Corin Cates-Carney

Corin Cates-Carney is the Flathead Valley reporter for MTPR.

Corin has worked for NPR, and is a UM Journalism School Graduate.

A new state report says 2017 was likely the the most expensive fire season in Montana history.

That report by state legislative analysts said the state spent $74 million on fire suppression. The next closest year was 2012, when the state spent less than $60 million.

An executive board member of the Gallatin County Republican Women has resigned after telling the host of a statewide radio program she would have shot the reporter Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte assaulted this spring.

Inside American Legion Post #2 in Helena Monday night, more than 40 veterans took turns sharing stories of using the Veteran Affairs healthcare system, highlighting chronic issues, with the occasional kudos for specialized veteran care.

The town hall kicks off a week of closed door meetings between American Legion members and Montana VA leaders to hear updates on the agency and discuss improvements for veteran treatment.

Dr. Kathy Berger delivered her first ‘State of the Montana VA’ address Friday in Helena, after being named the health system’s director last fall.

Berger is the third director of Montana Veterans Affairs since 2014. Montana’s congressional delegation has long expressed frustration at turnover at the agency.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Montana is giving the public a yearly review of its work tonight at Helena College. A spokesperson for the Montana VA says there is a shift with the department to be more transparent with its day-to-day operations.

Montana VA Health Care System Director Dr. Kathy Berger will deliver the "State of the Montana VA" address beginning at 5:30 p.m., October 20, at the Helena College Lecture Hall.

One Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte next fall has an early lead in his campaign bankroll, according to the latest federal finance documents.

John Heenan, an attorney from Billings, has so far raised more than $325,000, nearly a third of that money coming from a loan from the candidate to his campaign. Heenan was the first Democrat to jump into the race against Gianforte, and has released several campaign videos since his campaign kickoff in August.  

Four Republicans have so far declared their intent to challenged Tester in 2018.

Troy Downing, a businessman from Big Sky, has so far raised close to half a million dollars for his campaign. According to campaign finance reports Downing loaned more than half of that money to his campaign himself. Downing recently published a nearly two and half minute video on youtube promoting his election bid.

Environmental groups say President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget could mean less grant money for pollution control, drinking water protection and Superfund clean up in Montana.

Political salvos are flying between Governor Steve Bullock and Republicans amid a waiting game and hints of a special legislative session to potentially solve the budget crisis.

As Montanans wait to learn how, and if, the governor will follow through on his proposed 10 percent cuts to state agencies, Democratic and Republican leaders are digging into their tug of war over state spending.

The state health department is proposing changing its rules so Montanans who are intersex or transgender will be able to more easily change the gender status on their birth certificates. A public comment period on that opened yesterday.

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