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Rachel Cramer


Rachel Cramer is a reporter for Yellowstone Public Radio

Organizers in Bozeman are calling for more support for Black students at Montana’s largest university and for businesses to commit to anti-racist policies. One organization is gearing up to offer workshops on understanding race.

Many economists say the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has helped prevent broad economic collapse in the U.S. But they say transparency will be key in understanding how well the program actually worked. Yellowstone Public Radio News’s Nicky Ouellet spoke with Rachel Cramer who’s been reporting on the PPP in Montana and new rules to make it easier for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.

Hundreds of people lie on N 27th St. and Second Ave. N in protest of police brutality at the Justice for George Floyd & Black, Indigenous and People of Color In Our Community/World in Billings June 7, 2020.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Over the past week thousands of people across Montana turned out for locally-organized rallies in support of black Americans and against police brutality. The rallies drew disparate crowds, and while talk got heated at times, the events remained non-violent.

Health officials say the results from wastewater sampling in West Yellowstone align with five new COVID-19 cases.

While most Montana schools decided to finish out the year online, some of the smaller, more rural districts opted to reopen under new guidelines. Cottonwood Elementary in Gallatin County started in-person learning last week.


Demonstrators continue to gather in cities across Montana in response to the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

While survey results released on May 29 show people are feeling safer to travel, over 90 percent of Montana’s tourism businesses say they expect a long, slow recovery from COVID-19.


June typically kicks off Montana’s busiest wedding season. But this year, couples and small businesses are navigating the ripple effects of COVID-19. 

All five entrances to Yellowstone National Park will be open to day-use visitors starting Monday at 10 am. Visitors will once again be able to access the park via the three Montana entrances next to West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City. Yellowstone’s two less-trafficked Wyoming entrances have been open since May 18.

Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on an updated proposal to replace, improve and expand existing Wi-Fi access in some areas.