Edward O'Brien

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

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The moratorium on major new coal leases on federal land that the Obama administration announced today, is either long-overdue or the latest offensive in the ongoing war on coal. That depends on whom you ask.
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The moratorium on major new coal leases on federal land that the Obama administration announced today is either long-overdue, or the latest offensive in the ongoing war on coal. That depends on whom you ask.

Many ranchers oppose more bison outside the park. They worry about the potential spread of the disease brucellosis.
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“Yes Mr. Chairman, I would move that the EQC (Environmental Quality Council) send a letter to the Interagency Bison Management partners objecting to the decision that was signed by Governor Bullock."

That's Republican State Representative and Environmental Quality Council member Kerry White of Bozeman. White Thursday urged his fellow committee members to oppose a plan that would allow some wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to wander year-round outside park boundaries. White says it’s a recipe for trouble.

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.
Flickr user Publik15 (CC-BY-SA)

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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