Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

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.


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 The state could lose 3,000 health care jobs if the ACA is repealed.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.


Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Most people buying Obamacare plans next year are likely to face a small increase in the price of monthly premiums, early numbers suggest. A few plans are asking for steep price hikes, but that's rare.


States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Montana could soon dial back laws that allowed defaulters to have their professional and driver's licenses revoked after failing to pay back debt.


Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

Friday, March 06, 2015

There's good news and bad news about electronic medical records. They're now in most doctors' offices — but most doctors still can't easily share them.


Montana Governor Declares State Of Emergency After River Oil Spill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

As much as 50,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Those who live in surrounding cities have been told not to drink tap water. In 2011, more than 60,0...


Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is on the move in Western states, with the governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana all working on deals with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid in ways tailored to each state.

But getting the federal stamp of approval is just the first hurdle. The governors ...


3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money, but their legislators may derail the efforts.