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GALLATIN COUNTY RESCUE

2 rescued from the backcountry in Gallatin County

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Two men have been rescued from the backcountry in Gallatin County.

The two out-of-state residents were rescued Saturday night. They were found cold but in good condition.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says it received a call shortly before 9 p.m. from the men who had become lost in Hyalite Canyon while on a snowboard outing.

Though hampered by marginal cell coverage, the men were able to help guide rescuers on snowmobiles to their location by listening to the sound of the machines.

They were found about 10:30 p.m.

AVALANCHE ANNIVERSARY

Missoula remembers avalanche on 1-year anniversary

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A film recounting the deadly avalanche that swept through a Missoula neighborhood a year ago highlighted the one-year anniversary of the event.

The documentary about the Mount Jumbo avalanche drew a packed house at its premiere on Saturday at Missoula's Roxy Theater.

"Amplify Kindness," by director Katrina Johnson, had its premiere on the one-year anniversary of the day when an avalanche slid down Mount Jumbo and into the Rattlesnake neighborhood, destroying two homes.

After the avalanche, an army of neighbors rushed to the scene with shovels and snow probes and helped dig out three people.

Two survived but the third died at the hospital.

Johnson says the film is primarily about spreading the message of the community spirit after the avalanche.

MOOSE DEATHS

Cause of moose deaths in SW Montana investigated

(Information in the following story is from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com)

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Biologists are trying to determine the cause of six moose deaths in the Upper Big Hole Valley in southwest Montana since 2013.

So far, laboratory tests have proved inconclusive.

The Montana Standard reports that the six adult female moose died of either disease or malnutrition, but exactly the nature of the disease or what caused the malnutrition is unknown.

Officials say the moose population is not in danger.

In fact, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says mortality rates for moose calves are improving.

PARKS PADDLING

Various groups stand against Yellowstone paddling bill

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is among various groups opposing proposed legislation that would open up more rivers and streams to paddling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act was introduced last month by Wyoming Republican U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis.

Caroline Byrd, who directs the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in Bozeman, Montana, says the proposed bill is not the right way to address a new recreational use in a national park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the Greater Yellowstone Coalition joins the National Parks Conservation Association and Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance in opposing the bill.

Lummis says her bill allows park managers to manage paddling as they do any other recreational activity in the parks.

BILLINGS FATAL SHOOTING

Billings man to argue self-defense in homicide trial

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

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 28-year-old Billings man accused of the shooting death of a woman while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher intends to argue self-defense at his trial.

The trial of Richard Douglas Reinert Jr. is scheduled to start Monday in Yellowstone County District Court.

Reinert is charged with deliberate homicide in death of 25-year-old Jessica Lee French Stephenson at his home in December 2013.

Prosecutors say Reinert shot Stephenson multiple times in the head and chest while she was calling 911 to report he was drunk and fighting with his wife.

The Billings Gazette reports that court documents show Reinert contends that his actions were motivated by fear from statements by Stephenson.

KALISPELL SENIOR CENTER

Kalispell assisted living facility is closing

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Residents of an assisted living facility in Kalispell have been given 30 days to find a new place to live because the center is closing.

Greenwood Village Assisted Living is home to 30 elderly and disabled residents.

It will close April 1.

The Daily Inter Lake reports that the closure comes as the Montana Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a complaint filed recently over the care of a woman who suffered a stroke at Greenwood Village and later died.

Agency spokesman Jon Ebelt says the Quality Assurance Division Licensure Bureau has received four complaints related to Greenwood Village Assisted Living within the past 12 months.

BAIL BONDS

Belgrade bail bonds business settles federal lawsuit

(Information in the following story is from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com)

BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) — A Belgrade bail bonds business has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit against Park County and the county's justice of the peace over issuing jail bonds.

Park County agreed to pay Valley Bail Bonds $6,700 after the business' federal lawsuit was appealed.

In April, Valley Bail Bonds sued Judge Linda Budeski and Park County in U.S. District Court in Billings. The company says Budeski allowed a criminal defendant to post 10 percent of his bail with the court, which deprived the company of its percentage.

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, a federal judge ruled judges have discretion and the company was free to write surety bonds for other defendants.


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