Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

Montana Fire Season Reaches Dangerous New Level

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Fire season in Montana has reached a dangerous new level. Blazes are growing and now threatening larger towns as the state is running out of money to fight them.

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The Costs Of Fighting Wildfires In Montana

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A massive wildfire is burning in Montana. But the money needed to fight the fires is becoming an issue.

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Montana Insurers Say Medicaid Cuts Would Drive Up Cost Of Private Health Plans

Friday, July 07, 2017

Montana's three main health insurance firms say the Republican Senate's proposed cuts to Medicaid, and any plan to repeal the individual mandate, could drive up health costs for everyone.

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On Eve Of Election, Montana GOP Candidate Charged With Assault On Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Greg Gianforte's campaign claimed The Guardian's Ben Jacobs was the aggressor and knocked both men down, but an audio recording and witnesses suggested otherwise, and authorities cited Gianforte.

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Candidates Confront GOP Health Care Bill In Montana Special Election

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Health care is on the minds of many potential voters in Montana, but the House health bill itself is unlikely to sway entrenched Republican voters in the special election next week.

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A Singing Cowboy, A Millionaire And Rifles Dominate Montana Special Election

Monday, May 01, 2017

Democrats hope a singing cowboy in Montana will become their party's latest candidate to mobilize enthusiasm and money against Republicans in a special election for the state's only U.S. House seat.

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Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Veterans Choice program was supposed to make it quicker and easier for vets to see a doctor by paying for private-sector care. But it's ended up being slower and more complicated.

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Before Cars Come In, Bikes Accompany Bison In Yellowstone

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Yellowstone National Park is often overwhelmed by cars. But right now, only bicycles are allowed on some popular park roads. But bikers have to be ready to dodge bears, wolves and other wildlife.

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Obamacare Brought Jobs To Indian Country That Could Vanish With Repeal

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Many Native Americans have shifted to the Affordable Care Act for health coverage, and in rural Montana that's created jobs. The state could lose 3,000 health care jobs if the ACA is repealed.

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Interior Nominee Familiar With Issues, But Worries Environmentalists

Monday, January 16, 2017

Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing is scheduled for this week. Energy developers and tribal leaders are cheering. But environmentalists are wary of the Montana congressman.

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Montana May Be Model For Future Medicaid Work Requirement

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Obama administration has said no to many states' requests to take more control over Medicaid. But the incoming Congress and new White House team may be more amenable.

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Feds Say More People Should Try Dialysis At Home

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Nationwide, fewer than 10 percent of people who need kidney dialysis do it at home. But close to 40 percent of patients of a Montana doctor do it at home. Medicare is hoping that becomes a trend.

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Fish Killing Disease Shuts Down Stretch Of Yellowstone River In Montana

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Results are in from a preliminary investigation into the fish killing disease that's caused the unprecedented closure of a long stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana.

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For Mont. Fire Evacuees, Forest Thinning Didn't Happen Soon Enough

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Firefighters call the Roaring Lion Fire one of the worst they've ever seen. A common refrain among evacuees: The Forest Service should more aggressively thin forests to prevent fires and create jobs.

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What's Being Done To Curb Dangerous Behavior At Yellowstone?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

So far this tourist season, there have been two fatal accidents at Yellowstone National Park. And, you may have heard about the baby bison that had to be euthanized after tourists put it in their car.

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Army Corps Of Engineers Blocks Pacific Northwest Coal Terminal

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In a blow to the coal industry, a new terminal in the Pacific Northwest was denied approval after opposition from environmental groups and a debate between local Native American tribes.

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U.S. Proposes Removing Yellowstone Grizzly Bears From Endangered Species List

Friday, April 22, 2016

Grizzly bears in Yellowstone may soon lose protection from the federal government. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed taking the bears off the endangered species list, saying the population has recovered to a self-sustaining number. Opponents dispute that, in part because they say federal biologists aren't sufficiently accounting for climate change threatening their food sources.

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Signups Exceed Expectations For Montana's Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Almost twice as many people as expected have signed up for Medicaid, and it has saved Montana $3 million so far, according to a progress report. But the program still has critics.

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With Futures Tied To Mining, Some Montana Towns Seek New Ways To Get By

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mining moves in boom-and-bust cycles. It's busting right now as metals prices are the lowest they've been in years. In states like Montana, that means small mining towns are looking for other options.

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Grizzly Bear May Be Euthanized After Hiker Is Mauled To Death

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A grizzly bear believed responsible for the death of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park has been captured. Critics say the bear shouldn't be killed for simply acting naturally.

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