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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AuTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   AuTrain Township is dealing with flooding along the AuTrain River, thanks to days of rain.

In a Facebook post Supervisor Michelle Doucette said the river was rising and water in the Forest Lake Dam would be flowing over the spillway by Thursday morning. She contacted dam owner World Renewable Energies, who said the AuTrain basin was reaching critical levels and they couldn’t stop the flow of water as they normally do.

CALUMET, MI--   Michigan State Police in Houghton and Baraga counties hope residents “Stuff a Blue 

Goose” this month.  

Troopers from the Calumet Post and five grocery stores are working together during the 2018 Michigan Harvest Gathering Campaign to fight hunger. All stores will have pre-made grab bags filled with non-perishable items for residents to buy and stuff in a “Blue Goose” patrol car.

The events will be held as follows:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary exam was held in Marquette Thursday for a doctor accused of giving patients drugs for sexual favors.

Michael Varney, 61, of Caspian is charged with three counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of delivery of a Schedule 2 substance in Marquette County.

GWINN, MI--   A Gwinn man is hospitalized, after he was pinned between a truck and car in West Branch Township. 

Wednesday around 2:15 p.m. the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Eagle Street. Deputies say a box truck driven by a 44-year-old Gladstone man was backing into a parking space in front of the residence when it struck a 58-year-old Gwinn man who was behind it, guiding it. The impact pinned the man against a small passenger car.

The Gwinn man was taken to UPHS-Marquette, where he remains in stable condition.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI--   Marenisco Township officials hope a judge orders the state to reopen the Ojibway Correctional Facility. 

Township Supervisor Richard Bouvette says a lawsuit filed against the Michigan Department of Corrections states the MDOC was prejudiced and didn’t follow proper procedure when it decided to close Ojibway.

“Proper procedure would have been to do a study of the area to find out if it could withstand the prison closure and it’s pretty obvious that they did not do that,” he says.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--    A Chippewa County charter school is getting federal money for infrastructure improvements.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a $140,000 loan to Lake Superior Academy in Sault Ste. Marie. The elementary school will use the money to construct a classroom addition to expand instructional space.

By 2022 the building is expected to serve about 100 students per year.

Previously, USDA Rural Development awarded a $265,000 Community Facilities loan. The state of Michigan is also providing $575,000 for the project.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan is holding an aerospace expo at Michigan Technological University next week. 

AIAM officials say it will be an opportunity to form connections between potential customers, talent and suppliers. On-site buyers will include GE Aviation, Parker Aerospace, RCO Aerospace, Woodward, Bell Helicopter, and Cessna Aircraft. Attendees will also be able to tour nearby Calumet Electronics.

The expo takes place Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tech’s campus.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department is reminding residents about the approaching winter parking ban.

Beginning November 1 all motorists must find off-street parking between 1 and 6 a.m. Those who don’t could be fined $75.

Front yard parking is also prohibited unless authorization is given by the Community Development Office. Parking in the right-of-way is also prohibited unless no other viable option is available. Violations of front yard and right-of-way parking could result in $50 fines.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Feeding America West Michigan is holding a mobile food pantry at Negaunee High School Wednesday.

More than 15,000 pounds of produce, dairy products, and baked goods will be distributed to those in need. Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food, but they will be required to provide basic contact information and affirm they need the food.

Clients are encouraged to bring their own bags or boxes.

Distribution will take place at 4:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 4:00.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   A missing Munising woman has been found alive in some Alger County woods.

WLUC-TV says Nancy Boucher, 75, was last seen leaving her home October 4 in a tan Chevy Impala. Family said Boucher was diabetic and didn’t have a cell phone. 

A search party flew a drone over Highway 13 to see if they could spot Boucher’s car, but had no luck.