Edward O'Brien


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

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The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ new veterans healthcare representative says she brings a unique perspective to the job.

Montana Farmers Contend With Wheat Surplus, Low Prices

The winter wheat harvest is buttoning up and Montana producers expect to see average to above average yields. Great news, right?

Normally yes, but Lola Raska tells us wheat farmers have their backs up against the wall this year.

A resident of the Bitterroot valley references an evacuation map of the Roaring Lion fire during a community meeting in Hamilton August 4, 2016.
Nora Saks

It’s been a difficult week for Bitterroot Valley residents whose lives have been interrupted by the Roaring Lion fire. Natural disasters can lead to feelings of frustration, fatigue, anger and indecisiveness.

The executive director of the American Red Cross of Montana, Diane Wright, says those are normal responses.

Rene Whalen grabs what she can of her important papers and photos while evacuating the home she's lived in for 20 years. Hundreds of homes are under evacuation due to the Roaring Lion Fire.
Mike Albans

The Montana Department of Revenue is reaching out to Bitterroot Valley residents who lost their homes this week to wildfire. The nearly 8,000 acre Roaring Lion fire has consumed at least 14 homes and other outbuildings.

Bond supporters say the existing 42-year-old library is now too small, technologically outdated and energy inefficient. Critics say Missoulians are now constantly barraged with bond issues and it’s starting to add up.
Josh Burnham

Missoula voters will be asked to approve a $30 million public library bond this November. County commissioners today unanimously approved the ballot language.

Mountain Water Company.
Cherie Trusler

Missoula Mayor John Engen received an important email a little after 5 o’clock  Tuesday afternoon. It was from Harry Schneider.

"When we win, Harry always says the same thing in all caps: ‘BINGO’. So I open the thing up and it was a ‘BINGO’."

A Red Flag warning is posted for the entire region from noon to 9:00 p.m. August 2, 2016.
Josh Burnham

The last thing western Montana firefighters need now is more hot, dry, windy weather. And yet that’s exactly what they’re going to get tomorrow as a cold front moves into western Montana. A red flag warning is posted for the entire region from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Robin Selvig (right) announces his retirement as coach of the Lady Griz Basketball Team at a press conference in Missoula Thursday July 28. UM athletic director Kent Haslem looks on.
Mara Silvers

Robin Selvig is a veteran of many press conferences, but he knew that Thursday’s was going to be tough to get through.

"I’m a crier, so expect it. I couldn’t get through a "Little House of the Prairie" episode when I was younger."

The Parrot Smelter operated between 1891 and 1899

Some Silver Bow County shop buildings have to move to make way for a major environmental cleanup in Butte. Moving the buildings is proving difficult for a number of reasons. The situation is raising concerns about government transparency, the environment and some good old-fashioned election year politics.
The Montana Standard has followed the story from the beginning. Editor David McCumber now joins us with the latest.

Comedian and Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman’s zinger at the Democratic National Convention Monday night brought the house down. It delighted Hillary Clinton’s supporters. The Bernie Sanders crowd – not so much.

Missoula delegate Anita Green was there and was not amused.