Montana Public Radio

Beau Baker

News Anchor, Board Operations Specialist & Audio Producer/Engineer

Beau is a former Morning Edition host and producer and engineer for the MTPR program "Capitol Talk." He worked as a reporter, and hosted Freeforms once a month.

Beau is a recent graduate of the University of Montana's School of Journalism. He hails from Moscow, Idaho where he grew up listening to public radio. He cut his radio teeth at the University of Idaho's student run station KUOI as a DJ and News Director. When not on the air, he is on a bicycle, on foot or on the hunt for LPs.    

The city of Missoula will get $1.1 million in federal grants to support environmental cleanup and property rehabilitation in and around a contaminated Montana Rail Link Park site.

Doctor or nurse holding a clipboard.
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Federal assistance through the CARES Act is making its way to Montana health centers to help combat the costs of the COVID 19 epidemic. The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA.

Montana is entitled to $9.1 million to support 14 health centers across the state. According to HRSA, that money must be put to use to prevent, respond to or prepare for the novel coronavirus.

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Update: We've postponed these events until further notice out of concern for your health and the health of our employees.

We look forward to hearing from you later this year after we've rescheduled.


People gather in Missoula to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border, June 20, 2018.
Clare Menahan

Eight rallies in Montana Saturday will be part of nationwide events taking aim at the Trump administration's immigration policy of separating children from their families.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently awarded $50,000 to the Vital Ground Foundation to support its Glen Willow conservation easement north of Choteau.
Herrera

A new conservation project intended to prevent grizzly bear conflicts along the Rocky Mountain Front is getting private funding to help it move forward.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced Tuesday that it recently awarded $50,000 to the Vital Ground Foundation to support its Glen Willow conservation easement north of Choteau.

Suicide rates rose across the U.S. from 1999 to 2016.
Centers for Disease Control

The suicide rate in Montana is more than twice the national average, that’s according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the counties with the highest suicide rate in Montana is Butte/Silver Bow. Karen Sullivan is the Health Officer for Butte Silver Bow. MTPR's Beau Baker spoke with Sullivan about why suicide rates are so high in Montana.

View Of The North Fork of The Flathead River Near Ford Cabin.
Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park are continuing to seek public input on a new comprehensive river management plan for the three forks of the Flathead River. 

A total of 219 miles of the Flathead are designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The Act was intended to safeguard the special character of certain U.S. rivers. As part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Flathead is subject to federal planning to preserve and protect its outstanding natural value, including the various wildlife that call the river home.

Flooding in Augusta, MT, June 19, 2018.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Heavy rain falling along the Rocky Mountain Front over the last several days has triggered flooding and road closures in and around the town of Augusta, and closed all the roads into the town.

Suicide rates rose across the U.S. from 1999 to 2016.
Centers For Disease Control

Montana has the highest suicide rate in the country.

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