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Shaylee Ragar

Capitol Reporter

Shaylee Ragar is Montana Public Radio’s Capitol reporter. She previously worked for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, covered the Legislature for the UM Legislative News Service and interned with MTPR as a student. She graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2019.

When the M-44 trap is set, only the capsule holder and capsule protrude above ground level.
Guy Connely - U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition from an environmental organization to ban M-44 devices, known as cyanide bombs, on public lands.

The EPA responded that it will not take immediate action to ban M-44s as requested, but will continue with its normal registration review process. This means the devices could be banned in the future.


A male grizzly bear cub was killed by a train near Columbia Falls last week, adding to the abnormally high number of bear mortalities in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem this year.

In the last month two adult female grizzlies were also found dead, due to natural causes, near Hungry Horse. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports 48 bear mortalities this year.

FWP labels any bear removed from an ecosystem as a mortality, so not all have died. Some are moved to another region or accredited zoo.

Mule deer.

Hunters in northwest Montana improved their success rate last weekend. Hunters harvested 64 buck mule deer last weekend, compared to the 26 harvested this time last year.

"The bucks are just out running around a lot more than before," says Dillon Tabish, a spokesperson for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Karen Davidson (middle), 70, in Basin said she is not concerned about voter fraud in Montana because there are a “thousand little old ladies” across the state to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Shaylee Ragar, UM Journalism

It takes thousands of people to make sure Montana’s elections run smoothly. Shaylee Ragar was at the polls in Basin earlier today, where she spoke with Karen Davidson, a self-proclaimed 70-year-old “little old lady” who’s been volunteering as an election official for the past eight years or so.

The organizer of the conference that’s bringing former Presidential Adviser Steve Bannon to speak on the University of Montana campus says Bannon has credibility with those coming to the conference.

Adrian Cheok organized the International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, which happens at UM December 10 through the 14. It covers research topics like virtual reality and gaming technologies.

Canada’s most popular film this year will be shown in Montana as part of an Indigenous Cinema Series in Missoula.

The film called "Indian Horse" is based on a novel written by Ojibway author Richard Wagamese. It tells the story of an Ojibway boy in Ontario, Canada torn from his family and placed in a notorious Canadian Catholic residential school.

Steve Bannon, former presidential adviser to Donald Trump, speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Former Presidential Adviser Steve Bannon is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a conference on the University of Montana campus in Missoula December 10.

The International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology is billed on its website as a scientific forum on research in entertainment computing.


Montana’s hunting season opened this weekend with low success rates across the state, especially in west-central areas, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

FWP checkpoint stations near Bonner and Darby recorded the lowest combined totals of elk and deer harvests on an opening weekend since 1999.

Two Dot is in Wheatland County, between White Sulpher Springs and Harlowton
Mike Cline

A grizzly bear killed a cow calf early this week near Two Dot in central Montana, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

“It’s in an area that bears haven’t been for several decades,” says FWP Spokesperson Greg Lemon.

Matt Rosendale
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint against U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm.

The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center alleges in the Federal Election Commission complaint filed Monday that the Montana Republican and the gun-rights group illegally coordinated an NRA ad buy this month.