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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MARQUETTE, MI--   Ten property owners in Marquette’s Downtown District have received grants to improve their building façades. 

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is awarding a total of $323,000. The MDDA received one-time grant funding in the amount of $300,000 through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Façade Restoration Initiative pilot program. Marquette was one of three Michigan communities out of 52 applicants to receive funding.

Grant recipients are as follows:

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two teens were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Gogebic County Saturday.

Sheriff’s officials say it happened around 2:30 a.m. on Lake Road near Powers Road in Ironwood Township. A vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. It sustained severe damage.

Deputies say a 20-year-old man survived the crash. He walked to a nearby residence to report the accident. Two girls—ages 18 and 15—did not survive. The man was taken to Aspirus Ironwood, treated and released.

No names have been released.

The crash remains under investigation.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   Six Michigan members of Congress, including Congressman Jack Bergman, are urging the Federal Communications Commission to improve the accuracy of broadband availability maps. 

The group sent a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, saying the scattered, lacking landscape of broadband availability in rural regions is worse than it appears on the FCC’s broadband maps. Bergman says that jeopardizes broadband infrastructure funding for areas that critically need it.

LANSING, MI--   A bill to create a Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future has passed the state House.

The legislation is sponsored by Representative Sara Cambensy. She says it would make advisory and legislative policy recommendations to strengthen and develop sustainable mining practices while protecting the environment.

Native poet Joy Harjo has won the 2019 Jackson Poetry Prize.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation authorizing $26 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants.

The bill approves funding for 64 recreation development projects and land purchases recommended by the Trust Fund board.

The board recommended $18.6 million in acquisition grants and nearly $7.4 million in recreation development grants.

Of the recommended development grant funding, $6.8 million would support 30 local government projects and $540,000 would support four DNR projects.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.

Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that means narrower beaches and less room for the plover.

The most recent count last year turned up 67 breeding pairs of the sand-colored birds. That's an improvement from the low point of 12 pairs in 1990 but a slight drop from 76 pairs two years ago.

Sam Eggleston / Second Wave

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is providing funds for a project to remove the Manistique Paper dam in Schoolcraft County.

The $3 million in supplemental funding comes from the DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program. The program assists with the removal or repair of deteriorating dams that threaten public safety and the habitats of fish and other aquatic species.

Officials say the Manistique Paper dam is deteriorated and no longer provides a functional barrier to the invasive sea lamprey.

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The TRI-county Drug Enforcement Team arrested two men during an investigation into the sale of heroin and cocaine in Sault Ste. Marie last week.

Tri-Dent detectives had a motel under surveillance in the early morning hours of May 10 when they saw Andre Hudak leave on a motorcycle. Officers from the Sault Police Department tried to stop Hudak, who took off. The motorcycle crashed after a short distance and Hudak attempted to run before he was caught.

First Nations STEM from Ontario competes as the first-ever all-Native team at the Robotics World Championship.