Nate Hegyi

Bozeman-based reporter

Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.

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A new fire is burning an estimated 12,000 acres in the Bears Paw Mountains near Havre. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi is in Havre. He spoke with YPR’s Brie Ripley.

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Republican congressman Greg Gianforte has been photographed and fingerprinted after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter on the eve of the special election that put him in office.

Yellowstone River
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Montana officials say they recently discovered dead fish in the Yellowstone River and are waiting on test results to know if they were killed by the same parasite that killed thousands of fish last year.

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A heifer has tested positive for the disease brucellosis on a cattle ranch near Yellowstone National Park. 

Bison
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More than half of Montana is currently in the grips of a severe drought, according to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday. And, as pastures shrivel up in the heat, ranchers are trucking in bales of hay and selling their cattle early.

But there’s another big, horned animal out there on the range. Bison.

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For the first time ever, The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has published draft rules overseeing the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. But some conservationists say the rules don’t go far enough.

Ed Thamke of the DEQ says radioactive oil waste isn’t as bad as it sounds.

The city of Helena began removing a controversial Confederate memorial Friday.

The City Commission said they wanted the granite fountain gone after calls for its removal increased due to last weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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It’s around lunch time in Helena as city employee Patrick Marron stands at the controversial Confederate memorial fountain in Hill Park.

It is the only Confederate memorial in the northwestern United States, and Helena Mayor Jim Smith said it poses a safety concern following last weekend’s violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

On Wednesday night the Helena City Commission said they wanted the fountain gone.

Fire drought
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State climatologist Kelsey Jencso says what folks are seeing this summer -- extreme fires, sudden droughts, snowpacks melting quickly -- may be a vision of Montana’s future.

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Native American lawmakers in Montana are calling for the removal of a memorial to Confederate soldiers in the state's capitol city.

The granite fountain in Helena's Hill Park has been the subject of debate in recent years, as other cities across the country decide the fate of monuments erected to honor the legacy of the Confederacy.

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