Nate Hegyi

Bozeman-based reporter for YPR

Nate Hegyi is YPR's reporter based in Bozeman.

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After Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun control has yet again become a hot topic among U.S. lawmakers. But this time some top Republicans and the National Rifle Association are hinting they may support additional regulations on  bump stock modifications for assault rifles.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the court ruling doesn't require the U.S. Forest Service to update their forest management plan, but to review it and then potentially create a new one. A previous version said "the U.S. Forest Service needs to draw up a new management plan for 12 million acres of critical Canada Lynx habitat." Yellowstone Public Radio regrets the error. 

Montana’s senators are trying to reverse a controversial federal court case out of Bozeman they say is partly to blame for the state’s devastating wildfires. But some environmentalists say it’s actually an assault on the Endangered Species Act.

The Cottonwood decision says the U.S. Forest Service needs to draw up a new management plan for 12 million acres of critical Canada Lynx habitat.
Keith Williams (CC-BY)

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the court ruling doesn't require the U.S. Forest Service to update their forest management plan, but to review it and then potentially create a new one. A previous version said "the U.S. Forest Service needs to draw up a new management plan for 12 million acres of critical Canada Lynx habitat." Yellowstone Public Radio regrets the error. 

Montana’s senators are trying to reverse a controversial federal court case out of Bozeman they say is partly to blame for the state’s devastating wildfires. But some environmentalists say it’s actually an assault on the Endangered Species Act.


An early winter storm dumped up to three feet of snow on the Rocky Boy's Reservation
Dustin White

As many as 900 people are without power on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation following a winter storm Tuesday.

Republican congressman Greg Gianforte continues to refuse an interview with the reporter he assaulted last May.  While the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs recently put the thumbscrews to Gianforte, taking to Twitter and interviews with other national publications, the issue remains a stalemate. 

Republican congressman Greg Gianforte has offered an "off-the-record" meeting with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
Louise Johns / MTPR

Republican congressman Greg Gianforte continues to refuse an interview with the reporter he assaulted last May.  While the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs recently put the thumbscrews to Gianforte, taking to Twitter and interviews with other national publications, the issue remains a stalemate.


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Montana’s first-ever climate assessment was released today. It says this past summer may be a vision of the state’s future due to climate change. 

“Montana is going to get warmer and the warming is going to be greater than in a lot of parts of the United States and the world,” says Cathy Whitlock, the report's lead author.

She says the state could see a four to six degree rise in temperature by mid-century.

The state of Washington today denied a key permit sought by a company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from Montana to Asia.

Washington State’s Department of Ecology says the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal Project near Longview, Washington would harm fisheries, create noise pollution and increase the risk of cancer in a nearby community.

Patrick Dirden / Flickr

The state of Washington Tuesday denied a key permit sought by a company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from Montana to Asia.


Lodgepole Complex Fire
Nate Hegyi / YPR

This has been the most expensive fire season in Montana since at least 1999. Both the state and federal governments have spent a combined $378 million dollars so far battling blazes.

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