WHAT SNOW?  NOT HERE, MAN!

OH NO! NO SNOW!

So here we go again!  Another prediction for Marquette County of  an impending blizzard that didn’t happen.  This has to be one of the oddest winters on record.  While areas to the south in Lower Michigan, Wisconsin and even Illinois have been pummeled with record-setting amounts of snow his season, those of us right here in Marquette have had to deal with very little overall snowfall.

Usually, the tables are turned and those visiting Marquette are amazed and bewildered by the usual amounts of snow that we seem to almost take for granted.  Not having those snows this year has also shown why we actually need them.  Many businesses, from hotels to outdoor gear and supply shops, have struggled due to the decline of customers coming to Marquette.

Think about it.  The average group coming to Marquette County to enjoy winter recreation either has four or five people, packed in a big ol’ SUV with a trailer packed with snowmobiles.  You know they spending at least one hundred dollars each per day on lodging, food, fuel and the various souvenirs.  Or for those who enjoy the silent sports, there’s more than a few Subaru wagons with a full roof rack of skis and gear and three or four skiiers who need places to sleep and food and drink to enjoy.  That’s money coming into Marquette County, kids!

Take that away due to poor weather.

Suddenly, those of us who live here year ’round and depend on the business the visitors bring into our coffers are looking at troubling balance sheets.  Not good.  Times are tough enough around these parts and having a weak winter is not a helpful thing.  So, as much as I grouse about the snow when comes and complain about winter hanging on, we need the snow and the cold.

Without it, we’d be sunk.

Just a thought.

 

 

CHEERS!

-Walt

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

Sometimes there are a few signs that the winter season is passing for another year.  Now, of course, I know that this warm stretch we are in right now with 40-plus temperatures will not last long and we are sure to get smacked by at least one or two major winter storms before the year is over.  I mean, we always talk about the dreaded “St. Patty’s Day Storm” or the “April Fool’s Day Blizzard” with some fear and trepidation.  They have happened before and chances are that they will happen again.  So don’t put that snow shovel or snowblower away yet!


UP 200 AND MIDNIGHT RUN HITS THE UPPER PENINSULA.

UPSDA PRESIDENT PAT TORREANO.

One of the sure signs that winter is passing, but still holding on as well is the annual running of the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races.  Pat Torreano, President of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association, joined Mark and Walt this morning to talk about this weekend’s races and events.  She gave us the latest information concerning the set up and opening of Race Headquarters at the Holiday Inn of Marquette as well as the schedule for the Opening Ceremonies and Official Start of the U.P. 200 Friday evening in Downtown Marquette.  She also told us about how you can track the race this year via the improved UPSDA website.

To listen to the full interview with Pat from this morning’s show, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run race websites though the UPDSA’s site, please click  “HERE“.

MAKING MUSIC TO MAKE SOME TRAVELIN’ MONEY!

THE SIGHT OF MUSIC!

Janis Peterson, Director of the Marquette Senior High School Orchestra and Choir joined Mark and Walt recently to talk about a series of concerts and musical events that are being held to help the group raise funds for an upcoming trip to Europe.  She filled us in on when the group will be traveling and where they will be visiting and performing.  She also explained why the fund raising efforts suddenly became necessary when the airline involved raised the ticket fees due to an increase in fuel expenses.  To find out more about the trip as well the remaining musical concerts and how you can help out in the effort to raise the needed cash, please click “HERE” to listen to the complete interview with Janis.

A SERIES OF FUN EVENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

Be sure to take in these events in and enjoy them.  They’re part of what makes living here such fun!

CHEERS!

-Walt

HEY BLOG FANS!  HERE’S A RECAP OF SOME OF OUR RECENT INTERVIEWS.

Hey gang!  Here’s another recap of the folks who have been in the Sunny studios to join us on Mark & Walt in the Morning.  Hopefully, it’ll get you caught up as well!  Enjoy the wealth of community information!


PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT UPDATE.

KATHY SEBLONKA, PWPL.

Kathy Seblonka, with the Peter White Public Library in Marquette stopped in to give us a complete update on upcoming events and activities going on over the next few months at the library.  The events range from readings and various gatherings to an extremely popular new series entitled “Dinner and a Movie”.  You can find out more by listening to Kathy’s interview by clicking “HERE“, and you can log on to the Peter White Public Library website by clicking “HERE“.  Check it out!  (No pun intended!)


A SPECIAL EVENING AT BELL HOSPITAL.

BELL HOSPITAL'S MARIE PEASLEY

Marie Peasley, Marketing Assistant at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming came by to discuss the Blizzard Ball being put on by the Bell Foundation to raise funds for defibrillators for all of the hospital’s ambulances.  The event is on Saturday, January 23rd at the Hospital in Ishpeming.  Click “HERE” to listen to Marie’s Morning Show interview, and be sure to log on to the Hospital’s website by clicking “HERE“.


BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS BOWL FOR KID’S SAKE.

JAYNE LETTS AND ONE OF THE "LITTLES".

Jayne Letts, Executive Director of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties stopped in to talk about the group’s upcoming fundraiser, “Bowl for Kid’s Sake”,  This annual event has now been stretched out over most of the month of March and continues to grow.  Jayne also talked about the national 40th anniversary of the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters agency and how she has been with the local agency for 20 years.  Listen to her interview by clicking “HERE” and log on to the BB/BS website by clicking “HERE“.

SOME LEGAL ISSUES TO PONDER.

ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR MATT WIESE.

Matt Wiese, Assistant Prosecutor of Marquette County joined us to discuss a possible change in Michigan’s Truth in Sentencing Law.   The law currently insures that when a criminal is sent behind bars for a sentence, he or she will have to serve the minimum sentence imposed by the judge before becoming eligible for any consideration for parole or other early release.  Now, there is a movement afoot to abolish the measure, much to the chagrin of law enforcement and prosecutors around the state.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.

IT’S A BIT OF A CLEAN UP AND DIG OUT KIND OF A DAY TODAY.

"WAIT A MINUTE!  I DIDN'T ORDER THIS!"

"WAIT A MINUTE! I DIDN'T ORDER THIS!"

Another morning of cold temperatures, snow showers and school closings.  Follow the links posted above to get to our complete list of school closings and delays from around Marquette County and the rest of the Upper Peninsula.  If you’re headed outside today, be sure to bundle up!!  And for your viewing pleasure on this winter’s morning, here’s a photo of a snow-covered squirrel.  I guess it’s a subtle reminder to take the time to keep your nuts warm this morning!


WINTER’S BACK AROUND MARQUETTE COUNTY.

AHHH... A PASTORAL EARLY-MORNING SCENE OUTSIDE OF THE MARQUETTE MALL!

AHHH... A PASTORAL EARLY-MORNING SCENE OUTSIDE OF THE MARQUETTE MALL!

BRRRRRR!

The storm we have been waiting on is here today!  Watch out on your travels across the Central U-P and outlying areas.  Snow showers and high winds will be causing many problems with visibility and travel is not recommended this morning.  It is a pretty scene and gets one into the Christmas mood, but PLEASE drive carefully out there this morning as visibilities are being affected by the snow being blown around by the high winds.  Below is the blizzard information for the central Upper Peninsula including Marquette County.

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP:


A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST THURSDAY.

* SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH TO LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TONIGHT. STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW THROUGH THIS EVENING…RESULTING IN LIFE THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

* EXPECT STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 24 INCHES THROUGH TONIGHT…WITH THE GREATEST SNOWFALL OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN FROM THE HURON MOUNTAINS TO NEGAUNEE.

* SUSTAINED NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 35 MPH BY DAYBREAK…WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 45 MPH. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE MOST LIKELY AT EXPOSED LOCATIONS ALONG LAKE SUPERIOR FROM KEWEENAW BAY EAST TO BIG BAY AND MARQUETTE. THE STRONG WINDS WILL DIMINISH TONIGHT.

* THE HEAVY SNOW…IN COMBINATION WITH EXTENSIVE BLOWING SNOW WHIPPED UP BY THE GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS…WILL CAUSE VISIBILITY TO FALL TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES TODAY. THESE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY RESULT IN THE CLOSURE OF M-28 BETWEEN HARVEY AND MUNISING. OTHER ROADS IN EXPOSED LOCATIONS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE AS WELL.

CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS.

Head over to the full list of school closings for Marquette County and beyond by following the links above.