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.

There are now thousands of people protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Last weekend, a team of student reporters from the University of Montana made the 12-hour drive to the Sacred Stone Camp to cover the media’s coverage of the protest.

A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Glacier National Park’s newest “bark ranger,” Gracie. Gracie the border collie has been working at Logan Pass this summer to help manage human interactions with wildlife. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet tagged along on one of Gracie’s morning rounds.

An off-duty Glacier National Park employee sustained non-life threatening injuries after surprising a bear in the Swiftcurrent Valley Saturday evening.

The woman was picking huckleberries a quarter mile off the Swiftcurrent Pass trail near Red Rock Falls when she startled what park officials believe was a sow grizzly bear.

Thursday was a big day in Glacier National Park.

The Park Service turned 100, and to celebrate, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a pilgrimage of sorts up Going to the Sun Road to see the park’s waning namesakes. She called it, "an incredible reminder of why the NPS was America's best idea."

Today is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Glacier National Park this morning. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet caught up with her and her entourage at Logan Pass.

Climate change was the focus of Secretary Jewell’s visit to Glacier, a focus strongly emphasized by Park Superintendent Jeff Mow.

The National Park Service turns 100 tomorrow. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Glacier and Yellowstone Parks to wish them happy birthday.

Secretary Jewell will tour Glacier National Park in the morning to see firsthand how climate change is affecting the park’s glaciers and resources.

Lincoln County may need to reimburse the Environmental Protection Agency for misspent grant money. The county gets a grant from the EPA to help reduce exposure to asbestos at Libby’s Superfund Site.

A job at the lumber mills in Columbia Falls was supposed to be the kind of job you’d have forever. But forever came to an end last Friday, when the Weyerhaeuser Company sawed its last logs at its lumber and plywood mills in the industrial heart of the Flathead Valley. The mills had been open since the late 1940s.

Fall construction season has begun in Glacier National Park. Since Monday, traffic along Going-to-the-Sun Road near the Rim Rocks area has been confined to a single lane as crews began repairing a rock wall blasted by avalanches in previous seasons. Visitors can expect delays of 15 minutes or less, says park spokesperson Tim Rains.

The backer of a proposed ballot measure to eliminate Montana’s medical marijuana program is seeking a court order to put the measure before voters this November.

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