Copper Country Today is Houghton Community Broadcasting’s weekly news and public affairs program. Hear it Sunday mornings at 7:00 on 97.7 The Wolf, 8:00 on AM 1400 WCCY, and 9:00 on KBear 102.3. You can also listen to the program, or download the segments, from this page. Files have been compressed to save space and facilitate downloading, which may result in reduced audio quality.

Copper Country Today is sponsored by the Copper Country Veterinary Clinic, and by the members of the Copper Country Education Association.

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May 25, 2014 – In the first segment, Todd VanDyke welcomes Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center CEO Donald Simila, to discuss his organization’s expansion into the Copper Country, and the new access it provides for low-income residents to the healthcare system. In the second segment, Sam Ali speaks with author Jennifer Billock about her new book,  <em>Finding Keweenaw County</em>.

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May 18, 2014 – In the first segment, Todd VanDyke talks with Dianne Peterson, the President of the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau, about their plans to attract tourists to our area, particularly through the joint advertising campaign with Pure Michigan in Milwaukee. In the second segment, the new director of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance joins Todd to talk about his background, and plans to help grow business and jobs in the region.

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May 11, 2014 – In our first segment, Todd talks with Norm Kammeraad, who is leading a controversial effort to cut Michigan’s legislature back to part time. Link to their website here. In the second segment, Sam Ali discusses wildfires and fire safety with Brian Mensch of the Michigan DNR.

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May 4, 2014 – In the first segment, Todd VanDyke talks with Lake Linden-Hubbell School Superintendent Craig Sundblad and Guidance Counselor Leon Sutherland about a new program that will enable high school students to stay in school an extra year, and graduate with both a diploma and an Associates Degree from Gogebic Community College. In the second segment, Sam Ali speaks with Andy Sikkema from the Michigan Department of Transportation about major road projects ahead this year, including the M-26 rebuild in Ripley, and major maintenance on the Lift Bridge.

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April 27, 2014 – Both segments of the program are devoted to a comparison of our educational system with the very successful system in Finland. Todd VanDyke’s guest is Baraga Schools Superintendent Jennifer Lynn, who was one of a group of local educators who visited Finland on a fact-finding trip. What did they learn, and how can that be applied in our schools? Find out here:

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