Eric Whitney

News Director

Eric is the news director for Montana Public Radio.


Preparing for Ebola
6:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Doctors, Nurses Concerned About Providence St. Patrick Ebola Readiness

Credit Courtesy Photo

Soon after patients with Ebola began receiving treatment in the United States, Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick hospital was identified as one of four hospitals nationwide that’s especially prepared to care for someone with Ebola. That’s because the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton is nearby, and researchers there work with Ebola. St Patrick's says it has long been prepared to treat anyone who might get infected with Ebola or other dangerous pathogens there.

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U.S. Senate Race
6:13 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Amanda Curtis Releases First TV Ad Of Campaign

Screen capture from the new Curtis ad.

Both Montana U.S. Senate candidates released brand new campaign ads today.

But with less than three weeks to go before election day, and absentee ballots already in the mail, this morning’s ad from Democratic candidate Amanda Curtis is only her first since announcing her candidacy back on August 16th.

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In Wake Of Appeals Court Ruling
5:57 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

ACLU Asks Federal Judge For Quick Ruling On Gay Marriage

The ACLU of Montana says a federal judge in Great Falls should rule in favor of gay marriage, without taking their lawsuit to trial.

The group filed suit to overturn Montana’s gay marriage ban in April, on behalf of four same sex couples,
some were married in other states, others are trying to get married in Montana.

Today they asked U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris to rule in their favor without a trial, since the federal appeals court with jurisdiction over Montana struck down similar bans in Idaho and Nevada on October seventh.

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Mountain Water Condemnation
5:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Mountain Water Employees Ask Mayor To Stop Condemnation Attempt

Missoula Mayor John Engen says the city won’t abandon its efforts to buy Mountain Water.
Credit Courtesy photo

The employees of Missoula’s privately-owned Mountain Water Company today asked the city to give up its quest to buy the company via condemnation.

Missoula Mayor John Engen says the city won’t abandon its efforts to buy Mountain Water.

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Controlled Burning
5:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

BLM To Conduct Controlled Burn Near Lincoln

Credit Colby Hawkinson USFWS cc-by-2.0

The Bureau of Land Management says it’s conducting a controlled burn in the mountains west of Lincoln, and that smoke may be visible in the area during the next month.

The agency is planning to burn 62 acres in the Ward Creek Drainage, a tributary of the Blackfoot River. It says the project may take up to two weeks to complete, and will happen when weather and fuel conditions are favorable, but could occur anytime over the next month.

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LR - 126
3:49 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Election Day Registration Debate In Missoula

Missoula voters wait in line to vote at the Missoula Fairgrounds during the 2012 general elections.
Credit University of Montana Journalism School

Busy, hardworking Montanans either benefit from being able to register to vote on election day, or, allowing people to register on election day makes voting harder for other busy, hardworking Montanans.

Those were the arguments Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and State Senator Champ Edmunds made at a debate put on by City Club Missoula.

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"Lost Boy" Addresses Montana Students
6:15 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

'Struggle And Success Are A Package'

John Dau
Credit Eric Whitney

High school students are used to being told how important education is, and that hard work brings success. Those messages don’t always resonate when they’re delivered by teachers and parents, but today hundreds of Montana students heard about hard work and suffering from a different source.

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MTPR Interview
5:40 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Tester Talks Ag, ISIS and Indian Health Service

Montana Senator Jon Tester visited western Montana today. His trip included attending a health care summit in Charlo being put on by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Before going there, though, he stopped by Montana Public Radio to talk about a number of issues, including so-called “country of origin labeling,” the law that requires meat and seafood to carry labels so consumers can know which country it came from. He spoke with News Director Eric Whitney.

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Public Information Campaign
5:39 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Omaha's Advice To Missoula On Accepting Ebola Patients

University of Nebraska Hospital in Omaha.
Credit by-nc 2.0

Last week Providence St. Patrick hospital in Missoula announced that it’s ready to take care of a patient with Ebola if it’s asked.

The hospital has special facilities and expertise because of its proximity to the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton. Researchers there work with dangerous infectious agents, including Ebola, and St. Pat’s has long been prepared to treat someone from the lab if necessary.

But, not everyone in the area is comfortable with the idea of a patient with Ebola being treated locally.

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"Can't be put on the credit card"
9:03 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Sen. Tester: Congress Must Debate ISIS Military Action

Senator Jon Tester
Credit Jon Tester

Montana Senator Jon Tester says America needs to figure out how it’s going to pay for military action in the Middle East. Tester is in western Montana today to attend a health care summit put on by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. This morning he stopped by Montana Public Radio and spoke with News Director Eric Whitney. In this segment he talks about the current military conflict, hear more from our interview tonight at 5:30pm on Montana Public Radio.

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