1 person killed in helicopter crash near Cascade
(Information in the following story is from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)
CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — The Great Falls Tribune reports that a man died Sunday after the small helicopter he was flying crashed southwest of Cascade.
The newspaper says emergency crews responded to the crash shortly after 5 p.m. at 84 Dearborn River Road.
Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says the helicopter, a one-person craft known as a Mosquito, was on a hillside.
Edwards says the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration plan to visit the scene of the crash on Monday. The pilot's body will be taken to Missoula for an autopsy.
WEST YELLOWSTONE POLICE CHIEF
No criminal charges for fired police chief
(Information in the following story is from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com)
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A West Yellowstone police chief who was fired after a state investigation found he selectively enforced the law and violated court orders will not face criminal charges.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports former chief Gordon Berger's attorney Brian Gallik said Friday the Gallatin County attorney will not file charges against Berger.
After the investigation, the West Yellowstone town council in August confirmed a recommendation to end Berger's employment immediately.
Berger told the council in June many of his department's problems stemmed from the challenges of policing a remote, small town, and they were not caused by leadership issues.
The investigation by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation recommended criminal charges be filed against Berger.
Berger had been West Yellowstone's police chief since 2006 and had been with the department for 28 years.
Colstrip teen dies in SUV crash
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A teen from Colstrip died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash south of town.
The Billings Gazette reports a 17-year-old was driving a 1998 Ford SUV about 6 a.m. when he crashed while driving north on state Route 39.
Montana State Patrol trooper David Inman says the teen was thrown from the vehicle after it left the roadway, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation, and it's unknown if speed was a factor.
MOUNTAIN LION CUBS
Rescued mountain lion cubs find new home
(Information in the following story is from: KECI-TV, http://www.keci.com)
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two mountain lion cubs that were rescued by firefighters in western Montana in August have a new home in Ohio.
KECI-TV reports the male cubs arrived at the Columbus Zoo in Powell on Wednesday.
They're staying in the zoo's hospital for now because they're still being bottle fed. They'll eventually move to a permanent zoo habitat.
The staff has named the cubs Lewis and Clark as a nod to their Montana roots.
The cubs were found at just a few weeks old by a crew fighting a blaze in the Sapphire Mountains east of Florence. The cubs were hiding under a burning log.
MILES CITY BLM
Senate bill averts Miles City BLM office closure
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Bureau of Land Management satellite office in Miles City that otherwise was slated to close next year will remain open under legislation approved by the U.S. Senate.
Montana Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh said the bipartisan measure that passed Sept. 17 allows the continuation of a pilot program to speed up oil and gas permitting on federal lands.
It was sponsored by Colorado Sen. Mark Udall and co-sponsored by Walsh, Tester and 11 other lawmakers.
Tester spokeswoman Marnee Banks says the measure now goes to the House of Representatives.
The BLM opened the Miles City office in 2005.
Decision on bison quarantine expected mid-2015
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's chief scientist says a decision is expected in mid-2015 on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison so disease-free park animals can be relocated to form new herds.
Yellowstone Center for Resources Chief Dave Hallac says almost 23,000 public comments were received during a recent six-week public comment period on the proposal.
The comments would be used to refine the proposal as park administrators select potential quarantine sites over the winter, before next year's final decision on whether to move forward.
Federal officials in June identified 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states that could be suitable for relocated bison.
Yellowstone's 4,860 bison are prized for their pure genetics. But many carry the disease brucellosis, which can cause pregnant livestock to prematurely abort their young.