Kay Erickson

Morning Edition Host

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.

Kay is also a writer for Yellowstone Valley Woman’s Magazine.

Ways to Connect

FDA

Rules governing indoor smoking in Yellowstone County could soon include e-cigarettes.  A public hearing tonight in Billings will discuss the change.


Mountain Time Arts

A series of art events and performances celebrating water, called Upstream, begin tomorrow in the Gallatin Valley. One of the organizers, Dede Taylor, said it is an intersection of art and the science of water.

“With climate change we have a situation that is unfathomable in some ways for us as humans," said Taylor. "And I think we need all the tools available. And art and imagination is a crucial tool for how we look to the future of the planet.”

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Edward S. Curtis Collection / Charles M. Bair Family Museum

Unique Images of North American Indians and tribal landscapes are on display  throughout the summer at the Charles M Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale, Montana.

It a major exhibition from the Bair collection called, The Shadow Catcher: Edward Sheriff Curtis.

The images are photogravures. Basically, it is a printmaking process that starts with a photo negative, where the image is etched to a copper plate, then printed.

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Reaction in Montana and around the world to the Gianforte misdemeanor assault charge has been varied. 

California GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter speaking to the press Thursday on Capitol Hill said assaulting a reporter is not appropriate behavior "unless the reporter deserved it," according to a tweet posted by Associated Press reporter Mary Clare Jalonick. 

Montana Standard editor David McComber says he's not surprised by the level of vitriol against the media, and it's not a recent development.

Rachel Hergett

*Updated Thurs. 5/25 at 2:30 p.m. 

GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte faces misdemeanor assault charges for "body slamming" a reporter for The Guardian at his campaign headquarters last night, on the eve of today’s special election to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House Seat. He must appear in Gallatin County Justice Court by June 7. 

Crime reporter Whitney Bermes for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle first heard the assault report on a police scanner, as she was packing up to leave the newsroom and go home for the evening.

Two members of the Montana Board of Regents were at MSU-Billings Wednesday, May 10, 2017, to hear from faculty, staff and students on how to keep higher education affordable and accessible.

The regents are scheduled to meet later this month to set tuition and fees for the coming two years.

Geology.Com

How do you become reacquainted with your native state when you have been gone for 25 years?

Road trip.

And it became the most recent book, Fifty-six Counties: A Montana Journey, for author Russell Rowland.


From Me To You

Apr 28, 2017
Credit Judy Hudgins, Lewis and Clark Library

In this world of instant communications with Twitter, text, and emails, there are still those people who enjoy and want to share the charm and tradition of handwriting a card or letter.

The U.S. Postal Service designated April National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001. In recognition, the Lewis and Clark Library is hosting an event on the last day of this month for would be letter writers.


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A library card from the Bozeman Public Library allows you to borrow books, movies, download music and checkout seeds.

Kit Stephenson is the head of the Adult Services and Outreach at the Bozeman Library. She says the tradition in libraries has been sharing information and sharing resources. “And now seeds,” Stephenson said.


Jay Hahnkamp is an unlikely children’s author. He’s a rancher with a small place near southwest Montana, and he has two children’s books to his name.

His most recent book carries a simple message: no matter the obstacles in life, a child can strive to be whatever he or she wants to be. This message is carried by the author’s real-life cow and best friend the goat.  


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