Edward O'Brien


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

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The Montana Law Enforcement Academy will graduate 53 new officers Friday, and most of them will report for duty by Monday. Academy administrator Glen Stinar says this class includes 13 Native American graduates. That’s more Native officers than any other basic course in the Academy’s history.

State and federal grizzly bear experts meeting in Missoula this week have no shortage of topics to discuss.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is catching up on everything from to habitat and conservation strategies to ongoing efforts to recover the animals’ overall population so it no longer needs federal Endangered Species Act protections.

"We’ve got a huge effort underway. It’s very complicated and we want to make sure everybody’s on the same page and being successful in moving forward.”

Sally Mullen
Courtesy Mansfield Center

She was called “The Fixer.” Missoula’s Sally Mullen was an activist, a consultant, a businesswoman, and a woman of faith. Mullen is being remembered for a lot of attributes, but perhaps her uncanny ability to fix a broken and listing organization ranks near the top of the list. She had a unique skillset and a proven track record.

 Health Effects Category by Air Monitoring Station Based on Average Measured Concentrations of Particulate Matter 2.5 As Of Hour Ending 3:00 PM MST on 12/1/2015
Montana DEQ

Recent cold temperatures mean Missoula’s now teetering on the edge of violating federal air quality standards. Inversions have trapped cold, dirty air in the Missoula valley for almost a week.

Spokane Public Radio Acting News Director Steve Jackson (R) says the storm toppled well over 300 trees, leaving thousands without power in Spokane since Nov. 17.
Courtesy Spokane Public Radio

Thousands in Spokane, Washington  have been without power for over a week since a devastating windstorm buckled the region’s power grid. The November 17 storm left nearly 200,000 households and businesses without power. Roughly 5,000 customers will go without electricity through tomorrow. Spokane Public Radio acting news director Steve Jackson says the storm toppled well over 300 trees.


The first significant Arctic front of the season will bring accumulating snow for most valleys and mountains across western Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

The season’s first widespread winter weather pushes into Montana from Canada on Tuesday and it could create some dicey travel conditions.

White-tailed deer.

Scientists don’t seem fazed by the discovery of a deer with a fatal neurological disease only about 25 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. A whitetail buck taken by a hunter in Wyoming tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease on November first.

UM Police Preaching 'Run, Lock, Fight' In Case of Active Shooter
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University of Montana Assistant Police Chief Ben Gladwin says if someone holds you at gunpoint and demands money or jewelry, it’s always best to just give them what they want.

Smurfit-Stone Container mill outside Frenchtown, Montana.
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The Environmental Protection Agency begins a comprehensive investigation on Monday into the extent of contamination at a former Frenchtown paper-mill.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
Courtesy MT DOJ

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says there’s too much we don’t know about sexual assault evidence kits that are never submitted to the state crime lab.