Jackie Yamanaka

News Director

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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  A state initiative to encourage more high school students enrolled in dual credit courses means more educators are needed to teach those classes.

This week, the Bullock administration and higher education officials announced a pilot program spearheaded by Montana State University Billings will allow Billings students enroll in dual credit courses for free for the coming academic year. The pilot project is called High School Connections.

   A new pilot program will allow high school students in Billings to earn credits toward high school graduation and for college for free.

The project is called High School Connections. It was spearheaded by Montana State University Billings.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says even though Billings has the most students in the state, it has a fairly low participation rate in dual enrollment. He says officials are wondering why. Are their barriers? Is it cost?

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Governor Steve Bullock said coal is going to a be a significant part of Montana’s energy future going forward even though that future is uncertain for the coal market.

“But certainly I am committed, been committed, to making sure we’re turning over every rock,” he said.

Bullock told the crowd gathered at the Colstrip City Hall for his Energy Roundtable he has met with Asian markets and the owners of the Colstrip plants, pursuing carbon capture projects, and challenging the federal Clean Power Plan initiative that’s currently on hold.

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  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew into Montana on the news he has sewn up the GOP nomination.

The New York businessman says he wanted to campaign in Montana, in part because his son is a regular visitor to go hunting. He used that news to affirm his support of gun rights.

“We’re going to protect your 2nd Amendment 100%,” he said.

Then he launched into the first of his attacks on Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Montana Department of Transportation

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign event at MetraPark in Billings on May 26, 2016.

According to the candidate's website door open at 1:00 pm for the Donald J. Trump for President rally that's to officially start at at 4:00 pm.

The public may go to the website to request tickets for the event.

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Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday,  May 20, 2016 in Billings, Montana.

The public is invited to hear Bill Clinton discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to raise wages and break down all the barriers holding Montana families back.

The first public meeting over the future of the federal coal leasing program and possibly charging more to mine is underway at the Casper Events Center.

The doors opened for speaker registration at 8:30 this morning. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 4 this afternoon. The Bureau of Land Management is live-streaming the Casper meeting.

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Montana Department of Justice officials say the newly operating satellite crime lab will speed up the process of analyzing drug evidence.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says the Eastern Montana Crime lab should reduce expenses and delays for the state’s criminal justice system.

“Because every time I need to move to continue a trial when some test or something isn’t done that’s an expense to our system to everybody in this region,” he says.

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A public discussion is scheduled Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Billings to discuss the fate of grizzly bears that live in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Journalist Todd Wilkinson from Bozeman and grizzly bear biologist Dr. David Mattson will present a slide show and talk about the grizzly in the environment.

Wilkinson is the author of the book on one of the most famous grizzly sows of the Greater Yellowstone, 399.

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