Edward O'Brien

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

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Absaroka Range
Courtesy Rick and Susie Graetz

After languishing for over two decades in the U.S. House, a sweeping wilderness bill now gets its first shot in the Senate.

Mineral County Sheriff’s Department staff are back at work and a mediation session is scheduled for next Wednesday. Sixteen employees, including dispatchers, deputies and detention officers, have been on strike since May 30.

Nancy Keenan says Democrats are coming out of the primary and headed into the general election season both excited and optimistic. Keenan is the executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. She says Democratic candidates will focus on a handful of issues that she believes are key to voters.

Snow-water equivalent basin percentage of normal.
USDA NRCS

Montana’s snowpack is basically as good as it’s going to get this spring. That’s normal for early June. But what’s not so normal, according to Lucas Zukiewicz, is how quickly it’s melting off.

Greenpeace Russia volunteer Sofia Kosacheva (4th from left) and Grigoriy Kuksin, head of Greenpeace Russia’s Fire-Protection (3rd from left) spent part of Monday with Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation staff in Missoula.
Edward O'Brien

A delegation of Russian firefighters and conservationists is in Montana getting a western perspective on forestry and fire management. The delegation spent part of Monday with Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation staff in Missoula.

Currently 29.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel. Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook.
Glacier National Park

Mother Nature has dogged Glacier National Park road crews this spring, but they’re finally gaining the upper hand. Heavy rain recently blew out a beaver dam which spilled mud and trees on Going-to-the-Sun road. Just as crews cleaned that mess up, wet weather unleashed another 19 rock slides this week.

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Candidates in the primary election can gather signatures for ballot initiatives at polling places, but they'd better be careful about it. That’s the word today from Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl.

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.

"This is a time when things are politically divisive, but what’s really important when it comes to support for national parks and conservation, there's an agreement in the state,  it’s an area of agreement on all sectors of politics."

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

It took the Montana Public Service Commission less than 10 minutes Monday to approve a $1.1 million rate reduction for Missoula’s Mountain Water Company.

Mineral County Hospital representatives say the hospital has not been paid for services delivered under the Veterans Choice program.
Courtesy Mineral County Hospital

Congressman Ryan Zinke says the nation can’t just throw more money at a widely criticized veterans’ health care program.

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