Archives for July 2017

Montana state Auditor Matt Rosendale announced a bid for the U.S. Senate

HELENA — Montana state Auditor Matt Rosendale announced a bid for the U.S. Senate Monday. Rosendale will face Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election in 2018. Rosendale, who previously served in the state Legislature representing the Glendive area, joins a growing list of Republicans vying for the senate post. The race, because of its high profile nature, could be one of the most expensive contests next year.
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A mechanical malfunction is being blamed for a plane crash landing on Interstate 15 north of Helena

A mechanical malfunction is being blamed for a plane crash landing on Interstate 15 north of Helena on Friday afternoon. Authorities said a small airplane made an emergency landing near the Sieben exit about 25 miles north of Helena, after a throttle cable broke during a training flight from Helena. Two people were on board the 1976 single-engine Cessna, and no injuries were reported.
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Third Mistrial Declared In Child Sex Assault Case

For the third time, a mistrial has been declared in the case of a man accused of having sexual contact with a 7 year old girl. A jury in the case of William LaFramboise deliberated for five hours before telling Judge Michael McMahon that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict. LaFramboise was tried twice previously on these charges, in April of 2017 and December of 2016. Both earlier trials ended in mistrials as well. The district attorney’s office plans to consult with the victim’s family about the next step.

Gianforte Community Service Time Planned

Congressman Greg Gianforte will be doing volunteer work for a group that builds custom wheelchairs for children. That’s his penalty for assaulting a reporter the night before the election that sent him to Washington. Part of his sentence for attacking reporter Ben Jacobs was to perform 40 hours of community service. He will do that with ROC Wheels of Bozeman. Gianforte must also complete 20 hours of anger management counseling. He tells the court he will be seeing a Bozeman therapist.

Work done to implement protections against rape on campuses at the University of Montana appear to be unraveling

Work done to implement protections against rape on campuses at the University of Montana appear to be unraveling. Prevention guidelines and response to sex assault on campuses, supported during the Obama administration, could be nixed under new education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Officials say this line of thinking allows rapists to go unpunished — and free to rape again.
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Helena residents asked to be on the lookout for mountain lion cub in the fairgrounds area

Authorities are asking Helena residents to be on the lookout for a mountain lion cub in the fairgrounds area. A cub has been seen twice in the last week near Custer and Henderson streets, according to reports. Mountain lion sightings are not rare in Helena and happen about once a year, although generally in cooler months, police said. You’re urged to call authorities if you spot the lion, so the animal can be caught and relocated.
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Fort Peck tribal leaders blame rampant drug use on rising crime

BILLINGS, Mont. – Fort Peck Reservation tribal leaders say, while harsh sentencing of two defendants accused of violent crimes against children last year closed out two cases, the drug problem blamed for such behavior remains an open wound. Tribal leaders said the crimes were rooted in the rampant meth use on the northeastern Montana reservation, where they lack the resources to combat the epidemic.
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Uncertainty surrounding health care could force Montana’s largest insurer to increase rates

The uncertainty surrounding health care could force Montana’s largest insurer to increase rates. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana said Wednesday, not knowing what Congress and Trump will do with health care has caused the company to propose a rate hike 10 times higher than it would have otherwise. Officials spoke at a public hearing on proposed 2018 rate increases by the three insurers that offer individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which Trump says he intends to let fail.
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Last Chance Stampede And Fair Continues Through Weekend

The Last Chance Stampede and Fair continues through the weekend in Helena . At the rodeo tonight it’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink night. There’s live music every night after the rodeo behind the west bleachers. You can peruse arts and crafts in the exhibit hall, along with baked goods. And, for the kids, the Northstar Amusements Carnival is providing over 20 rides.

Justice Wheat To Retire

One of Montana’s seven Supreme Court Justices has announced plans to retire. Justice Mike Wheat will retire at the end of this year. Governor Bullock will choose Wheat’s successor from a list provided by the Judicial Nomination Commission. If confirmed by the state Senate, Wheat’s successor will fill out the remainder of his term before he or she must run for re-election.