Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Lawmakers Support Parks Fund Due To Expire

Sep 6, 2018

A national program that funded nearly 70 projects at parks and nature areas in Indiana will expire at the end of this month. Indiana U.S. legislators are backing bills to make the fund permanent. 

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Today:   Lorelei Weimer, the executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, joins us to talk about the concerted lobbying effort, both locally and in Washington, to get the Indiana  Dunes National Lakeshore elevated to National Park status.  She tells us the latest on that, as well as more about the new video series about the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore that is now on the Indiana Dunes Tourism YouTube channel.  The series is entitled "Dunes 101."

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest economics professor Micah Pollak talks about the impact that the Trump administration's "tariff war" is beginning to have on industries and jobs in northwest Indiana and the rest of the Hoosier State -- including agriculture.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reporting that 812,600 Indiana jobs are supported by global trade.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - If you've ever been curious about what's outside your window on a South Shore train ride between Millenium Station in Chicago and South Bend, there is an organization with members that volunteer on the weekends in the summer to help educate and inform.  Robert Tabern, Executive Director of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation says there are a lot of places and things of interest between Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

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Todd Zeiger of the Indiana Landmarks northern regional office was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the May 5th "Logs to Lustrons" architectural tour in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  There will also be an accompanying talk to be held the evening before, entitled "Logs, Glass and Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy."   It will be held in the National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront Pavilion.

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Today:  an extended conversation with State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) about the 2018 General Assembly session just ended, a look at the upcoming short, special session next month, and a peek at what Melton may bring to the Legislature in 2019.  We also note what the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has a  series of town hall meetings this month, including this coming Saturday in East Chicago.

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CHESTERTON - The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is honoring the nation's Veterans with a film and short presentation. Bruce Rowe, Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer says the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore began offering programs honoring veterans and "Veterans Day" last year with a presentation about air craft carrier training that took place on Lake Michigan.

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CHESTERTON - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is now significantly closer to becoming a National Park.  Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved Congressman Pete Visclosky’s legislation to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a National Park. Visclosky says the designation would create the first national park in Indiana and the the 60th national park in the United States and it would have significant advantages.

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable edition of "Regionally Speaking,"we talk with Dan Carden and Rob Earnshaw of the "Times of Northwest Indiana," Greg Tejeda of the "Post-Tribune," Stan Maddux -- a LaPorte County correspondent for the "Times" and "South Bend Tribune" as well as newsman for two Laporte radio stations -- and we also have conversations from northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente and Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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Today:  On this Reporter Roundtable Thursday, we talk to "Post-Tribune" reporters Carrie Napoleon, Javonte Anderson and Carole Carlson for the stories they put up online and in print -- and Jon Gard from the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" joins us as well to talk about his stories of the week. 

We also bring you stories from Indiana Public Broadcasting News on President Trump's tax reform speech in Indianapolis and a look at the Indiana role that U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly will play in the tax reform debate. 

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Today:  a conversation with Valparaiso's new Police Chief Jeff Balon.  Mayor Jon Costas recently promoted Balon, who was the head of the Police Department's investigations division, to the department's top leadership post.   Balon took over as head of the department when Michael Brickner, the only police chief to serve during Costas' 14-year tenure as mayor, left to become executive director of Porter County's newly created Emergency Communications and Public Safety Department.

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Four years after a giant sand dune swallowed a 6-year-old Illinois boy, the beach at Mount Baldy will be reopening on a date still to be determined.  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe says three and a half years ago Mount Baldy started developing holes that scientists didn't know about.

Rowe says two research projects have been conducted at Mount Baldy.  The first was by Indiana University Northwest.  The study indicated the holes are being formed by trees that rot away under the dune.   

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Now that the Kankakee River is a designated Water Trail, the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is looking to continue to offer educational opportunities and to further brand the Kankakee River as a National Water Trail.   Dan Plath is the Chief of Resource Management for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the former President of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association.  He says the National Water Trail designation could offer great benefits to the Region.

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Today:  "Regionally Speaking" focuses on rail transportation in northwest Indiana.  

First, a conversation with Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance.  The Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.    The IPRA supports that work, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project.

Indiana Landmarks

Today:  Todd Zeiger with Indiana Landmarks talks about the next "Logs to Lustrons Tour" at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, May 13th and 14th.  Homes representing more than a century of architecture, ranging from log cabins built by Swedish settlers to the houses from the Century of Progress at the 1930s Chicago World's Fair to Lustron-construction houses will be available for viewing, some not normally open to the public.  Some are also vacant landmarks in need of a new use.