Edward O'Brien


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

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Patty Dickerson of Bozeman brought this sign to the 2017 Women's March in Helena.
Olga Kreimer

Last year’s Women’s March drew more than 10,000 people to Helena. Organizers this year are trying something different. This time there won’t be one big, centralized rally.

Mike Mozart (CC-BY-2)

Walmart has officially apologized for racially discriminating against a Montana State University professor in the company’s Bozeman store.

ACLU of Montana filed a Montana Human Rights Bureau complaint on behalf of Professor Gilbert Kalonde.

A mountain lion, also known as a cougar, puma, or catamount.

Since 2007 Montana taxpayers have compensated ranchers when wolves and grizzly bears kill their livestock — to the tune of up to $200,000 a year. Some of that money is also spent on projects designed to prevent predator conflicts. That earns it high marks from both ranchers and conservation organizations.

Last year, state lawmakers voted to add mountain lion-related losses to the compensation list for the first time. The problem is, the program didn’t get any additional funding to do that.

Looking towards Virginia Peak on the Lewis and Clark National Forest

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is proposing to add or increase fees at some of its recreation sites by $2 to $45.

Forest Spokeswoman Kathy Bushnell says officials are looking for public input on that. 

A ski trail near Seeley Lake, MT, January 2018.
Eric Whitney

Montana’s first winter snowpack report is out and so far, so very good. There’s still plenty of winter ahead of us, but the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bozeman says Montana’s snowpack is off to a great start.