Montana Evening Edition

Monday - Friday 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Hosted by , Edward O'Brien
  • Local Anchor Anchors Christopher Allen and Eric Whitney

Local and regional stories from the Montana Public Radio Newsdesk.

Newscast 08-19-2014

Aug 19, 2014

The Arctic Grayling will not receive federal protections, the Montana Human Rights Network reacts to news that KKK is dropping-off pamphlets in parts of Havre, and Yellowstone County Officials court developers of a proposed refinery project near Billings.

Newscast 08-18-2014

Aug 18, 2014

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Amanda Curtis starts her campaign with a concerted effort to raise badly-needed funds, Montana's unemployment rate ticked up by just a hair last month, and a little girl lost her life yesterday in Yellowstone National Park.

Newscast 08-14-2014

Aug 14, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Rainy weather and cooler temperatures have prevailed for the past few days, but fire season is by no means over. We'll have an update on the costs of fighting wildfires. And a Wyoming man says it was "curiosity" that led him to steal more than 500 pounds of explosives in Red Lodge.

Newscast 08-12-2014

Aug 12, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Wildfires continue to blaze across Western Montana as the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning. Sen. John Walsh makes the first of three public appearances after his resignation from the U.S. Senate race. And findings are released in the investigation of the June highway crash that killed a family of five and the Three Forks fire chief.

Newscast 08-11-2014

Aug 11, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Authorities are on the lookout for suspects connected with a homicide at a Beaverhead County campground. Wildfires continue to burn across Western Montana. And wildlife managers in Yellowstone are calling for the slaughter or removal of 900 of the park's native bison.

Newscast 08-08-2014

Aug 8, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

The Missoula Sheriff Department has arrested two people and is searching for another two in connection to the Clark Fork River  homicide investigation. The Thompson River Complex fires have grown to over 800 acres. And Montana Public Radio's Christopher Allen speaks with a political science professor about what's next for the Montana Democratic party.

Newcast 08-07-2014

Aug 7, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Democratic Senator John Walsh has dropped out of the U.S. Senate Race. The Thompson River Complex fires have grown to 600 acres. And Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye takes us to a spartan-style-obstacle race for people with disabilities. 

Newscast 08-06-2014

Aug 6, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Senator John Walsh's campaign has essentially gone dark as Montana's political pundits await word on whether or not he'll stay in the U.S. Senate race. We'll have updates on Western Montana's wildfires. And former U.S. Senator Max Baucus donates  to the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

Newscast 08-05-2014

Aug 5, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Western Montana fire officials further ratchet down fire restrictions. And reporter Katrin Frye explains why the Flathead Valley has, so far, escaped serious wildfires.


Newscast 08-04-2014

Aug 4, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:
There is a new fire in Missoula's Grant Creek area. The fire crews continue working on area lighting-sparked wildfires that ignited this weekend. And a campaign finance ruling on whether individuals and political parties can give unlimited amounts of money to state candidates should come after the November election.

Newscast 08-01-2014

Aug 1, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Two fires in the Lolo National Forest are being fueled by gusting wind. The Montana wood productions industry had its strongest 6-month period in 5 years. And Edward O'Brien talks with a Montana-based Ebola researcher about the unfolding outbreak in West Africa. 

Newscast 07-31-2014

Jul 31, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

The gender pay gap among Montana Government employees is narrower than in the state's private sector, but there's still a divide. A new voting office will open soon on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. And Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us how some people are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Newscast 07-30-2014

Jul 30, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

The hot, dry weather continues and there are new fires in the Flathead National Forest. A Montana researcher isn't too worried about Africa's spreading Ebola outbreak causing a problem in the developed word. And Yellowstone Public Radio's Jackie Yamanaka continues her series on the challenges veterans face in receiving health care.

Newscast 07-29-2014

Jul 29, 2014

The Department of Defense is overseeing the plagiarism investigation against senator John Walsh. Missoula officials release next-gen Broadband study recommendations, and Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us about boaters who are ignoring mandatory invasive aquatic species check stations.

Newscast 07-28-2014

Jul 28, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

A small plane crashes in the Clearwater National Forest, along the Idaho-Montana Border. A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter is found alive after going missing yesterday. And Northwestern Energy's CEO maintains the purchase of 12 hydroelectric dams is good for Montana and good for the company.  

Newscast 07-25-2014

Jul 25, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:
A new wildfire is burning just northwest of Helena. The body of a man found in the Clark Fork River has been identified. And Edward O'Brien finds out just how many jobs are created when Montanans wet their whistles.

Newscast 07-24-2014

Jul 24, 2014

Senator John Walsh's campaign says the Montana Democrat won't drop out of the US Senate race, but a political science professor from the University of Montana tells Edward O'Brien that he'll have a tough time overcoming from reports of past plagiarism.


Newscast 07-23-2014

Jul 23, 2014

Senator John Walsh's U.S. Army War College thesis contains several passages reportedly lifted without attribution from published papers. Firefighters are tackling a new blaze burning south of Frenchtown, and a decision is forthcoming on some test wells for a proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs.

Newscast 07-22-2014

Jul 22, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Disaster for the Blackfoot River was narrowly averted today after a semi carrying industrial chemicals overturned on its banks. State officials react to the federal court ruling on healthcare subsidies. And Katrin Frye tells us about a project that's fostering cooperation between NASA and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes.

Newscast for 07-21-2014

Jul 21, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Two suspects have been arrested in connection to last Wednesdays' shooting on I-90. The search continues for a missing kayaker on Flathead lake. And investigators think they know what caused the crash that killed 6 people last month, but their findings aren't ready to be released.

Newscast for 07-18-2014

Jul 18, 2014

Rough terrain is the biggest obstacle in fighting two new wildfires in the Bitterroot. You'll now need a criminal background check to drive school buses in Montana. And Edward O'Brien discusses television, movies, and rude theater audiences with NPR film critic Kenneth Turan.

Newscast 07-17-2014

Jul 17, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Eight Montana West Bank branches will close by October. Missoula and a city in Southern California are talking about the best way to acquire local water companies currently owned by the Carlyle Group. And Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us about a new residency program for family medicine in Kalispell.

Newscast 07-16-2014

Jul 16, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:
A resentencing date is set in the case for a former teacher who pleaded guilt to raping a student. Governor Bullock announces a new pilot project to better manage drought impacts. And Edward O'Brien speaks with the British Consul General about how a proposed international trade agreement could potentially affect Europe and Montana.


Newscast 07-15-2014

Jul 15, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Two environmental groups ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban crude oil shipments in older rail tank cars. The parent company of Glacier Park Incorporated pays over $16-million dollars for land and businesses in and around West Glacier. And Edward O'Brien talks with organizers of a new ad campaign about the value of national parks and public lands.

Newscast 07-14-2014

Jul 14, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Fire danger is notching up in the Bitterroot National Forest. A drowning victim in Glacier National Park is identified. And the Montana Food Bank Network expands its services with a new mobile food pantry truck.

Newscast 07-11-2014

Jul 11, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Three separate wildfires were sparked in the Bitterroot over the last 24 hours. We'll also tell you about the swearing-in ceremony of the brand new Blackfeet Business Council that started with calls for unity and ended in acrimony. And 13 coal-train cars derailed in Southeastern Montana.

Newscast 07-10-2014

Jul 10, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Wildlife commissioners alter sage-grouse hunting rules. Senator Tester says the unfolding child immigrant crisis along the southern border probably wouldn't exist were it not for the U.S. House. And we'll tell you why a melting road is keeping drivers away from parts of Yellowstone National Park.

Newscast 07-09-2014

Jul 9, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Montana considers scaling back its sage grouse hunt. The White House singles out a regional oil patch as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy. And Yellowstone Public Radio's Jackie Yamanaka takes us to a health care summit in which the Affordable Care act is discussed.

Newscast 07-08-2014

Jul 8, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

The first of two weeks of hearings begins into Northwestern Energy's proposal to purchase 11 Montana hydroelectric dams. A judge rejects the state senate majority leaders's attempt to dismiss charges that his campaign took illegal contributions. And Flathead reporter Katrin Frye brings us up to speed on a project to restore genetically pure west slope cutthroat trout to Northwest Montana.

Newscast 07-07-2014

Jul 7, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Train derailment cleanup crews continue to remove three plane fuselages from the Clark Fork river. Investigators continue their look into a recent Northwestern Montana bear attack. And a top wildlife official says there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the wolverine.