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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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Pre-evacuation notices were lifted Tuesday for about 20 homes threatened by the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena in Jefferson County. Strong winds caused the fire to grow quickly this weekend.

John Tubbs, Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says he doesn't know how those homes were spared.

COVID-19 guidelines for tourists during phase 2 of Montana's reopening.
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On June 1, Montana will enter into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney and YPR's Nicky Ouellet explain what that means for individuals, businesses and tourists.

Find more information about what COVID-19 restrictions are in place in Montana.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry issued more than 55,000 unemployment payments totaling $60 million last week.

The total includes regular unemployment payments, expanded pandemic assistance and the $600 weekly addition from the federal CARES Act.

Governor Steve Bullock May 7 announced gyms, movie theaters and museums may reopen beginning next Friday, May 15, with limited capacity and new requirements for social distancing and sanitation.

Ballots for Montana’s all mail primary election will be sent out Friday, May 8.

Montana is offering $123 million through new emergency grant programs to small businesses, non-profits and individuals impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic starting May 7.

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With mail-ballots for the upcoming June 2 primary election hitting mailboxes this Friday, candidates are taking advantage of online forums to get their message out to voters. This weekend, the Montana Farmers Union, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Cattlemen Association and the United States Cattlemen Association, hosted candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat in a virtual debate. It focused on agriculture and rural issues.

MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney spoke with Yellowstone Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet about how the candidates tried to stand out from the pack.

Mail ballots for Montana's June 2 primary go out this Friday. This weekend, Democrats and Republicans vying for Montana's governor's seat faced off in a virtual debate hosted by the Montana Broadcasters Association. Corin Cates-Carney, with the help of Nicky Ouellet, recap the gubernatorial debate.

A council of city, county and business leaders appointed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is recommending the state allocate its $1.25 billion in federal relief money into three categories of state and local governments, economic assistance and unforeseen impacts.

The Crow Tribe is extending its stay at home order to May 14.

In an executive order issued Apr. 30, Chairman AJ Not Afraid writes it’s essential for tribal members and residents to stay at home to the maximum extent possible to protect public health and human safety on the Crow Reservation.

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