Nora Saks is a freelance radio and print journalist investigating themes of environmental justice in the Crown of the Continent and beyond.
She's currently a graduate student in the University of Montana's Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism Masters Program.
Having lived both north and south of the 49th parallel, she's inclined to use the term "bioregion" a little too frequently when describing her interest in exploring boundaries based on ecology rather than politics.
The Trump administration is taking credit for finalizing cleanup of one of America's biggest and most infamous Superfund sites: Butte, Montana. But the reality is more complicated.
Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.
Last summer's wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.
Montana has recently pushed all their young students indoors because of the unprecedented level of smoke from wildfires. Some community groups are now collaborating to clean up that indoor air.
With a lack of treatment options at the Fort Belknap reservation, the pair has sparked a grass-roots response to substance abuse by creating peer support groups, the only choice for many seeking help.