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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Friday, November 21st 2014 
Latest Montana news, sports, business and entertainment
GAY MARRIAGE-MONTANA

Montana gay couples exchange vows after ban tossed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Gay couples exchanged vows at county courthouses in Montana a day after a federal judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Among the first were Randi Paul and Jill Houk of Billings. They wed Thursday in a hallway at the Yellowstone County Courthouse just minutes after paying $53 for a marriage license.

Universal Life Church minister Jeffrey Hill officiated over the brief ceremony. He says the event marked a triumph of love over law.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox plans to appeal Wednesday's ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris that struck down the state ban.

PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Group promises 700 private school scholarships

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A group that advocates for children to be able to choose private education says it will offer 700 scholarships at 58 private schools this fall.

ACE Montana announced the scholarships Thursday. The group offers scholarships of up to $2,000 per pupil annually for kindergarten through eighth grade and $3,000 a year for high school.

The scholarships are funded by Montana business interests and the Gianforte Family Foundation.

ACE Montana is an offshoot of Denver-based ACE Scholarships.

It also is providing $100,000 to three private schools serving American Indian communities.

BULLOCK STAFF

Gov.'s chief of staff leaving administration

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Gov. Steve Bullock's says his chief of staff will be leaving for a position at the Montana League of Cities and Towns.

Tim Burton served with Bullock for nearly six years during Bullock's time as attorney general and as governor.

Bullock says it's difficult to see Burton go, but he understands it's an opportunity Burton didn't want to pass up because his passion is local government.

Burton previously served nine years as Helena's city manager and five years as chief administrative officer for Lewis and Clark County. He will become executive director of the Montana League of Cities and Towns on Jan. 1.

Bullock says Montana Department of Environmental Quality Director Tracy Stone-Manning will take over as chief of staff.

HAVRE STANDOFF-INQUEST

Inquest finds man in police standoff killed self

(Information in the following story is from: KOJM-AM, http://www.kojm.com)

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) A coroner's jury found no criminal wrongdoing in the death of a Cut Bank man who was involved in a lengthy standoff with Havre police in April.

KOJM-AM reports an inquest held on Nov. 14 found Robert Thomas II of Cut Bank died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, ending a 21-hour standoff.

Montana law requires an inquest be held any time someone dies in the presence of law enforcement officers.

Thomas was reportedly being sought after someone brought a pistol into a Havre bar. The standoff began when an officer stopped Thomas' car and Thomas fled the vehicle with a gun.

At the time, state officials said Thomas had absconded from parole.

DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED

Judge overturns death penalty for Wyoming inmate

UNDATED (AP) -- A federal judge has overturned the death penalty of Dale Wayne Eaton, Wyoming's lone death row inmate.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne said Thursday that Eaton had not been properly represented by his defense lawyers during his trial.

The judge says Wyoming can grant a new sentencing proceeding for Eaton within 120 days or keep him locked up for life without parole.

The 69-year-old Eaton was sentenced to death in 2004 in state court for the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings, Montana.

His lawyers appealed to a federal judge after the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld the death sentence.

The lawyers argued that Eaton's state defense team had failed to present information about his intelligence and the abuse he suffered as a child to give jurors reason to consider sparing his life.

BILLINGS STABBING

Man stabbed, critically injured in Billings

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A stabbing at a Billings residence left one man hospitalized with critical injuries and another facing felony charges.

The Billings Gazette reports a man in his 40s suffered critical injuries and two women had cuts on their hands after being stabbed with a kitchen knife at a Billings residence on Wednesday evening.

Billings police Lt. Kevin Iffland says 33-year-old Edward Mitchell was arrested on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.

Iffland says the stabbings happened during a disturbance, but it's unknown what caused the altercation. All four people involved lived at the residence where the stabbing took place.

The victim's name hasn't been released.


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Thursday, November 20th 2014 
Latest Montana news, sports, business and entertainment
GAY MARRIAGE-LICENSES

Montana starts issuing gay marriage licenses

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Clerks of court in Montana have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a federal judge threw out the state's gay marriage ban.

Missoula County Clerk of Court Shirley Faust said a couple was being issued a license Wednesday afternoon, just hours after a judge ordered the ban lifted immediately.

Attorney General Tim Fox said he would appeal the ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris. But Fox spokesman John Barns says the state won't seek a stay from the court that would block marriages from taking place right away.

Butte-Silver Bow Clerk Lori Maloney says marriage licenses that now say "bride" and "groom" will need to be changed. She says that can be done by hand until the licenses provided by the state Department of Vital Statistics can be changed.

GAY MARRIAGE-MONTANA UPDATE

Judge overturns Montana's gay marriage ban

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A federal judge has overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, one of the last states to continue its legal fight on the issue.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the U.S. Constitution.

The clerk of district court in Montana's most populous county, Yellowstone, said she expects her office to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday morning.

Also Thursday, the ACLU is planning celebrations at several county courthouses.

Montana's Republican attorney general, Tim Fox, vowed to continue the legal fight.

Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said in a statement he has instructed his administration to quickly take the appropriate steps to ensure legally married same-sex couples are recognized and afforded the same rights and responsibilities that married Montanans enjoy.

ELECTION AUDIT

Post-election audit finds accurate vote counts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says a postelection audit confirms the vote count in the Nov. 4 election was accurate.

The State Board of Canvassers which includes the attorney general, the state auditor and the state superintendent of public instruction met Nov. 12 to select random precincts and races for the audit. In every county subject to the audit, one race was hand-counted and compared to the tally compiled by the vote-counting machines.

McCulloch says the clean audit reinforces that Montana's elections are fair and accurate and that no vote goes uncounted due to an error in technology.

The Post Election Audit Act passed in 2009 requires the secretary of state's office to reimburse local governments for postelection audit costs following federal elections.

Statewide election results for the 2014 General Election remain unofficial until after the statewide canvass scheduled for Nov. 25.

BILLINGS SHOOTING DEATH-ARREST

Man suspected in Billings shooting death arrested

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) There's been an arrest in the Oct. 2 shooting death of a man whose body was found on the lawn in front of a Billings apartment building.

Big Horn County Undersheriff Mike Fuss says 28-year-old Jonathan Michael Martinez was arrested at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at his mother's house in Hardin. The county attorney's office says Martinez made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Wednesday morning on one count of deliberate homicide. He did not enter a plea.

District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisley of Billings signed a document on Monday giving prosecutors permission to charge him in the death of 36-year-old David Leroy Vallie. The order set Martinez's bond at $250,000.

The Billings Gazette reports prosecutors say they have the murder weapon, witness statements along with cellphone and surveillance video evidence to support their allegations.

SUSPECT ESCAPES-ACCOMPLICE

Deferred sentence for helping escaped rape suspect

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) A 20-year-old Bozeman man has been given a three-year deferred sentence for helping hide an escaped rape suspect from law enforcement, despite knowing the man was being sought.

District Judge Holly Brown also ordered Andrew Kranker to complete 150 hours of community service. She rejected a request to waive, for a day, a probation requirement that he not drink alcohol so he could celebrate his upcoming 21st birthday.

Brown said Kranker could mark the occasion with sparkling cider.

Kranker pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice for allowing Kevin Briggs to stay at his apartment for about six hours on Feb. 1, after Briggs escaped police custody.

Briggs was arrested three weeks later in Portland, Oregon. He faces trial in February for attempted sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, escape and a drug charge.

NUNS ASSAULTED-TRIAL

February trial set, man charged with beating nuns

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A February trial has been set for a man charged with two August 2013 home invasions in which three elderly women, including two nuns, were assaulted.

The Billings Gazette reports the trial for 33-year-old Christopher Samuel Pine had been scheduled to start on Oct. 29, but court records indicated his attorney withdrew from the case. Pine has a new attorney.

Pine faces eight charges in the case, including three counts of robbery, three counts of deceptive practices and intimidation.

Prosecutors allege Pine broke into a woman's house and robbed her on Aug. 13, 2013, and the next night broke into a home where two retired nuns were living and stomped and beat them. Both nuns were treated for serious injuries. Credit cards were taken in both robberies.

CHARLO SHOOTING

Evidence in reported suicide doesn't add up

CHARLO, Mont. (AP) The Lake County sheriff's office is investigating the suspicious death of a Charlo woman.

Undersheriff Dan Yonkin says officers responded just after 5 a.m. Tuesday to a report that a 29-year-old woman had shot herself. But Yonkin says the evidence found at the scene didn't match the initial report.

The woman's husband was taken into custody on unrelated charges and was being held in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal jail. Officers planned to question him about the woman's death. His name hasn't been released.

Yonkin tells KERR-AM the body of Raelynn Charlo was taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

GLACIER PARK FEES

Glacier Park proposes increased entrance fees

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) Glacier National Park is proposing its first fee increases in nearly a decade with the goal of having more money for projects that enhance a visit to the park.

The park is proposing to raise its seven-day vehicle entrance fee from $25 to $30 in the summer and from $15 to $20 in the winter. The cost of annual park passes would increase from $35 to $60.

The seven-day entrance fee for a motorcycle would increase from $12 per person to $25 per motorcycle in the summer and from $10 per person to $15 per motorcycle in the winter.

Entrance fees for individual hikers and bikers would increase from $12 for a seven-day summer pass to $15 in the summer while the winter fee would stay at $10.

If approved, the fee changes would take effect in May 2015.

ELK ESCAPE

Domestic elk escape reported in eastern Idaho

FIRTH, Idaho (AP) State officials say 28 domestic elk escaped from a hunting ranch in eastern Idaho near Yellowstone National Park, but the ranch owner says all are accounted for.

Veterinarian Scott Leibsle of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says Broadmouth Canyon Ranch near Firth reported within 24 hours the Sunday escape.

Ranch owner and former NFL player Rulon Jones told The Associated Press on Wednesday that only 12 elk escaped, all females, and five had to be shot, but the rest are back at the ranch.

He put the loss of the five elk at $10,000.

Leibsle says the ranch has met all state requirements for disease testing of captive elk.

Rulon says the elk wandered out after he left a gate open.

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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Wednesday, November 19th 2014 
Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says a postelection audit confirms the vote count in the Nov. 4 election was accurate. A law passed in 2009 requires the secretary of state's office to reimburse local governments for postelection audit costs following federal elections.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) There's been an arrest in the Oct. 2 shooting death of a man whose body was found on the lawn in front of a Billings apartment building. Big Horn County deputies say Jonathan Martinez was arrested yesterday at his mother's house in Hardin in connection with the death of 36-year-old David Leroy Vallie.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A February trial has been set for a man charged with two August 2013 home invasions in which three elderly women, including two nuns, were assaulted. The Billings Gazette reports the trial for Christopher Pine had been scheduled to start on Oct. 29, but court records indicated his attorney withdrew from the case. Pine has a new attorney.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he hopes to force political groups to reveal their contributors with legislation aimed at stopping the profusion of so-called "dark money" in campaigns. Tester introduced a measure Tuesday that would make public the names of donors who give more than $5,000 to tax-exempt groups engaging in elections.

CHARLO, Mont. (AP) The Lake County sheriff's office is investigating the suspicious death of a Charlo woman. Undersheriff Dan Yonkin says officers responded early yesterday to a report that a woman had shot herself. But Yonkin says the evidence found at the scene didn't match the initial report. Officers say they plan to question a man who was arrested and held on unrelated charges. The woman's body was taken to the state crime lab.

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) Glacier National Park is proposing its first fee increases in nearly a decade with the goal of having more money for projects that enhance a visit to the park. The park is proposing to raise its seven-day vehicle entrance fee from $25 to $30 in the summer and from $15 to $20 in the winter. The cost of annual park passes would increase from $35 to $60.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Lewis and Clark County sheriff's office says a 6-year-old girl reported missing from the East Helena area has been located in Missouri. Undersheriff Dave Rau says officers in Manchester located 6-year-old Elli Sue Ingold and her father, Robert Ingold, yesterday. The Montana Department of Justice says she was taken by her non-custodial father on Nov. 14.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with receiver and kick returner Marc Mariani and waived safety Ahmad Dixon. The Havre native and former University of Montana walk-on tweeted yesterday that he was "beyond excited for the opportunity" and would be wearing No. 80 for the Bears, the same number he wore for the Grizzlies.

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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Wednesday, November 19th 2014 
Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he hopes to force political groups to reveal their contributors with legislation aimed at stopping the profusion of so-called "dark money" in campaigns. The Montana Democrat introduced a measure yesterday that would make public the names of donors who give more than $5,000 to tax-exempt groups engaging in elections.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Construction of a $27 million casino and hotel in Evaro is scheduled to begin next year. The Missoulian reports the 40,000-square-foot casino will replace the 7-year-old Gray Wolf Peak Casino. The casino will contain more than triple the 118 gambling machines now in use, and a new restaurant and lounge. Spa amenities, an RV park, a convenience store and a bank branch are also part of the plans.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) Police in Great Falls say a trail of quarters, coin machine parts and footprints led them to a man suspected of breaking into a laundromat and stealing money from the change machine. The Great Falls Tribune reports Curtis Dear is charged with felony theft and criminal mischief. Police say they recovered a backpack containing hundreds of quarters, a damaged coin hopper and shoes that matched the prints.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Anthony Drmic scored 29 points as Boise State outlasted Montana 72-67 in double overtime last night. Martin Breunig scored 16 points, Jordan Gregory added 15 and Mario Dunn had 12 for the Grizzlies. Gregory made a tying 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left in the second overtime but didn't get the shot off on time and was called for a shot-clock violation.


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Wednesday, November 19th 2014 
Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Gov. Steve Bullock has asked the business community to help him promote a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana. He says the proposal would help Montana expand its economy and generate new jobs. Republicans already have lined up in opposition against the plan, a centerpiece of the Democratic governor's biennial budget proposal. They've questioned both the amount of spending and Bullock's desire to use bonds to cover most of the costs.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Lewis and Clark County sheriff's office says a 6-year-old girl reported missing from the East Helena area has been located in Missouri. Undersheriff Dave Rau says officers in Manchester located 6-year-old Elli Sue Ingold and her father, Robert Ingold, yesterday. The Montana Department of Justice says she was taken by her non-custodial father on Nov. 14.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) A man suspected of assaulting a former Wall Street Journal and Missoulian reporter, costing him the sight in his left eye, is charged with aggravated assault. The Missoulian reports 30-year-old Sean Marceau was arrested last Thursday. Marceau is scheduled to appear in District Court on Dec. 1.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) An investigation by Missoula police determined the recent death of a Missoula County jail inmate was a suicide. Police say several witnesses reported that 51-year-old Jeffrey Roy Kohlstadt fell from a second-floor railing in a jail pod on Nov. 3 and struck his head on the concrete floor. He died at the hospital later that night.


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Associated Press Montana News Summary
Wednesday, November 19th 2014 
Latest Montana news, sports, business and entertainment
BULLOCK BUDGET

Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Gov. Steve Bullock has asked the business community to help him promote a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana.

Bullock told a small gathering of business leaders in Billings on Tuesday that he needs their backing to sell the spending package to skeptical lawmakers.

He says the proposal would help Montana expand its economy and generate new jobs.

Republicans already have lined up in opposition against the plan, a centerpiece of the Democratic governor's biennial budget proposal.

They've questioned both the amount of spending and Bullock's desire to use bonds to cover most of the costs.

A similar impasse in 2013 culminated in Bullock's veto of a Republican proposal to pay for infrastructure improvements in eastern Montana with cash.

CHURCH ABUSE-MONTANA

Catholic Diocese offers plan to settle abuse claim

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them while the church covered it up.

The plan, filed late Monday, calls for the 362 victims identified in two lawsuits to receive a minimum payment of $2,500. An abuse claims reviewer will determine the actual payment based on the severity and long-term effects of the abuse. The plaintiffs' attorneys and any future abuse claims also will be paid out of the trust.

Insurance companies will contribute $14.4 million while the diocese is asking the court's approval for a $3.5 million loan so it can contribute $2 million to the trust and cover administrative expenses and operating expenses.

The plan was reached through mediation, but still must be approved by the creditors.

INFRASTRUCTURE GRADE

Low grades for Montana infrastructure

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A group of professional engineers says Montana schools, wastewater treatment facilities and other infrastructure have slid into disrepair.

The state chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers planned Tuesday to release a report grading the state's infrastructure.

The group's lowest marks went to the state's public school system, which received a D-minus.

Wastewater treatment, dams and drinking water systems also got below-average grades.

The society releases a report on national infrastructure needs every four years. This is the first one for Montana.

It comes a day after Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a budget that calls for $300 million for water, sewer, roads and broadband Internet projects across the state.

Republicans also have pushed for more infrastructure investments, but there's disagreement on how to pay for it.

LAUNDROMAT ROBBERY

Footprints in snow lead police to suspected robber

(Information in the following story is from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) Police in Great Falls say a trail of quarters, coin machine parts and footprints led them to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into a laundromat and stealing money from the change machine.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 28-year-old Curtis Dear was arrested on Nov. 11 and charged Monday with felony theft and criminal mischief.

Court records say the owner of the 15th Street Laundry found a crowbar and a damaged change machine when he arrived at work. About $1,500 in coins and cash was missing.

An officer followed footprints in the snow from the business to a nearby residence where court records say officers found Dear, recovered a backpack containing hundreds of quarters and a damaged coin hopper and shoes that matched the prints.

Dear told police three of his friends had committed the crime.

NEW CASINO-EVARO

Evaro's Gray Wolf Peak Casino to be replaced

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Construction of a $27 million, 40,000-square-foot casino and hotel in Evaro is scheduled to begin next year.

The Missoulian reports the new casino will replace the 7-year-old Gray Wolf Peak Casino and will include 70 hotel rooms. The casino itself will contain more than triple the 118 gambling machines now in use, and a new restaurant and lounge, spa amenities, an RV park, a convenience store and a bank branch are also part of the plans.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes say the facility will create more than 140 new jobs.

CSKT spokesman Rob McDonald says the current casino was always intended to be a temporary structure.

A $4.6 million renovation of the KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson is also planned for next year.

MONTANA JAIL-FATAL FALL

Investigation: Missoula inmate committed suicide

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) An investigation by Missoula police determined the recent death of a Missoula County jail inmate was a suicide.

Police say several witnesses reported that 51-year-old Jeffrey Roy Kohlstadt fell from a second-floor railing in a jail pod on Nov. 3 and struck his head on the concrete floor. He died at the hospital later that night.

A coroner's inquest will be held because Kohlstadt died while in law enforcement custody.

Kohlstadt had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated domestic assault and violating his parole.

MISSING MONTANA CHILD

Girl reported missing from Montana located

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Lewis and Clark County sheriff's office says a 6-year-old girl reported missing from the East Helena area has been located in Missouri.

Undersheriff Dave Rau says officers in Manchester, Missouri, located 6-year-old Elli Sue Ingold and her father, Robert Ingold, on Tuesday.

The Montana Department of Justice issued a missing and endangered person's advisory for Elli early Tuesday afternoon, saying she was taken by her non-custodial father on Nov. 14. Elli has a pacemaker and is required to take medications.

Officials had said they had last been seen in the St. Louis area and could be traveling to Richmond, Virginia,

FORMER REPORTER ASSAULTED

Bail set at $150K in assault that cost man his eye

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) A man suspected of assaulting a former Wall Street Journal and Missoulian reporter, costing him the sight in his left eye, is charged with aggravated assault.

The Missoulian reports 30-year-old Sean Marceau was arrested last Thursday at a Missoula motel and made an initial court appearance Friday. Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set bail at $150,000, citing the seriousness of the allegations and the fact that Marceau had failed to register as a violent offender.

Les Gapay has said he was assaulted by three men in late August in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Missoula, where he was staying in his pickup for the night. Gapay says one assailant took his cellphone and hit him in the eye at least five times.

Marceau is scheduled to appear in District Court on Dec. 1.

MONTANA PEDESTRIAN FATAL

Charges against Wash. driver in MT fatal dropped

(Information in the following story is from: Livingston Enterprise, http://www.livingstonenterprise.com)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) Montana prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Washington state woman who apparently drove over the body of an Alaska man after he was struck by a semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 90 near Big Timber in south-central Montana.

The Livingston Enterprise reports Sweet Grass County prosecutor Patrick Dringman filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a felony evidence tampering charge that had been filed against 31-year-old Wyran Young of Oak Harbor, Washington. Earlier, Park County prosecutors dismissed a charge of accidents involving a deceased person.

Dringman's motion said he did not have enough evidence to prove the case.

Prosecutors alleged Young ran over the body of 81-year-old Elgie Bedford of Wasilla, Alaska, early on Sept. 30, 2013, and then washed the vehicle at a car wash in Livingston, where some of Bedford's remains were discovered.

A truck driver was convicted of failing to report the crash.

STOCKMAN BANK-MISSOULA

Stockman Bank to build branch in downtown Missoula

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Stockman Bank has announced plans to build a multi-story branch in downtown Missoula.

The bank's Missoula market president, Bob Burns, says the plan is to begin demolishing the old Salvation Army building in March.

Burns says the Missoula location will be the largest of all the Stockman Bank locations in Montana, but officials haven't decided how many stories tall it will be.

Stockman Bank is the largest privately owned bank in Montana and is headquartered in Miles City.

Burns tells the Missoulian the bank plans on building two more branches in Missoula after the downtown building is complete to give it a strong presence in western Montana.

MONTANA COACH SEARCH

Montana AD will conduct thorough coaching search

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Montana athletic director Kent Haslam says he's not going to set a deadline by which he plans to name a new football coach for the Grizzlies.

He tells the Missoulian he wants to work quickly, but also be judicious and take the time that is necessary to find the right person.

He notes the season is not over and coach Mick Delaney is retiring, not moving on to a new job, so Delaney7 can continue with recruiting and other efforts until a new coach is named.

Haslam says he wants to find the best person who knows what Griz football means to the community and the state, and who recruit great students and operate an honorable program.

Haslam says he's already heard from some interested coaches and he plans to meet with people he knows and trusts in the business to develop a list of possible candidates.


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