Nate Hegyi

Mountain West Bureau at YPR

Nate Hegyi is a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau based at Yellowstone Public Radio. He earned an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism in 2016 and interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in 2014. In a prior life, he toured around the country in a band, lived in Texas for a spell, and once tried unsuccessfully to fly fish.

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President Donald Trump rallies in Great Falls, Montana.
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

At Thursday’s Montana rally, President Donald Trump repeatedly called Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” Montana is home to eight tribal nations and more than 60,000 Native Americans.  

Loxie Loring helps lead a march to remember her daughter, Ashley Loring. She went missing from the Blackfeet Reservation over a year ago.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

There’s a storm rolling in over the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. The clouds are low and dark as distant lightning cracks over a green prairie. 

Wade Running Crane is starting to get wet.

“This is like a sign from Ashley that she’s here,” he said.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke on the radio show Voices of Montana Wednesday.
From U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke via Twitter

A federal watchdog group is looking into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s family land deal with an oil executive. But Zinke is calling the controversy fake news.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks with the press.
U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke explained the abrupt departure of Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk on the radio show Montana Talks Wednesday. The incoming superintendent is military veteran Cameron Sholly.

Ranking U.S. House Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They want to know more about a land deal between Zinke's family foundation and a real estate project with ties to the oil and gas giant Halliburton.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is under fire by House Democrats for a land deal in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.
U.S. Interior Department

Ranking U.S. House Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They want to know more about a land deal between Zinke’s family foundation and a real estate project with ties to the oil and gas giant Halliburton.


Bureau of Land Management

This year’s federal firefunding fix brought a sigh of relief among many in the Mountain West.

It will pump billions of dollars into firefighting efforts over the next decade. But not all wildfires are fought by the federal government.  

Many are fought at the state level with dwindling state funds.  

National Park Service

As more people move into the West, interactions between humans and bears have increased. Now Yellowstone National Park is asking visitors to help save bears by honking at them.

Mike Engel watches a pack of wolves in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

6:30 a.m. is one of the best times to watch wildlife in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley.

Everything smells like sage. It’s really cold and there are a bunch of retirees staring through hire-powered telescopes at a lush, verdant hill.

National Park Service

A new study published in Science magazine found that many of the world’s trout species are facing extinction due to climate change, overfishing and pollution.

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