Montana Public Radio

Aaron Bolton

Flathead Reporter

Aaron is Montana Public Radio's Flathead reporter. He joined us in 2019 from Alaska where he reported on commercial fisheries and rural issues. 

Scientists measuring the terminus of Grinnell Glacier, in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park

Last week, Glacier National Park announced that it will be changing signs warning that its signature glaciers would disappear by 2020. The park says the signs, put in more than a decade ago, were based on the best available predictions at the time.

Montana Public Radio’s Aaron Bolton spoke about what changed with Caitlyn Florentine, a research physical scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center.

A deer showing signs of chronic wasting disease.
Donald Savoy / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Thirteen percent of the white-tailed deer in the town of Libby could be infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD), the highest prevalence rate in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said this fall’s sampling efforts determined prevalence is almost three times the agency’s threshold for more aggressive management actions.

Sen. Steve Daines at President Trump's rally at Missoula International Airport. Oct. 18, 2018.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The Republican members of Montana’s congressional delegation are offering unwavering support of President Trump after the assassination of Iran’s Military General Qasem Soleimani. But others are questioning the situation.

Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest announced Friday that it has a new leader. Kurt Steele will replace former Forest Supervisor Chip Weber who retired earlier this month.

Avalanche danger for Jan. 07, 2020 in the Idaho panhandle and western Montana.
Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Silver Mountain Ski Resort in the Idaho Panhandle announced Tuesday that an avalanche killed one skier and injured five others. The slide follows wet, heavy snowfall over the past couple of days, which is also keeping avalanche danger high in the backcountry.

Bull trout
flickr/USFWS Headquarters

Anglers will no longer be able to harvest bull trout in Lake Koocanusa due to a declining population of the threatened species.

Ambulance
iStock

Glacier County is no longer transferring patients from the U.S. Indian Health Service’s Browning facility to other hospitals. The county is now suing the IHS, saying the federal agency owes over $1.8 million for ambulance rides dating back to 2014. IHS says it can’t verify the county’s claim.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Courtesy Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare is facing a second lawsuit over its handling of a data breach last year of up to 130,000 patients' medical and financial information. Court documents allege the hospital was negligent in its cyber security practices and put patients at risk by not immediately alerting them about the breach. 

The Cabinet-Yaak grizzly recovery zone is split by the Kootenai River. The Yaak lies to the north. The Cabinets to the south.
Corin Cates-Carney

Three engines and several train cars derailed Wednesday evening along the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, in the Idaho panhandle near the Montana border. One of the locomotives is leaking an undisclosed amount of diesel into the river, which is a tributary of the Columbia River.

Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

It’s been three years since a prominent neo-Nazi website called for a “troll storm” of internet harassment against Jewish people in Whitefish.  Through that chaos and threats of violence, community organizers, city officials and residents learned how to systematically push back against white supremacy. That success has become a model for others.

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