Edward O'Brien

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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

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Rep. Ryan Zinke.
Kaci Felstet

Montana’s Congressional delegation reacted swiftly and predictably to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address.

Lewis Stockdale's remains were among five of his fellow shipmates from the Oklahoma that were positively identified this week.
Courtesy Trudy Ritz

The remains of an Anaconda man have been positively identified nearly 75 years after he was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Mental health.
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Montana lawmakers are working on trying to improve mental health care treatment for young people. One idea they’re looking at would link how much counselors or mental health care providers get paid to how well their patients do.

Current Snow Water Equivalent Basin Percentage of Normal - January 01, 2016
Courtesy USDA NRCS

There’s a lot riding on how much precipitation Montana gets this winter and spring. So far, it’s a mixed bag. December’s snowfall helped shore up mountain snowpack in Montana’s southern basins, but some northern basins remain below normal.

The Missoula valley’s air quality hasn’t been this unhealthy since 2013.
Courtesy Montana DEQ

The Missoula valley’s air quality hasn’t been this unhealthy since 2013. A relatively rare Stage II air pollution warning was issued earlier today and is expected to persist through most of Thursday.

Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-NC

Federal, state and tribal officials have agreed to kill as many as 600 to 900 Yellowstone National Park bison this year.

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Two Livingston police officers are on paid administrative leave following a Saturday evening shooting that killed a 37-year-old local resident.

Park County coroner Al Jenkins says the victim is 37-year-old Sean O’Brien.

A broken waterpipe ruined the Frenchtown high school gym floor and bleachers. They will have to be replaced.
Courtesy Frenchtown School District

Classes resumed this week in Frenchtown where a broken water pipe last month cancelled classes a week before the scheduled winter break. Superintendent Randy Cline says the flooding caused over $500,000 worth of damage in the junior and senior high schools.

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Missoula County authorities this week charged a local man with killing his 26-year-old girlfriend when she tried to leave him a few days before Christmas. Emmanuel Gomez is accused of deliberate homicide for the death of 26-year-old Charlie Wyrick.

Back in 1992 Ruth Glenn’s husband shot her three times – twice in the head - when she tried to leave her abusive marriage.  He killed himself when the police tracked him down several months later.

Missoula YWCA

Missoula County authorities on Monday charged a 30-year-old man with making good on a threat to kill his girlfriend. Emmanuel Gomez is accused of deliberate homicide for the death of 26-year-old Charlie Wyrick.

Wyrick went missing a few days before Christmas. Prosecutors allege Gomez regularly abused Wyrick. They say she feared Gomez would kill her, and that he did when she tried to leave him.

As heartbreaking as the accusations are, Cindy Weese says they’re not unique. Weese is the executive director of the YWCA of Missoula. Hear our interview with her below:

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