McFarren, the Area Chair for Marquette for Ducks Unlimited, joined us this morning to tell us about the upcoming Spring Banquet for Ducks Unlimited.  The event is scheduled for March 25th at 5:30pm at the Ramada Inn in Marquette.  Scott let us know that tickets are limited and if you want to go, you need to get them as soon as possible!  To find out more about the group and how you can get tickets for this annual fundraising banquet for Ducks Unlimited, please click “HERE‘.  To listen to the interview with Scott, please click “HERE“.

GOOD THINGS ARE GOING ON!

It seems like there is a lot of positive energy out there right now across Marquette County.  Perhaps it’s the spring time break in the weather, maybe people feel the economic troubles are settling down, maybe it’s…well, who knows?  let’s just make it keep happening, and be sure to get out to take it all in!

CHEERS!


-Walt

TAKING THE TIME TO NOT TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED.

A FINE GAGGLE OF YOOPERS!

A FINE GAGGLE OF YOOPERS!

One of the great things about this job here on the show is the chance to meet the great people that make up our community.  Now before you zip through this thinking that I’m on some sentimental ramble about the “love and happiness” we all have for each other, think again.  It’s not that we all are coming from the same side of the issues and problems nor are we always in agreement when it comes to solutions.  What I am talking about is the people who make things happen here in our own backyard.  From the politicos to the po’ folk!  Those of us from Upper Michigan know what I am talking about.  And those from Marquette County REALLY know.  Yoopers are obstinate yet sensitive to the people around them and their issues and concerns, and we do something about it!  Apathy does not run rampant in our hometowns.

YOOPERS MOVE AHEAD AND TAKE ON THE TOUGH FIGHTS!

HEADING NORTH OVER THE BRIDGE TO THE GOOD FOLKS IN THE U.P.!

HEADING NORTH OVER THE BRIDGE TO THE GOOD FOLKS IN THE U.P.!

To continue on, what I mean is that over the last couple of weeks, if you’ve been following along at home, “Mark & Walt in the Morning” has been a hotbed of activity featuring the type of folks that I am talking about.  From the controversial U.P. Congressman Bart Stupak, who is fighting for his beliefs through his amendment in the National Health Care Reform Bill, to the brave candidates who stepped out of their comfort zones in the contentious Negaunee City Council race, they have all been here, on the air.  But it’s not just the political types that I’m talking about.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been packed full of guests who have joined us to promote various fundraiser and benefit events and activities that help out their fellow Yoopers and beyond.  This kind of care and concern from the grassroots of the U.P. and here in Marquette County is heartening.  And I have to admit, meeting all of those folks through this morning show has been grand.  LET’S KEEP IT UP!

A SPECIAL PERSON STEPS UP.

ERIKA HEFKE IN THE STUDIOS.

ERIKA HEFKE IN THE STUDIOS.

On that note, thanks to Erika Hefke for stopping in this morning to tell us about a special benefit concert tomorrow night at the UpFront & Company in Marquette that will help her raise funds for the research of the cure for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis.  She has had the disease for the past 20 years, but she has managed it and she has pledged to raise $4000 to help in the research efforts.  She will be turning the money in when she goes to take part in a special Half-Marathion event in Las Vegas in December.  To find out more about Erika’s efforts , you can listen to her interview by clicking “HERE“.  If you would like to contribute to her effort, please click “HERE“.

THAT’S A WRAP!!

Hey gang!  I think I’ve rambled on enough today. Thanks for following along at home, or wherever you are doing.  We’ll see you later here on the Big ‘Ol Blog!


-Walt

NEGAUNEE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE UPDATE.

JOEL JARVI

JOEL JARVI

JOEL JARVI

Our latest candidate interview is with Joel Jarvi, who is running as a write-in candidate in Tuesday’s election for the Negaunee City Council.  He is running as a write-in, but is not affiliated with the other three write-in candidates in the race.  He is bringing a positive message of moving forward on the City Council and he is looking for a measured balance on the council that looks to development but also effective employee relations.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

HERE IS THE FLU-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURE LIST FOR 10/29/09:

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HANCOCK AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

FATHER MARQUETTE SCHOOL – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING GOOD SHEPHERD EARLY CHILDHOOD CTR. – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

NORWAY – VULCAN SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL (Norway, MI) – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

REPUBLIC-MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS – Closed through Tuesday 11/3/09.

TAHQUAMENON AREA SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

UPPER MICHIGAN SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO THE FLU  (10/23/09):

In Marquette County:

NICE Community Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Ishpeming Public Schools – Closed through Monday 10/26/09.

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Elsewhere around the U.P.:

Big Bay De Noc Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Delta/Schoolcraft ISD – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Dollar Bay / Tamarack Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Escanaba Public Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Holy Name School in Escanaba – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Pelkie Elementary School – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

St. Francis de Sale School in Manistique – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

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MARQUETTE CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT H1N1 HOTLINE INFORMATION:

An H1N1 Hotline has been established by the Marquette County Emergency
Services Department with support of the Marquette County Health Department. The Hotline number is 475-1176 or 475-1175. A free 800 # is also available at 888-363-9708.  It will be staffed from 8AM to 5PM today through Tuesday, October 27th.

Residents can call this number to find out when clinics will be scheduled as well as information on how to avoid the flu and when to seek medical care.

OVERLOADED.

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Just feeling like you have too much going on?  Do you ever feel like you are carrying more on your shoulders than the average person?  Of course you.  That’s the way I feel today.  The docket is full.  The agenda is loaded.  The schedule is booked.  Wow, days like today can be so draining by the time it’s all over.  That’s what today’s picture is for…to give those of carrying the weight of the day’s matters a little bit of something to make them smile a bit!

HEY!, DON’T FORGET TO SMILE!

A HALLOWEEN CLASSIC PERFORMED AT THE VISTA THEATER.

EFFERVESCENT BOB AND JOVIAL JEN.

EFFERVESCENT BOB AND JOVIAL JEN.

Thanks to Bobby Glenn Brown and Jennifer Skogman who are both involved with the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council presentation of “The Rocky Horror Show” at the VISTA Theater in Negaunee this week and next leading up to Halloween.  To listen to their interview, please click “HERE“.  For more about PAAC and the VISTA Theater, please click “HERE“.  And for more about the Rocky Horror Show, please skittle across the page and click “HERE“.

THAT’S A WRAP!

Since it’s such a full day for me, that will have to do it for the blog today.  We’ll pick it up again real soon, and yes, we can even do the time warp again!

See you all!

-Walt