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--   Matt Morgan will be on the November ballot.

The Traverse City Democrat is campaigning against Republican Jack Bergman for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. A technicality with nominating petitions disqualified him from the primary ballot, so Morgan mounted a write-in campaign. In order to be placed on the November ballot Morgan needed to pull 5 percent of the cumulative votes cast for governor in the 1st District, which amounted to roughly 3,570. In Marquette County alone, Morgan received 4,388 certified votes.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   FEMA has denied individual assistance for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee county residents whose homes were damaged in June flooding.

Last week FEMA declared the areas eligible to receive assistance through its Public Assistance Program, but the program offers financial help for infrastructure like roads and water systems—not individual homes. FEMA officials say the impact of the flooding to individuals and households was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant federal assistance.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A group formed to educate the public about what is and what is not consent is rallying in Marquette Thursday.

The We Are the Marquette Movement was cofounded by Jill Simms and Hannah Syrjala. The group has created T-shirts saying “silence is not consent,” which is also the title of the rally.

Simms says the event aims to let people know the survivors of sexual assault won’t be quiet any more.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Crooked callers continue to ply their trade in the Marquette area.

The City Police Department says it’s received numerous complaints about residents receiving phone scams. Some of the calls are automated and request the victim call a phone number. The scammer says the resident needs to respond to charges or allegations, or they’ll be arrested.

Marquette Police remind citizens never to respond to that type of call or text. Also, never give out personal information over the phone or send money to anyone unless you’re certain who you’re speaking to.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   Officials have released the name of a man killed in an Alger County house fire last month. 

On July 14 Michigan State Police from the Munising Detachment were dispatched to a home on ET road. Troopers were called after the Rock River Township Fire Department found human remains in the structure after a fire was extinguished.

Troopers say the remains have been identified as Joseph Roop, 61, of Eben Junction. The identification was made through DNA analysis.

Officials say the cause of the fire is undetermined, but foul play is not suspected.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Tech is unveiling its Maritime Autonomy Research Site this week.

MARS is the first freshwater testbed of its kind in the world. It will allow technology developers, researchers, resources managers and others to collaborate in meeting the future needs of marine technology development.

The MARS unveiling takes place Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   State lawmakers and trades officials attended the groundbreaking of a new skilled trades training center in Negaunee Wednesday afternoon. 

The 30,000 square-foot facility will include areas for carpenters and millwrights to gain real-world experience. The center will also contain areas for woodshop training and welding booths to help members hone specialized skills.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident in Negaunee Township Monday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to M-35 near Annex Road. They say a Honda station wagon was northbound when it struck the back of a Ford Focus making a left turn onto Annex Road.

One of the Honda’s passengers sustained minor injuries. The driver of the Ford was uninjured.

Police say drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four Indiana residents had to be rescued from the Hogsback hiking area after they became lost Monday. 

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies say the family was hiking on the Blue Trail when they lost their way. Leo McNellis, 52, of South Bend, his wife Analyn, 42, and their 11- and 9-year-old children called 911 around 5 p.m. They said they needed help getting back to the parking lot at Wetmore Pond.

Using GPS from the 911 call, Search and Rescue volunteers found the family about a half-mile west of the parking lot.

GRAND HAVEN, MI--   A downstate man has been arrested for crashing a vehicle into a Marquette home.

On September 8 of last year, Central Dispatch received a call around 12:20 a.m. that a vehicle had hit a 

house on the 600 block of Union Street. Investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen from a residence on Van Evera Avenue. Both the residence and the vehicle sustained damage.

Police say blood evidence and witness statements were collected at the scene, which pointed to a possible suspect. DNA analysis from the suspect was a match to DNA found at the scene.