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.

Just two weeks after a U.S. Senate hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women, the body of 14-year-old Henny Scott was found on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Southeast Montana.

She was one of countless indigenous women and girls who have gone missing in cities and rural communities across the United States and Canada. Many have not been found.

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New Year’s resolutions tend to be the butt of an ongoing joke, especially when the resolution is to get in shape. It’s often viewed as a short-lived aspiration specific to the month - or months - following New Year's.

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A partial shutdown of the federal government has left national parks understaffed, including one of Montana’s biggest tourist-attractions: Yellowstone National Park.

The park is a massive revenue generator for the gateway communities, and at least one community is making sure that remains true.

The north entrance is open, and the tour companies, restaurants, and other businesses in Gardiner are running as usual.

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The average person's life is wrapped up in the internet, texting, and social media, so how far can we get from the siren call of our cell phones?

This summer, a Montana-based tourism company will cater to residents of big cities who want to explore the state without being “plugged in.”

Austin Adventures’ Dave Austin, has designed several trips that include a digital detox pledge.

“I don’t know if everyone has the discipline to put their phones away, right?” he said. “And this makes us the bad guys.”

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A disease that slowly kills animals like deer and elk has been found in Montana.

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A drought last year in Eastern Montana and the Dakotas may not have been caused by climate change, but climate change may make such extreme events more likely. That’s what NOAA’s Andy Hoell and his fellow researchers wrote in a paper included in this month’s Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

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The number of babies in Montana who are exposed to drugs before they’re born is growing rapidly. The percentage tripled for moms on Medicaid between 2010 and 2016, from four to 12 percent.       

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One artist in Billings is trying to spread the love for some of Montana's smaller and less-appreciated animals.

Marian Lyman Kirst catches insects she finds around Billings. She then brings them home and uses extreme close-up photography to capture their unique beauty.

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It’s half-way through the eight-day festival of lights, known as Hanukkah. The student Rabbi from  Congregation Beth Aaron shares some of his reflections during this holiday, that began Sunday, against the backdrop of the challenges faced recently by the Jewish community.

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Montana health officials are taking advantage of World AIDS Day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.