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 TOWNSHIP, MI--   Three people have been found safe after they became lost while hiking near Hogsback Mountain in Marquette Township. 

Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. by Kelly Quigley, 40, of Marquette. She and her 8- and 14-year-old children went hiking in the Harlow Lake area around 6:30 p.m. when they lost sight of the trail and got lost. When it became too dark to walk safely out of the woods Quigley called 911.

HANCOCK, MI--   Portage Lake Youth grants are now available through the Keweenaw Community Foundation.

Nearly $2,800 is available for local organizations supporting programs and activities that serve youth of the Portage Lake Area. That region includes Chassell, Dollar Bay, Hancock, Houghton, and South Range.

To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office by December 4 at noon. Award recipients will be announced by December 21.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette has awarded almost $375,000 in health-centered grants to various groups around the U.P.

The Foundation made the announcements at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration Wednesday night at the Marquette Holiday Inn. This grant cycle included a project initiative to address substance abuse issues.

The recipients and award amounts are as follows:

The Superior Health Foundation awarded large grants to the following:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is offering residents a choice for their garbage and recycling pickup.

City Manager Mike Angeli says carts are now available as an option instead of green city bags. The standard cart package includes a 64-gallon garbage cart and 96-gallon recycling cart.

Angeli says residents can stay with the bag system, which will be about $14 a month on their utility bill, plus the cost of bags. He says the cart system could end up being less expensive for many residents.

ONTONAGON, MI--   An Ontonagon man is jailed for delivering meth.

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested the 43-year-old suspect Tuesday on a three-count warrant for delivery of methamphetamine.

Officials say the arrest is the result of a six-month investigation by UPSET, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department, and Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post.

The name of the suspect is not being released at this time.

LANSING, MI--   A bill sponsored by State Senator Tom Casperson would designate part of US-8 in Dickinson County as the Medio J. Bacco Memorial Highway. 

Bacco was a pioneer in concrete highway paving and road building in Michigan. Casperson says it’s about honoring a man who exemplified the hardworking spirit of the U.P.

Former Representative Ed McBroom testified in front of the Senate Transportation Committee last week. He said US-8 was not only Bacco’s first paving project—it was the first section of paved highway in the U.P.

IRONWOOD, MI--   Stormy Kromer is collaborating with Upper Peninsula Honor Flight for the second year in a row. 

The company is offering commemorative, limited-edition caps with proceeds benefiting the organization. UP Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that pays tribute to veterans by taking them on a tour of honor to their memorials in Washington, D.C.

Stormy Kromer President Gina Thorsen says it’s an honor to offer her company’s products in a way that also continues the tradition of supporting veterans.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Chamber of Commerce is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Ampersand coworking space. 

Located in the Masonic Square, Ampersand will offer independent contractors and remote employees space, equipment, and the energy of working with others. The 5,200 square-foot office will have room for 50 people at one time.

Chamber Executive Director Jason Schneider says 19 have already signed up and 40 others have expressed interest. Construction will start this month and Ampersand is expected to open in January.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two Negaunee Township residents have been arrested in a drug bust by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. 

A 23-year-old woman and 22-year-old man were taken into custody at a residence on Midway Drive Tuesday. They were arrested on one count of conspiracy to deliver ecstasy and three counts of delivery of ecstasy.

UPSET detectives started an investigation into the suspects in June, when they received information the two were selling illegal narcotics.

ONTONAGON, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted a drug bust in the village of Ontonagon last week. 

On Friday UPSET executed a search warrant at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. Detectives seized more than 8 ounces of meth, more than $3,000 in cash, and a loaded handgun. They say the drugs have an estimated street value of more than $30,000.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The investigation continues, and the case is being reviewed by the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s Office.