Judge dismisses lawsuit to block tree-thinning project near Helena

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a tree-thinning project in the Elkhorn Mountains near Helena. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Monday rejected arguments by Native Ecosystems Council and Montana Ecosystem Defense Council that the project conflicts with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest plan and needs deeper environmental analysis. The goal is to improve foraging and habitat for several animals, including elk, deer, moose, trout and birds.

Few details are being released about a police shootout and standoff in Deer Lodge

Few details are being released about a police shootout and standoff in Deer Lodge Monday morning. Powell County High School was placed on lockdown as the incident unfolded a few blocks away from the campus, according to a press release. One person was taken to Deer Lodge Medical Center after being shot, the press release states. Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard said the state Department of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case.

Empty classes at Carroll College could force cutbacks

Empty classes at Carroll College could force cutbacks. Officials said undergraduate enrollment is declining and has led to a budget deficit at the college, but hope remains that the campus can make up for the shortfall in the spring, as returning students and transfers begin to fill seats, along with international and dual-enrollment numbers which have increased over the past year. The school’s goal is to get enrollment to 1,600, according to a press release.

Sears Hometown store on Dredge Drive readying for rebuild

New owners of Sears Hometown store on Dredge Drive, broke ground last week for a, what they called, new and improved building. They said this will be twice the size of the original store and in a much bigger location on Market Street by Sherwin Williams, adding that employees will be a part of the transition and current expectations are to keep the same staff. The original store is expected to remain open until the new store is ready for business.

Local Boxing Event Rescheduled For Dec. 15

The “Rise Of A New Era” boxing event that was supposed to take place this past Saturday in Clovis – has been postponed until next Saturday, December 15th. Organizers said they rescheduled the event due to the inclement weather. Fights are still scheduled to begin at 2pm on Saturday at the Roy Walker Recreation Center.

ENMU Women Sprint To Triple-Digit Win

In sports, the Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team skated to an easy victory Saturday night. The final score over Northern New Mexico was 104-44. The ENMU women are now off to a 7-1 start on the season, something that hasn’t been done since the 1991-92 season. Junior Tilasha Okey led all scorers with 19 points on 100% shooting, including five from three point land. The Greyhounds are off this week before traveling to Oklahoma Christian on December 17th.

Alcohol is suspected in a fatal head-on crash near Bozeman

BOZEMAN – Alcohol is suspected in a fatal head-on crash near Bozeman Saturday night. According to Montana Highway Patrol reports, two pickup trucks collided on Bridger Canyon Drive mile marker 15 near Flaming Arrow Road, after one of the drivers crossed the center line. There were no passengers in either truck. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Routine traffic stop turned police pursuit ends in arrest

MISSOULA – A routine traffic stop turned police pursuit along Montana Highway 200 through Missoula ended with two people in handcuffs. According to reports, when police attempted to pull over a vehicle the driver sped off, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase for roughly 30 miles Saturday, with speeds reaching 95 miles per hour, as the vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic before it was disabled forcing the suspect to stop on Montana Highway 83 near mile marker 1. The investigation is continuing, a news release stated.

Montana parolees could face new rules

HELENA – Montana parolees could face new rules. A state criminal-justice panel agreed Wednesday to support proposed changes in which early release is a key part of the sentencing. Some members of the panel however, believe the proposed changes might make it harder to achieve the goal of reducing the number of offenders on supervision. The changes to state law will be presented to the 2019 Legislature, which convenes next month.

Great Falls couple charged with human trafficking of children

A Great Falls couple is facing multiple felony charges in connection to human trafficking of children. Court documents state that a child under the age of 13 told investigators Eugene Edwin Sherbondy had given money to Corena Marie Mountainchief for Sherbondy to have sex with her when she was 4 or 5 years old. Bond for each was set at $250,000.