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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HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has received money to implement sexual assault prevention programs on campus. 

Tech is one of 13 public and private universities to get a share of more than $381,000 appropriated by the state legislature. Tech is slated to receive

$11,920 for the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder announced the grants on Monday. She said a second round of grants will fund specific programs and tools that are nationally recognized as effective awareness and prevention strategies. 

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   Forsyth Township Police arresting a suspect on a misdemeanor warrant also discovered meth components at his residence. 

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says the 36-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday at a home on East County Road 456. During the arrest UPSET detectives observed components associated with meth. A search warrant uncovered numerous chemicals used to make the drug.

The suspect allegedly admitted to making meth.

The following schools are closed Wednesday, December 6, 2017:

All Saints Catholic Academy


Copper Country Christian

Ewen-Trout Creek

Gogebic Community College-Copper Country

Gogebic County Headstart

Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD

Houghton-Keweenaw County

Houghton-Keweenaw County BHK


KBIC Morning Headstart

Michigan Tech Preschool

Northwoods Christian Academy

Ontonagon and Headstart



LAKE LINDEN, MI--   A public meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening to discuss measures to save the Keweenaw’s Buffalo Reef has been postponed.

The Department of Natural Resources says blizzard conditions forecast for the area have forced officials to delay the event at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School.

The meeting will be rescheduled for early in the new year. 

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 66-year-old woman was taken to the hospital, following a single-vehicle accident in Houghton County. 

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Monday around 6:50 p.m. to Paradise Road near Pilgrim Road in Portage Township. They say the driver lost control of her vehicle and hit several small trees before the car came to a stop.

The woman was taken to UPHS-Portage for treatment.

Deputies say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident. 

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System has signed a letter of intent to be acquired by Bellin Health. 

The hospital announced the decision at a press conference in Iron Mountain Monday. DCHS Administrator and CEO John Schon says a small system like Dickinson County’s can benefit from the human and financial resources of a larger partner.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is getting a $450,000 grant to increase the study of Native issues in the social work curriculum. 

The following schools are closed Tuesday, December 5, 2017:

All Saints Catholic Academy

Arvon Township



BHK Houghton/Keweenaw Headstart

Copper Country Christian

Dollar Bay/Tamarack

Ewen-Trout Creek

Gogebic Community College--Copper Country

Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD

Houghton-Keweenaw County


KBIC Headstart and Early Headstart



Michigan Tech Preschool

Northwoods Christian Academy


Sacred Heart

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 8 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 $2.44 per gallon. It's the third consecutive week of declines, but AAA Michigan notes prices still are about 23 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.33 per gallon in the Bay City, Midland and Saginaw areas. The highest was about $2.64 per gallon in the Marquette area.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Cloverland Electric is selling one of its subsidiary companies. 

In 1997 the utility bought Lighthouse Computers, which provided dial-up internet and computer sales and service.

Cloverland President and CEO, Dan Dasho, says much has changed over the years. He says equipment and technology is constantly upgrading, and what’s now needs to be operated by a true telecommunications company.