State of Montana

One Elk Tests Positive For Brucellosis Southwest of Dillon

State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in southwest Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis. This is the first time a positive test was found in the Tendoy Mountains Southwest of Dillon, said officials from the Montana Department of Livestock.

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Mountain West News Bureau

For years, Western lawmakers have been trying to change the way we fight wildfires, or at least the way the government funds such work. Now, they may finally get that wish. The House just passed a measure that would do just that, creating an emergency fund of $20 billion for the Forest Service to fight wildfires over the next decade. It's part of a sweeping new spending deal now headed to the Senate.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has been pushing for years to make this change.

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected at rallies for gun control across the country. And no one is speaking louder than those who inspired the rallies and who feel they have the most at stake: teens.

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of teens are expected to march on Washington D.C. and around the country, calling for gun control. The Mountain West News Bureau spoke with two students in Montana and Wyoming who do not plan to march, and are worried gun control reform could change their way of life.

The Bureau of Land Management held an online auction Tuesday for oil and gas leases in southeastern Utah. Conservation groups and Native Americans protested drilling in places that are also rich with cultural meaning.

States in the Mountain West sell everything from beef to computer parts to China.
J. Stephen Conn / Flickr

Ranchers and farmers in the Mountain West ship a lot of products overseas to China. Now the Trump administration is expected to hit China with $60 billion dollars worth of annual tariffs.

Last year China opened its doors to U.S. beef for the first time in more than a decade.

Montana ranchers jumped at the opportunity. They signed a multi-million dollar deal with a large Chinese company to sell beef.

George Haynes, an economist with Montana State University, wonders what the retaliation is going to be if the Trump administration slaps these tariffs on China.

The Last Piece Of Ground

A YPR special about the Northern Cheyenne, the coal industry, and the importance of land

Yellowstone National Park

This week, Yellowstone National Park officials arrested two animal rights activists who were protesting a controversial, annual slaughter of some of the last free-roaming bison in the world. 

Rocky Mountain College

As acrimony and sharp divisions in politics and society continue to make headlines, a lecture series that opens this week in Billings hopes to teach participants how to bring civility back to our public dialogue.

What do you get when three ranchers, a school teacher, a real estate agent, and one community development coordinator walk into a bank? In Guernsey, Wyoming—a possible solution to the affordable housing problem that’s plaguing many parts of the nation, including the Mountain West.

The Trump administration's aluminum tariffs could cost thousands of dollars for breweries in the Mountain West.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

There are hundreds of microbreweries scattered across the Mountain West. In fact, in parts of our region there are more breweries per capita than most anywhere else in the country.

Many of them sell their beers in aluminum cans. So with the Trump administration’s proposal to slap a steep tariff on imported aluminum, the beer industry is feeling nervous.

Stella Fong

On Friday February 23, Walkers celebrated 25 years. Executive Chef Mike Callaghan returned to cook old favorites and John Roberts of Pan Blanco spirited the customers with Latin jazz.

In downtown Billings, Walkers has renewed and rebranded. In 1993 Bill Honaker and his brother James opened up the downtown dining establishment named after their father, an OB-GYN in town. James has moved on to his own restaurant, Bistro Enzo located in the west end of town.

Jackie Yamanaka

Listen and show up, that’s the pledge from Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier. He said it will be in stark contrast to the current Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte who faces re-election this year.

Field Days: Calving Begins

Mar 5, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, calving begins at Mountain View Ranch.  


Playlist #1847 Mar. 2, 2018

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

“Born On The River”, Hurricane Ruth, Born On The River, self release,

“Born On The Bayou”, Etta James, Matriarch Of The Blues, Private Music

“Born In Louisiana”, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Standing My Ground, Alligator Records,

Chris Marchion takes a look at the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area in southwestern Montana.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Life’s been tough on Chris Marchion. There was the high school football injury and the knee replacement.

“Unfortunately I got a hip that’s wore out,” he says.

We’re standing alongside a gravel road near a cow pasture. Nowadays, this is about as close as Marchion can get to the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area. It’s a clump of rolling, grey mountains in the distance.

The school shooting in Florida, guns, and mental illness were among the topics the nation's governors, including Montana Governor Steve Bullock, discussed at the White House this week with President Donald Trump. 

Bullock says there are no simple answers to what is becoming a public health crisis with the symbol of a flag at half staff.


Field Days

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill does battle with a herd of elk to save his hay.

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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.

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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