Edward O'Brien


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

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Smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire obscures the view from Seeley Lake, August 2017.

Montana's wildfire season has stirred up another round of bickering over a host of issues including fire and forest management and construction in the wildland-urban interface. A public forum Tuesday evening will try to cut through the noise.

U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte says he believes comprehensive tax reform is the best way to help Montanans keep more of their money. The Montana Republican made that remark Friday on the Northern Broadcasting System’s "Voices of Montana" radio program.

John Heenan, Democratic candidate for U.S. House.
Courtesy John Heenan

One Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte next fall has an early lead in his campaign bankroll, according to the latest federal finance documents.

John Heenan, an attorney from Billings, has so far raised more than $325,000, nearly a third of that money coming from a loan from the candidate to his campaign. Heenan was the first Democrat to jump into the race against Gianforte, and has released several campaign videos since his campaign kickoff in August.  

U.S. Winter Outlook for temperature and precipitation.

Montana could be in for another colder and wetter-than-normal winter. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s winter outlook issued Thursday.

Nothing's written in stone at this point, but experts say it looks like La Niña could, like it did last year, influence Montana’s winter weather.

University Hall at The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana officials have revealed details of a new voluntary severance package designed to entice eligible staffers to leave UM. UM this year has already presented two buyout rounds to faculty.

Judging by the number and content of questions asked during a campus meeting Wednesday, the idea seems to have stirred up some interest.