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Kay Erickson

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.

Kay is also a writer for Yellowstone Valley Woman’s Magazine.

It is snowing across Montana and that will impact the commute both Monday night and Tuesday morning for western, central and south central regions of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and weather advisories this afternoon through noon Tuesday with anticipated heavy snow, low visibility and quickly changing road conditions. Snow accumulations could be up to 10 inches in some areas.


Nearly 10 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs in recent years, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.


A grizzly bear that had been feasting on cattle along the Rocky Mountain Front near Rogers Pass was captured and killed last week.

The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snow will fall Wednesday morning, just in time for the morning commute and when children will be heading off to school.

A party-line vote late in a Montana House committee Friday is advancing the controversial bill that gives NorthWestern Energy incentives to buy a larger share of the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip.
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The National Weather Service is calling it a historic winter storm, bringing strong winds, heavy, wet and blowing snow and record cold temperatures to much of Montana starting tonight. As residents prepare for this early winter event so is a major utility.

A winter storm at this time of year means there are still leaves on the trees and tree damage is likely. And that means downed power lines.


Ten percent of Montana high school students say they’ve attempted suicide in the past year, according to a statewide survey released last month. The percentage of Montana highschoolers who report being depressed is at a 20 year high.

This Saturday, athletes from Billings’ three public high schools will work together to raise money and awareness for a group of their fellow students.

If you enjoy films, Billings is the place to be this week when five days of some of the best independent films from around the country will play on movie screens downtown.


ZooMontana, the only zoo and botanical garden in the state, achieved a major milestone today.

A kookaburra named Sidney laughs at ZooMontana. She's just one of the over 80 animals that live at the only true zoological and botanical park within a 500 miles radius of Billings. She could be announcing that her home on the west end of Billings was just granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ independent accreditation commission.

 

Between 1901 and 1922, 17 libraries from Missoula to Miles City and Havre to Dillon were built in Montana. There’s a new book that takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, when the generosity of a Scottish immigrant and the vision of 17 Montana communities brought libraries to the far reaches of the state.

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