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.

A sign for TC Energy on a fence with pieces of pipeline in the background.
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A U.S. district judge in Montana ruled Friday that tribal and environmental lawsuits against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline may go forward.

A panel of people in a room.
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Edit December 19, 2019: A former version of this article misstated the date of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources considered the bill on full and permanent LWCF funding. The commitee heard the bill November 19.

Some businesses in Billings are calling for Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. They say access to the outdoors helps them recruit and keep employees in eastern Montana.

A group of people holding signs calling for impeachment stand along a street sidewalk.
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Ahead of Wednesday's U.S. House vote on articles of impeachment, several hundred Montanans rallied across the state Tuesday night both to defend the president and to call for his removal from office.

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Correction December 12, 2019: This article has been updated to include that Sen. Jon Tester is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Environmental advocates and political leaders across Montana are pushing for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million, an amount the country hasn’t been close to since 1998.

The Rosebud Mine just outside of Colstrip, Montana.
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State regulators are seeking public comment on a proposed wastewater treatment plan as part of an expansion of the Rosebud coal mine in southeastern Montana. 

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NorthWestern Energy

Montana’s largest utility says it needs to generate more electricity to meet customer demand, even after announcing plans to increase its stake in the Colstrip coal-fired power plant earlier this week.

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A federal order that lumps electric bicycles in with traditional bikes has sparked concern among environmental advocacy groups who say that e-bikes could hurt trail traffic and ecology in the Pryor Mountains.

A sign reading "NorthWestern Energy" in silver type against a tan woodgrain background.
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Editor's Note 12/10: This story expands upon previous reporting on the same topic from Dec. 09.

Montana's largest utility company says it needs to nearly double its electricity generation to keep up with customer demands for power during winter freezes and summer heatwaves.

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The Rosebud Mine on Thursday announced it’s renewed a contract to supply Colstrip power plant Units 3 and 4 with coal until 2025.

Big Sky Economic Development has been in Billings for 30 years
Melanie Schwarz / Big Sky Economic Development

On Tuesday, the federal government awarded a Billings agency just over $2 million for business development in Yellowstone County.