Senator Steve Daines hosting a tele-town hall on Tuesday, January 16th
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Montana's Republican Senator On Trump's 'Salty' Language And 2018 Goals

As Congressional Democrats and Republicans continue to fight over the fate of undocumented immigrants in the DACA program, the federal government is barreling towards a shutdown Friday. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi sat down with Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, to talk about the potential for a shutdown, his legislative goals in 2018 and President Trump’s salty language.

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Field Days: Ranching By Smartphone

Jan 3, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, millennial rancher Weston Merrill uses his smartphone to collect data on the ranch he operates with his father.


While coal production is down nationwide, a new report says it still brings a lot of money to Montana. 

Private contractors who take care of Montanans with developmental disabilities are losing state contracts due to Montana’s budget woes. This means many case managers across the state are losing their jobs, and small town service providers are grappling with how to provide care on a reduced budget.


In recent years, Montana’s fastest-growing city, Bozeman, has also seen a rise in the number of people who are homeless. Expensive housing and stagnant wages may be to blame.

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Playlist #1838 Dec. 29, 2017

“Soulful Dress”, Maria Muldaur, Steady Love, Stony Plain Records,

“Wang Dang Doodle”, Zora Young, The French Connection, Delmark Records,

“Party Train”, Lamont Cranston Band, Shakedown, Waterhouse Records,

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One day after a beleaguered coal company’s stocks soared on news its Montana mine expansion project was approved by the federal government, the Interior Department now says that approval actually didn’t happen.

Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill spends Christmas with his young family on the ranch he grew up on in Judith Basin County, Montana.  

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Playlist #1837 Dec. 22, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records,

“What Do Bad Girls Get?”, Joan Osborne, Christmas Means Love, Womanly Hips Records,

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Playlist #1836 Dec. 15, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records,

“Celebrate Christmas”, B. B. King, Christmas In Blues, KRB Music Companies,

“I Hear Jingle Bells”, Freddy King, Blues, Blues Christmas vol. 4 (various artists), Document Records,


A very popular event in Helena held annually on the winter solstice is coming to Billings this year.

The Interfaith Solstice Service, known as Leaning Toward the Light,  is being put on by Jewish and Christian communities of Billings:  Congregation Beth Aaron, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Yellowstone County United Methodists.

The service will recognize how religious traditions lead toward light in this the darkest time of the year.


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Field Days

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill muses on the antimicrobial resistance debate.

Host Stella Fong shares her personal love of food and wine in this monthly series. Celebrate the bounty of the region with Flavors Under the Big Sky.

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Resounds: Arts And Culture On The High Plains

Hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner bring listeners access to the creators who live in our communities and who tell our stories through their art.