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.

Montana lawmakers in Washington voted for and against two sets of opposing gun control measures Monday.

None of the four amendments, which were spurred on by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, passed the Senate votes.

Supervisors for the Flathead National Forest held an open house in Kalispell on Monday to answer questions about proposed revisions to its draft forest plan.

The plan provides long-term management goals and standards, and outlines the forest’s projected timber sales.

Last year, at least 265 kids in the U.S. found a gun, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot themselves or someone else. It wasn’t always fatal, but it’s something that very easily could have been avoided.

Shooting sports advocates and law enforcement officials met in Kalispell today to tell gun owners it’s their responsibility to keep their guns properly stored to keep kids and others in their community safe.

If you were plucked out of society right now, what would be there when you come back?

This was just one of the questions posed at a meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice on the Flathead Reservation on Tuesday.

In Montana, nearly 40 percent of adults who’ve been to prison end up going back.

On Tuesday state and tribal leaders are meeting with U.S. Department of Justice officials to talk about how to turn that around.

Hate groups. Anti-government radicals. White supremacists. These are taglines for a new documentary film featuring the cultural climate of the Flathead Valley.

Senator Jon Tester Thursday introduced the Flathead water compact in Congress. This is Montana’s final tribal water rights agreement, and has proven the most contentious.

  On the eve of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Billings tomorrow, Republican Representative Ryan Zinke became the twelfth congressman to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee.

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