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. 

A tour bus entering Yellowstone Park from the West Yellowstone entrance.
Yellowstone National Park (PD)

Restrictions on air travel out of China due to the coronavirus are already having an impact on Montana’s tourism season. Businesses in West Yellowstone say bookings by Chinese tourists are down.

Herford cattle.
USDA

A Wyoming rancher was awarded nearly $340,000 last month after disputing wildlife managers’ initial offer to pay for several livestock killed by grizzlies and wolves. 

While the large payout is unusual, Montana ranchers say it’s calling attention to funding issues for livestock losses on this side of the border.

Ambulances at the Glacier County EMS facility.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

Imagine calling 911 for an ambulance and the dispatcher tells you there isn’t one available. That could soon be the case for many Glacier County residents. The county says its emergency medical services are close to folding amid the local government’s long standing financial woes.

Tourists at the Apgar Visitor Center in Glacier National Park.
GlacierNPS (PD)

Glacier National Park will continue offering free shuttle rides for visitors around the park in 2020. The service has been in question after Flathead County pulled out of its contract to run the shuttles.

Great Falls Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect they say likely placed a bomb threat on a local elementary school early Monday morning.
Great Falls Police Department

Great Falls Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect they say likely placed a bomb threat on a local elementary school early Monday morning.

Great Falls Police say the note found on Whittier Elementary made multiple bomb threats against area schools. District officials and several private schools canceled classes as police cleared buildings throughout the day.

Gray wolf. File photo.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (PD)

State wildlife managers in Montana’s northwest corner want to change wolf hunting regulations. Under a new proposal from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1, general hunting and trapping seasons for wolves would lengthen and the individual kill limit would double.

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A Whitefish broker was convicted in federal court Tuesday for his role in a multi-million-dollar scheme involving a fake Swiss investment company. A federal jury found Sean Finn guilty on multiple counts of wire and securities fraud.

Coronavirus
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In light of federal public health officials declaring coronavirus a public health emergency Friday, Montana officials are gearing up county and tribal public health departments to monitor people flying in from China.

Gavel.
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Federal prosecutors say the former executive director of a nonprofit working to bolster domestic violence services for Native women in Montana was a part of a scheme to steal federal grant money.

U.S. Attorney’s office charged the former executive director of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition Sheryl Lawrence Thursday.

Potter's Field Ministries operated Mudman Burgers in Columbia Falls, MT before closing down after allegations of abuse made in June 2019.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

Donations to an embattled Whitefish Christian ministry have dropped significantly since former workers alleged its leaders psychologically abused them and coerced them into largely unpaid labor. Potter’s Field Ministry is defending itself in several wage claim cases filed by former workers.

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