Jackie Yamanaka

Senior Political Reporter/Special Projects

Jackie Yamanaka has been news director at YPR since 1986.  From her home base in Billings, Jackie covers a wide range of issues across Montana and Wyoming. During the Montana Legislative session, she re-locates to the state Capitol in Helena where she has another office.

During her tenure she has won numerous journalism awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc.; The Society of Professional Journalists, The Montana Broadcaster’s Association EB Craney Awards; The Montana Associated Press; and elsewhere.

Jackie received a degree in Mass Communications from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University Billings).  She is secretary of the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline (http://www.montanafoi.org/) and a past board member of Public Radio News Directors, Inc.  When she’s not working she enjoys running and hiking with her dogs, fishing, shooting sporting clays, and playing tennis.

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Ken Siebert

Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte came by the YPR studio visit about his first three weeks on the job.  Gianforte was elected in a special May election to fill the vacancy when President Donald Trump tapped then-Congressman Ryan Zinke to become his U.S. Interior Secretary.

In conversation with YPR's Jackie Yamanaka, Gianforte explains he was required to vote on issues immediately.

Ken Siebert

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) says the U.S. Senate needs to do its job and pass a bill on health care. This on the news that the Senate Majority Leader plans to hold a vote next week even though it is unclear as of Friday what lawmakers will be voting on.

National Weather Service

Because hot, dry, and windy weather makes conditions ripe for new wildfire starts or extreme and erratic fire behavior,  the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for areas of Montana until 9 p.m. Friday.

Numerous local, state, and federal government agencies also have restrictions on open flames because of the tinder dry conditions.

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Governor Steve Bullock issued an Executive Order Wednesday declaring a drought disaster for 28 counties and five Indian Reservations.

Mark Baker

Family and close friends of attended the internment ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery for former U.S. Senator and Marine Corps veteran Conrad Burns.

The Burns family released the following statement, “We laid to rest today a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Conrad dedicated his life to serving our family and this great state and nation, and we will always hold onto the unconditional love and care he showed our family and the people of Montana.”

https://firerestrictions.us/mt/

Federal, state and local government officials have put into effect Stage 1 Fire Restrictions or open burning bans across Montana.

Under Stage 1, the following acts are prohibited: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, except within an established, metal fire ring in a developed recreation site; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Extreme fires, flash droughts, and fast-melting snowpacks are all predicted in the state's first ever climate assessment, which is slated for release on September 20th.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Fire officials say this morning the winds have shifted and are now coming of of the east-southeast pushing the July Fire northwest towards Landusky.

Phillips County Sheriff's Deputies have made contact with residents of Landusky and told them to get ready to evacuate.

USGS

An earthquake shook some Montanans awake shortly after midnight Thursday.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office says no damage or injuries have been reported.

Scientists say the epicenter was about six miles south-east of Lincoln.

Jackie Yamanaka

One of the first graduates of the internal medicine residency program at Billings Clinic will join a practice in Sheridan, Wyoming this fall.

The residency program was created to increase the number of primary care physicians to serve patients who live in rural areas.  The program was designed to train internists to care for complex medically ill patients in a rural environment, this includes working in a rural community. Each resident spends one month working at Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, Mont., and one month at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, Wyo.

Jackie Yamanaka

 

Members of Congress are home for their 4th of July recess without voting on the Republican’s health care proposal.

 

Senators Jon Tester, D-MT, and Steve Daines, R-MT, both held public forums over the past week to gather Montanans opinions on the issue.

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