Nicky Ouellet

Flathead Valley Reporter

Nicky is MTPR's Flathead-area reporter. Nicky returns to the Flathead Valley after wrapping up her graduate studies at the University of Montana's environmental science journalism program.

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Over coffee in Kalispell on Thursday, March 8, 2018, Grant Kier said he supported investing in preventive measures, like increasing access to mental health care to prevent school shootings and suicides.
Nicky Ouellet

Democratic Congressional candidate Grant Kier stumped in the Flathead Valley this week.

Kier had beers with 35 members of the Flathead Big Sky Rising advocacy group in Whitefish Wednesday night, and hosted coffee for a half-dozen Flathead Democrats in Kalispell Thursday.

Panelists at the Montana Water Summit in Helena, MT, March 7, 2018. From the left: Leon Szeptycki, Marco Maneta, Patty Gude, John Tubbs.
Nicky Ouellet

More than 300 people from across Montana met in Helena this week to talk about big changes the state is seeing in water —  from when it falls, to how and where it’s used, to the way Montanans value it.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation hosted Montana’s first Water Summit, which Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Tribe kicked off with a blessing.

City of Whitefish / City of Whitefish

Climate planners in Whitefish released the city’s Climate Action Plan for public review and comment this week. 

Last year, Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld pledged the city would uphold the Paris Climate Accord. The city council voted to adopt a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent of the previous year’s levels by 2025.

U.S. House candidate Lynda Moss (center) at a fundraising event at Kalipell Brewing Company, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Democratic candidate for Congress Lynda Moss made a campaign stop in Kalispell Wednesday night. She chatted with a half dozen voters over craft beer at a fundraising event at Kalispell Brewing Company.

Moss talked about her background working in collaborative grassroots projects, like Leadership Montana, and serving two terms in the Montana senate.

Imagery from NOAA geostationary (GOES) satellites, March 2, 2018 shows more snow on the way to Montana.

Members of the state legislature’s American Indian Caucus are urging Montanans to donate money and help people impacted by extreme winter weather.

In an opinion column published in the Missoulian Friday, all 10 members of the Montana American Indian Caucus liken the plight of people caught in blizzards on three Native American reservations to that of farmers and ranchers facing drought and wildfire last summer.