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Edward O'Brien


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

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A fifth Montanan now faces federal charges for his alleged involvement with the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. 

The federal government has charged Boyd Allen Camper on four counts, including disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol Building or grounds, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in Capitol buildings.

Larry Hufford
University of Montana

The dean of University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences has resigned after eight months on the job. Larry Hufford stepped down last week to move into a faculty position in the Division of Biological Science.

U.S. Capitol

Montana’s congressional delegation split directly along party lines over passage of the $1.9-trillion COVID relief bill.

The new Southwest Montana Veterans' Home welcomed its first resident Monday. The grand opening is a big deal in Butte, where regional veterans have waited nearly 30 years for a facility to call their own.

80-year-old Bill Davis is the first of what will eventually be 60 veterans to call the $20 million facility home.

Montana Streamflow Forecast as of March 05, 2021.
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Montana’s snowfall last month increased the likelihood of near- to slightly above-normal spring and summer streamflows.

February is typically one of Montana’s drier months, but Lucas Zukiewicz says this February may wind up being one of those rare and fortunate exceptions.

A VA nurse gives one of 400 veterans their COVID-19 vaccine at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2021.
Aaron Bolton

The Veterans Administration’s handling of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout took center stage at two separate events this week, one in Montana the other on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing Wednesday to update Congress on the massive effort to vaccinate the nation’s veterans

NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

An estimated 6,000 people spent their lunch hour with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, headlined a noontime online lecture [full audio] hosted by the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Gianforte repealed Montana’s mask mandate Friday. Many Montana health officials say it’s too soon, and some are keeping local masking requirements.

Gianforte’s directive, issued Friday morning, says, "Montanans are encouraged to wear masks." That’s a departure from the face covering requirement issued by former Gov. Steve Bullock last July

Rep. Matt Rosendale
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s U.S. Representative, Republican Matt Rosendale, will serve on two congressional committees of relevance to Montanans.