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Nicky Ouellet

Yellowstone Public Radio News Director

Nicky Ouellet is the  Yellowstone Public Radio news director and MTPR's former Flathead-area reporter.

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NorthWestern Energy is asking state utility regulators to sign off on the company’s request to increase their customers’ electric bills by $23.8 million for one year. This surcharge is in addition to a $6.5 million rate increase commissioners approved late last month.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has started the process to lift quarantine restrictions on Canyon Ferry Reservoir following a third year of no detections of invasive mussels.

Montana wildlife officials say a mule deer buck harvested during archery season northeast of Joliet tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering rewards for information in four new poaching cases in Big Timber, Hamilton and north of Billings.

Responses to a survey released Thursday show strong support for increasing taxes in Montana to fund conservation projects. At the same time, respondents said they want out-of-staters to pay more.

 

Two Montana men filed lawsuits Wednesday against the Boy Scouts of America and its Montana affiliate over alleged sexual abuse by Scout leaders. 

As fire season winds down, managers are intentionally setting fire to brush piles, slash and even large sections of forests in an effort to prevent out of control wildfires in future seasons. A group of scientists from Montana and Idaho recently published a paper arguing that strategies like these should be part of a radical rethinking of how people in the West live with fire.

Montanans posed questions about the impeachment inquiry, improving rural healthcare and the latest news on trade negotiations to Democratic Senator Jon Tester at a face-to-face town hall in Billings Thursday.


Montana wheat farmers say they’ve been given a “glimmer of hope” with an initial trade deal reached this week between the U.S. and local grain growers’ largest buyer: Japan.


The first discovery of an invasive snail west of the Continental Divide in Montana is pushing wildlife officials to quarantine a fish hatchery south of Hamilton.

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