Nicky Ouellet

Nicky is MTPR's Flathead-area reporter.

A Missoula man was killed by an avalanche outside of West Yellowstone in Idaho Saturday.

Eighteen Montanans have died of the flu this season. The state health department says that all but three counties have reported at least one case of influenza, for a total just shy of 2,000 infections statewide.

Flannels, long beards and pocket Constitutions accented the crowd at an event billed as: “Freedom and Property: Cliven Bundy’s Story” in the town of Paradise Saturday night. Men posted around the Old Paradise School Gymnasium eyed the crowd and murmured security updates into earbuds, even through the opening prayer and pledge.

Nevada rancher and anti-federal government activist Cliven Bundy is slated to speak in the town of Paradise Saturday, January 20, 2018. He and Montana elected officials were invited to speak by a local group.

Tester Admonishes Congress For Treading Water On Federal Spending Bill

Senator Jon Tester blasted his colleagues in Congress today for continued failure to pass a long-term federal spending bill.

Congress has been relying on short-term spending bills to support vital programs since government funding ran out 110 days ago.

A woman in Polson who is accusing her former employer of firing her after she complained about sexual harassment in the workplace had a three-day hearing last week.

MTPR’s Flathead Valley reporter Nicky Ouellet covered the hearing and spoke with News Director Eric Whitney about it.

On Saturday musicians in the Flathead Valley performed original songs about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life at the eleventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by Love Lives Here, an affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network.

Whitefish resident David Walburn wrote two of the songs. Walburn grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He remembers listening to Martin Luther King, Jr., on the radio while studying music in college. I spoke with him a few days before the celebration about what inspired his work.

At a moment when employers nationwide are seeking guidance to create safer work environments, Montana’s state agency tasked with enforcing discrimination protections is losing funding for trainings and investigations. 

The Montana Human Rights Bureau investigates complaints of harassment and discrimination in a variety of settings. The Bureau also provides education and training for employers and housing providers.

The Flathead Electric Co-op Monday announced a new pilot program to bring electric vehicle charging stations to the Flathead Valley.

The Co-op installed the Valley’s first electric vehicle charging stations at its headquarters in Kalispell in 2015. Now it’s hoping to partner with a few local business to install about dozen more.

The owner of a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Whitefish has agreed not to demolish it if a buyer can be found by Wednesday. This would be the first usable Wright building to be torn down in more than four decades.