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.

black coal
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Montana and Wyoming are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Washington state’s rejection of a proposed coal export terminal.

Four stacks from the Colstrip power plant stick up into a blue sky
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Montana regulators say they expect to have $400 million in bonds in place by July to cover future cleanup costs at the Colstrip power plant.


But state lawmakers expressed skepticism over that time frame after regulators failed to meet previous deadlines to secure the money.

An open-pit coal mine photographed from above
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An environmental advocacy group released a report Jan. 9 arguing that the coal industry may crash and leave the public with the financial burden of the environmental cleanup of developed mining sites.

A glass being filled with water from a faucet.
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Montana has joined two dozen states and the District of Columbia in requiring all schools to test drinking water for lead.

A piece of coal
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Hearing sessions across Montana over the last month have given ratepayers of the state’s largest electric utility the chance to sound off on the company’s 20-year-plan for sourcing energy. While many people have lashed out against the fossil fuel heavy plan, a minority of supporters in Billings and Colstrip last week stepped up.

The power plant in the distance.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio


Two of the Colstrip power plant’s four units ceased operation last week. Residents in Colstrip voiced shock and sadness Saturday about the long-planned but still surprising shutdowns.

The Colstrip Steam Electric Station's four stacks
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio


A part owner of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana confirmed Thursday that two of the plant’s four units are closing this week.

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The owners of a construction company in Billings Tuesday, pleaded guilty in a scheme to build a mansion while evading payment of $320,000 in taxes. 

The owners of Kisling Quality Builders admitted income tax fraud in building a Billings mansion, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Montana.  

A sign reading "NorthWestern Energy" in silver type against a tan woodgrain background.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

A shareholder of Montana’s largest electric utility has filed a lawsuit claiming that the company blocked his clean energy proposal from a 2020 shareholder vote.

Power transmission lines against a blue sky
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A state board late Friday announced it will allow Montana’s largest utility to increase rates by $6.5 million-dollars.