Brie Ripley

When Brie Ripley isn't focused on radio, she's paying attention to the hum of mountains, badlands, and prairies. She joined the YPR news team in October 2016.

Follow her on Twitter:  @brieripley

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A cup of java jolts those who enter MoAv Coffee at the corner of N 25th Street and Montana Avenue in the historic Carlin Hotel built in 1913.  Jeff Hosa, co-owner of MoAv coffee confessed, “We always say we are nerds about coffee.” From dawn to beyond dusk, this gathering space offers caffeine to bring pulse to life in the mornings or calm through wine and beer later in the day.

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Yellowstone National Park biologists have euthanized a grizzly bear with a history of exhibiting bold behavior toward humans.

Even after being captured, tagged and relocated to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in 2015, Yellowstone Public Information Officer Jason Schafer says the bear was undeterred.

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Tribes are gathering in Yellowstone National Park this weekend to demand two place names change. Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation are fed up that Hayden Valley and Mount Doan memorialize men who advocated for the genocide of Native Americans.

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As fires continue to rage, some in Montana are calling for fundamental changes in government forest management policies. That sentiment is being echoed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Zinke was a guest on the Northern Broadcasting Network’s radio program Voices of Montana Tuesday. Just he came on, host Jon Arneson took a call from a longtime listener.

"Lets go to Diane in Marion, Montana on line 2. Diane?"

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Submissions are being accepted for a brand new category at the most prolific documentary event in the American West. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is seeking audio documentaries for the 15th annual festival in Missoula, Montana, February 16-25, 2018.

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Federal officials say one of the worst wildfire seasons in the U.S. is likely to continue scorching western states and blanket large swaths with smoke until cooler weather patterns with rain or snow arrive later in the fall.

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A new fire is burning an estimated 12,000 acres in the Bears Paw Mountains near Havre. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi is in Havre. He spoke with YPR’s Brie Ripley.

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Four new fires are reported to have sparked this morning in Southeastern Montana’s Rosebud County.

The Sartin Fire first reported this morning is burning mostly in Custer and Powder River Counties and is approximately 40,000 acres with no containment at this time.

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Over a dozen organizations and thousands of self-described "Mountain Mamas" in Montana are demanding transparency from the Interior Department.

They want to understand the criteria Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke used for his proposed changes to national monument boundaries.

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A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered "endangered" even if they are not "on the brink of extinction."

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen's order Monday reversed the 2014 re-classification by U.S. wildlife officials for the 40 to 50 bears of the Cabinet-Yaak bear population under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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