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UPDSA's Pat Torreano.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The annual runnings of the UP 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races are fast approaching, and although the weather has been less than wintry, the races will go on.

That was the message from Pat Torreano with the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association when she visited SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today.  She talked about the adjustments that had been made to the race routes and the current condition of the trails.

Pat also explained that the starting ceremonies for the UP 200 will be held in downtown Marquette as usual, but they will have the start of the Midnight Run race there as well.  The two race starts will be separated by about a half-hour and will add to the excitement of Sled Dog night in Marquette.

To listen to the interview with Pat, please click on the audio link below:

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To visit the UPSDA’s website and find out more about the race and the organization, please click “HERE”.

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Governor Rick Snyder with Mark & Walt in the Morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today. Governor Snyder, who is making a tour across areas in the Upper Peninsula, outlined his schedule for his visit and discussed the political issues of the day facing the state.

This afternoon he will be visiting Bay College in Escanaba at 12:30pm. Saturday morning at 10am Governor Snyder will drop the green flag to kick off the Sault Ste Marie I-500 Snowmobile Race.

The Governor spoke about the positive aspects of very productive year, and his goals for all Michiganders to work together and develop economic improvements.  Snyder said, “The real key to success, in my view, is relentless positive action,” and he feels Michigan has begun it’s comeback phase with car manufacturers in Detroit leading the way.

Through the course of the interview Governor Snyder touched on a few of his campaign goals and what the results have been so far. He also reiterated how he is committed to achieve what he has set out to do.

To listen to the complete interview with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, please click on the audio link below:

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Mark Brewer.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer visited the SUNNY 101.9 Studios this week during a tour across the Upper Peninsula to discuss politics with News Director Walt Lindala.

Brewer downplayed successes of the Snyder administration in Lansing and attacked the governor for not following through on promises of bi-partisan action in the legislature.

He also said Democrats around the state are frustrated with the current makeup of the state legislature as well as the Republican candidates currently positioning themselves to run for president.  Brewer said this will result in increased Democratic and swing voters coming out to vote in this year’s elections to defeat the GOP.

To listen to the interview with MI Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer, please click on the audio 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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MGHS CEO Gary Muller

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette General Hospital’s CEO Gary Muller joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morningtoday for an exclusive interview about the financial cutbacks announced by the hospital this week.

Measures taken included the cutting of 21 mostly-management positions, wage freezes, new hiring practices and more.  The steps taken address 4-point-5 million dollars in the budget and were implemented in an effort to keep the hospital competitive in the face of several economic pressures and changes in the health care industry.

In a candid and direct interview, Muller explained why the measures were taken and how the hospital hopes they will work in keeping MGH a viable economic force in Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula.

To listen to the complete interview with Gary Muller, please click the link below:

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Jack Kresnak

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development is holding their 7-th annual Upper Peninsula Non-Profit Conference tomorrow at Northern Michigan University.

The event’s keynote speaker is Jack Kresnak, the CEO of Michigan’s Children, an advocacy group for youth people in the state.  Kresnak was a reporter for 38 years with the Detroit Free Press, covering youth issues since the late ’80’s.

Kresnak chatted with SUNNY 101.9’s Walt Lindala recently about the why he is so passionate about youth issues in the state and what message he is bringing to the conference.

To listen to the interview, please click below:

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For more about the GLCYD, click “HERE” to visit their website.

For the latest power outage updates from the Upper Peninsula Power Company, please click “HERE“.

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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Strong storms with high winds and heavy rain moved across the U.P. affecting thousands of people by knocking out power and causing damage including downed trees and more.  The Upper Peninsula Power Company is reporting thousands of customers without power, with outages reported from the Copper Country to Delta County.  UPPCO has not released a timeline for the expected full restoration of service.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power says their crews are working on restoring main circuits first, and as a result, some of their customers in some of their outlying service areas in Marquette County such as Skandia, Sands and Chocolay Townships may be without power until tomorrow.

Wind gusts over 50 miles per hour were reported on the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette, while 65 mile an hour gusts were reported in Menominee.  The high winds caused trees and branches to be blown down across the region, blocking roads and cutting power.  State Police at Central Dispatch in Negaunee Township say all main roadways are open and clear, but roads in many rural locations may still be blocked by trees and debris and motorists need to use caution.

Residents are being advised to stay away from downed power lines and treat them as if they were live and energized.  People should not attempt to move or cut any trees or branches near the power lines.  Downed power lines and trees can be reported to your local police agency, power company or local road commission office.

School Closures for 9/30/11:

The following schools are closed due to power outages today-

REPUBLIC- MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS

AUTRAIN-ONOTA SCHOOLS

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NICE Community Schools say Bus #9C, which serves County Road 573 and South Camp Road is not running this morning.

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The Marquette Board of Light and Power says that their crews are working on restoring the main circuits at this time.  As a result, some of their outlying service areas, such as Chocolay, Sands, Skandia and Negaunee Townships, may be without power until sometime tomorrow.

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Michigamme Township Hall is open this morning with a generator for residents if they have any medical or oxygen concerns.  They have full power to help, and most importantly, the coffee is ON!

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UPPCO is currently reporting over 5000 customers across the Upper Peninsula this morning.  Here is their latest statement:

Strong winds continue to cause power outages to UPPCO electric customers. The outages are the result of strong winds causing branches to break or trees falling onto power lines.

UPPCO has been assessing the damage since earlier this afternoon. Asplundh tree crews are on site and working to clean up fallen trees and debris so UPPCO crews can continue restoration efforts. At this time no restoration times are available.

Residents are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to treat them as if they are energized. Do not attempt to clear downed trees or branches from areas near power lines!

If you have an electric emergency, contact UPPCO at 800-562-7809. All other emergencies please call 911.

Customers who are without power and have internet access can report an outage via their mobile device, laptop or tablet. They can also visit the UPPCO Web site: www.uppco.com.outagesummary/view/outagegrid.aspx to view outage information.

 

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NMU CNAS Dir. April Lindala

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University is presenting the 15-th Annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Summit later this month.  The conference is being held on Friday, September 30th on campus at NMU.

NMU CNAS Director April Lindala joined SUNNY 101.9′ s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the conference and to encourage listeners to register and take part.  She outlined the event schedule as well as the topics being covered in the seminars and workshops.

To listen to the interview and hear more about the U.P. Indian Education Conference, please click below:

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To visit the Center for Native American Studies website, please click “HERE“.

 

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Senator Debbie Stabenow joins Mark and Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– Michigan’s Junior U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studios this morning while visiting Marquette County to speak to the Economic Club and meet with constituents.

The Lansing Democrat outlined a series of initiatives involving new technology and industry to create jobs in the Upper Peninsula.  She also discussed the role of new technologies will work with traditional industries in our area such as forestry and mining.

She also talked about how she shares the frustration with voters about the political process in Washington, D.C. and Congress and the lack of willingness to come to reasonable compromise for the betterment of the Country and it’s people.

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

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