Edward O'Brien


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

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Weyerhaeuser is buying Plum Creek Timber for over $8 billion. Montana Wood Products Association Executive Vice President, Julia Altemus suspects the merger agreement will have little impact on Montana’s remaining wood products industry, including Plum Creek’s medium density fiberboard plant in Columbia Falls.

UM's Vice President for Integrated Communications, Peggy Kuhr, says 13,044 students are attending UM this fall semester, a 6 and one half percent drop from last fall.
Josh Burnham

The ongoing enrollment drop at the University of Montana will have repercussions on the school's budget. But what exactly that means isn’t yet fully known.

UM's Vice President for Integrated Communications, Peggy Kuhr, says 13,044 students are attending UM this fall semester, a 6 and one half percent drop from last fall.

Denise Juneau, Montana superintendent of public school will challenge Ryan Zinke for Montana's lone seat in the House of Representatives.

Montana's Democratic State School Superintendent, Denise Juneau, wants to replace Republican Representative Ryan Zinke in Congress. Juneau, Montana's first Native American woman elected to statewide office, has officially launched her congressional campaign.

Juneau tells Montana Public Radio’s Edward O’Brien she wants to take her “work ethic and “ability to get things done” to Congress.

Five new satellite election offices are set to open on tribal lands across Montana ahead of this year's elections.
Josh Burnham

Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Susan Good Geise says voters on Tuesday not only said "no" to plans for a new detention center, they said “heck no”.

Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane says he’s “extremely grateful” for Tuesday’s 11th-hour victory of a $70 million high school bond issue. Local voters passed it as well as an $88 million dollar elementary bond. The levies will pay for local school maintenance, renovations, remodeling and technology and security updates.

File photo. Montana's construction industry needs skilled labor and is going out of its way to get it.

There's a labor shortage in Montana, just ask Bill Fritz.

"If you aren’t working right now, it’s your own fault. Everybody who says they don’t have a job – if you go out and get some training you can pretty much write your own ticket.”

There are 566 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States. Gerald Gray hopes Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gets to be the 567th.

”Because we’re always under the assumption and have been told that Congress can recognize tribes.”

Governor Steve Bullock will announce his appointments to a new "Clean Power Plan" advisory council Tuesday.

A group of Montana parents says lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” are shortsighted and dangerous.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined 23 other states suing to stop the plan, which calls for Montana to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 47 percent by 2030.

Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor (PD)

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez cautions Montana educators against thinking too narrowly about their jobs.

"It's a false choice to suggest we're either training people for the jobs of tomorrow or we're training people to be critical thinkers. Our workforce needs both critical skills and critical thinking."

Photograph showing the seepage outflow from the drain pipe at the     American Tunnel at Gladstone, Colorado, as it appeared on September 3, 2015, with  about 100 gpm of acid water flowing out.
U.S. Department of Interior

An Interior Department probe blames sloppy work by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine.

Roughly a third of Montana's estimated 3,000 known abandoned mines could potentially pollute surface water.