Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in the Great Lakes Radio studios in Marquette, Michigan.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in the Great Lakes Radio studios in Marquette, Michigan.

1/20/2015 Lansing, Michigan — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address was heard all across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and beyond on the stations of Great Lakes Radio on Tuesday, January 20th. With the power of Great Lakes Radio, listeners were able to tune in and listen as our Governor, Rick Snyder highlighted all the progress that has been made under his leadership for the year 2014.

Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address was heard across the Upper Peninsula on 103-FXD, 92.7 WRUP, and AM 1400 WQXO.

Governor Rick Snyder highlighted a few key successes in 2014. One of the highlights was the Propane Crisis across Upper Michigan during the winter of 2014. Governor Snyder touted the fact that Propane companies that gouged Upper Michigan residents were penalized for their price gouging tactics. Also, Governor Snyder highlighted the fact that unemployment continues to drop in the State of Michigan under his leadership.

Great Lakes Radio is proud to bring you the full audio of the Governor’s State of the State Address here:

LISTEN – 2015 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address on Great Lakes Radio.mp3

Barb Reiter looks on as her father, Carl Reiter, hands over the first toll collected at the newly opened International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Oct. 31. 1962. (Reiter family photo)

Barb Reiter looks on as her father, Carl Reiter, hands over the first toll collected at the newly opened International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Oct. 31. 1962. (Reiter family photo)

The year Barb Reiter was 12, she missed Halloween in order to take a special trip up north to Sault Ste. Marie with her truck driver dad. “I was 12 and it was Halloween, so I missed trick-or-treating,” she said. “So you guys owe me some candy.”

Instead, Barb spent the day as she often did, riding along with her dad on his runs to pick up lumber from Canada and return it to a furniture plant in Muskegon. This trip was one of the most memorable. Instead of crossing the St. Marys River on a ferry, which could take up to two hours including wait time, they had the honor of being in the first commercial vehicle to cross the brand new International Bridge.

An old photo shows Barb and her father, Carl, paying the toll as they head northbound across the bridge on Oct. 31, 1964. Barb vividly remembers the crowd that greeted her and her dad as they headed back south down I-75 after the ceremonial crossing.

“There were just miles of traffic,” she said. “Everybody out of their cars tooting and waving, it was one of the best memories I ever had in my life.”

International Bridge staff recreated those memories as best they could on July 11. Barb, now 64, from downstate Mesick, Mich., and her brother Arvid, 58, of Rock Hill, S.C., drove up to pay a final nostalgic visit to the old toll booths. Arvid runs a successful trucking company of his own and put about 1,100 miles on one of his rigs making the round trip. He said he remembers his dad as a great provider who was constantly making trips to Canada through the Upper Peninsula.

Almost 52 years later, Barb and her brother, Arvid Reiter, re-enact the scene at one of the original tool booths with International Bridge Administration (IBA) Toll Operations Manager Fiore Cappelli. The original booths were removed shortly after their visit as part of the ongoing IBA Toll Plaza project. (IBA photo)

Almost 52 years later, Barb and her brother, Arvid Reiter, re-enact the scene at one of the original tool booths with International Bridge Administration (IBA) Toll Operations Manager Fiore Cappelli. The original booths were removed shortly after their visit as part of the ongoing IBA Toll Plaza project. (IBA photo)

“He was a hard worker, my dad. He raised five kids with that one truck he had,” Arvid said. “We had a lot of fun out there on the highway.”

Brother and sister said they remember many trips with their dad, who passed away nine years ago. They’d ride along on weekends – and sometimes even play hooky from school – to keep him company and help stay awake on some of his four trips a week up from Cadillac. Revisiting the bridge brought back a lot of memories.

“It just meant so much to me, I just can’t even express how much,” Barb said of her recent visit. “This being in memory of my dad – and reliving what my dad did – it’s totally awesome.”

The Reiters visited just in time. The old booths were removed the following week as part of the two-year, $8.9 million International Bridge Toll Plaza construction project. The existing five original toll lanes are making way for seven new lanes and a new enhanced toll collection system.

Customers are encouraged to visit the bridge website at www.saultbridge.com for more information on the Toll Plaza project. Follow the International Bridge on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge for current construction announcements and photos.

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

“Celebrating 50 Years of International Friendship, 1962 – 2012”

Michigan Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officials have confirmed a cougar was illegally killed last week in the Upper Peninsula’s Schoolcraft County.

Acting on a tip that a cougar had been illegally killed at a hunting camp in northeast Schoolcraft County, DNR conservation officers and Special Investigations Unit detectives were able to successfully recover evidence and identify and apprehend two suspects from Bay County.

Upon completion of the DNR’s investigation, the case will be turned over to the Schoolcraft County Prosecuting Attorney with warrant requests for charges. The state penalty for illegally killing a cougar, classified as an endangered species in Michigan, is up to 90 days in jail and fines and restitution of up to $2,500.

Anyone with information about this or any other poaching case is encouraged to call the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 800-292-7800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information can also be reported online at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers. Tips and information can be left anonymously; information that leads to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward funded by the state’s Game and Fish Protection Fund.

A trail camera photo of a cougar near the same area as this incident was recently confirmed by the DNR’s Wildlife Division. Wildlife officials believe the animal killed was most likely the same cougar seen in the recent photo.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, disappeared from the state in the early 1900s. The last confirmed wild cougar in Michigan prior to 2008 was an animal killed near Newberry in 1906.

Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed photos or tracks of cougars on 23 occasions in 10 Upper Peninsula counties. The animals are believed to be young individuals dispersing from established populations in the Dakotas in search of new territory. There is no evidence of a breeding population of cougars in the state.

The Wildlife Division’s specially trained cougar team welcomes citizen reports of possible cougar evidence or sightings. Cougar photos and other evidence – such as tracks, scat or cached kills – should be reported to a local DNR office or through the DNR’s online reporting form at www.michigan.gov/cougars.

COUNTY:
Chippewa

HIGHWAY:
M-28

CLOSEST CITY:
Raco (between M-123 and M-221)

ESTIMATED STARTING DATE:
Monday, June 3, 2013

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

PROJECT:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is demolishing the underlying concrete and resurfacing 11.1 miles of M-28 from west of Raco to M-221. The project also will include wider paved shoulders, pavement markings, and sign upgrades.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:
Most of this work will be performed with traffic shifts, with one lane open in each direction, as well as occasional lane closures under flag control.


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Today I had the pleasure of talking to Jason Allen the Director of Veteran Affairs in Michigan. He called to let me know that there is a jobs fair/conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit for Vets. There are 5000 jobs available in Michigan for Vets and the employers will be there on June 26-29. contact your vet affairs rep to see if transportation is available for you from here. Michigan is last when it comes to vets receiving their benefits, so please if you served let us now serve you. You earned it. george.

This Saturday and next Saturday park ranger Andrea will be guiding walks at the Miners Castle area. These are leisurely strolls observing wild flowers and hardwoods as well as invasive species.  To hear more go to our archieves and give a listen to our interview. george

LANSING, Mich.–The Michigan Senate passed measures on Wednesday that would end the unfair practice of double taxation on used boats and vehicles, said co-sponsor Sen. Howard Walker.

Senate Bills 126 and 127 would allow consumers to pay sales tax on the price of a new boat or vehicle only after the value of a trade-in has been subtracted.

“In the last year, we have taken many steps to provide a fairer and more competitive tax structure to help job providers. These bills will address an unfair situation impacting our residents by preventing double taxation when they purchase a new car or boat,” said Walker, R-Traverse City. “This is just what we need to provide relief to our residents and a boost to tourism and other industries.”

SB 126 would exclude taxation on the trade-in values of used cars and boats when the trade-in value is being applied to a new or used car or boat.

SB 127 would create a six-year phase-in for the program. In 2012, only $2,500 would be exempt, and this amount would increase by $2,500 each year until 2017, when it would reach $15,000. After that, the trade-in value would be uncapped.

For example, after the law is fully implemented, if a five-year-old car valued at $5,000 is traded in and the owner of the car applies the trade-in value to a new or used car valued at $25,000, the car being purchased would be taxed at $20,000–the difference between the value of the new car and trade-in value of the old car.

Michigan is the only Great Lakes state and one of only six states nationwide that tax trade-in values.

“This legislation puts us on a level playing field with surrounding states,” Walker said. “It makes it easier for everybody to make purchases that will increase their quality of life while at the same time benefiting the state as a whole.”

SBs 126-127 now advance to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Yesterday and today we ran an interview with Kelly and Kathy. Kelly runs a rescue shelter for small dogs and Kathy is the new manager of the Alger Animal Shelter. These ladies were involved in a recent rescue of over 350 dogs from a puppy mill gone real bad.

Some of the animals died, others were weak, malnourished, and diseased. They were infested with every parasite you can think of and some you can’t.  Some of the rescued dogs were brought up here for placement in good homes. We discussed what can be done about these mills which are just breeding nightmare, and how to get involved.

Please,  if you missed this interview,  look it up on the interview archives and listen to what these ladies had to say. Thank you. george

MUNISING, Michigan – Work on the Chapel Road and parking area continues this spring at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Visitors are reminded that last year’s road closure at Chapel remains in effect.

Due to the extent of construction and heavy equipment at the work site, the last half mile of the Chapel Road and the Chapel-Mosquito trailhead parking area is closed until May 24. Limited parking is available at the beginning of the construction closure area. Foot traffic through the construction project is permitted.

The project began last November 21 and is expected to be completed by July 1. Work includes replacing two stream crossings, upgrading the last quarter mile of the Chapel Road, upgrading the Chapel-Mosquito trailhead parking area, and replacing the old vault toilet.

Facility Manager Chris Case explained that the project will eliminate runoff and siltation into two creeks in the area, improve the roadway, and provide a new parking area with circular traffic pattern with increased capacity to 49 cars and 4 RV/bus stalls. The project also includes a new fully accessible vault toilet unit.

The general contractor for the project is AMEC of Traverse City with AECOM of Marquette providing design and survey services and Gerou Excavating of Munising undertaking construction.

“We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation as we continue with the construction activities of these significant improvements to the Chapel area,” Case commented. “This project has been scheduled during the late fall and early spring to minimize its impact on the public. We look forward to improved access and more visitor friendly facility at this popular area of the national lakeshore.”

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan will become the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet under legislation signed by the governor today.

Senate Bill 291, sponsored by state Sen. Phil Pavlov, lets motorcyclists choose whether to wear a helmet if they are at least 21 years old, carry additional insurance and have passed a motorcycle safety course or have had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years. Motorcycle passengers who want to exercise this option also must be 21 or older and carry additional insurance.

The legislation was approved with bipartisan support.

“While many motorcyclists will continue to wear helmets, those who choose not to deserve the latitude to make their own informed judgments as long as they meet the requirements of this new law,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “There is no substitute for proper training, education and awareness when it comes to operating any motor vehicle. We must continue working together to keep our roads safe by making sure that everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car or on a motorcycle has the proper skills. Traffic safety is a responsibility shared by all motorists.”

Michigan originally implemented its helmet-use law in 1967 to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation requirements for federal funds. That requirement is no longer in place. With this change, Michigan joins the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania that have repealed or amended helmet-use laws to give riders a choice.

S.B. 291 is now Public Act 98 of 2012.

A detailed description of the bill may be found online at www.legislature.mi.gov.

The Mustangs travel to St. Ignace La Salle to take on the Saints!

Listen for all the action on 103.3 The Country Extreme in Marquette.

Munising, Michigan — Your Munising Mustangs take on the St. Ignace Saints this Saturday, October 29th at 1pm (pregame begins at 12:30pm) on our sister station, 103.3 The Country Extreme in Marquette. Charlie Nebel will bring you all the playoff action as the Munising Mustangs are 6-3 on the season and the St. Ignace Saints are 9-0 on the season! This game is going to be action-packed as the Mustangs have fought hard during this entire High School Football season.

Be sure to tune in to our sister station, 103.3 The Country Extreme in Marquette to listen to the entire game. Remember, if you can’t make it to the game, you can always listen to the entire game on our website as we will provide a live stream from pregame to postgame here on AM 1400 WQXO.com. In addition, immediately following our broadcast this Saturday, there will be game recap/highlights of the entire game on AM 1400 WQXO’s website.

103.3 The Country Extreme in Marquette will continue to provide you Munising Mustang sports right up through Friday, November 11th. After that, AM 1400 WQXO in Munising will once again bring you all Munising Mustang action!

If you would like a full list of all the High School playoff pairings across Michigan, please be sure to check out the MHSAA website HERE.

Tune in this Saturday, October 29th as your Munising Mustangs are in the playoffs and take on the St. Ignace Saints at 1pm (12:30pm pregame) only on 103.3 The Country Extreme in Marquette. Go Mustangs!!!

The test will be different from what you’re used to hearing.

The MAB says there’s no need to panic or become overly concerned.

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Marquette, Michigan

— When an important weather announcement is broadcast on the EAS (Emergency Alert System) we like to alert the public as soon as possible. Coming up on November 9th, 2011, at 2pm (est) the MAB tells us that you’re going to hear something quite different–but there won’t be any need to be alarmed.

According to the MAB (Michigan Association of Broadcasters) on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011, at approximately 2pm (est), FEMA and the FCC will test the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using the Presidential message code, Emergency Activation Notification (EAN). The MAB says that the EAN code has never been tested before.

According to the MAB, this test will be over 2 minutes in length. All radio, television, cable and satellite operators across the country will air the test at exactly the same time. Again, the MAB says there is no need to panic when you hear this test on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 2pm (est). Stay tuned to the stations of Great Lakes Radio, Inc. as we’ll continue to keep you informed on this National EAS Test. For more information check out the MAB’s site HERE.