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Richer talks about campaigning during COVID-19 pandemic

Renee Richer is a biology professor and candidate for state representative in the 108th District. She talks about the COVID-19 pandemic from her perspective and what it might mean for the U.P.

 

 

Players de Noc postpones final play of season during COVID-19 pandemic

Jamie Peterson with Players de Noc talks about the musical Mama Mia that ended before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, changes for Players' final play of the season and how the pandemic might affect upcoming Community Theatre Association of Michigan events in April.

 

 

Elmer's County Market takes step to serve customers during COVID-19 pandemic

Elmer's County Market General Manager Rod Stende talks about efforts the grocery store has taken to meet the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes installing sneeze guards at the check outs, discontinuing bottle and can return service and limiting hours to allow time for deep cleaning.

 

 

State Police respond to Coronavirus pandemic, help distribute food

Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham says there has been an increase in alcohol related incidents since the stay home order was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Troopers are also assisting in food distribution programs in Manistque and Gladstone

 

 

Escanaba couple is stranded in Honduras during Coronavirus pandemic

An Escanaba couple were stranded in Honduras when the country closed its borders March 16 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  After spending several weeks in Honduras working to build a middle school, Tim and Julie Bishop thought it was time to leave the country, but Tim says it was too late. They are now trying to find a way out.

 


 

Mission trip to Honduras interrupted by Coronavirus pandemic

Bonnie Wenick-Kutz and her husband Karl returned to Escanaba from Honduras before the border was closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Tim and Julie Bishop were stranded in the country. Bonnie talks about what the Escanaba group U.P. Friends of Honduras is working on in the country.

 

 

Escanaba DDA sets 2020 goals and objectives, begins budget process

Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault talks about the DDA Board's goals and objectives for 2020 and the DDA's budget process. The DDA also supports a three-year moritorium on new hotel construction in the city in support of Proxima Management Group project at the former jail site.

 

 

Esky Band Students sell tickets for Feb. 4 Pancake Fundraiser

Senior Laura Sliva and Freshman Matt Kaven talk about their experiences in the Escanaba High School Band. Both are trumpet players. A pancake fundraiser will be held Feb. 4 to raise funds for equipment, music and to get ready for this year's New York trip.

 

 

Public comment at U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba

Problems with wind and solar energy generation in the U.P. was brought up before the U.P. Energy Task Force yesterday during public comment. Escanaba Township resident Kim Wyckoff told the group that property owners feel like that had no input into a proposed solar project in Delta County. Joe Kaplan of Escanaba opposed wind turbines on the Garden Peninsula. He is also concerned about the impact that large scale solar projects could have on migratory birds. And Randall Scott of Bark River talked about the difficulty of deciding these issues.

 


 

United Way and Delta County Communities That Care

United Way of Delta County Director Julie Mallard talks about the fundraising campaign. The United Way is also involved in the Delta County Communities That Care. Coordinator Michelle Chailler says a few years ago, they found that kids were dealing with depression, thinking that drugs wouldn't harm them and a low commitment to school. Chailler says they then turned to the community to see what was available to help.

 

 

Talking with Mike Canull on Veteran's Day

WYKX-FM afternoon disc jockey Mike Canull served 21 years in the U.S. Army. It included two tours in Iraq and one in Afganistan.  During his second tour of Iraq, he ended up investigating the vehicle that his friend was killed in on patrol. Canull says he remembers that day like it was yesterday. Despite some sad times, Canull says he enjoyed his time in the military. He joined because he wanted to serve. 

 


 

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan talks about the city council selecting an interim city manager, tabling a rental contract with the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority and the city applying for USDA energy savings program funds.

 

 

Congressman Jack Bergman

Congressman Jack Bergman talks about impeachment, funding for the Soo Locks, the Veterans Improve Act, the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the importance of Veterans Day.

 

 

Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald on deer accidents, Governor vetoes

Deer accidents pick up this time of year. Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald talks about a deer accident with a patrol car. The Sheriff's Department has also been impacted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoes. Oswald tells us how.

 

 

Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald talks about new jail operations

Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald is joined by Patty Woerpel who recently toured the new jail facility as part of the Escanaba Public Safety Citizen's Academy. They talk about what Patty saw and how the jail is operating.

 

 

Sabor, Przewrocki talk Delta County meeting, elections

Interim Delta County Administrator Tom Sabor talks about items from the Delta County Baord of Commissioners meeting. Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki talks about the election process in the county.

 

 

Delta Animal Shelter

Sue Gartland and Tonya Gartland talk about the success of the Fur Raiser and Bissell Foundation adoption day in October and their upcoming participation in the craft show at the Escanaba High School and holiday open house.

 

 

State Rep. Beau LaFave

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) talks about legislation to establish a natural resources commission for the Upper Peninsula and other issues.

 

 

Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox in U.P.

Laura Cox, chair of the Michigan Republican Party, is in the Upper Peninsula to rally grassroots efforts heading into the 2020 election. She was in Escanaba and Marquette on Sunday.

 

 

Michigan State Police Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham

Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham talks about the success of their Harvest Gathering program and coat collection in Schoolcraft County. Also talks about road safety in the U.P.

 

 

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