Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

The Supreme Court hears a case with implications for the shrinking Colorado River

Monday, March 20, 2023

The Navajo Nation says the federal government isn't delivering water it's owed from the Colorado River. The case could affect how much water is available for non-tribal uses.


In Idaho, America's first, and only, cobalt mine in decades is opening

Saturday, October 08, 2022

The first cobalt mine in the United States in decades opened Friday in Idaho amid rising demand for the metal, which is a key component in electric vehicle batteries.


Workers Scared As Trump Orders Meat Plants To Open During Coronavirus Crisis

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The president invoked the Defense Production Act after more than a dozen beef, pork and poultry plants across the country shut down either temporarily or indefinitely in the past few weeks.


'Steel City' No More, Pueblo Reinvents Itself And Its Politics

Monday, March 02, 2020

Unlike postcard mountain resort towns, or Denver's booming, high-tech corridor, Pueblo is Colorado's faded industrial relic. But it's finding ways to grow into its next chapter.


Private Companies Are Paying To Keep Roads Groomed, Bathrooms Cleaned In Yellowstone

Friday, January 04, 2019

Because of the partial government shutdown, some national parks are closing because employees aren't working and both trashcans and toilets are overflowing. Yellowstone has found a work-around.


FCC Investigates Widespread CenturyLink Outage That Disrupted 911 Service

Friday, December 28, 2018

The FCC chairman called CenturyLink's widespread telecom outage unacceptable and says an investigation will start immediately.


Who Is Responsible For Burned Trees After A Wildfire?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Falling trees after a wildfire pose a threat to both people and rebuilding. And trees that pose a hazard may be a homeowner's responsibility to remove.


After Midterm Defeat, Advocates For Montana's Medicaid Expansion Turn To Legislature

Thursday, November 08, 2018

If a funding extension can't be hammered out in the Montana Legislature, the state could be the first to undo an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


Big Tobacco Spends Big To Block A Tax And Medicaid Expansion In Montana

Friday, November 02, 2018

If the state's ballot initiative to fund Medicaid's expansion passes, it will mean a $2-per-pack increase in taxes on cigarettes and a new tax on electronic cigarettes.


How The Kavanaugh Nomination Battle Is Playing Out In Montana's Senate Race

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is playing out in Senate races around the country, including Montana, where Republicans hope the issue will help them unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester.


Veterans' Issues Take Center Stage In Montana Politics

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester helped sink the nomination of Ronny Jackson to lead the VA. President Trump and other Republicans hope to use the controversy to defeat Tester in the election.


Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

About a quarter of Native Americans report experiencing discrimination in health care, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Montana Wildfires Reignite Logging Debate

Thursday, September 21, 2017

An epic wildfire season in Montana has conservatives blaming environmentalists for blocking logging projects, but scientists say climate change is making fire seasons longer and more intense.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.