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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Red Lodge Songwriter Festival

Aspiring songwriters and country music enthusiasts are invited to the inaugural Red Lodge Songwriters Festival the end of June.

Mike Booth and Cory Johnson are the organizers. Johnson says he came to Red Lodge and fell in love with it, thinking  it would be a great place to hold a songwriters festival. He said he met Booth and they starting discussing his idea one night over a beer.


American Airlines returned to Montana with great fanfare on June 2, 2016 when a direct flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth landed in Bozeman, the state’s busiest airport.

Jackie Yamanaka

One of the issues on Yellowstone County’s June primary ballot is overcrowding at the jail. Voters will be asked to give the county permission to pay for jail expansion.

The jail is bursting at the seams. The facility was built to hold 286 inmates, both men and women; as of last weekend there were 504 inmates.

Captain Sam Bofto is the jail commander. He says it’s like a pressure cooker for the inmates when the facility is this crowded,” It does affect the inmates and it does affect their attitude.”

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About 400 people were packed into a Billings gymnasium Friday night  to hear Bill Clinton deliver the campaign message for his wife’s presidential bid.

The former president spoke of Hillary Clinton’s desire to build the economy and bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

And Clinton talked about energy independence for Indian Reservations, especially for those west of the Mississippi.

Some Montana high school students added their perspective to the war in Syria and how to deal with the war’s refugees. 


Montanans will get a chance  to say good bye to former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, R-MT, on Friday, May 6, 2016 at a memorial service in Billings. The former Yellowstone County Commissioner, auctioneer, and farm broadcaster  died in his home last Thursday.

One of the last people to see Burns was long time friend Dwight MacKay. They had coffee together that morning. 

  Yes For Kids is back.

The local group is making its case to Billings voters to pass mill levies for local students.   

Campaign co-chairman Luke Kobold says passage of the levies will mean the district is responding to the demand from parents and the Billings community for things like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) offerings, reduced class size, programs for struggling students as well and gifted and talented, and funding for suicide prevention and school safety.

Jackie Yamanaka

Those who provide senior service programs in Yellowstone County are serving more people, and the demand is going to skyrocket.

“We have a silver tsunami happening in Yellowstone County...in the state of Montana,” says Denise Armstrong, the Executive Director of Big Sky Senior Services. She says right now one in five in the county is over the age of 60. That will grow to one in four in the next four years as more the Baby Boomers retire.

  Girls-n-Science  is all about getting young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math…or STEM.

It started with 300 girls. Now this free program brings in some 700 to 900 girls with their parents, grandparents and teachers.

The annual program used to be called Chicks In Science. This year the name has changed and so has some parts of the program.

There’s a special morning event called STEM stars. Organizer Laura Gettings-Carlson says it’s just for middle schoolers.

Consumer Reports gave Montana poor marks for not using simple language to get more information about doctors.

Lisa McGiffert is the Director of Consumer Reports' Safe Patient Project. Her complaint is with terminology on the Montana Board of Medical Examiner website.

“The terms on that page are licensee search as opposed to something real simple like find your doctor or look up your doctor,” said McGiffert.

Consumer Reports reviewed medical board websites in all 50 states.