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Montana State University Billings is the first school in Montana and just the 24th in the nation to add women’s triathlon to its athletics department. It is the 16th varsity sport for the Division II school.

The Yellowjackets will likely begin their inaugural season fall 2019 with a pretty small roster, but Coach Kevin Bjerke is optimistic. 

Kay Erickson

Yellowstone County is one of very few counties in Montana that is responsible for burial of residents who passed away without family or financial resources.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at a podium.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio


Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Thursday announced the members of a new task force that will address missing and murdered indigenous persons throughout the state.

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.

VDL's Director Greg Juda and Montana's State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski pose in the serology lab room in Bozeman, May 08, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana’s only veterinary diagnostic laboratory plays a big role identifying diseases in livestock and pets. But their current facility in Bozeman is aging and has limited space. With a recently-hired, full-time director, the lab hopes to construct a new building to better serve the needs of animal owners and veterinarians across the state.

WildEarth Guardians / Flickr

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has determined that a portion of the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip, Montana, has reached its pre-development condition

Around 1000 acres of Rosebud Mine, Area E, have been re-soiled, reseeded, and reclaimed. 

That’s according to Chris Yde with Montana DEQ.

“It will basically be used for livestock grazing and wildlife habitat,” said Yde. “But now that we have released jurisdiction on it, it can go back to the post-mine landowners and then it will be up to the post-mine landowners to determine what it’s used for.”

Senator Steve Daines
Senator Steve Daines

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines on Wednesday introduced a bill to add a question about citizenship to the federal census in 2020.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, flanked by local law enforcement officials, speaks at a Project Safe Neighborhoods press conference in Billings May 8.
Nicky Ouellet


One year into a federal initiative aimed at reducing violent crime rates, law enforcement officials in Billings say they’ve curbed an upward trend.

The sun sets behind Montana State University's sculpture of Spirit, the school's mascot, April 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill Wednesday intended to protect free and peaceful demonstrations in all public outdoor places on college campuses.


Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester spoke on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday urging his colleagues to pass a handful of federal bills aimed at addressing what’s been called a crisis of missing and murdered Native American women and girls.

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