Kayla Desroches

Kayla Desroches reports for Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and stayed in the city for college, where she hosted a radio show that featured serialized dramas like the Shadow and Suspense. In her pathway to full employment, she interned at WNYC in New York City and KTOO in Juneau, Alaska. She then spent a few years on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, where she transitioned from reporter to news director before moving to Montana.

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A Billings former opera house, concert hall and theater reopened recently to strong turnout and ticket sales, said the new owners.

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A national non-profit organization with a focus on physical exercise as an alternative to 12-step recovery programs for people who struggle with addiction recently opened a Billings branch.

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The #Me Too movement has turned sexual harassment into a hot topic online, in the media, and in casual conversation. This week, a panel of experts in Billings sat down together to discuss sexual harassment, assault and resources in the state of Montana.

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A rehabilitation center that specializes in mental health and substance abuse is steeling itself to receive extra patrons this winter. Maybe more than it can accept.

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Montana saw an almost 70% voter turnout this week according to the secretary of state’s office. County clerks said that’s larger-than-usual participation for a midterm election, but it also made for a lengthy night and delayed results.

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A group of small farmers and ranchers in south central Montana are planning to kick off the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub early next year. The 11 producers hope to collaborate to find new customers and better market their products.

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A Billings television station had an unsettling encounter Monday night.

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More Wyoming residents favor the legalization of marijuana than at any time in the past four years. That’s according to a survey of around 600 randomly selected people conducted by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming.

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The number of sexual transmitted diseases is growing annually in Montana, including Yellowstone, Montana’s most populous county. Officials suspect hook-up apps may be contributing to those rising stats.

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Native Americans in the Billings-area now can use a clinic tailored to their needs. The Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Clinic fills the void after the abrubt closure of a clinic 18 months ago by the Indian Health Board of Billings.