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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PICKFORD TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 52-year-old man has been killed in a car crash in Chippewa County.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Friday around 11:30 p.m. on Pea Line Road in Pickford Township. They say a vehicle driven by Robert Roy left the roadway and hit a parked horse trailer.

Roy was taken to War Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Officials believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Michigan State Police, the Kinross Police Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted at the scene. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state panel has called for distributing $40.3 million in grants next year for land purchases and outdoor recreation development projects.  

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board submitted its 2018 funding recommendations to the state Legislature, which will decide whether to approve it.

The fund is financed through interest earned on royalties paid for developing state-owned minerals such as oil and natural gas.

The board's list includes $19 million in recreation development grants and $21.3 million for land acquisitions.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPHS-Marquette and Bell hospitals have put visitor restrictions in place.

Spokesman Victor Harrington says the rate of respiratory illness and the flu has increased recently, and hospital officials are trying to protect patients. Visitors who are ill with cough, fever, sore throat, and other related symptoms are not permitted to visit.

In the Family Birthing Center visitors are limited to parents, labor coaches, and grandparents, and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit only parents are allowed to visit.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.51 per gallon. Prices are about 24 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.45 per gallon in the Traverse City area. The highest was about $2.62 per gallon in the Marquette area. It was the second consecutive week that the Marquette area had the highest average.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Changes are coming to the 20th anniversary of the UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon.

Officials say they were made to improve skier experience and prepare for future growth.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan State Police say they just keep on happening. 

Scammers are making fraudulent phone calls in hopes of conning people out of money. Troopers say the callers usually give the victim a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization. Some even threaten to have the victim arrested if they don’t give the scammer money immediately.

UPDATE - MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Officials in northeastern Wisconsin have identified the man fatally shot by officers as a convicted felon from Virginia.

LANSING, MI--   Thirteen recent graduates of Michigan’s 133rd Trooper Recruit School are headed to the U.P.

Training at the MSP academy began June 4 in Lansing. Recruits received instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, and precision driving.

Officials say 127 recruits graduated at the end of November.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man was arrested Wednesday, following a rollover accident in the city.

Police were dispatched around 12:50 a.m. to the area of Presque Isle Avenue and West Magnetic Street. They say the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene but was later located by Marquette Police.

Austin Hartman, 19, was arrested for operating while intoxicated, no insurance, unregistered vehicle, and failure to report an accident.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A draft of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail five year plan is now available for review. 

The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority is responsible for operating and maintaining the 47-mile trail that stretches from Republic Township to Chocolay Township. The new recreation plan aims to guide the authority over the next five years. Chair Jim Thomas says trail users and citizens were surveyed and their wishes were incorporated.