Edward O'Brien


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

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Denise Juneau announced today in Missoula that she sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, requesting to meet with him and discuss "issues of importance to Montana."
Edward O'Brien

Democratic U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau wants to chat with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan when he’s in Montana this weekend.

The University of Montana campus.
Josh Burnham

Hot on the heels of a recent record-setting financial gift, the University of Montana has announced it’s received another multi-million-dollar award.

Lake County Commissioners are asking Montana’s legislature to withdraw from an agreement that lets the state prosecute felonies for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Montana voters are being asked to amend the state constitution to spell out specific rights for crime victims. Supporters of Constitutional Initiative 116 – or Marsy’s Law – say that’s important.

As Election Day approaches, MTPR is bringing you the voices of Montana voters, not just the candidates and pundits. MTPR's Edward O'Brien spoke with voters on the University of Montana campus the day after the second presidential debate to hear their perspectives on this election.

Emigrant Peak north of Yellowstone, near the area of a proposed Lucky Minerals mine exploration.
Flickr user Sean Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

State officials say a Canadian company’s proposal to explore for gold and other precious metals near Yellowstone National Park will have no significant environmental impact. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality today released its draft environmental assessment of Lucky Minerals’ plan.

NorthWestern Energy has requested an $11 million natural gas rate increase. The rate hike requires the approval of the Montana Public Service Commission.

NorthWestern Energy has requested an $11 million natural gas rate increase. The rate hike requires the approval of the Montana Public Service Commission.

Part of the homecoming celebration at the University of Montana this weekend included a $1.5 million gift to the Davidson Honors College.

Montana Supreme Court
Montana Supreme Court

A new survey indicates Montana’s Supreme Court is well-respected by those who use it the most. The 2016 Bench and Bar survey is essentially a performance review of Montana’s high court.

10th annual Vets for Vets Stand Down in Great Falls
St. Vincent de Paul of North Central Montana

Vietnam veterans probably remember "stand downs" - those safe retreats for units returning from combat duty.

Ben Wight,  American Red Cross Armed Forces Coordinator in Great Falls, says stand downs, "represented a time in which you brought the troops back to get them showered up, resupplied and gave them a couple of days off to regroup until they put them back in the field.”

Wight is helping organize The 10th annual Vets for Vets Stand Down this week in Great Falls. It will bring together people and groups who want to give aid and comfort to Montana veterans who’ve fallen on tough times.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

A charitable foundation has established a major endowment with the University of Montana.

The Haynes Foundation has provided scholarship funds to UM before, but Monday's announcement of a $4 million permanent endowment is particularly significant.