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Community Perspectives- Running for Congress

Community Perspectives, Running for Congress
February 7th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 5:00
Community Perspectives- Running for Congress. Local candidate takes on the task of running for Congress. Callie Barr grew up in Cheboygan, and now lives in Traverse City, but has begun to run for Congress in Michigan's First Congressional District. Run time is 5:00

Coast Guard Connections Committee Card drive

Coast Guard Connections Committee cards wanted
October 30th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 3:15
The US Coast Guard will be transporting trees to Chicago soon- and the Coast Guard Community Connections Committee is asking the community to help make Christmas Cards to go with the trees. YOU can create your own Christmas Cards, and drop off at the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce building between now and November 12. Carol Yeck joins Jim Pratt to explain the trees and cards to Chicago. Run Time is 3:15.

Walk Against Hate

Walk Against Hate - ADL In Petoskey
October 13th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 6:50
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the USA's oldest civil rights organizations, is holding a "Walk Against Hate", in Petoskey, on Sunday, October 22. Join the Team in the walk at the Gazebo in Petoskey,, at 2 pm. on Sunday, Oct 22. ADL Regional Board Member and Petoskey resident Val Meyerson talks about the ADL, the walk, and how you can come out to support the Walk Against Hate at this critical time. Sponsor a walker by clicking on "Team Petoskey" here: https://www.walkagainsthate.org/michigan/Donate

Community Perspectives- the "Right to Repair" bill

"Right to Repair", a discussion of a bill in Lansing.
October 6th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 5:58
Farmers spend huge amounts of money these days on equipment. But it can be expensive, or impossible for a farmer to get the technical data and parts to repair his own purchased equipment. There is a bill in Lansing, HB 4673 , to create an Agricutural "Right to Repair". The bill is now in the State Legislature Ag committee. Joining us today is Joanne Galloway, of the Center 4 Change , Northern Michigan Advocacy, to update us on this bill now under consideration,.

Community Perspectives- UAW Strike

How the UAW strike impacts local workers.
September 15th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 7:59
A discussion of how the UAW Strike at three automakers works to affect Northern Michigan workers- other organized labor. Run time is 7:59,. guest is Joanne Galloway, Center4Change.

Community Perspectives- Cam Cavitt 08/23/2023

Cemetery, Dam repair, School funding
August 23rd, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:32
Community Perspectives talks with State Representative Cam Cavitt, about his bill for a new veterans cemetery, a VA clinic in Indian River, and money for dam repair.

Dark Stores Legislation

Sen. Ed McBroom discusses Dark Store legislation
August 21st, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 9:19
Dark Stores Part 3- Michigan Senator Ed McBroom talks about legislation introduced to try and fix the "Dark Store" loophole in Michigan taxes, as it applies to Big Box Stores. Michigan Big Box Stores have found a way to pay just a fraction of the taxes that smaller businesses pay- Mom and Pop can't compete when the Big Box Stores work the tax loopholes. McBroom has two bills now pending in the Senate to address the issue. SB0019 and SB 0020. This interview is 9:12 long.

Community Perspectives

0818
August 18th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 18:12
Michigan tax law provides that businesses pay property taxes- but over the last decade, a large number of "Big Box Stores" have been using (or some say mis-using) tax law, to get lower tax values on their store properties. Instead of using the fair market value of an active, thriving big box store- these corporations are saying that their tax bills should be based on ONLY THE VALUE OF THE BUIlDING as if it were an abandoned, empty store in a run=-down neighborhood. The result- is that big corporations, employing hundreds or thousands of people, and making large profits,. are treated as if their stores will vacant facilities. Today, I talk with Joanne Galloway, Executive Director of the Michigan Center 4 Change, about "Dark Stores". and attempts to modify the tax law to fix this loophole.

Money for Local Communities-

Learning how to apply for grant money - C4CMI.ORG
August 11th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 8:09
Community Perspectives explores "Show me the money". Joanne Galloway talks about training to identify and apply for federal and state grants- getting money into the local community. Run time is 8:09. Jim Pratt and Joanne Galloway, C4CMI.ORG Executive Director.

0804 Community Perspecitves- Voting Tuesday

Community Perspectives- Voting on Tuesday
August 4th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:34
Jim Pratt talks with Joanne Galloway- the Director of the Center 4 Change of Northern Michigan. ( http://www.c4c.org ) . Joanne talks about the election coming up, Voting accuracy tests, and how these elections impact communities., like Pellston's millage request. Run time is 4:34

0808 Community Perspectives- Education Budget

New line items in the Michigan Budget help schools
August 4th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 6:34
The new State of Michigan budget has been signed into law, and includes many items that help local communities. Besides a funding increase for the per-pupil funding of public schools, we now have "free breakfast and free lunch". Michigan will join 21 other states in providing food for students. Plus a new Transportation fund for bussing children to school. Joanne Galloway explains these items, and more. Run time is 6:34

Center for Change Community Perspectives

C4C Joanne Galloway
July 24th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 5:52
Meet Joanne Galloway, from the Center 4 Change in Northern Michigan. She is part of an advocacy group to help teach people how to bring change in their communities. Learn more at the Center for Change Website: https://www.c4cmi.org/

Celebrating our nation's Birthday

4th of July events in the Tip of the Mitt
June 28th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 2:12
Just a few of the events for 4th of July .

Michigan Right to Repair Legislation

Now working on Right to Repair legislation
June 23rd, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:12
Progress Michigan Rural Communities Coordinator Levi Teitel talks about the bill now being considered, to mandate manufacturers make manuals, parts and diagnostics available to the owners of their equipment.

JuneTeenth Holiday Celebration

JuneTeenth Holiday History
June 19th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:04
History of the Juneteenth Holiday- celebrating the freedom of Blacks in the USA.

Northern Michigan Memorial Day events

Events of the community for Memorial Day
May 19th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 2:58
Here is a listing of events for Memorial Day among local communities.

History of Memorial Day

History of Memorial Day- it's a solemn event.
May 17th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 3:29
Unlike Veterans Day, Memorial Day is to honor the fallen. Here is a history of the day, now marked in May.

Community Perspectives- Rep. Cam Cavitt update 05-11-23

Cam Cavitt Community Perspectives
May 10th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 10:39
Cam Cavitt interview for May 11, 2023, on Community Perspectives. Run Time is 10:39. Rep. Cavitt talks about funding for the Dam repair, funding in general, and the vote on Librarians. Jim Pratt recorded.

STAMP OUT HUNGER COLLECTION IS MAY 13TH

STAMP OUT HUNGER IS A COLLECTION OF FOOD IN EVERY COMMUNITY
May 10th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 2:55
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS IS HOLDING A FOOD DRIVE- TO COLLECT FOOD FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. ALL OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, ON THIS SATURDAY, MAY 13TH, LETTER CARRIERS ASK YOU TO DONATE NON-PERISABLE ITEMS FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS. SIMPLY LEAVE THE ITEMS NEXT TO YOUR MAIL BOX ON SATURDAY, MAY 13TH, AND LETTER CARRIERS WILL PICK IT UP. NATIONAL LETTER CARRIER SPOKESMAN PHIL DYNE TALKS WITH JIM PRATT ABOUT "STAMP OUT HUNGER" -TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAY, MAY 13TH.

Lansing Update

Discussion of what's hot in Lansing.
April 19th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 10:12
State Representative Cam Cavitt talks with Jim Pratt about the hot topics in Lansing. This week, Cam says he's got two bills to watch. One is for funding for a dam repair, and also funding for a State of Michigan Veterans Cemetery. Run time is 10:12. Recorded April 19, 2023. JIM

Cheboygan Banned Book Club

A discussion group to review and talk about banned books.
April 10th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 5:44
The Cheboygan Banned Book Club is a new group of local residents who are reviewing and discussing banned books. They are meeting every two weeks at the Cheboygan Public Library, to have discussions and read books that have become controversial or been banned. Max Botteger leads this group which meets at the Cheboygan Public Library. Run time is 5:44

Local Air Force Recruiter TSGT Kelli Craven

Local Air Force Recruiter TSGT Kelli Craven talks about her job in Northern Michigan.
March 24th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:03
Local Air Force Recruiter Technical Sergeant Kelli Craven talks about her job in Northern Michigan. She is a recruiter for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force , and covers northern Michigan communities including Cheboygan and Emmet Counties.

Cinderella, the Musical

Cinderella the Musical will be at the Cheboygan Opera House Cheboygan High School presents a musical version of Cinderella. This play takes place at the Cheboygan Opera House on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm,. and on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
March 7th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:16
Cheboygan High School presents a musical version of Cinderella. This play takes place at the Cheboygan Opera House on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm,. and on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. March 9, 10, 11 at 730 pm, and March 12 at 2 pm.

Michigan Minimum Wage may jump in February

Michigan Minimum Wage Court Case
January 4th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 4:56
Michigan may be getting another jump in the minimum wage soon. Back in 2018, a group turned in petitions to let voters decide if they wanted to raise the minimum wage to 12 an hour by 2022, and fix the lagging "tipped wage". After the republican legislature prevented voters from weighing in, the petitioners sued, and the Court ruled that the State would have to adopt the higher wage, or change the law before February 19, 2023. That date is almost here, and it looks now like the higher wage may go into effect that day. The new Michigan minimum wage would go to 13.03 for most employees, and to 11.73 for Michigan tipped employees. Mark Brewer is the attorney leading the case.

in honor of the 1936-37 Flint GM Sit Down Strike

Michigan History- the Flint Sit Down Strike
December 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 2:49
in December 1936, workers at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint occupied and held a sit-down strike, in order to gain recognition of their Union. 14 workers were shot, 21 were injured. but the Workers prevailed, and 44 days later, GM and the UAW signed their first agreement.

SUZIE'S CHRISTMAS

Suzie needs a home for Christmas
December 23rd, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 3:44
Suzie has been in the pound a LONG time, and needs a new family! Contact the Cheboygan County Humane Society, (231) 238-8221, and come see Suzie, and ALL the dogs and cats !

TAZ IS THE PET OF THE WEEK

PET OF THE WEEK- HERE IS TAZ
December 5th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 0:56
TAZ IS THE BIG COUNTRY GOLD PET OF THE WEEK- AT THE CHEBOYGAN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY.

Miracle on 34th Street Part 1

Cheboygan High School Drama presents Miracle on 34th Street. Starting December 9.
November 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 3:05
Cheboygan High School Drama presents " Miracle on 34th Street"- the Play, taking place Friday, December 9, at 7p.m.; Saturday , D3ecember 10th at 7 pm. ; and Sunday,. December 11, at 2 pm. Tickets at the door- Students 5, Adults 7.

Miracle on 34th Street, Part 2

Interview about Miracle on "34th Street "- the play starts December 9.
November 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 2:11
Part 2- Cheboygan High School Drama presents " Miracle on 34th Street"- the Play, taking place Friday, December 9, at 7p.m.; Saturday , D3ecember 10th at 7 pm. ; and Sunday,. December 11, at 2 pm. Tickets at the door- Students 5, Adults 7.

Cheboygan Human Society Dog of the Week

Tippy if the Dog of the Week for November 9.
November 14th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 2:18
The Cheboygan County Humane Society shelter has LOTS of Dogs and Cats searching for a Fur-ever home. Can you open your heart to one of these folks? Here's a little about Tippy, our Dog of the Week

November Ballot Proposals- Citizen's Initiatives

What's on the Ballot?
September 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 5:31
Community Perspectives- with Political Science Professor Scott LeDuer . What is on the November ballot? Run Time is 5:31. First of four parts.

November Ballot Measures. Proposal 22-1- Term :Limits

Term Limit changes AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE RULES
September 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 7:06
Term Limit changes and financial disclosure rules are on the ballot as Proposal 22-1. This is a Legislature initiative proposal. Professor Scott LeDuer talks with Jim Pratt.

November Ballot Measures. Proposal 22-2- Regarding Elections- Promote the Vote

Promote the Vote
September 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 7:41
Proposal 22-2 Regarding Elections would amend the State Constitution to add provisions regarding voting and the election. North Central Michigan Professor Scott LeDuer explains the issue.

November Ballot Measures, Proposal 22-3 Regarding Reproductive Freedom

Proposal 22-3
September 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 7:56
Proposal 22-3 , to amend the State Constitution to establish a right of reproductive freedom, to include the right to make all decisions about pregnancy and abortion, allow the state to regulate abortion in some cases, and forbid prosecution of individuals exercising establish3ed rights.

It's a Cop Thing TOO! The Last Laugh

Community Perspectives- it's a Cop Thing Too, (MOVIE)
September 4th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 9:36
Interview with Film Maker Matt Kwiakowski, and Mike Root. Their new movie is going to premier at the Cheboygan Opera House on November 7. Tickets available now at] https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-a-cop-thing-too-premiere-tickets-363564680747 It's going to be a great movie- come and see! Film Trailer link: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi3555639833/

TSP file attachment

TSP July meeting File Attachment
July 29th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 0:12
TSP Meeting for July - attaching files This is a PDF attachment for the audio of the TSP interview. To view- CLICK ON THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON above right. It will open as a PDF.

TSP UPDATE for July 28, 2022

New Thrift Savings Plan Rollout
July 28th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 15:33
Several thousand area current and former federal employees, TSA workers, Post Office workers, military members and retiree, and retirees in general have TSP Accounts. Recent changes to the TSP have created a real challenge for account holders. Many changes have been made. We talked to the TSP External Affairs Director, and got her take on where the TSP is today, and the service expectations moving forward. She says the new system is slowly getting up to speed to help current and future retirees.

July 6, Animal of the week

Bennie, Animal of the Week
July 6th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 1:51
Meet BENNIE- this week's ANIMAL OF THE WEEK available for adoption from the Cheboygan County Humane Society.

Millage Request- Senior Services Millage renewal request , 1/2 mill for 4 years

Senior Services Millage for August 2, 2022 ballot
July 5th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 2:11
Cheboygan County Senior Services is asking for a renewal of a half-mill tax on the August ballot. Executive Director Gail Tinker explains what they will use the money for.

Road Millage Proposal- Cheboygan County - one mill for 4 years renewal

Road Millage Proposal- Cheboygan County
July 5th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 1:55
Cheboygan Road Commission is asking for a one-mill for four year tax renewal of it's Road Repair millage. This will appear on the August 2nd ballot. Road Commission Director Matt Hall explains the request

MILLAGE REQUEST- EMERGENCY SERVICES - 1/2 mill for 4 years replacement

MILLAGE REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES, CHEBOYGAN COUNTY
July 1st, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 2:27
Three ballot millage requests will be on the August 2 ballot. THE FIRST WE ARE DISCUSSING- IS THE EMERGENCY SERVICES MILLAGE. Sheriff Dale Clarmont explains the one-half- mill request for County Emergency Services.

Fireworks and Furry Friends

Fireworks and Furry Friends- keep your animal safe!
June 29th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 1:59
Happy 4th of July- but please be considerate of your furry friends out there. Please make sure your pets are safe this 4th of July- and that your pet is WEARING their ID tags. Fourth of July is Animal Control's busiest day of the year trying to recover lost pets. The Cheboygan County Humane Society offers tips for your furry friends.

Majestic Michigan-

Great Lakes Tissue Company moves ahead
June 20th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 3:46
New owners are making substantial investments in the Cheboygan-based Great Lakes Tissue Company. They are fixing the building and physical plant, and researching new products for future revenue streams. It is a huge win for northern Michigan.

Dog of the Day/Dog of the Week- ATHENA

Dog of the Week for June 15 https://fb.watch/dFzkeyDGfN/
June 15th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 1:47
Meet Athena! Dog of the Day at the Cheboygan Humane Society. She's even got her own video, which you can see here: https://fb.watch/dFzkeyDGfN/

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