Evening Newscast: Thursday, July 27

1 hour ago
Evening Newscast
Flickr Creative Commons

A lawsuit contesting new rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land will get its day in court even though President Donald Trump's administration doesn't intend to implement them.

Montana environmental regulators say a Canadian company can move forward with plans to explore for gold in an area north of Yellowstone National Park despite local opposition.

Hundreds of people packed an auditorium in Helena today to protest planned cuts to Medicaid.

Ellen Theatre

Esteemed by Comedy Central as one of the best stand-up comics of all time, Paula Poundstone is perhaps best known in the radio world for her regular appearances on the NPR comedy quiz show, Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Fresh on the heels of the release of her new memoir, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, Poundstone will be in Bozeman Fri. Aug. 11 to perform standup at the Ellen Theatre.

An abandoned school house saved from the Lodgepole Complex of fires in eastern Montana.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

The Lodgepole Complex of fires has burned more than a quarter-million acres of rangeland in eastern Montana. Hundreds of firefighters came from 34 states to battle the blaze. While it’s now almost fully contained, ranchers who live here are left with a landscape of scorched grass and scattered cattle.

Jackie Yamanaka

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects wind energy jobs to grow at a steady clip, in fact faster than average for all occupations. City College is helping train those workers for the renewable energy sector.

Sustainable Energy Instructor Francisco Saldivar says he believes Montanans have a leg up in the job pool.

Evening Newscast: Wednesday, July 26

Jul 26, 2017

U.S. government officials have rejected Montana's request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation's top firefighting priority.

Montana revenues have fallen far enough below projections to trigger a worst-case scenario: $97 min spending cuts across state government beginning next month.

A judge has limited the number of voter signatures Montana officials can require for independent and third-party candidates to qualify as candidates in special elections.

Wyoming Wildfire Roundup For July 26, 2017

Jul 26, 2017
Ricardo Faria/Flickr Creative Commons

The June Fire 34-miles west of Cody is at 70 percent containment as of today. 203 fire personnel are working on mop-up and patrol efforts today with plans to backhaul equipment and trash.

Lodgepole Complex Fire Managers

The nation’s biggest wildfire may be fully contained within a week.

According to Rick Connell, incident commander for the Lodgepole Complex fire in eastern Montana, everything is “looking pretty good.”

Flickr Creative Commons

The Bureau of Land Management estimates that there are about 50% higher than average fine fuel loads in the Big Horn Basin.

Coupled with dry conditions, Northern Wyoming land is right now extremely vulnerable to wildfires.

That's why there are two public sessions this week and next that will help rural landowners prepare for fire devastation.

Evening Newscast: Tuesday, July 25

Jul 25, 2017
Flickr Creative Commons

The Garfield County Sheriff is lifting the evacuations for property owners in the Lodgepole Complex Fire area.

Plans to build Montana's largest solar farm may be in jeopardy after state regulators set contract terms that the project's developer called unworkable.

Politics in Washington has reined in an annual recognition of American cowboys backed by U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Wyoming Wildfire Roundup For July 25, 2017

Jul 25, 2017
Flickr Creative Commons

The June Fire 34 miles west of Cody, WY and at 29% containment as of today. Officials with the Shoshone Forest say that the acreage has remain unchanged, but the fire has burned 1,938 acres total. 

Fire managers report that crews made “very good progress” in constructing contingency lines along the fires edge. Aviation resources assisted fire suppression efforts and will continue to do so today.