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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TRAVERSE CITY, MI--   First Congressional District Candidate Matt Morgan is starting a write-in campaign for the August primary ballot. 

On Friday the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Morgan’s suit against the state Board of Canvassers. The board invalidated more than 1,500 signed petitions to place the Democrat on the primary ballot because the petition headings listed a P.O. box instead of his home address.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the arson of a vehicle and larceny from the same vehicle. 

Saturday morning a passerby walking a two-track road near Copper City found a Chevy Silverado partly on fire and smoldering. Officials say a large party had been held at the site the previous evening. The owner of the truck said he ran out of gas and had to leave it there.

The vehicle is a total loss. Before setting the fire, the suspect or suspects removed the tires and the license plate.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is rescheduling a town hall meeting because of unexpected developments with a potential partner. 

The meeting was supposed to take place Thursday night at Bay College in Iron Mountain. Officials wanted public input on the hospital’s future after Bellin Health pulled out of a sale agreement.

DCHS spokesman Joe Rizzo sent out a press release Thursday afternoon saying hospital officials were apologetic about canceling the town hall, but were excited about the news of a potential new business partner.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials at Northern Michigan University think they’ve isolated the source of high lead readings in three buildings’ water. 

The university hired a consultant after readings above the EPA action level were found in the Learning Resources Center, Thomas Fine Arts building, and the PEIF last month. Officials say recent testing indicates the elevated readings are from connections in some water lines within the buildings.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Fourth of July Committee is getting ready for next month’s festivities by asking for donations and volunteers.

Activities over the Great Fourth in the North weekend include the International Food Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, a parade, and a fireworks display over the ore dock on the Fourth. The committee works collaboratively with local service organizations to put on the events, and organizers are seeking donors and volunteers to help make sure they’re a success.

SAWYER, MI--   Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey will be studying the geology of the Central U.P. over the next few months. 

People may witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Escanaba-Marquette region this spring and summer. Scientists will conduct a high-resolution survey to help them understand the geology—including buried rock types and faults—of the area.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Fred Waara chapter of Trout Unlimited is looking for volunteers to help take veterans fishing. 

On June 13 the chapter will host residents of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans at Lakenenland Ponds in Marquette. Officials say the pond near the entrance is the easiest to fish and has been the most productive.

About a dozen volunteers are needed to help move vets to casting spots, help cast if conditions are windy, and land fish with nets.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of seven people arrested in Escanaba on a narcotics search warrant. 

All suspects have been arraigned on charges including maintaining a drug house, possession of meth, and possession of a concealed weapon.

Five of the suspects are from Escanaba. They are Jeffery Childers, Jamie Rose, Marcus McCoy, Bon Lemerond, and Steve Nadjkovic. The remaining two—David Peterson and Alan Merrills—are from the Ishpeming area.

All remain lodged in the Delta County Jail.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is holding a town hall meeting to discuss its future.

A sales agreement between the hospital and Bellin Health was recently terminated because DCHS suffered unanticipated losses. Officials are now urging residents to stay in town for their health care so their dollars can be kept local.

The hospital is also creating what it calls an Internal Strengthening Plan, designed to increase patient volumes and financial stability.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   A downstate man has drowned in a kayaking accident in Lake Michigan off of Schoolcraft County. 

Around 3:30 p-m Monday dispatchers received a call from a man whose son and friend took a kayak onto the lake off South Barques Point Trail, South of Manistique. The caller said the kayak had overturned and neither man was wearing a life jacket. The water temperature was about 50 degrees.