Archives for February 2017

A revision to Helena’s non-discrimination laws could leave victims vulnerable

A revision to Helena’s non-discrimination laws could leave victims vulnerable. In early January, the Helena City Commission agreed not to enforce the city’s gender restrictions in a 2012 ordinance designed to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, and now requires the victims to file a claim with the Montana Human Rights Bureau, where it will be determined if the alleged discrimination fits within the state’s human rights definition. Gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, are not listed in the human rights act.

House Committee Rejects Media Restrictions

A House committee on Monday rejected a proposed bill that would have restricted the news media from publishing fatal accident photographs on social media until the victim’s next of kind have been notified. Opponents said the bill violents the freedom of the press. Committee chairman Alan Doane said the media needs to be taught common decency.

Man Arrested For 23rd DUI

Police in Butte say arrested a man late Saturday night for suspected DUI,and he confided in them on the way to jail that he already had 22 DUI convictions in several states. Clinton Sproles is also charged with driving with a revoked license and violating parole.

Some seasonal workers in Montana may be getting paid less

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some seasonal workers in Montana may be getting paid less if a Republican sponsored bill is approved that would allow employers not to pay minimum wage or overtime. Democratic Rep. Shane Morigeau of Missoula said the bill would especially hurt families on Indian reservations who rely on seasonal jobs for their yearly income. Montana’s minimum wage is currently $8.15, although some employers can pay less to those who regularly get tips, farm workers and young employees.

Investigstors still trying to determine what caused I-90 crash that killed MSU student

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A rollover crash on I-90 near Bozeman that claimed the life of a 19-year-old Montana State University student is still being investigated. The Montana Highway Patrol says Amanda Gaskill apparently lost control of her vehicle near the Seventh Avenue interchange and spun out before overturning. Gaskill was thrown from the vehicle. She died at the scene. Police are trying to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Victim in fiery crash identified as Helena resident

The second victim in a fiery head on collision last week has been identified as a Helena man. The county coroner’s office said, Friday that 25-year-old Samuel Tielking was killed when a pickup truck driven by 46-year-old Chester French, traveling on the wrong side of Highway 12 between Helena and East Helena, collided with Tielking’s pickup, which burst into flames upon impact. Both drivers died at the scene.

Alleged assault on gay couple filed as misdemeanor

MISSOULA — The alleged assault on a gay couple earlier this month in downtown will likely be filed as a misdemeanor offense. Missoula Police Department officials said because gender identity is not covered under the protections of state law the case would not be considered a hate crime. Police have identified the suspects involved in the Feb. 11 incident, in which the victims told police they were leaving a local club when two other men yelled a homophobic slur and started beating them up.

More Flu Deaths,Fewer New Cases

The number of new flu cases in Montana continues to drop, but people are still dying of influenza in our state. Health officials say there have been another three reported flu deaths, bringing the number of deaths for this flu season to 13 in Montana. However, the number of flu cases reported statewide dropped for the second consecutive week.For the week ending Feb. 18, the state saw 576 cases, 100 less cases from the previous week.

Mail-In Vote Possible

We may get to cast our vote through the mail, in the election to replace Representative Ryan Zinke. The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow counties to run that election with mail ballots only. Supporters say it would save a lot of money and would likely increase the number of people who vote in that election. Opponents questioned whether an all-mail election would be as secure.

Lewis and Clark County welcomes new chief administrator

Lewis and Clark County has a new chief administrator. Roger Baltz, who hails from Florida will begin his new duties on April 3, according to a news release. As chief administrative officer, Baltz will oversee county departments. Former Chief Administrative Officer Eric Bryson stepped down earlier this year to take a position with the Montana Association of Counties. Nancy Everson, the county’s finance director, will continue to serve as interim chief administrative officer until Baltz arrives.