Evening Newscast 03-30-18

Mar 30, 2018

Women and girls in Indian country go missing and are involved in homicides at a far greater rate than any other demographic of people in Montana.

Glacier County officials have vacated a county office in Browning following a dispute over a new lease agreement on the space.

Beaverhead county has agreed to upgrade a small community drinking water system after securing $588,000 in grants.

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality has opened a one-month public comment period on the proposed expansion of the Rosebud coal mine near Colstrip.

Women and girls in Indian country go missing and are involved in homicides at a far greater rate than any other demographic of people in Montana. That’s according to testimony today in the legislative State-Tribal Relations Committee, which is studying the issue. 

A macho military man taunts a music teacher; and a lesson in "cultural condescension" from Hillary Clinton. Yep, new campaign ads are out. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin examine those, and explain the signature-gathering  shenanigans surrounding the Green Party, and similar efforts in past elections. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat."

An environmental assessment released today from the U.S. Forest Service recommends a 20-year ban on new mining developments on public land in the Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

The agency recommends withdrawing more than 30,000 acres from mining exploration.

Evening Newscast 03-29-18

Mar 29, 2018

Prosecutors have filed juvenile felony charges against the 17-year-old student accused of driving his car at a school resource officer, who in turn fired at his fleeing vehicle.

The Montana Democratic Party is accusing a company of breaking state campaign laws by gathering signatures for a petition that qualified the Green Party for this year's elections.

Four Republicans running in the June 5 primary election with hopes of unseating two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester met in Missoula, Wednesday night, March 28. 

The candidates, Russ Fagg, Troy Downing, Matt Rosendale, and Albert Olszewski, responded to questions on topics of forest management, water rights, the second amendment, veterans affairs, the national debt, immigration, and President Donald Trump.

You can listen to the entire candidate forum below.

The Four Republicans facing off in Montana’s June primary election met in a Missoula forum last night. Each pitched himself as the best candidate to unseat two-term Democratic Senator Jon Tester.

"I learned about five years ago that honey bees can’t pollinate tomatoes. Honey bees are not native to North America, which I did know, but I was surprised that I did not know that honey bees can’t pollinate tomatoes because I’ve been a gardener for decades. I was like, “How did I miss this?!” I felt sort of like a dope, and then I started asking other people and hardly anybody knew that honey bees can’t pollinate tomatoes but that are a number of our native bees, those that evolved right here, can. So I thought, “People should know about this. I’m going to write gardening articles, and I’m going teach gardening for pollinators classes, because people should know who’s out there pollinating their tomatoes.” And I started reading about the bees and I sort of fell in love with them." -- Paige Embry on her love affair with native bees.

A Bigfork man convicted of felony sexual assault on a minor in January has been allowed to withdraw the plea he gave at that time. He’s now scheduled to go back to court for a jury trial later this year.

George Wilcoxen submitted an Alford plea in January to the 2013 sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl. An Alford plea allowed him to maintain his innocence while acknowledging that the prosecution likely had enough evidence for a jury to convict him.

The number of people being held in institutions due to mental disorders in Missoula County has spiked by more than 30-percent in the wake of statewide budget cuts for social services.