Edward O'Brien

Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

Five conservation groups want to extend a five year federal wolf monitoring program in Idaho and Montana. Those groups put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on notice Wednesday that the monitoring program should be extended another 5 years. And they’re willing to sue to make it happen.

Snowpack conditions were a mixed bag last month. Western Montana’s basins are in the best shape, while some eastern Montana basins are lagging far behind.

The University of Montana is celebrating a seven-figure estate gift that’s led to the creation of a new perpetual scholarship program.

In January the Fort Belknap tribal council declared a “state of emergency” over methamphetamine abuse on the reservation. There’s no hard evidence that meth use at Fort Belknap is any more prevalent than other places in Montana. Authorities statewide say they’re seeing a resurgence in meth use and arrests in recent years, after a decline about a decade ago. 

No more water is leaking from a treated sewage holding pond at Big Sky into the Gallatin River. At least 35 million gallons of the wastewater spilled into the river since last Thursday. The early phases of the investigation have revealed more questions than answers.

State public health, environmental and wildlife officials are in Big Sky accessing the damage after the spill of millions of gallons of sewage water contaminated parts of the Gallatin River. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Kristi Ponozzo says the treated waste does not pose a risk to human health.

Yellowstone-area grizzly bears should be removed from the Endangered Species list - that’s what federal wildlife officials said Thursday.

A group of off-roaders is thinking about suing the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest over a travel plan it finalized this week.

Livingston residents are meeting this evening to discuss two recent student suicides at Park High School. 17-year-old Deon Gillen took his own life February 14. Another student suicide was reported less than a week later.

A new law signed this week means Montana honey producers could collect millions of dollars in back payments.

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