Archives for June 2017

An infant and a toddler were injured in a one car crash near a southwestern Montana town

LOGAN, Montana – An infant and a toddler were injured in a one car crash near a southwestern Montana town Tuesday morning. According to Montana Highway Patrol Troopers, the driver lost control of the car, on Frontage Road a couple of miles west of Logan and went into the ditch, before overturning several times. No criminal charges have been filed against the driver, but the Montana Highway Patrol is investigating and charges may follow, police documents state.

Woman attacked by dogs near Bozeman declared brain dead

A sad update on the woman who was attacked by two dogs near Bozeman, Saturday morning. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said 65-year-old Melissa Barnes was flown to a Billings hospital for treatment and declared brain dead on Sunday. The attack happened at Barnes’ home on Love Lane, Gootkin said, and involved dogs, including a pit bull, that belonged to tenants who lived on her property. Both dogs were euthanized voluntarily by their owners.

Montana mother who sued doctors loses bid for appeal

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A Montana mother who sued doctors for medical expenses, because she says they failed to disclose her unborn child had cystic fibrosis, has lost her bid for an appeal in the case. A jury cleared the nurse and doctor of any wrong doing, and the Montana Supreme Court rejected Kerie Evans’ lawsuit asking for up to $2.2 million.

The Montana school district is facing discrimination accusations

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana school district is facing discrimination accusations. Fort Peck tribes filed a complaint Wednesday against Wolf Point School District in northeastern Montana alleging the school is insensitive to Native American culture, and students are so badly bullied they reportedly drop out, transfer to other schools, or in some cases contemplate suicide. The tribes want the federal Education and Justice departments to investigate what they sare are federal law violations.

Search is on for permanent Helena College Dean

Helena College welcomed Jane Baker as its newly selected interim dean. Baker will take over for Daniel Bingham, according to a statement released on Tuesday. Bingham led the college for 12 years. A search for a candidate to permanently fill the position will be advertised nationally over the summer. Finalists will be chosen in September.

Possible ID on body found floating in Flathead River

POLSON, Mont. – A body found floating in the Flathead River is believed to be that of a 23-year-old missing Nebraska man. Law enforcement officers in northwestern Montana say a fisherman spotted the body Tuesday in a section of the Flathead River called the Big Bend. Richard Mitchell fell into the fast-moving water on May 31 just below the SQK Dam on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said.

Couple’s visit to Yellowstone cut short when bison attacks

A couple’s visit to Yellowstone National Park was cut short when a bison attacked them. Park officials say the pair, both in their 70’s, were on a boardwalk at Mud Volcano when the bison rammed them as they were taking pictures, Wednesday. The woman, who fell onto her husband suffered minor injuries. The husband was flown to a hospital in stable condition.

Teen Cuts Deal In Helena High Arson

A teen involved in the arson at Helena High School cut a deal on Wednesday with prosecutors to avoid trial. The boy, who was 13 at the time of the three million dollar fire,changed his plea to guilty. He admitted to setting the fire and as part of the deal,charges of burglary and criminal mischief were dropped. Sentencing will be discussed at a hearing on July 19th. The maximum punishment is incarceration until he turns 18 and supervision until he’s 25.

Daines Conducts Telephone Town Hall

Protesters gathered outside the Helena office of Senator Steve Daines on Wednesday afternoon. The fifty or so people were there to urge Daines to vote no on the Senate health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. A few hours after the protest, Daines conducted a telephone town hall with constituents to get feedback on the health care bill. Daines says the town hall call reached 40 thousand people. Daines gave no indicate on the call whether he supports the Senate version of the health care bill. He said he expects a vote on it in July.

Future of Monatana’s National Monument debated

WHITEFISH, Mont. – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday that he “likely” won’t recommend changes to Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, erected during the Clinton administration. Gov. Steve Bullock sent a letter to Zinke last week asking him to keep the Breaks monument unchanged.