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Edward O'Brien


Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

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Montana’s entire congressional delegation will attend Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president.

Montana’s Republican U.S. Rep., Matt Rosendale, who earlier this month voted to reject certain electoral votes that helped secure Biden’s victory, confirmed his plans this week on Fox News contributor Sara Carter’s podcast. 

Gov. Greg Gianforte is sending 150 Army National Guard soldiers to help with security duties in Washington D.C. for the upcoming presidential inauguration.

Screen capture from a National Weather Service video showing wind blowing snow off of Point Six mountain near Missoula at 10:30 a.m., January 13, 2021.
National Weather Service

Powerful winds whipped across the state Wednesday toppling trees, power poles and knocking out electricity to thousands of Montanans.

Anyone hiking Wednesday morning on Missoula’s Mount Sentinel, just east of the University of Montana got a lot more fresh air than they bargained for. 


Meteorologists last fall said Montana could be in store for a particularly cold and snowy La Niña winter. By late October, cold temperatures and record snowfall shattered regional records — but that wintery weather quickly gave way to much drier and mild conditions.

So what has happened to our winter, and what’s next?

Daily Montanan

  Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Lee Newspaper’s State Government Bureau Chief, Holly Michels, has provided comprehensive coverage of government and politics since 2015. We regret the original omission.

A new statewide, online news service is preparing to launch just in time for the start of Montana’s 67th legislative session. The fledgling non-profit project is called The Daily Montanan.

Organizers of a first-of-its kind homeless shelter in Missoula held a public question and answer session Wednesday, and heard from supporters and skeptics alike. 

The shelter is designed to house up to 40 people on Missoula’s south side.

Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences. (USFS)

Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withhold Endangered Species Act protection from wolverines in the lower 48 states. That’s where no more than 300 of the animals are thought to remain. 

U.S. Army Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over agricultural land during the Vietnam War
Huey Defoliation National Archives - Public domain

Congress Friday overwhelmingly passed the nation’s immense annual defense policy bill, which President Donald Trump has threatened to veto.

This year’s version of the defense bill expands health benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Christopher Newrider is a suspect in a December 8, 2020 homicide in Missoula.
via Missoula Police Department

Missoula Police Officers announced Wednesday evening that they have arrested the suspect in a deliberate homicide case.

William “Bill” Kittredge

Author, educator, and essayist William Kittredge died Friday in Missoula at the age of 88. Kittredge was raised in Oregon, but ended his life as a Montana icon.