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Copper Mine Project Draws Hundreds of Comments
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A proposal to dig test wells at the site of a planned copper mine near White Sulphur Springs has drawn about 940 public comments.

A Tintina Resources subsidiary plans to apply for an operations permit for the Black Butte mining project, but first is asking state regulators permission to drill four wells to test how pumping water for the mining operation will affect the groundwater table.

The Department of Environmental Quality will review the comments. DEQ spokesman Chris Saeger tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle officials plan to make a decision within three weeks because the company wants to complete the wells before winter.

Tintina vice president Jerry Zieg says he worked closely with DEQ officials on the plan and it would be remarkable if they turned it down.

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Man Denies Charge He Tried to Kidnap 10-year-old
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A man accused of grabbing a 10-year-old girl as she played with her brother in a Missoula park has pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping.

The Missoulian reports 34-year-old Coty James Low appeared before District Judge Karen Townsend on Tuesday via video from jail. She continued his bail at $100,000.

Prosecutors say Low ran up to the children on June 21 and grabbed the girl by the leg. He carried her about 25 feet before the girl's kicking and screaming caused him to drop her.

The girl's father chased after the man and held him for police.

Low initially said he was trying to save the girl from a dog, and then told police he was looking for companionship and wasn't thinking when he grabbed the girl.

Prosecutors say Low was convicted of sexually assaulting a nurse in April.

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Missoula Man Sentenced for Construction Fraud
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has been sentenced to over eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million in restitution for taking millions of dollars in down payments on steel buildings he never completed.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced 41-year-old Jonathan Lee Oliver of Missoula on Tuesday.

Oliver pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud, money laundering and structuring, or intentionally making bank transactions in amounts less than the $10,000 level at which a federal report must be filed.

Charging documents said Oliver solicited pre-payments of nearly $7.9 million mostly from residents of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota between October 2010 and December 2011 and only completed one building.

Prosecutors alleged Oliver used some of the money to buy a house, three new vehicles, a motorhome, an engagement ring and other items.

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Sentencing Enhancement Justified In Sex Crime
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

Edward Harold Ghostbear was convicted in October 2012. The prosecution asked for a minimum four-year sentence based on the fact that the girl was younger than 16 and Ghostbear was more than three years older than she.

Public defender Dan Minnis argued jurors didn't make a separate finding about the ages, so the maximum sentence Ghostbear could receive was six months.

District Judge Dan Boucher of Havre agreed. Prosecutors appealed.

The Supreme Court ruled Ghostbear was faced the longer sentence because the ages of the girl and Ghostbear were presented to jurors and not disputed.

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State and Xerox Resolve Medicaid Contract Problems
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - State officials say they've resolved a breach of contract issue with Xerox Corp. over developing a new computer program for Medicaid payments.

Montana Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Opper said in a letter to Xerox July 18 the company is no longer in breach of the $70 million state contract awarded in 2012. He says his department has accepted a revised work plan and that they have been encouraged by Xerox's cooperation. If the plan is successfully executed the system should last 20 years.

The Medicaid Management and Information System to handle payments to thousands of Medicaid providers is supposed to replace a system that is more than 30 years old. The old system is unable to keep up with increasingly complex payment rules and parameters.

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Supreme Court Upholds Firing of Tourism Director
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 firing of a former state tourism director.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Baumgart served as administrator of the Montana Tourism and Promotion Division for eight years and received satisfactory or better performance reviews.

In August 2010, the new Department of Commerce director fired Baumgart. The agency said Baumgart left millions of dollars unspent each year, opening the possibility for the Legislature to revert that money to the state general fund.

She sued, arguing her firing was politically motivated. The Supreme Court rejected that argument and ruled Tuesday the budget issues were adequate grounds for firing.

Two justices dissented, saying only in the world of government budgeting can an employee who is achieving results and winning awards be fired for not spending enough of the government's money to do so.

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Wolf Creek Voters to Decide on Resort Tax
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Voters in Wolf Creek could decide late this summer whether to implement a 3 percent seasonal resort tax to help pay for a new wastewater treatment system for the tourist town along the Missouri River.

County elections supervisor Audrey Dufrechou tells the Independent Record that ballots will be mailed on out Aug. 26 to around 40 registered voters in Wolf Creek.

The proposed tax would be effective from April 1 through Nov. 15 each year for 20 years. It calls for the greater of $50,000 or 90 percent of the tax collected each year to be applied toward the construction and maintenance of the wastewater system.

The tax would be applied to luxury items such as restaurant meals, bars and lodging, but would not apply to groceries or medicine.

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2 Women Sue Stockman Bank Over Sex Discrimination
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Two former employees of the Miles City branch of Stockman Bank have filed a lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination by their supervisors.

The Billings Gazette reports Cindy Conley of Miles City and Tracee Burchell of Castle Rock, Colorado, filed a federal complaint alleging their supervisors subjected them to a pattern of unwelcome, inappropriate and offensive conduct of a sexual nature.

Stockman Bank's attorney, Jeanne Bender, says the women filed complaints with the Montana Human Rights Bureau last year, which found no reason to believe discrimination had taken place. She said the bank hadn't been served with the lawsuit, which was filed on July 2.

The women say they have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and their doctors have not cleared them to return to work.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

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Black Bear That Stole Family Picnic Euthanized
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A 5-year-old black bear that frightened a family away from their picnic in Glacier National Park has been euthanized for that and other behavior that indicated it did not fear people.

Park officials said the male bear was killed on July 18, a day after charging at a picnic table at the Two Medicine picnic area. The family retreated to their vehicle and the bear ate their food.

A park ranger used rubber bullets and beanbags to haze the bear away from the area.

Rangers say the same 225-pound bear had been seen digging in a fire pit and wandering on and near the park trail system in the area, making it a threat to human safety.

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Bozeman Man Pleads Guilty, Helped Escaped Suspect
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Bozeman man has pleaded guilty to his role in helping an attempted rape suspect after he fled police custody.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Tristan Kane Anacker pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony obstruction of justice. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an evidence tampering charge.

Anacker was one of five people charged with assisting 28-year-old Kevin Briggs, who was arrested early on Feb. 1 on suspicion of strangling and trying to rape his former girlfriend. Briggs walked out of an unlocked interview room at the police station and went to an apartment shared by Anacker and Andrew Kranker.

Anacker said he had seen alerts sent out by Montana State University about Briggs' escape, but that Briggs had told him they were lies.

Anacker said Briggs used his cellphone and spent about six hours at his apartment.

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Central Montana Plane Crash Kills Pilot
LEWISTOWN, Mont. (AP) - A single-engine airplane crashed near the Russian Flat airstrip in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, killing the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the Cessna 150 left Bozeman at 12:36 p.m. Monday with one person aboard and crashed about an hour later.

Judith Basin County Coroner Dick Brown says no one witnessed the crash, which happened about 30 miles southwest of Stanford. Brown said he expected to release the pilot's name Tuesday afternoon.

The aircraft was registered to Cow Dog Flyers LLC of Bozeman.


UPDATE: Victim Identified

Judith Basin County Coroner Dick Brown identified the pilot as 46-year-old Brian Neal Handy.

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Feds Grant Montana REAL ID Compliance Extension
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to comply with stringent federal driver's license rules under the REAL ID Act.

DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Alan Bersin and Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Philip McNamara sent Gov. Steve Bullock a letter Friday saying the extension lasts until Oct. 10, 2015.

On Monday, most federal facilities began restricting access to people without REAL ID-compliant identifications. The letter says agencies may accept Montana identifications during the extension period.

The law was passed in 2005 to fight terrorism and prevent identity theft. REAL ID-compliant identifications have layers of security, such as verification of birth certificates, Social Security numbers and immigration status.

Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox oppose the REAL ID requirements, saying that Montana's driver's licenses are already secure.

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Fire Truck Overturns While Responding to Blaze
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a fire truck overturned after colliding with another vehicle as they were headed to a grass fire near Vaughn.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards tells the Great Falls Tribune the driver was alert and talking after Tuesday's crash. The man was transported to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

Trooper David Baggs of the Montana Highway Patrol says the Fort Shaw Volunteer Fire Department truck missed a turnoff and was making a U-Turn when a water carrier from the fire department struck it.

The driver of the water carrier declined medical attention.

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Kaarma Defense Team Wants Some Proceedings Closed
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Defense attorneys are asking a state judge to decide outside the public eye what, if any, evidence of "prior bad acts" might be used as evidence during the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma in the shooting death a German exchange student.

KECI-TV reports attorney Nate Holloway filed the motion Friday. The county attorney's office does not object.

The motion argues that due to "concentrated media coverage" of the April 27 death of 17-year-old Diren Dede, the information prosecutors seek to present will be made public and available to potential jurors, even if a judge decides it can't be used at trial.

The defense team also filed a motion to move the trial out of Missoula County, arguing the community outcry and news coverage have created a bias against Kaarma that cannot be overcome.

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Lightning Kills 45 Head of Cattle near Darby
DARBY, Mont. (AP) - A bolt of lightning killed 45 head of cattle on a ranch near Darby.

Rancher Jean Taylor tells the Ravalli Republic the cows, calves and a prize bull were crowded under some small crabapple trees on July 14 when the lighting struck.

Taylor says the clap of thunder awakened her at 10:28 p.m.

Taylor says the family spent years building their herd of Black Angus cattle, and now they only have eight to 10 cows left.

Two days earlier, lightning struck a power pole at the Darby rodeo grounds during a rainstorm, sending a shock through the grandstands, rodeo chutes and bull pens. A bull rider and two spectators were taken to the hospital. Bull-O-Rama Chairman Carl Ruark says all three were alert when they were loaded into ambulances.

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Missoula County Attorney Honored by National Group
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The National District Attorney Association has honored Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg for taking a stand against the U.S. Department of Justice, which sought to investigate the way his office handled sexual assault cases.

The Missoulian reports Van Valkenburg was one of four attorneys who received the president's award Sunday at the association's board meeting in Denver.

The association's new president, prosecutor Michael Moore of Beadle County in South Dakota, says Van Valkenburg's stand that the DOJ did not have the authority to investigate his office set a precedent for future relationships between the federal government and elected county attorneys.

The DOJ began investigating the way the Missoula police, the Missoula County sheriff's office and the University of Montana handled reports of sexual assaults in 2012. Van Valkenburg refused to cooperate.

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ND Supe Wants Indian Culture Taught in Schools
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler wants American Indian culture taught in the state's classrooms.

Baesler says she wants to establish curriculum similar to Montana's "Indian Education for All" program that mandates Montana schools teach all students about its American Indian tribes and reservations.

Baesler and Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attended an Indian Education Summit on Tuesday in Bismarck.

Juneau is a member of the North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes. She also is a former teacher on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Baesler and Juneau say the idea of the program is to integrate Indian education into existing curriculums such as math, reading, music, history and other subjects.

Juneau says the program "is not Indian education for Indians - it's Indian education for all."

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Overall Well-Being of Montana Children Declining
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A new report shows the overall well-being of children in Montana has slipped since 2013 compared to other states.

Montana ranked 31st in the annual Kids Count report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Montana ranked 28th in 2013.

The report ranks states based on 16 indicators of child welfare in areas of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

It says Montana made improvements in preschool attendance, 8th grade math proficiency and on-time graduation, but also says more children live in poverty compared to last year.

For the second year running, the report ranks Montana last in the nation for health. The report says that's because the rates for child and teen deaths and for teen alcohol and drug abuse are the highest in the nation.

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Park City Man Dies of Crash Injuries
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 59-year-old Park City man has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 212 about two miles north of Roberts.

The Montana Highway Patrol says it appears the man had pulled over to the side of the side of the road Monday afternoon and appeared to be making a U-turn when he pulled across the path of a northbound pickup truck hauling a fifth-wheel trailer.

The pickup struck the driver's side door of the car. The man was extricated from the car and taken to a hospital in Billings, where he died of his injuries.

His name has not been released.

The driver of the pickup and his wife were not injured.

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Pharmacist Pleads Guilty in Overdose Death
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A former eastern Montana pharmacist has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the overdose death of a 24-year-old Sidney woman.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 47-year-old Ben Hunn pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of Vicodin resulting in death. He faces up to 15 years in prison when U.S. District Judge Susan Watters of Billings sentences him on Nov. 5. He was ordered detained until sentencing.

In an offer of proof, Hunn acknowledged distributing Vicodin, a brand name for hydrocodone; along with a prescription muscle relaxant, sleeping pills and an anti-anxiety medication to a woman identified by the initials K.B. on Oct. 19, 2013. The woman died later that night of an overdose.

He was charged in March. In April, the state Board of Pharmacy indefinitely suspended his license for the overdose death of Kaci Roote-Bendigo.

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Semi Crashes, Spills Industrial Soap in Blackfoot
BONNER, Mont. (AP) - A semi tractor-trailer crashed on Montana Highway 200 about two miles east of Bonner, spilling chemicals used to make industrial soap into the Blackfoot River.

The driver told the Montana Highway Patrol his right front tire blew as he was rounding a corner at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. The truck ended up on its side.

Missoula Rural Fire acting battalion chief Paul Finlay told the Missoulian the chemicals appeared to be coming from containers of aluminum sulphate and diethanolamine (di-eh-THEH'-nahl-uh-meen), which are used in making detergents.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed the river downstream from the crash. Crews placed a boom on the water to contain the spill and were trying to plug a drainage pipe that was carrying the spill from the ditch into the river.

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State: Montanans Won't Lose Health Care Subsidies
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - State officials say they don't believe Montanans receiving tax credits to buy health insurance are in danger of losing them.

Two contradictory federal appeals court rulings Tuesday have called President Barack Obama's health-care law subsidies into question.

Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says one ruling against subsidies will be appealed and won't be decided anytime soon.

In that ruling, an appellate court panel in Washington D.C. said credits can be granted only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. Montana is one of 36 states using the federal exchange.

However, a separate ruling by a federal appeals court in Virginia said regulations allowing consumers in all 50 states to purchase subsidized coverage correctly interprets Congress' will in passing the health care law.

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Supreme Court Says Candidate Can Appear on Ballot
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-3 decision that former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke is eligible as a candidate for the high court.

The Supreme Court reversed a previous decision by District Judge Mike Menahan of Helena that VanDyke could not run because he had not actively practiced law in Montana for five years before announcing his candidacy.

But the majority of justices ruled Tuesday that VanDyke's admission to the state bar in 2005 satisfied the five-year eligibility requirement in the state constitution.

VanDyke went on inactive status with the Montana bar from March 2007 to November 2012 while he worked out of state.

VanDyke is challenging Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat in November's election. Wheat recused himself from the court's deliberations of VanDyke's eligibility.

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Stevensville Man Dies in ATV Crash
STEVENSVILLE, Mont. (AP) - A 20-year-old Stevensville man has died after driving his all-terrain vehicle through a stop sign and into the path of a full-sized pickup truck.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports the crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Missoulian reports the ATV driver was taken to a hospital in Missoula, where he was pronounced dead. No one else was injured.

The victim's name was being withheld until family members were notified.


UPDATE: VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Ravalli County authorities have identified the 20-year-old Stevensville man who died when his all-terrain vehicle collided with a pickup truck.

Sheriff and coroner Chris Hoffman says Joshua Stevens was pronounced dead Saturday after being transported by helicopter to a Missoula hospital.

Authorities say Stevens drove the ATV through a stop sign and into the path of the truck at the intersection of Three Mile Creek Road and Hoover Lane.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating.

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