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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STRONGS, MI--   A woman who got lost hiking in Chippewa County has been found safe. 

Thursday around 5:35 p.m. Central Dispatch received a call from a man who said his 30-year-old girlfriend was lost in the woods near M-28 east of Strongs.  He said he’d dropped her off around 2:45 p.m. so she could to hiking on the North Country Trail. The man said he received a text from her saying she was lost.

NEWBERRY, MI--   Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are increasing snow patrols across the U.P. this holiday weekend.

The DNR says the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend is always a busy one. Officers will join local, state and federal law enforcement to make sure snowmobilers “Ride Right.”

GLADSTONE, MI--   A cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has led to the arrest of a Gladstone man on child sexually abusive material charges. 

Investigation by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes against Children Task Force identified Corey Savola, 43, of Gladstone.

Savola is charged with four counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive activity; one count of possession of child sexually abusive activity; and five counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

TWIN LAKES, MI--   Two people were taken to the hospital after a traffic crash in Houghton County Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened around 9:25 a.m. on M-26 in front of the 4 Seasons Convenience Store in Twin Lakes. A southbound pickup truck swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a vehicle pulling out of the convenience store. The truck hit another pickup head-on.

Two people were taken to UPHS-Portage for treatment.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Hundreds of people are expected to converge in Marquette Saturday for the fourth Women’s March. 

The first march was held after the election of President Donald Trump, which had many women feeling it wasn’t the representation they wanted in office.

Marquette march organizer Cori Noordyk says it’s turned into a national movement where women are discovering and using their power.

A look at the life and talent of throat singer and rapper Kelly Fraser.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Soo Locks are closed to navigation until March 25. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will use this time to perform critical maintenance on the lock structures. The Poe Lock will be dewatered while repairs are made. It will also undergo a formal periodic inspection. The MacArthur lock has repairs partially completed to the gate operating machinery. Additional work taking place includes inspection of gate anchorages, electronics updates and operating shelter maintenance.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Another Manistique resident has been arrested on drug charges, part of the city’s effort to reduce the trafficking of meth in the area.

Manistique Public Safety officers served a search warrant at a residence on the 600 block of Cherry Street Monday. They seized meth and other narcotics.

Arrested at the scene was Samantha Jo Troxler, 27. She’s charged with delivery of a controlled substance on a school or library property, less than 50 grams; possession of meth; and maintaining a drug house.

ISHPEMING, MI--   An Ishpeming woman is in custody on drug charges.

City police executed a search warrant at a residence on Empire Street Wednesday. They found the resident, a 30-year-old woman, and her one-year-old baby inside.

During the search officers discovered meth and drug paraphernalia.

The woman was arrested for possession of meth and lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

Ishpeming Police are also seeking child abuse/endangerment charges against the suspect through the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Office has been dealing with a number of snowmobile situations lately. 

Friday around 11 a.m. deputies responded to Trail 413 south of Steuben on a report of a snowmobile on fire. They found a fully burnt machine.

Mechanical failure is blamed for the fire.

On Monday deputies were dispatched to an accident on Trail 7 near County Road 437. They say a 69-year-old woman missed a turn in the trail and hit a tree. She was airlifted from the scene.