keila szpaller

keila szpaller

Keila Szpaller is deputy editor of the Daily Montanan and covers education. Before joining States Newsroom Montana, she served as city editor of the Missoulian, the largest news outlet in western Montana. She previously worked at the Great Falls Tribune and Missoula Independent, and she earned her master’s in journalism from the University of Montana.

Camping ground

Bill to open more walkup campsites in Montana sailing through Legislature

By: - March 10, 2023

Helping Montanans have a better shot at camping in state parks is a popular idea in the Montana Legislature. House Bill 440, which would limit the number of reserved campsites at 80%  to allow more walkups, passed unanimously in committee, and then it passed unanimously in the Montana House. Rep. Steve Gunderson, R-Libby, had said […]

Glacier National Park

As more Americans get to know the great outdoors, poop on public lands is becoming a problem

By: - May 4, 2022

“Go before you go.” That’s the advice Glacier National Park’s Bradley Blickhan has for hikers heading up a trail. Translation? Go to the bathroom before you go on your adventure. “We have a staff of wilderness rangers, and part of their job is to take care of these structures,” Blickhan said. “But we’re finding it […]

A wolf following a grizzly bear

When a bear tries to steal elk from wolves in Yellowstone National Park, here’s what happens

By: - February 21, 2022

Bears are thieves, among the predators that steal carcasses from wolves. A new study based partly in Yellowstone National Park sheds light on the interactions of these animals and how they compete for food, such as elk or moose. Aimee Tallian, lead author of the international study, said it’s one more puzzle piece that helps […]