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.

Affected area in Billings
Courtesy of DEQ & EPA

State and federal officials say an 855-acre area in central and downtown Billings should be considered for Superfund status due to indoor air quality contamination.

Testing for the presence of harmful vapors at a site in St. Louis Park, MN.
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Officials are concerned that chemicals in the water are negatively affecting the air quality inside almost 50 homes and businesses in east and southeast Billings.

Senator Steve Daines
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A group of rabbis in Montana sent an open letter to Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines this week following his recent Tweet in support of Pres. Donald Trump.

Traci Jordan (Left)  and Kacy Keith (Right) sit together
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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly named Kenzie House as Sober Beginning's third sober home. Kacy Keith and Traci Jordan recently opened Ruthie House.

Three new sober homes have opened in Billings this summer. The women behind them say dorm-style houses offer a safe space for people working through addiction. But some treatment providers say sober living homes are part of a larger system of treatment that needs improvement.

Unused Drug Test
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A comprehensive assessment of drug abuse in Yellowstone County confirms the area is seeing a rise in drug-related offenses, but it also shows a related growth in child neglect cases.

A painting showing the feathered dinosaur species
Gabriel Uguerto / Wyoming Dinosaur Center

The smallest known dinosaur species discovered so far in Wyoming has earned its own exhibit in its home state.

Billings Mayor Bill Cole speaks at Chamber of Commerce's State of the City and County event June 26.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

 The Billings City Council approved the fiscal year budget this week, which includes cuts to the police department and fire department.

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A Native foods summit brought tribal leaders, advocates, and educators together in Billings Monday to talk about access to traditional indigenous foods.

Chef Mariah Gladstone stood in front of almost 250 attendees for a live cooking demonstration.

She blended together a pesto made from a wild green, Lamb’s Quarters, and a member of the audience stepped in as a taste-tester.

Two men stand waving the pride flag
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It’s national Pride Month and, in Montana, Big Sky Pride is responsible for dropping by a different community annually and holding a series of events to celebrate. It’s one of the only groups currently doing so in the state.

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Law enforcement spent an estimated $39,500 on Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Montana last week.

During the Vice President’s stay in Billings last Wednesday through Thursday, local law enforcement closed city streets and ran security for the vice-presidential motorcade.

Capt. Neil Lawrence with the Billings Police Department says BPD alone spent just over $26,000 from the general fund and overtime budget.