Chris Nolte

Regionally Speaking Host; Interim Morning Edition Host

 

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired  weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.

He has more than three decades of radio news and public affairs program experience, working at some of the top stations in the state including WASK-AM in Lafayette and WIBC-AM and Network Indiana in Indianapolis. Nolte’s public radio experience includes WFYI-FM in Indianapolis and WFIU-FM in Bloomington.

Before joining Lakeshore Public Radio he was the morning host at WKBV-AM in Richmond, Indiana.

Ways to Connect

Today:  a conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer on the "season for giving," including keeping track of your year-round charitable donations to prepare for income tax filing and how to best organize one's donations to report them.

Denise Rodriguez of NIPSCO explains the features in the Low Income Heating Assistance Program and other payment programs that the utility offers to help customers who may need help in paying their hearing bills this winter.

evangelical environmental network

A man who considers himself a lifelong Republican -- and a staunch environmentalist -- will be keynote speaker for this year's "Greening the Statehouse" conference for the Hoosier Environmental Council.  

Rev. Mitch Hescock came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his life, his faith and the state of the environment that causes him concern.   

seniorplanet.org

Today:  We find out more from Bruce Lindner, the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Service. Inc. about the help that his staff and volunteers offer to seniors to get them signed up for Medicare during the 2018 enrollment period that ends on December 7th.

Derek Schmitt, a district conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture based in Valparaiso, joins us to talk about cover crops -- and why northwest Indiana farmers find planting them is so important to good soil management practices and in maintaining their operations. 

Save The Dunes website

The "Chi-Cal Rivers Fund" announced the issuance of $960,000 in the latest round of annual grants to several organizations to improve the local habitat, stormwater management and greenspace in the northwest Indiana and Chicago region. 

ArcelorMittal Americas is one of the public-private partnership's supporters.  Marcy Twete, the head of corporate responsibility for the steelmaker, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the Fund and how it will benefit those who enjoy the environment and scenery.  Here's the conversation.

Traveling Ted blogsite

Today:   We learn more about the next initiative of the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University:  the Chorus of Voices and what co-creator Professor Allison Schuette calls "Flight Paths: Mapping Our Changing Neighborhoods."  It is a multi-year project that will bring together the voices, especially Gary residents' voices, as they talk about why their families either stayed in or left Gary and led to the area's deurbanization.

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Today:   it's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, where we talk with members of the northwest Indiana media about the stories they produced for their print and online readers.  On the program today -- "Times of Northwest Indiana" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden, business reporter Joseph Pete, Lake County government reporter Bill Dolan and "Times" community reporter Ed Bierschenk, who covers stories in Gary, Hammond and -- this week, the latest on the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting.

Miller Spotlight

Today:  Kelly Anoe, Vice President with the Legacy Foundation of Lake County, is in the studio to give us a broad perspective on the art scene in the city of Gary -- including "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" and other very visible projects.  The Legacy Foundation is the local funding link between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and other public philanthropists and projects and programs in Lake County.  The foundation works with "ArtHouse" and the other Knight Cities Challenge grant recipients.

Indiana Economic Digest

The editor and publisher of "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter, Ed Feigenbaum, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the latest news about the northwest Indiana casinos.  He went into detail about an Indiana Gaming Commission meeting this Thursday in Indianapolis that, if approved, could mean a major change at the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago. 

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Today:  a conversation with Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Tami Silverman on IYI programs underway and planned in northwest Indiana, as well as a new "Race for Results" report that highlights achievement and outcome gaps between different racial groups of children in Indiana and around the country.  Tami also talks about the importance of instilling in youngsters a philanthropic attitude.

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Today:  A new grassroots organizing group is making plans for a community rally this weekend about that it calls "common-sense gun laws."  We talk with Scott Houldieson and Barry Halgrimson with PDA-Calumet, a local branch of Progressive Democrats of America,  about the organization and about the rally on Saturday, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Blvd. and Cabella Drive in Hammond. 

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Today:   "Reporters Roundtable" takes this week off, and we bring you two political topics:   first, a conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics about the role that Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly might play in the upcoming tax reform bill debate on Capitol Hill.  Then, we bring you Monday evening's live broadcast of "A Community Conversation: Women in Politics" held at Crown Point Community Library.

Gary-Chicago Crusader

Today:  we revisit our conversation with Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins about the school district's growing high-tech education program that now includes Chromebooks for students.  The program recently picked up an Innovators Award from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana.

Indiana Public Broadcasting News

Today:  WalletHub.com analyst Jill Gonzalez joins us to talk about how Indiana colleges and universities fared in this  year's  "Best Colleges" national list.  And Ball State University's new president, Geoffrey Mearns, is with us to talk about his new position (he became the university's 17th president about six months ago) and the new brand and the advertising campaign that was just introduced on Monday.

Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County is building a new addition to the agritourism destination -- a $15 million Fairfield Inn & Suites on the campus along I-65.  Chief Strategy Officer Michael McCall says it is a uniquely-built addition to the current restaurant and conference center. The new hotel should be completed in early 2019.   McCall talked with us about it, for an upcoming "Regionally Speaking" episode.

Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

Donna Stuckert from the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about composting those discarded leaves, pumpkins and gourds from the Halloween decorations at the county's composting operation. 

She also talks about the upcoming "America Recycles Day," and the Porter County  Master Recycler program, which is seeking applicants for 2018 classes.

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Today:  A conversation with noted Indiana economist, writer and speaker Morton Marcus about his "Eye on the Pie" columns that focus on the Hoosier economy and related issues.

Donna Stuckert from the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District joins us to talk about composting those discarded leaves, pumpkins and gourds from the Halloween decorations at the county's composting operation.  She also talks about the upcoming "America Recycles Day," and the Porter County  Master Recycler program, which is seeking applicants for 2018 classes.

Indiana Public Media

Today:  On this Reporter Roundtable Thursday, we'll hear from Marc Chase, Rob Earnshaw and Carmen McCollum from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias from the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they worked on and got into print and online in recent days. 

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Isis Ferguson was one of the originators of "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen"  in downtown Gary. And she is still active in the facility, almost two years later. 

Isis and others joined Theaster Gates in turning his vision about the facility into reality, and she talks on Wednesday's "Regionally Speaking" program about the one-year anniversary of the grand opening coming on November 19th and what's planned for events in 2018.

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Today:  a conversation with Isis Ferguson, one of the originators of "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen"  in downtown Gary. Isis and others joined Theaster Gates in following his vision about the facility into reality, and she talks about the one-year anniversary of the grand opening coming on November 19th and what's planned for events in 2018. 

IU Northwest

Today:  We find out about the latest Northwest Indiana Coincident Economic Index from Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak, and learn that the Region's economy is steadily improving. Pollak and his colleague Bala Arshanapalli sift through the data on several key areas of the  economy in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper Counties to create the Index report.  He presented the latest information at a recent Chancellor's Commission for Community Engagement meeting.

University of Chicago/Delta Institute

Today:  we revisit our conversations with Peter Berg of Great Lakes ADA Center and Valparaiso University School of Law professor Rebecca Huss, on the difference between "service animal" and "comfort animal," as brought about by a recent incident involving the owner of an animal and employees at a northwest Indiana business.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to "Post-Tribune" reporters Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon, "Times" healthcare reporter Giles Bruce and LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for the stories they've worked on, posted online and put into print.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us.

IndyPolitcs.com

Today:  we revisit our conversation about the new (to Indiana) idea of a subscription fee to pay for medical care with Portage family practitioner Timothy Ames.  He switched from the traditional medical insurance route for being paid for his services to what is called "direct primary care."  Dr. Ames says this method's popular in other states.

Today:  we bring back our conversation with Linda Perez, the executive director of St. Jude's House in Crown Point during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, closing out next week.  We also bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, where first-person stories are paired with intentional conversations to help forge stronger ties within and across communities.

LOWELL --  The Tri-Creek School Corp. is dismissing classes early because of a reported water main break and lack of water in the school buildings.

From:  Dr. Debra Howe, Superintendent of the Tri-Creek School Corporation.

 

Due to the water main break and lack of water pressure throughout town, the school district will initiate an early dismissal today. Lowell middle and high school students will be dismissed at 11:00 today. The elementary schools will be dismissed at 11:45 and will have expedited lunches.

 

Lake County officials are working on a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan for areas outside the town and city limits -- and 90-percent of the land included in the plan is south of U.S. 30.

Commissioner Jerry Tippy and Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan  -- and of the series of public meetings, the first of which will be held Tuesday evening at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point.  

Lake County government

Today:   Lake County Commissioner Jerry Tippy and Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson join us to talk about the new Lake County Comprehensive Land Use Plan for unincorporated sections of the county  -- and of a series of public meetings, the first of which is Tuesday evening at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point.   The County Plan Commission is seeking public comment on the new land use plan, the first one in more than 20 years.

odyssey website

A recent incident at the County Line Orchard between a visitor to the business and two employees raised the question:  what is a "service animal" and what is considered a "comfort animal?"  Associate Producer  Dee Dotson brought together two experts on the topic for these conversations on Wednesday. 

Peter Berg is a veteran specialist and trainer at Chicago-based Great Lakes ADA Center -- and Rebecca Huss is a professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law.  We begin by Mr. Berg to explain the ADA and the laws around the use of service animals.

ADA National Network website

Today:  two conversations dealing with the laws and the rules and regulations behind the question of what is a "service animal" and what is a "comfort animal."  The recent incident at the County Line Orchard between a visitor to the business and two employees prompted my associate producer (and board op) Dee Dotson and I to begin this examination of the issues and the conversations with Peter Berg, a veteran specialist and trainer at Chicago-based Great Lakes ADA Center and Rebecca Huss, a professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law who teaches courses in animal law.

Michigan City Area Schools

Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins is excited about her school district's "1:1" (one-student, one-device) high tech expansion program that includes Chromebook computers for students.  She joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about it.

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