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.

Planned Parenthood of Montana

Nonprofit sexual health care organization Planned Parenthood of Montana hits its 50th anniversary Saturday.

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A bill to establish a missing persons specialist in Montana is advancing to the Senate after a week in limbo.

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A piece of legislation intended to aid the investigation of missing indigenous people stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, but supporters aren’t giving up just yet.

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A resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, and their allies, held its grand opening in Billings this weekend.

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A 100-year-old Billings nonprofit that helps in-need families is expanding and moving into a new building that’s three times the size of its current facility. It’ll also be the site of a new food resource center for the eastern side of the state.

Jane McCracken with Billings Family Service lead a tour of the organization’s old building and thrift store in downtown Billings.

She walked through the food pantry in the back of the facility and pointed out a cart of groceries packed for a family of four.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

Authorities are handing out bottled water at Crow Agency in southeast Montana after water line breaks in an old tribal building left residents without clean water.

Multiple businesses have donated bottled water over the weekend, and authorities have provided port-a-potties.

Stell Passes of Crow Agency said her home has been without any water since Friday. She said she’s taken her kids to shower in Hardin and Billings, and she says her brother brought in water from Hardin.

She also said she’s been refilling the toilet water tank in her home.

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Montana State Parks is updating its outdoor recreation plan, which guides which city and county projects will receive federal funding over the next five years.

Every five years, Montana State Parks updates the Montana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP, which helps guide outdoor management.

SCORP also guides the selection process for which projects should receive grants from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund, which President Donald Trump permanently reauthorized Tuesday.

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People filled the room to capacity, and then some, at a 90s Drag Show this weekend in Billings.

A nonprofit drag group, the Countship of the Imperial Soverign Court of the State of Montana, organized the event. The Countship is part of a larger international organization and has chapters in different cities around the state.

The event this weekend could be a taste of what’s to come.

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Coal power plants in Wyoming and Montana are among those contaminating groundwater, as are most all coal plants, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice.

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The Montana legislature tabled a bill Tuesday that would have implemented country-of-origin-labeling on beef and pork.           

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