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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More Wyoming residents favor the legalization of marijuana than at any time in the past four years. That’s according to a survey of around 600 randomly selected people conducted by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming.

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The number of sexual transmitted diseases is growing annually in Montana, including Yellowstone, Montana’s most populous county. Officials suspect hook-up apps may be contributing to those rising stats.

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Native Americans in the Billings-area now can use a clinic tailored to their needs. The Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Clinic fills the void after the abrubt closure of a clinic 18 months ago by the Indian Health Board of Billings.

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This year’s fire season has passed. Now, fire managers are looking ahead to next year’s season. Setting low-intensity, “prescribed” fires is part of keeping forests healthy.

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In recent years, pop culture has seen the transformation of the traditional horror movie monster into the romantic antihero. But in Billings, some local filmmakers and actors are keeping the horror alive just in time for Halloween. They filmed the movie last year, and “The Blood Hunter” premiered this past weekend.

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The school bus driver shortage has ended in the Bozeman School District after enough drivers were found to restore four routes canceled at the beginning of the fall semester.

Bozeman School District Superintendent Rob Watson says more drivers have been hired to ensure all of the students who depend on the bus service now have a way to get back and forth to classes.

“That’s a pretty important service for our community and our students and families and so it’s great news to have those routes up and running again.”

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The “One in Five Film Festival” gets underway today in Billing, and it’s designed to encourage discussion and raise awareness about sexual assault.

Organizers say they’ve chosen a couple of documentaries the festival has featured before - they’re well-made and thought provoking.

But while the films aren’t exactly new, the perspective of audience members might be.

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There's a lot at stake for the future of the Affordable Care Act in next month's general election.

Voters say health care is among their top concerns and, here in Montana, people are paying attention to what the candidates are saying about "Obamacare" and coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions.

Years after it was approved, the ACA, or Obamacare, has a lot of public support, and there's a lot of opposition to the program too.

Billings artist Gordon McConnell taps into the movies of Hollywood’s Golden age as inspiration for his paintings and multi-media pieces.

He also uses some iconic Western images in his artwork, like stagecoaches and bison.

“I love those animals, and I love going through the Lamar Valley. I’ve had experiences being out on those roads even at night and driving into a bison herd on the road and listening to their stomachs rumbling. It’s quite a wonderful experience.”

A wide swath of wilderness north of Yellowstone National Park will be protected from new mining claims over the next two decades.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an order that protects 30-thousand acres in Montana's Paradise Valley after proposals were introduced to start two new gold mines there.