Nicole Walton

News Director

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.

Following a graduate school stint at Miami University of Ohio and moves to Indiana and Wisconsin, Nicole decided the U.P. was where she needed to be, so she moved back to Marquette and Public Radio 90’s news room. She’s been there ever since as host of NPR’s Morning Edition and now as News Director. Nicole’s stories have been heard on the Michigan Public Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Nicole lives in Marquette with two incredibly cute cats.

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CORNELL, MI--   One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Delta County Thursday. 

WLUC-TV says a driver lost control of their vehicle on County Road 416 in Cornell around 8 a.m.  The vehicle left the road and struck several trees. 

The driver was transported to St. Francis Hospital, but died en route.  They were the only person in the vehicle. 

The accident remains under investigation.  

ISHPEMING, MI--   A fire at an abandoned house in Ishpeming has been classified as arson. 

The fire broke out at a building at 600 North First Street February 19. 

City police say two juveniles have been identified as suspects.  They allegedly lit a cardboard box with a lighter in the back of the house.  The two tried to put out the fire until it got out of control, and they fled the scene. 

The house was a total loss. 

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator and K-9 assisted Ishpeming police in the investigation.  

Ihander found guilty

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MENOMINEE, MI--   A Menominee Township man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. 

Gregory Ihander, 49, was accused of stabbing 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn of Carney to death and putting her body in the trunk of her car in September of 2015. 

The Menominee County trial lasted a week-and-a-half.  The jury took more than eight hours to deliberate before it delivered the verdict Thursday.

Sentencing is set for April 13.  

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Highland Copper has temporarily halted drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Exploration of the one-mile-square section of the park stopped because of unseasonably warm weather.  A permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stipulates that drilling take place only on frozen ground, preferably when there’s more than a foot of snow cover.  The provisions are meant to protect the surface of the drilling area.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Members of Congress from Michigan are prodding federal officials to finish an analysis of building a new navigational lock on the waterway linking Lake Superior with the other four Great Lakes.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Soo Locks. Shipping advocates want a second lock that could handle 1,000-foot freighters hauling iron ore and other commodities on the lakes.

Only the Poe Lock can accommodate those supersized ships now.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Michigan Technological University professor has been tapped to lead a new space technology research institute at the school. 

Professor of Computational Mechanics Greg Odegard will head the STRI, which will be funded by a $15 million, five-year grant from NASA.  Odegard’s team will include 22 faculty members from ten universities, two companies, and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. 

The STRI will be called the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design, or US-Comp.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--   Both sides in a lawsuit against Michigan Technological University regarding a post on social media have been ordered to attend a judicial settlement conference.  

In November of 2015 student Matthew Schultz posted on Yik Yak, “Gonna shoot all black people… a smile tomorrow.”  Someone took a screen shot of the post, left off “a smile tomorrow,” and sent it to Tech officials. 

Schultz was charged with disturbing the peace. The charge was eventually dropped, but Schultz was expelled from the university.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person suffered injuries in a crash between a car and semi tractor-trailer Wednesday morning in Houghton County.

Sheriff’s Officials say it happened around 8:15 a.m. on M-26 just south of Green Acres Road in Portage Township.  A car driven by a 40-year-old Laurium woman was northbound when witnesses say it veered across the centerline and struck a southbound semi nearly head-on. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The parents of a Northern Michigan University football player who died last month wants to make sure no one else goes through what they have. 

Anthony Herbert, 20, of Lapeer had returned to his dorm room after practice and breakfast on January 17 when he suddenly became unresponsive.  Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. 

In a story published Monday says autopsy reports indicate Herbert’s heart was twice as large as an average healthy adult heart.  Experts say he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—or complications from an enlarged heart. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Due to recent warm weather, the Marquette County Road Commission is extending seasonal load and speed restrictions. 

The restrictions apply to all motorized vehicles and loads on roads under its jurisdiction until further notice.  Normal legal loads are permitted on all roads designated as “all season.”

Weight restriction information and updates can be obtained by calling the Marquette County Road Commission at 486-4491, ext. 2.