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Rachel Cramer

Reporter

Rachel Cramer is a reporter for Yellowstone Public Radio

Roller derby is sometimes described as playing speed chess on wheels while someone throws bricks at your head. Team Montana made a splash at the national all-star tournament last year and is preparing to exceed expectations once again.

At the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman, the Haynes Pavilion fills up with roller derby fans. A woman with bright blue hair, a professor in a zip-up sweater and some guys in plaid all sit in the same bleacher section.

They’re here to watch Gallatin Roller Derby compete against Helena’s Helz Belles.

Yellowstone National Park staff are working to reroute backpackers southeast of Yellowstone Lake after the Brimstone Fire grew to an estimated 80 acres Wednesday evening.

Yellowstone National Park closed a backcountry campsite in the southeast part of the park due to a new half-acre wildfire Tuesday.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality opened a 30-day public comment period Tuesday for a proposed major revision at Spring Creek Coal Mine in southeast Montana. The revision could allow about 72 million tons of coal to be mined.

Montana Senator Jon Tester sent an invitation Tuesday to President Donald Trump to meet wheat producers in Big Sandy. It comes in response to concerns over the President’s recent comments mocking the role of wheat in trade deals with Japan.

A small lightning-caused fire started Sunday in Yellowstone National Park as fire danger shifted from moderate to high.

U.S. Drought Monitor Map of Montana, August 13, 2019.
Richard Tinker / CPC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP

The governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee almost cancelled its monthly meeting Thursday because there isn’t really a drought issue in Montana right now.

Rachel Cramer with Yellowstone Public Radio News reports that committee members say moisture conditions look good for most of the state, and fire activity is expected to remain moderate.

While a federal agency recently reauthorized a poison used in a predator-killing cyanide trap, more states are banning or limiting where they can be used. That includes around 10 million acres of public land in Wyoming.

Several days after deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Montana State University police officers ran through their annual active shooter training. It came almost a month after a shelter-in-place order on campus and a few weeks before thousands of students arrive for the fall semester.

Two private companies that operate the general stores, lodges and campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park received the green light to build more seasonal employee housing.

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