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Articles from the September 5, 2013 edition

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  • Defendant seeks to block resentencing in rape case

    Updated Sep 5, 2013

    BILLINGS (AP) — The defense attorney for a former Montana teacher convicted of raping one of his students wants a Friday resentencing hearing cancelled. Attorney Jay Lansing said in a court brief filed Thursday that only the Supreme Court can review claims that the 30-day sentence given to Stacey Rambold was illegal. Prosecutors have filed similar motions. The office of Judge G. Todd Baugh, who has presided over the case, says there are no plans to cancel the hearing. Rambold was returned to Billings Thursday from the s... Full story

  • Teen charged with rape jumps over court railing

    Updated Sep 5, 2013

    GREAT FALLS (AP) — A 16-year-old Great Falls boy who had reached a plea agreement in the rape of an 11-year-old girl jumped from the third floor of the Cascade County Courthouse, landing on the tile of the second floor. Great Falls Police Capt. John Schafer tells the Great Falls Tribune the boy jumped before his change-of-plea hearing Thursday morning. A representative with Benefis Health System said the boy was in critical but stable condition. The boy and prosecutors had reached a plea agreement recommending a sentence o... Full story

  • 1st human case of West Nile in Montana this year

    Updated Sep 5, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — State health officials say the first human case of West Nile Virus for this year has been reported in Yellowstone County. RiverStone Health and the Department of Public Health and Human Services say the woman in her 50s was diagnosed last week in Billings. She did not require hospitalization and was expected to fully recover. Mosquitoes started testing positive for WNV in Montana in mid-July and the first horse cases were reported in late August. Most people exposed to the virus experience no symptoms. Some d... Full story

  • Supreme Court upholds $730K judgment in burnout

    Updated Sep 5, 2013

    MISSOULA (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a $730,000 judgment against the state after a burnout meant to eliminate fuel available to a fire near Drummond in 2000 charred privately owned ranchland. Fred, Joan and Vicki Weaver sued the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation after a team of state-led firefighters from Florida set backfires on the 17,000 acre Ryan Gulch Fire, causing 900 acres of their ranch and timber land to burn. The lawsuit argued the state "negligently started the back-burn fire... Full story

  • 'Winter in the Blood' plans October Hi-Line showing

    John Kelleher|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    "Winter In the Blood," the movie made from James Welch's novel of the same name, will probably be shown in Havre sometime in October. The movie was filmed on the Hi-Line, mostly in Havre, Chinook and Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Chaske Spencer, raised in Montana and Idaho, stars in the film, playing the role of Virgil First Raise, an alcoholic who struggled with life during his exploits at his home at Fort Belknap and in Havre. Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs said Spencer is on another project, and won't be free... Full story

  • PSC revising utility executive pay rule

    MATT GOURAS Associated Press|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The Public Service Commission is moving forward with plans to change its rule requiring disclosure of salaries for top utility executives. The commission decided Thursday to start work on a draft rule that allows utilities to ask that the information remain confidential. Commissioners said the new rule states that utility salary information is public, but gives utilities a way to assert a privacy interest if warranted. The current rule says the salaries cannot be treated as confidential information. C... Full story

  • Big Central A road trip for Blue Pony spikers

    Daniel Horton|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    After opening the season with just one match against the Browning Indians, the Havre High volleyball program sprints into week two of the season. Starting the season with a 1-0 overall, and conference record, the Central A Blue Ponies have a shot to add two more conference wins, as well as have a strong showing at the annual Windy City Classic. Friday, the Ponies will play in Livingston. The Ponies will face conference rivals in the Livingston Rangers and Belgrade Panthers, pr... Full story

  • Frontier Notebook: It's Northern/Carroll rivalry week already

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    Week one is in the books in the Frontier Conference, and for some, even week two, but for every Frontier team, this week, it’s really time to get down to business. In the marquee matchup of the second Saturday of Frontier football action, the Montana State University-Northern Lights will travel to Helena to face the No. 12 Carroll College Fighting Saints. It’s the annual showdown between the two rivals at Carroll’s Nelson Stadium, but this season, it’s also Carroll’s home open... Full story

  • Pony harriers embark on a new journey

    Daniel Horton|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    With every other sport already getting underway this summer, the Havre High cross country program is a late arrival, but despite being a week behind most programs, the Blue Ponies are still excited to get a chance to run. Kyle Fisher has vacated the role of head coach, but former Pony harrier Darci Heninger is more than happy to take over the Pony program. The Ponies house a lot of talent and should be strong once again. Last year, the HHS girls earned their second... Full story

  • Our View: No one will have faith in Judge Baugh's decisions

    Updated Sep 5, 2013

    It’s time for Billings District Judge G. Todd Baugh to step down from the case of a former Billings High School teacher he sentenced to 30 days in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl, who later committed suicide. The whole event has become a circus, and the interests of justice will not be served. Someone will be able to see ulterior motives in anything that Baugh does from this point forward. After a nationwide uproar at the lenient sentence and the sexist and insensitive comments Baugh made at a hearing, Baugh said he w... Full story

  • Woman on the move, full-blown panic attack

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    Storm alert: All points bulletin. High anxiety winds precipitate storm of indeterminate velocity and duration. Woman in full state of panic attack. Coordinates unknown. Situation critical. Last seen headed toward the deep end. Take cover. For no identifiable reason. At least, none I can put my finger on. Early morning. The phone rang. One of my readers called to wish me well; she showered me with words of encouragement, praised my courage, asked me questions. I bluffed my way... Full story

  • Dividing Farm Bill harms middle class, rural America

    Ron de Yong|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    Recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed Farm Bill legislation that removed the nutrition component that provides food for children, seniors, the disabled and others in need. If your intention were to eliminate or drastically reduce food going to those in need due to economic distress, this is the legislation you would pass. If your intention were to eliminate or drastically reduce the safety net for family farmers in America, this is the legislation you would pass. Nutrition has traditionally been part of the Farm... Full story

  • Festival Days mugs on sale throughout town

    Havre Area Chamber of Commerce|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    The 2013 commemorative Festival Days mugs are on sale. Mugs sell for $6 at Murphy’s Pub, Dairy Queen, PJ’s, 15 West, McLean’s Grocery, Yummy Yogurt, Boxcars, the Golden Spike, Crystal City Casino, Hi-Line Gold Casino, Tip-it Bar, Maui Nights, the Eagles Club and the Elks Club. At participating taverns, mugs may be purchased for $6 and refills of tap beers for $1 starting Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. and going through Sunday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. This is the 26th year the Festi... Full story

  • For the Record, September 5, 2013

    Updated Sep 5, 2013

    Havre Police Department A 56-year-old Havre man was issued a summons for disorderly conduct after officers responded to a 8:22 a.m. Wednesday complaint about a neighbor from 5th Street. ——— Officers investigated a 11:55 a.m. Wednesday complaint from 2nd Street West about a possible fraud case. ——— Officers investigated a two-vehicle crash after receiving a 12:28 p.m. Wednesday call from a 5th Avenue business, ——— Officers investigated two calls, starting at 1:58 p.m. Wednesday, one about a man’s neighbor being held indoors... Full story

  • Billings rapist given only 30 days could face more prison time

    Matthew Brown|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    BILLINGS — A former Billings high school teacher sent to prison for 30 days over the rape of one of his students could face more time behind bars after prosecutors appealed the case to the state Supreme Court. Attorneys for the state and Yellowstone County say a minimum of two years in prison is mandated under state law for former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold, 54. They could seek even more prison time for the defendant as the appeal proceeds. The case g... Full story

  • Two teens taken to hospital after rollover

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    Two 17-year-olds were injured when the 1995 Buick Skylark they were in rolled over on 24th Avenue East around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday. Both teenagers were taken to Northern Montana Hospital. The girl was from Kremlin and the boy from Havre. The girl was driving northbound on 24th Avenue East when she lost control of the vehicle and it entered the ditch on the west side of the road, rolling until coming to a rest on its top. The driver was cited for careless driving and not wearing a seatbelt. No information was available about... Full story

  • Festival Days barbecue set to cook again

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    People again have the chance to show off their cooking skills while helping a good cause during Festival Days, with the second Smokin’ Barbecue competition set to run Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Holiday Village Mall parking lot. Organizer Kristi Burr said she is looking for people who would like to compete at the event to contact her about the rules and procedures, as well as people to come and taste to food and vote for their favorite. Proceeds from the fundraiser this year wi... Full story

  • Volunteers looking to help with flood mold

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    A member of a volunteer organization is on the Hi-Line this week, looking at damage from this year’s flooding to see if that organization can help. Dan Stewart of the Southern Baptist Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters was looking at mold in Havre Wednesday and today and moving on to look at the damage in Fort Belknap Indian Reservation Friday and Saturday. “We’ll look at it and see if we can help,” Stewart said this morning. While the number of people reporting flood damage this year was not enough to generat... Full story

  • Holistic healing advocate to speak in Havre

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Sep 5, 2013

    A Montana resident known around the world for his teachings of alternative healing techniques and philosophies is giving a seminar in Havre. The seminar, called “Energy Balancing,” is “a synthesis of philosophies, techniques and therapies gathered from many sources,” said seminar teacher James Minckler. “The focus is to eliminate blocked or restricted energy patterns in the body. Once balance is attained, then it can be used as a prevention with regular tune-ups,” he added. ... Full story