MTPR

Nora Saks

Reporter

Nora Saks is a reporter and producer based in Butte, MT.

In addition to covering mostly Superfund news, she's busy launching a new podcast and series of public radio stories called Richest Hill over the next year.

This project will explore some of the big changes and tough questions facing the Mining City right now.

Follow our progress and support our efforts with Richest Hill by checking out www.buttepodcast.org

We're also very social: @buttepodcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Stay in touch: 978-966-5766 // nrv.saks@gmail.com

Four members of the Site Selectors Guild shared their thoughts on where Butte's economy could grow at the Butte Public Archives on July 13, 2018. (L-R) Jay Garner, Rajeev Thakur, Dean Foote, Jerry Szatan.
Nora Saks

If Butte is going to compete as a location for new businesses, it needs to grow its workforce, its service sector, and work on its appearance. That’s according to a group of outside experts.

David Dorian, an environmental health specialist with ATSDR, discusses a new exposure investigation at a public meeting at Anaconda High School. July 11, 2018.
Nora Saks

A federal public health agency is starting a new investigation to find out if contaminants left behind from a century of copper smelting in Anaconda still pose a risk to human health.

The study was announced Wednesday at Anaconda High School in front of a crowd of about 40 residents, and will be trying to answer the question, "Are exposures to arsenic and lead at levels currently that could adversely affect people’s health?"

Anaconda smelter stack as seen in 2007.
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This week, federal, state and local public health officials will be in Anaconda to update residents on their plan for studying health concerns related to the Anaconda Smelter Superfund site.

Butte-Silver Bow County's Parks and Recreation director J.P. Gallagher stands on a play feature designed to honor the carousel at the Columbia Gardens at Ridge Waters. June 25, 2018.
Nora Saks

I’m standing at the top of a tall tangle of bright red and blue slides at Ridge Waters, Butte’s brand new outdoor waterpark, as a teenage lifeguard gives a steady stream of dripping kids the green light to hop in, hang on, and ride down.

Thank You Butte!

Jun 28, 2018

We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Covellite Theatre on Wednesday to help us launch and celebrate Richest Hill!

You told us about your Butte, what you're curious and concerned about, and what stories you think deserve more attention. Your suggestions and ideas will help shape the reporting process for Richest Hill, and help us stay rooted to what matters to Butte.

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