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.

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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.

The party MSU:Billings threw Monday, August 21, to celebrate the solar eclipse was a big hit.

Campus officials estimate more than 500 people gathered on the grassy lawn on the western edge of campus to view this rare solar occurance.

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Bison, grizzlies, and Old Faithful are among the features that draw people to visit and live in the region around Yellowstone National Park. A new journalism site has launched to help people better understand this place where many live and play

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The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says the spending has included almost all of the $32 million set aside in the state’s fire response fund. That fund had been twice as large, but state lawmakers siphoned about half the money away to cover revenue shortfalls in the state budget.

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An invitation is open to the public for an opportunity to safely view the eclipse through MSUB's solar telescope unit and learn more about the remarkable rarity from science department staff.

Montana Legislature

The largest wildfire in the U.S. this year burned in Montana, decimating 423 miles of fertile rangeland, and with it, the livelihoods of many Garfield and Petroleum County ranchers.

Republican State Representative Bill Harris of Winnet was one of them. Harris documented much of the disaster that destroyed his ranchland on his personal Facebook. He’s pointing the finger at a nearby Wilderness Study Area (WSA) managed by the Bureau of Land Management as contributing to overall fire devastation.

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MontanaFair, the state’s largest, starts tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 11, in Billings, Montana.

For some, a big draw is the carnival, but a lot of attention is on ride safety since the tragedy last month in Ohio. Montana is one of five states that does not have an official ride inspector.

So who is responsible for ride safety in Montana?

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The state of Montana and a U.S. Senator have set up online portals to help wildfire and drought affected producers and small businesses.

The Montana Agriculture Department has set up a hotline to act as a “one stop shop” to take donations or help affected producers locate hay, fencing and transportation.     

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Donations of hay are pouring in from around the region to help ranchers in eastern Montana impacted by wildfires. The challenge is getting those donations to individual ranchers.

Jana Hance in Circle, Montana is coordinating the donation efforts.

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The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's department has issued an evacuation order for the 16 residences of upper Stonewall Creek Road. The residences are threatened by lightening-caused Park Creek Fire burning in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National forest north of Lincoln. 

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