MARQUETTE COUNTY IS A BUSY PLACE!

THE PC MEDIC AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTER, SCOTT MARTIN.

THE PC MEDIC AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTER, SCOTT MARTIN.

With all of the events of the past few days, I just want to say that the people that live here in Marquette County are of amazing stock and good ol’ SISU!  After the devastating Black River Falls wild fire destroyed several homes, camps and other structures this week, the outpouring of support to help those impacted by the fire has been an amazing reflection of the mettle of people from Marquette County and from beyond.  We had a chance to speak with Scott Martin, the owner of PC Medic in West Ishpeming this morning.  He was one the first folks in the area to step up and help out those who lost everything to the fire.  He told us about the community support that has come forth so far in this short time since the fire burned up over 800 acres in just about 36 hours.  To listen to Scott’s comments, click “HERE”.  Remember, if you can help out those impacted by the fire with anything from furniture to toiletries, the time is now to step forward.  You can call Scott directly at (906) 486-9911.  And be sure to give until it hurts.  Let’s show ’em what Marquette County can do for itself when the chips are down!

AND NOW, ON TO THE REST OF A JAM-PACKED SHOW!

ANNE GEROUX, ISHPEMING 4th OF JULY COMMITTEE.

ANNE GEROUX, ISHPEMING 4th OF JULY COMMITTEE.

Thanks to Anne Geroux with the Ishpeming 4th of July Committee for coming in this morning to tell us about the planned events and activities for the Fouth of July Holiday in the city of Ishpeming.  She told us about the annual parade through the downtown, the community picnic as well as the Blue Notes performances and, of course, the fireworks.  To listen to Anne’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To connect with the City of Ishpeming’s website with all of the 4th of July events, click “HERE“.


FROM THE FOURTH OF JULY TO FOOTBALL!

FOOTBALL ADVOCATE, TODD GOLDBECK.

FOOTBALL ADVOCATE, TODD GOLDBECK.

Thanks to Todd Goldbeck for coming by the Sunny Studios to tell us about an upcoming event that will culminate in the Second Annual U.P. ALL-STAR Football Game at the Superior Dome in Marquette on June 20th, 2009.  He also told us how the players are being selected to play and what other events and activities are going oduring the week.  Click “HERE” for the complete interview and click “HERE” for the group’s website.


AND THEN, ON TO HOCKEY!!

KENNY AND DAVE WITH THE MARQUETTE RANGERS.

KENNY AND DAVE WITH THE MARQUETTE RANGERS.

To wrap up a multi-faceted show like today’s we closed things out with a chat with the Marquette Rangers Hockey team.  Team President Dave St. Onge and Coach Kenny Miller stopped in to talk about the latest new recruits to the squad as well as some changes in the upcoming season for fans of one of Marquette’s hottest hockey teams.  To listen to the interview with Larry and Dave, click “HERE“.  To log on to the team’s official website, click “HERE“.

AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS A WRAP!!

Whew! What a week!  Here’s hoping you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  We’ll be back on Monday morning to get your Memorial Day started.  Talk with you all then!

Be safe!

-Walt

HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE IN MARQUETTE FROM THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:

Current Status:

– Location: 7 miles SW of the city of Ishpeming
– The area is rural with homes scattered through the area and in several small subdivisions
– There are no known injuries or deaths
– 33 structures lost, many more saved
– No official fire cause determination has yet been made.
– Size: 824 acres
– All road closure and evacuation orders have been lifted from all locations on the fire, however non-residents are encouraged to avoid the area to minimize congestion and allow residents the ability to move freely and check for property damage.
– The weather has cooperated to provide .11” of rain, cooler temperatures, slower winds, and higher humidities, making good fire progress possible.
– The fire is now estimated at 75% contained.

INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES:

– The Marquette County Humane Society advises that anyone finding or losing a pet or experiencing a need for sheltering an animal to please call the animal shelter at 475-6661 If you have an animal related emergency please call central dispatch at 475-9912.

– The American Red Cross will be conducting damage assessments on Friday, May 22, to determine additional assistance the may be possible through the Red Cross.  If your home sustained major damage or was destroyed in the fire, please call the Red Cross office as soon as possible between 9am and 5pm on Friday, May 22.  You may also leave a message during the evenings through the Memorial Day weekend at 906-249-9665, or 906-361-4090.

– Three other organizations are offering assistance to those impacted by the fire.  Name and  contact information are provided for all three:
– Salvation Army – 906-486-8121
– Pigs and Heat c/o Marquette Police Department – 906-228-0400
– St Vincent DePaul Society – 906-226-3840

– There have been requests for information about where donations may be sent to aid those whose homes have been impacted by the fire.  Contact information is provided for two organizations accepting donations to provide aid:
– Salvation Army, Ishpeming (Liz Nevela) – 906-486-8121
– PC-Medic – 906-486-9911

WILDFIRES REPORTED IN MARQUETTE AND BARAGA COUNTIES

UPDATE:  DNR officials with Incident Command in Ishpeming will meet with evacuees and their families and all other interested parties at noon today at the Westwood High School to update those affected by the Black River Falls Fire in Marquette County.  Officials will be available to answer questions and provide the latest information concerning the fire.

THE BURN AREA OF THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE AS OF THIS MORNING.

THE BURN AREA OF THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE AS OF THIS MORNING.

The public is being asked to stay out of the fire area while personnel are working on fighting wildfires in Marquette and Baraga Counties. The Black River Falls Fire in Marquette County is reported to be 65-percent contained this morning, according to Michigan DNR Firefighters. Reports say the Pinery Lake Fire in Baraga County is approximately 20 to 30-percent contained. The Black River Falls fire has consumed at least 777 acres and destroyed over 30 structures. The Pinery Lake fire has consumed about 400 acres and destroyed at least one building. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with either fire. The Black River Falls fire in Marquette County started shortly before 5pm on Monday in heavy jack pine and moved into lower, wetter types of foliage. The cause of either of the blazes is unknown.

The DNR reports the following concerning the Black River Falls fire in Marquette County:

• Location: 7 miles SW of Ishpeming
• Size: 777 acres
• The area is rural with homes scattered through the area and in several small subdivisions.
• There are no known injuries or deaths due to the fire
• All homes along County Road 581 between County Road CS and County Road PG have been evacuated.
• Homes and subdivisions along County Road 581 between Stoneville Road and County Road PG were later evacuated as well.
• All intersecting county roads between County Road CS and Stoneville Road are closed.
• The public is asked to continue to stay out of the area while personnel are working on the fire.
• The Red Cross is keeping a list of contact information for all evacuees at Westwood High School or by phone at 906-361-4090.