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.

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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has determined that a portion of the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip, Montana, has reached its pre-development condition

Around 1000 acres of Rosebud Mine, Area E, have been re-soiled, reseeded, and reclaimed. 

That’s according to Chris Yde with Montana DEQ.

“It will basically be used for livestock grazing and wildlife habitat,” said Yde. “But now that we have released jurisdiction on it, it can go back to the post-mine landowners and then it will be up to the post-mine landowners to determine what it’s used for.”

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Community organizers of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls movement in Billings are trying to shift the focus to include men and boys.

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Montana and federal agencies will host a training in June to brief law enforcement and the public on how to approach missing persons cases.

Media coverage in recent years has contributed to heightened attention on the number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Montana and the perceived failure of law enforcement to respond.

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Legislation re-introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to strike what some consider a more reasonable balance between the needs of livestock and those who drive them across country.

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The bipartisan advocacy group Farmers For Free Trade has spent the past two weeks driving across the midwest rallying farmers behind the new trade plan between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. They’re pushing for Congress to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, replacement.

On Friday, almost 20 people shared a meal of meat, rolls, beans, and pasta at the 11th and final stop of Broadview, just north of Billings. They were on the property of Michelle Erickson-Jones, farmer and past president of the Montana Grain Growers Association.

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Speakers against human trafficking gathered on the Montana State University Billings campus Thursday. Community leaders in Billings see a step toward a solution through legislation and education.

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Wildfires in Montana have made the state a prominent feature in the American Lung Association’s 20th annual State of the Air report.

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Montana is now compliant with federal drivers’ license rules, 14 years after they passed.

Starting October 1, 2020, Montanans flying between states will either need to present a REAL ID- compliant license or a passport.

Montana was one of the states to resist the REAL ID Act of 2005, which aimed to improve security in the years following 9/11.

Montana Motor Vehicle Division Administrator Sarah Garcia explains some of the hesitancy.

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The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal under the U.S. Department of Agriculture for farmers to produce hemp, but the federal agency has been slow to implement some aspects of the new law.

That’s an issue for potential hemp farmers in Montana who are trying to buy seeds from Canada.

The USDA doesn’t plan to approve state hemp plans, which license farmers to grow industrial hemp for agricultural purposes, until fall.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Education are in Wolf Point this week investigating claims of racial discrimination.
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Federal investigators are in northeast Montana this week looking into alleged racial discrimination in public schools.

Three investigators from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Seattle region spent Monday speaking with Wolf Point School District administrators and families.