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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SPALDING TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Ontonagon man has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Menominee County. 

Friday around 2 p.m. sheriff’s deputies were called to US-2 just east of Pine Street in Spalding Township. They say Keith Guzek, 53, was eastbound when a deer jumped into the roadway and knocked him off his motorcycle. He wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Guzek was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Spalding Township Fire Department, Hermansville Rescue Squad, and county and Michigan State Police accident investigators assisted at the scene.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and others protested Duke LifePoint’s use of non-local workers on its new hospital in Marquette Monday.

WLUC-TV reports more than 50 people picketed in front of Skanska Construction. They said hospital officials had committed to using only local labor, then brought in window installers from Florida. Union reps say money that could have stayed local is instead going elsewhere. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says moose numbers in the Western U.P. appear to be on the uptick.

Wildlife biologists estimate the number of the core population at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015.

Surveys of moose in the Western U.P. are conducted every two years from fixed wing aircraft. But winter weather conditions prevented biologists from completing this year’s aerial survey. Researchers think if it had been finished, it would have yielded between 420 and 470 moose in the Western U.P.

ESCANABA, MI--   A woman and child had to be rescued from a burning apartment building in Escanaba early Tuesday morning.

Escanaba Public Safety was called around 3:45 a.m. to 1431 Sheridan Road on a report that the building was filled with heavy smoke. Officers learned a woman and her child were trapped in their apartment because of smoke and possible fire in the hallway.

STANTON TOWNSHIP, MI--   An arrest has been made in the case of a house fire and missing property in Stanton Township.

The fire was reported May 26 at a home near Houghton Canal Road and Osma Plat Road. After the flames were extinguished the homeowner discovered money and guns were missing. The house was a total loss.

Acting on a tip, troopers from the Calumet Post developed information that led to the arrest of a 15-year-old boy for breaking and entering and arson of a dwelling. The juvenile was petitioned into Houghton County Family/Probate Court.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 9 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That's about 35 cents less than at the same point last year.

AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.31 per gallon in the Benton Harbor area. The highest was about $2.42 in the Jackson area.

The Detroit-area's average was down about 6 cents from last week to about $2.41 per gallon

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Negaunee Police continue to search for the person or persons who stole a loader/backhoe from a business in the city. 

The Case model 580K was taken from Saints Auto Sales between the evening of Saturday, June 3 and the morning hours of Sunday, June 4. The machine had recently been repainted and the rims are a lighter yellow than the body. No decals had yet been replaced on the backhoe.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Negaunee Police at 475-4154. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 12, Fair Avenue between McClellan Avenue and Gray Avenue will be closed to through traffic for Phase 1 reconstruction work.  

This is the first of three phases. This phase is expected to last three weeks. 

The Fair Avenue work will detour traffic to down McClellan Avenue, Wright Street and Woodland Avenue. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction, detour and advisory signing. 

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Two people were injured when a pickup truck rolled over in Negaunee Monday morning.

Around 12:29 officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of North Baldwin Avenue. A Toyota Tundra driven by Aaron LaJoie was northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. The truck left the right side of the roadway and rolled over into the ditch.

LaJoie and a passenger were taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment. A third passenger was not injured.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Michigan DNR officer has been honored for saving the life of a little boy on Little Day de Noc ice this past winter. 

On February 5 Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig was notified that a 10-year-old boy with special needs had run away from his Gladstone home and was last seen crossing the bay on the ice. Hartsig launched his snowmobile near Hunter’s Point and found the boy in his stocking feet about a mile out.