Jess Sheldahl

Morning Edition Host

Jess Sheldahl is a reporter and host for Morning Edition at Yellowstone Public Radio. She fell in love with public radio after becoming a DJ at the University of Montana’s college station KBGA. Since then, she’s worked at MTPR and graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Montana. Born and raised in Montana, Jess understands the importance of reporting on local news and issues that matter to the people who live here. She also enjoys a cold beer and a good book under the Big Sky.

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It's Wednesday, May 27th. The census, an upcoming heatwave and why the attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to restore a recently blocked state deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.

It's Monday, May 25th. Climate change impacts at Glacier National Park, consequences for an embattled Whitefish ministry and why child vaccinations for diseases like polio and hepatitis B have gone down during the pandemic.

The seal for Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance
Office of the Montana State Auditor

Montana’s June 2nd primary election will be conducted mostly by mail-in ballot due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. As the election approaches we’re expanding on who’s behind the names on your ballot.

Six candidates are running to be Montana’s State Auditor, as incumbent Matt Rosendale campaigns for the U.S. House. YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl spoke with Nicky Ouellet about each of the candidates.

It's Friday, May 22nd. Continued reduced hours of operation at the Canada border, Butte reaches a final Superfund cleanup deal and we take a look at whose name will be on the primary ballot for state-wide races.

It's Thursday, May 21st. The task forces working on how to reopen state public schools in the fall, confusion as gyms and fitness centers try to reopen and some of the candidates running in Montana's contested primary races.

It's Wednesday, May 20th. Loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, the collapse of part of Montana Hi-Line water system and research on coronavirus at Rocky Mountain Labs.

It's Tuesday, May 19th. Forecasted heavy rain may mean flooding, how the coronavirus pandemic has effected Montana's tourism industry and efforts to protect sagebrush grasslands.

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Big sky country and big adventures drew in over 12 million tourists to Montana last year. As the state moves to reopen amid low COVID-19 case numbers, some Montana communities have to weigh the economic importance of tourism with local safety.

It's Monday, May 18th. The Montana University System urges changes to the fall semester schedule, testing for COVID-19 in the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the mail-in June 2nd primary election.

It's Friday, May 15th. A new wave of reopenings starts today in Montana. We hear from movie theaters, a Missoula barbershop and gyms across the state about how they're starting back up.