Nicky Ouellet

News Director

Nicky Ouellet covered Montana’s Flathead Valley at MTPR for three years before heading east to lead news coverage at Yellowstone Public Radio. She earned her Master’s in environmental and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana and studied English and Russian at Oberlin College. Prior to journalism, Nicky taught high school English on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Belgorod, Russia, and taught toddlers to shred powder on the Magic Carpet.

A federal judge in Missoula says the publisher of a neo-Nazi website should have to pay over $14 million to the victim of an internet trolling campaign.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch said in his recommendation Monday that Andrew Anglin should also have to remove all posts that encourage his readers to contact real estate agent Tanya Gersh.

Yellowstone Hall on Montana State University's campus in Bozeman
Montana State University

Montana State University will offer a centralized gun storage locker for students this fall. The new locker replaces locked gun storage units in student residence halls.

John Mues headshot

A second Montana Democrat has announced a campaign for U.S. Senate.

TransCanada said the Keystone XL pipeline will begin contruction in 2019.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

A coalition of conservation groups on Monday sued to stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribal Shield
Little Shell Tribe /

Montana’s Little Shell Tribe is closer than it’s ever been to becoming recognized by the federal government following a vote in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

A set of four smoking power plants stacks
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

In the wake of Talen Energy’s announcement that it plans to close units 1 and 2 at the Colstrip Power Plant by the end of the year - 3 years earlier than planned - NorthWestern Energy Wednesday warned Montana legislators of the potential for power shortages and higher electric bills. Green energy advocates pushed back against the dire outlook.

U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director Cathy Lacy speaks at a podium
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Billings became one of the first cities in the West to open a US Census Office Tuesday.

Woman Fishes On The Missouri River
Bureau of Land Management / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

A U.S. House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, would make $900 million available for expenditure annually.

The LWCF uses royalties from offshore oil and gas development to buy lands and make them public, and to fund other outdoor amenities, like fishing access sites along the Missouri River in Montana.

Malmstrom Air Force Base main gate, 2008.
Public Domain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is no longer considering using Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls to house unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border.

A scubadiver holds quagga mussels scooped from the bottom of Lake Michigan in September 2017.
Nicky Ouellet

The Montana Invasive Species Council wants feedback on its plan for what the state and its partners should do if new infestations of weeds, pests and wildlife diseases are detected in the state.