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Nate Hegyi

Reporter

Nate is the Bozeman-based reporter for Yellowstone Public Radio. Before joining us, he worked as a freelance journalist and as a part-time reporter for Montana Public Radio. He wrapped up his graduate studies at the University of Montana's environmental journalism program in 2016.

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Bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

A federal judge says the government will need to take a second look at whether Yellowstone National Park bison should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

"This is the first step in what I think is going to be a long fight," says Ken Cole, is the director of the Buffalo Field Campaign, a group advocating for bison protection.

Juan and Amparo Orozco at their house near Circle, Montana.
Nate Hegyi - Yellowstone Public Radio

Thousands of people who are in the U.S. illegally are allowed to stay every year because they've been victims of crime. The number of people who apply for a “U visa” far outnumbers the slots made available, and that’s created a backlog. And some people can’t even get on the list because they lack one piece of paper from police. For one Mexican man in Montana, the lack of a U visa means he'll soon be deported.

On a windy and unseasonably warm winter day in Yellowstone National Park in Montana, spokeswoman Morgan Warthin stands in the middle of a massive, empty valley.

"Yellowstone is so big," she says. "Where do you begin to look?"

She is searching for any of the 52 bison that were set free from two holding pens in mid-January.

Authorities say the bison escaped after somebody used bolt cutters to open up a fence. They soon scattered across an area larger than Delaware, and officials have launched a criminal investigation to find out what happened.

Senator Jon Tester and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
Courtesy Sen. Jon Tester

Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers trying to strike a new deal with the White House on border security.

Tester this week met with the Secretary of Homeland Security and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. He’s hoping to help push a border security plan through Congress as part of a long-term budget agreement.

A Mexican national who settled a lawsuit over claims he was sexually assaulted while detained in an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility in Montana’s Jefferson County may be deported within the next two weeks. 

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