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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MARQUETTE, MI--   A downtown Marquette business is getting support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Donckers Restaurant and Candy Store is getting an $11,364 grant to help install rooftop solar panels. The money comes through the Rural Energy for America Program, designed to help rural businesses develop renewable energy systems and create jobs.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sawyer International Airport and emergency management and response agencies are conducting a full-scale exercise at the airport Saturday. 

Teresa Schwalbach is the Marquette County Emergency Management Coordinator. She says the exercise allows emergency response agencies to learn what to do if something happens by testing communications, mutual aid, and emergency response procedures.

The exercise will take place at two locations—physically at the airport and virtually at UPHS-Marquette. Volunteer patients will be present at Sawyer only.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder Thursday instructed the Michigan State Police to amend a

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has reopened M-26 after flooding in Houghton County forced several closures Sunday. Other partial and complete closures of state trunkline remain in effect as repair efforts continue:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Road Commission has closed a road in Humboldt Township because it’s washed out. 

County Road 601 about a mile north of County Road 478 at the crossing of the Black River is closed until further notice. Officials say they have to wait until the water recedes before they replace the structure.

County Road 601 also remains closed 1.7 miles south of County Road 478 due to a culvert project at the crossing of Bruce Creek. The only outlet between the two closures is County Road 478.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) as well as Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) offered support of any request by the State of Michigan for federal assistance in responding to the widespread flooding that occurred following the heavy rainfall in Houghton and Menominee Counties. On Monday, Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster in Houghton and 

Menominee counties to make state resources available in the response and recovery effort.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department is investigating a report of gunshots.

Wednesday around 1 a.m. officers responded to the area of the 1800 block of VanEvera Street after witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots.

Officers say anyone with information about the complaint is asked to call the department at 228-0400.

City police were assisted by the NMU Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

ESCANABA, MI--   A pickup driver who caused several accidents in Escanaba Saturday night has been arraigned. 

Peter Walls, 28, of Chaney, Washington is accused of hitting a vehicle at the intersection of Ludington Street and Lincoln Road. He then hit another vehicle on North Lincoln Road and rammed it down the street. An officer with Escanaba Public Safety then saw Walls’ truck rear-end a passenger vehicle stopped on 3rd Avenue North.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A 12-year-old Houghton boy injured after flood water pushed in the basement walls of his house has died.

Thatcher Markham was trapped early Sunday morning after the walls collapsed on top of him. His father dug him out and performed CPR. A boat had to be used to take Thatcher from his house to the Hancock boat landing, then to an ambulance.

He was later airlifted from UPHS-Portage to Motts Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Officials say the boy passed away Monday night.

This is the only fatality reported during Houghton County’s massive flooding.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   With massive cleanup efforts now underway in Houghton County, officials are asking people for donations.  

At a press conference Tuesday, Houghton County Emergency Management Coordinator Chris VanArsdale said crews are in need of paper products, plastic gloves, money, shovels, buckets, wheelbarrows, and rakes. Volunteers are also needed to help remove debris and clean out houses filled with mud so residents can move back into them.