Corin Cates-Carney

Corin Cates-Carney is the Flathead Valley reporter for MTPR.

Corin has worked for NPR, and is a UM Journalism School Graduate.

Montana environmental groups are suing the federal government for not protecting the threatened bull trout. Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Oregon District Court.

A ballot initiative announced today by medicinal marijuana advocates has the support of the Democratic Party’s candidate for Attorney General.

A group campaigning to reform Montana’s medical marijuana law is getting a late start in collecting the signatures needed to qualify their initiative for the November ballot. Advocates for medical marijuana in Montana have just over two months to collect more than 24,000 signatures needed to put I-182 on the 2016 ballot.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte unveiled his tax plan Monday afternoon at a lumber yard in Clancy. Standing in front of chest-high piles of timber and two large loaders, the Bozeman entrepreneur promised to get rid of Montana’s business equipment tax, lower income taxes for everyone, and not increase state spending.

An attempt to regulate air ambulance services supported by Democratic Senator Jon Tester struck out in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

Federal aviation laws up for review in the U.S. Senate could change the way states regulate air ambulances.

Tuesday, Montana’s gender pay gap was spotlighted at the Capitol. It’s National Equal Pay Day. And Montana women are earning 67 percent of what men earn. Montana is ranked 39th in the nation for gender pay equality. Nationally, women workers earn 71 percent of men’s median earnings.

This year, voters will decide who will become the next leader of Montana’s education system. Current Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, a Democrat, has termed out of the position. The Democrats have fielded Helena grade-school teacher Melissa Romano to run to succeed her. Romano sat down with Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney.

Billings State Senator Elsie Arntzen is campaigning to be the first Republican superintendent of public instruction in three decades. During this year’s election, she hopes to replace current Superintendent Denise Juneau, who has termed out of the position. Arntzen sat down to talk with Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney.

Friday, fire departments around the Flathead Valley rallied to combat a fire burning near Ronan. Polson Fire Chief Paul Laisy says black smoke from the fire could be seen for miles today, and at times flames jumped 100 feet in the air.