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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CALUMET, MI--   Michigan State Police at the Calumet Post are holding an open house Friday. 

Troopers says they’d like the public to stop in and help them celebrate the MSP’s 100th anniversary.

Specialty units—including the K-9 team, Emergency Support Team, and forensic lab—will be on site, as well as a 1957 Ford patrol car.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the post on US-41 just south of Calumet.

For more information call 337-5145. 

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House has adopted a resolution introduced by Representative Beau LaFave urging the president and Congress to continue fully funding the Essential Air Services program. 

The program provides smaller communities around the country with commercial airline services.

President Trump had recommended cuts to the program’s budget, which would affect five airports in the U.P

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   The rink at NMU’s Berry Events Center is being renamed the Rick Comley Rink in honor of the longtime head hockey coach. 

Comley spent 26 years behind the Wildcat bench and helped the team win the 1991 NCAA Division I Championship.

As the ice goes in this week, crews will place cutouts of the university and rink names around the center-ice circle.

A formal dedication ceremony will be held at the first regular-season home game October 7. Northern’s opponent will be Lake Superior State University, where Comley played and began his coaching career. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has approved a collaborative operating agreement between Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone and authorized a no-cost rental agreement with the Department of Corrections to develop its outdoor forensic research center.

Northern submitted a grant application to the Michigan Economic Development Authority for the SmartZone to assume responsibility for the management and operations of Invent@NMU. Northern will serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is approved.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Divers have recovered the body of a Norway teen who drowned in the Menominee River trying to help another swimmer. 

The Iron Mountain Daily News says Bryan Stanchina, 17, was swimming with several others in the Twin Falls area of the river Tuesday afternoon when one of them began struggling in the heavy current.

Recent heavy rains had triggered a flood advisory earlier in the week.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Gladstone Public Safety officers have arrested two people on drug charges, following a traffic stop in the city. 

Wednesday around 8:20 p.m. officers made the stop on the 1200 block of South Lake Shore Drive. Two subjects were taken into custody on charges of possession of meth components and conspiracy to manufacture meth.

After the arrests police say they went to a different location in Gladstone and found another site containing components used to make meth.

BARAGA, MI--   Since 1993 the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of their casinos to local units of government and to the State of Michigan. These 

payments are 2% and 8%, respectively, and are derived from the net win from all Class III electronic games of chance commonly known as slot machines.

The two-percent payments are made each May and November. Local units of Government may make requests throughout the year. To receive an award the entity must first make a request in writing.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A group of researchers at Michigan Tech has figured out how to travel through history.

A digital map-based project called Keweenaw Time Traveler allows users to explore how the region and its population have changed throughout the years.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership is giving people the opportunity to restore Lake Superior.

The SWP is offering ten volunteer projects every Friday through the summer for those who want to help conserve the area. It's called the Lake Superior Volunteer Corps.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Two Ishpeming men are jailed on meth-related charges. 

City Police say last Thursday around 3:45 p.m. they saw two men walking west on Incinerator Drive from South Pine Street. Both were wearing backpacks, and the road is a dead end leading to a wooded area of the city. It was also raining, which made the officers even more suspicious.

Officers made contact with the subjects and found them to be in possession of components to make meth.