5 Things to Know in Montana for July 3
July 2, 2014
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
BILA group of American Indians wants a court to preserve and eventually release an investigative file containing inappropriate emails sent by a federal judge, including a racist message involving President Barack Obama. Their attorney said the contents of the emails will show if retired District Judge Richard Cebull made biased decisions from the bench in cases.
MURDER FOR HIRE
A Polson man who was charged with trying to hire someone to kill his former girlfriend so she couldn't testify against him in a rape trial has entered a plea agreement that calls for a 50-year prison sentence. Dennis Hobbs pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, stalking and witness tampering. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a solicitation of deliberate homicide charge.
GLACIER PARK INC
The company that ran Glacier National Park's visitor services for the past 32 years has purchased more than 200 acres of land and businesses in West Glacier and Apgar from the family that has owned the property for nearly 70 years. Glacier Park Inc. president Cindy Ognjanov says the 150 people employed by the Lundgren family will keep their jobs. The purchase gives GPI properties on both sides of the park.
A long-time radio meteorologist running for the state Legislature is out of work after his opponent demanded free, equal airtime. John Pulasky tells The Billings Gazette he was taken off the air by Northern Broadcasting before the June primary election. Real estate agent and Republican Clayton Fiscus had demanded equal airtime from the station.
GIRL RUN OVER
A 10-year-old Bozeman girl has died of injuries suffered when she was accidentally run over by a trailer. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Naya Reed died early Monday at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. Bozeman police say Naya was sitting on a trailer before the incident.