Steve Bullock

Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-NC

Federal, state and tribal officials have agreed to kill as many as 600 to 900 Yellowstone National Park bison this year.

Steve Bullock Duane Ankney in Colstrip 1.5.16
Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio

Environmentalists are expressing disappointment in the new Clean Power Plan Advisory Council that Governor Steve Bullock announced today.

The 27-member body includes 17 people either directly tied to the coal-fired energy sector or supportive of it.

Mike Cooney Is Montana's New Lieutenant Governor

Dec 30, 2015
Montana Governor's Office

Below is the press release from Governor Steve Bullock, we'll have more on this story this afternoon.

"Today Governor Steve Bullock appointed former Montana Secretary of State Mike Cooney as Montana’s Lieutenant Governor.

Yellowstone bison may get more room to roam after today's decision by Governor Steve Bullock.

Governor Steve Bullock today issued a decision that would allow wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to roam in portions of Montana north and west of the Park year round. The decision potentially breaks a longstanding impasse in a wildlife conflict that's dragged on for decades.

Yellowstone bison often leave the confines of the park in the winter for lower elevations in Montana.
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2.0)

Governor Bullock's office issued a press release today announcing  "a very modest expansion of the conditions under which bison may remain outside of the Park." The press release goes on to say that "bison will be permitted to occupy suitable habitat in Montana outside of the park within manageable confines and subject to seasonal limits on numbers."

You can view the bison decision on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website. We'll have more on this story tonight.

In the ongoing debate over budget problems at the University of Montana, at least one faculty member has suggested that state government could be doing more to help the school. Late last month Biomedical and Pharmacy Professor Doug Coffin said Governor Steve Bullock placed too much emphasis on having a budget surplus and should instead send some of that money to higher education. MTPR News Director Eric Whitney asked Governor Bullock about that when he visited our studios Monday.

Gov. Steve Bullock (file photo)
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock came by our studios yesterday. Hear what he has to say about the sudden departure of his lieutenant governor, cutting Montana’s carbon dioxide emissions, Medicaid expansion and other topics.

Lake House offers behavioral health crisis stabilization and care in Polson.
Eric Whitney

  There was a ribbon-cutting for a new mental health crisis center in Polson today.

Governor Steve Bullock praised dozens of local dignitaries and community members at Lake House, a new eight-bed facility across the street from St. Joseph Hospital in Polson.

Montanans Say Terrorism Is The Biggest Problem In The U.S.

Dec 7, 2015

Montanans say terrorism is the biggest problem in the U.S. In a new statewide poll of 435 Montanans, 24 percent offered terrorism as the country's top problem. Joshua Poulette conducted the poll for MSU Billings.

Lieutenant Governor Angela Mclean
Dan Boyce

Lieutenant Governor Angela Mclean is leaving her post after less than two years on the job. McLean got the job in 2014 after John Walsh left for the U.S. Senate to replace Max Baucus.