A peek at the Great Lakes Radio parking lot earlier this morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Winter made it’s return to Marquette County and surrounding communities with a vengeance overnight.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect along the coastline until 7 o’clock tonight.

On top of that bit of fun, a Blizzard Warning has been posted for Alger County until 10 o’clock tonight!  Lake effect snow showers and winds out of the north/northwest at 40 to 50 mph!  Wahooo!

Definitely a wintry blast to get us all back on track with the season.  If you are traveling today, please do it with caution if you are driving along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Better safe than  sorry!

Here’s the latest for Marquette County from the National Weather Service:

BARAGA-MARQUETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE
MON JAN 2 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

 * EXPECT MODERATE TO HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ALONG AND NORTH
   OF M-41.

 * NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TODAY. LOCALIZED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE
   POSSIBLY THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.

 * ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY ALONG
   AND NORTH OF M-41...WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES FARTHER INLAND FROM LAKE
   SUPERIOR.

IMPACTS...

 * TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT AT TIMES TODAY DUE TO THE HEAVY
   SNOW...AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

 * POWER OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
   SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
   SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   SNOW...ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

 

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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:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

MARQUETTE COUNTY

Negaunee Township.

Renewal and restoration of millage to two mills for 20 years for Community Center operations?
Yes: 130
No: 43

Republic Township.

Seeking recall of Township Supervisor Gary Johnson?
Yes: 152
No: 266

ALGER COUNTY

Burt Township.

Renewal of .25 mills be renewed for three years for restoration and development of Grand Marais Harbor?
Yes: 113
No: 35

Increase of three mills for three years for operations in the Township?

Yes: 92
No: 56

BARAGA COUNTY

Millage increase of 1.5 mills for 20 years for operation and relocation of the courthouse to former Baraga County Memorial Hospital facility.

Yes: 507
No: 923

DELTA COUNTY

Delta County Board District 3:
Mary Kay Harrington: 300
Rachel Fountaine: 227

Delta Transit Gladstone: Renewal of .6 mills for five years for operations of the Delta Area Transit Authority in Gladstone?

Yes: 112
No: 70

Delta Transit Maple Ridge: Renewal of .5 mills for five years for operations of the Delta Area Transit Authority in Maple Ridge?

Yes: 21
No: 44

Delta Transit Escanaba: Renewal of .6 mills for five years for operations of the Delta Area Transit Authority in Escanaba?

Yes: 551
No: 276

Here are results for Alger, Baraga and Houghton Counties from the general elections held on May 3, 2011.

ALGER COUNTY

Commission on Aging Renewal

Renewal of .5 mills for 5 years for the Alger County Commission on Aging.

Yes:921 No:212

MSU Extension Renewal

Renewal of .25 mills for 5 years for the Michigan State University Extension Service.

Yes:829 No:302

AuTrain-Onota School Operating Millage

Renewal of 18 mills on all property for the AuTrain-Onota School District.

Yes:73 No:82

AuTrain Township Roads

Increased of 2 mills for 5 years for road maintenance and improvements in AuTrain Township.

Yes:73 No:82

Munising Township Fire Equipment

Increase of 1.5 mills for 5 years for the purchase and maintenance of fire equipment in Munising Township.

Yes:141 No:109


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BARAGA COUNTY

Baraga Township Fire Millage Renewal

Renewal of 2 mills for 4 years for fire training and equipment.

Yes:82 No:102

Spurr Township Lakeview Cemetery Millage

Increase of millage rate by .25 mills for 5 years for the Michigamme Lakeview Cemetery.

Yes:36 No:49

Spurr Township Fire Millage Renewal

Millage rate increase of .25 mills for 5 years for fire department operations.

Yes:30 No:55

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HOUGHTON COUNTY

Adams Township School Bond Proposal

To borrow $1.7 million to remodel, furnish and equip school facilities for energy conservation and improving and installing new technology.

Yes:202 No:35

Village of Calumet Millage Renewal Proposal

Renewal of 3 mills for 5 years for operations and maintenance expenses in the community.

Yes:44 No:17

Lake Linden Emergency Services Millage Proposal

Increase of 1.75 mills for 6 years for police and fire operations.

Yes:64 No:43

WEATHER RELATED SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TODAY IN OUR LISTENING AREA:

CLOSURES:

AuTrain-Onota Schools

Munising Public Schools

Munising Headstart

Munising Baptist School

Munising Public Library

2-HOUR DELAYS:

Chassell Township Schools

Dollar Bay/Tamarack Area Schools

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR ALGER COUNTY:

…LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS AND BITTERLY COLD THROUGH FRIDAY…

.A BITTERLY COLD AIR MASS MOVING ACROSS LAKE SUPERIOR WILL
CONTINUE TO PRODUCE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TODAY IN NORTHWEST LAKE EFFECT SNOW BELTS. THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WILL BE HEAVIEST EAST OF MARQUETTE. THERE WILL ALSO BE SOME BLOWING SNOW THIS MORNING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR AS NORTHWEST WINDS GUST TO 35 MPH.
THE NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DROP WIND CHILLS OVER INTERIOR WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN TOWARD 25 BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING.

KEEPING YOU CURRENT WITH THINGS GOING ON AROUND MARQUETTE COUNTY.

As we continue on into November, there are a lot of things going on in the business and economic front in Marquette County.  The best way to find out what’s going on is to stay tuned to Mark & Walt in the Morning on your radio and stay connected here on the big show blog!  Here’s some examples for your consideration!

THE GREATER ISHPEMING-NEGAUNEE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HITS THE WORLD WIDE WEB.

GINCC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ELIZABETH PETERSON.

Elizabeth Peterson, the Executive Director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce, joined us in the studios to talk about the agency getting it’s new website launched on the internet and to chat about other upcoming events they are hosting.  She also informed us of a special event coming up in Alger County with one of the winners of the “Biggest Loser” TV show that is open to the public and will be a highly motivational session.

To listen to Elizabeth’s complete interview from the morning show, please click “HERE“.  To log onto the GINCC website to check it out and find out more about the agency, please click “HERE“.

THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF MARQUETTE COUNTY TALKS ABOUT WOOD.

TOM BALDINI .

Tom Baldini, the immediate Past President of the Economic Club of Marquette, visited the show recently to discuss the latest speaker who will be visiting Marquette to address the group.  Tom gave us the background on Kevin Korpi who is the Executive Director of the Michigan Forest Products Council.  Korpi will be addressing the club on Monday, November 8th at the Ramada Inn in Marquette.  He will be discussing the many aspects of forestland-based commerce in the Upper Peninsula and how it impacts the global economy.

To hear more about the meeting and how you can get involved with, or become a member of the Economic Club of Marquette County, you can listen to Tom’s interview by clicking “HERE“.  To log on to the Economic Club’s website, please click “HERE“.

SO, THERE YOU GO!

Keeping you abreast of what’s going on on the business and economic side of Marquette County.  Hope you’ll stick around as we bring you more information about these two groups and more.


CHEERS!

-Walt

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.

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

DRIVE CAREFULLY THIS MORNING!

We have one school closure this morning for you: SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS.

It’s a bit blustery this morning.  Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

MIZ005-006-041515-
MARQUETTE-ALGER-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GWINN...MARQUETTE...GRAND MARAIS...
MUNISING
516 AM EST MON JAN 4 2010

...SNOW AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE...

LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY. 1 TO 3
INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. EVEN THOUGH
THE SNOW WILL BE LIGHT...A GUSTY NORTH WIND OF UP TO 25 MPH NEAR
LAKE SUPERIOR MAY REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE
AT TIMES.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO BE ALERT FOR RAPID CHANGING VISIBILITIES AND
ROAD CONDITIONS. BE SURE TO LEAVE PLENTY OF ROOM BETWEEN YOU AND
THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.