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.

An "Open" sign for a business.
Deb Beatty Mel / Public Domain

Under phase one of Montana’s reopening plan, restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can open their doors Monday. Counties across the state are taking varying approaches in what’s required for businesses.

A temporarily closed sign is posted in an art gallery in Bozeman, Montana, March 18, 2020.
Rachel Cramer/Yellowstone Public Radio

Montanans who are self-employed, independent contractors or gig workers impacted by COVID-19 are now receiving unemployment payments.

Dale Sexton on a bike ride with his two daughters in Livingston, Montana.
Courtesy of Kristen Galbraith

As Montana wraps up its first week of the phased reopening plan, families across the state are feeling a whole spectrum of emotions as main street businesses unlock their doors and people leave their homes.

A manequinne in a black and white striped shirt shows in a window with a closed sign behind it.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Financial leaders in Montana say the majority of loan applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have been processed after some major roadblocks earlier in the week.

Host Jim Sargent on the left, Democratic candidate Mike Cooney on the top right and Democratic candidate Whitney Williams on the bottom right during the virtual debate Apr. 27, 2020.
Montana Right Now

The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary candidates debated virtually Saturday on agriculture and rural issues, each facing off against their respective party members.

The debate was hosted by the Montana Farmers Union, state and national cattlemen’s associations, and Northern Plains Resource Council.

Participants in one of the Women in Ranching Circles gather at the J Bar L Ranch near Twin Bridges, Montana in August 2019.
Courtesy of the Women in Ranching Program

Ranching can be an isolating profession in a good year. But the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the few staples of social contact women ranchers rely on. A program led by a woman in Garfield County, Montana is forging new ways of connecting that will likely outlast the pandemic.

The Ellen Theater in Bozeman, Montana,  the evening of March 30, 2020.
Rachel Cramer/Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana financial leaders are encouraging business owners to get their ducks in a row as more funding for the federal Paycheck Protection Program was approved by Congress Thursday.

Tracie Kenyon, President and CEO of Montana's Credit Unions, says small businesses, as well as non-profit organizations and co-ops, will likely get a second chance to receive forgivable loans to pay employees.

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Yellowstone National Park is gathering input from gateway communities, governors and federal agencies to develop a gradual reopening plan. 

The Partnership Health Center based out of Missoula.
Partnership Health Center website / Partnership Health Center

  Community health centers across Montana provide care to people who wouldn’t have access otherwise. While they’ve had to pivot with COVID-19, their expansion of tele-health and new ways of connecting with patients could stick around well after the current pandemic subsides.

A sign in the window of a restaurant in Bozeman, Montana outlines service options during COVID-19, Apr. 9, 2020.
Rachel Cramer/Yellowstone Public Radio

The Gallatin City-County Health Department said Friday it’s working with business owners and faith groups to coordinate a gradual reopening of non-essential services.