Rachel Cramer

Bozeman Reporter

Rachel Cramer is YPR’s Bozeman-based reporter. While her roots are in the rolling hills of southwest Iowa, Rachel fell hard for Montana during family vacations. She started working for Montana Public Radio as a website assistant while finishing a master’s degree at the University of Montana, and joined the news team in 2017. As an evening newscaster and reporter, she covered issues ranging from wolf-rancher conflict solutions to tech start-ups. Later that year, she was selected for a fellowship with Crossing the Divide, a cross-country reporting project developed by the GroundTruth Project and WGBH. Rachel and four other early-career journalists covered divisions in five communities across the US, partnered with local news outlets and visited high schools. Before joining YPR, Rachel worked for Threshold, an award-winning public radio and podcast based in Montana.

Bryan Wells, who is prominently featured in the documentary, stands in a forest in Paradise Valley, Montana.
Courtesy of Erik Petersen

A documentary about a community’s fight to stop a gold mine north of Yellowstone National Park will premiere Saturday at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Competition in Canada.

Grizzly bear sow & cub in Yellowstone. Stock photo.
Yellowstone National Park/public domain

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating several recent human-caused grizzly bear deaths in southwest Montana. 

A thermometer shows a reading of 100.5 F
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio


Six years ago, Montana State University Extension tried to stop development of 4-H curriculum related to climate change. Now extension is part of a new weather and climate learning lab that was recently adopted by the National 4-H Council.

 Montana State nursing students Kelley Bryan and Sean Barbula review notes Friday, August 2, in Bozeman.
Kelly Gorham / Montana State University

While over half of Montana’s population is considered rural, about 40 percent of the state’s primary health care providers are based in just three cities. That means many people don’t get the care they need or have to travel long distances to find it. A new program aims to change this by giving nurses additional education specific to working in rural communities.

Porcupine prescribed burn Custer Gallatin National Forest 2018.
Custer Gallatin National Forest


The Custer Gallatin National Forest Monday postponed several controlled burns in southwest Montana due to an incoming winter storm.

The Pollux Fire, shown in this August 4 image, burned 30 acres before being declared out October 2
Beau Kidd / Shoshone National Forest

Snow and colder temperatures have snuffed out the last four wildfires burning in Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzly bear track on a trail in Yellowstone National Park.
Public Domain

Correction: A previous version of this story stated the hunter was taken to Ruby Valley Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyoming. The Ruby Valley Medical Center is in Sheridon, Montana. YPR News regrets the error.

Another hunter survived a grizzly bear attack Tuesday in the western Gravelly Mountains. The attack happened between the Coal Creek Drainage and Eureka Basin Road, according to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It was about eight miles south of where three other hunters were injured last week in two separate grizzly bear attacks.

Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester announced legislation today he says addresses rising suicide rates among farmers.

Earlier this month, a second Wyoming man filed a federal lawsuit against the agribusiness giant, Monsanto. It’s one of more than 18,000 lawsuits claiming the world’s most widely used pesticide causes cancer and that Monsanto has tried to cover up the risks. Reports that some agricultural experts in Montana are concerned that growing public scrutiny could affect trade and take away a tool for farmers. Others say they’re already losing that tool as weeds become more resistant.

Montana healthcare professionals met this week to discuss how to support a person’s physical and mental health in the midst of reduced services.

Aaron Wernham is a family physician and CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation.

He says the idea of bringing behavioral health care providers into primary care practices in Montana started about 10 years ago.

What does it look like for a patient or for a healthcare provider on the ground?

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