Bernie Sanders rallies on Wednesday in Missoula, Billings
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders plans a pair of Montana rallies Wednesday as he seeks to stir support ahead of the state’s June 7 Democratic presidential primary.
A 12:30 p.m. event hosted by the Vermont senator is scheduled at Caras Park Pavilion in Missoula followed by a 7 p.m. rally at Metra Park in Billings.
Both events are open to the public. They mark the first Montana appearances by a major candidate since the primary season got under way.
Twenty-eight delegates are at stake in the state, as Sanders tries to close in on Hillary Clinton in the race’s final weeks.
Clinton lost the party’s 2008 Montana primary to then-Sen. Barack Obama by 15 percentage points.
Sanders travels Thursday to neighboring South Dakota, which also has a June 7 primary.
Disabled girl left on Corvallis school bus for 3 hours
CORVALLIS, Mont. (AP) — The Ravalli County sheriff’s department is investigating after a Corvallis school bus driver left a 16-year-old developmentally disabled girl on a school bus, in a restraint system, for three hours after the bus dropped other students off.
School officials say the driver forgot to take the girl off the bus last Thursday. Family members told KECI-TV the girl has the cognitive ability of a 4-year-old. Undersheriff Steve Holton says she needed to be harnessed in the bus seat for safety.
Superintendent Tim Johnson says the district is improving the way attendance information is shared between drivers and special services staff. The driver was placed on paid leave during an investigation and won’t drive for Corvallis schools for the rest of the school year.
The girl’s family says she is no longer attending school in Corvallis.
Montana State names new athletic director
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University has named South Dakota State senior associate athletic director Leon Costello as the university’s new athletic director.
MSU President Waded Cruzado announced the hiring Tuesday, hours after she said Utah deputy athletic director Kyle Brennan had changed his mind about accepting the job.
Costello was one of five finalists to succeed Peter Fields, whose contract wasn’t renewed after 14 years. Costello tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he was disappointed when he wasn’t hired initially, but is glad the way things worked out.
Costello says he and his family saw themselves fitting in in Bozeman and called MSU a great place with huge potential.
Costello helped raise $57 million for SDSU, in part to build an athletic complex. The school’s new football stadium is nearly complete.
State investigating deaths of grayling in Rogers Lake
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials are trying to figure out what is killing large grayling in Rogers Lake southwest of Kila.
Regional fisheries manager Mark Deleray tells the Daily Inter Lake that the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department started receiving calls about dead grayling washing up on shore about three weeks ago.
He says the fish seem to be succumbing to a white fungus that appears to affect only large, spawning age grayling.
Deleray says a fish health specialist from Great Falls took some samples, but the lab results are not back yet. He says last year’s warm summer likely stressed the fish, sending them into the winter in poorer condition than normal.
Deleray notes that bald eagles seem to be enjoying the easy meals.
Winner hasn’t claimed Montana Millionaire prize
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Lottery officials say no one has claimed a $10,000 prize from December’s Montana Millionaire drawing.
The winning ticket was sold at B&H Casino in Belgrade and the winning number was 094857. The ticket expires on June 18.
A $5,000 Mega Millions prize from the Jan. 12 drawing also has gone unclaimed. The numbers drawn were: 15, 27, 29, 31, 48 and the Mega Ball was 15. The winning ticket, which would have matched four of the numbers and the Mega Ball, was purchased at Town Pump in Cut Bank.
Man who died after jump in Glacier National Park identified
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 26-year-old man who died from his injuries after jumping into a shallow pool of water at the base of a waterfall in Glacier National Park.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that a release from the park identified the man who died May 4 as Clint Cory Not Afraid, of Browning.
Glacier officials say park rangers had responded to a report that a man had jumped feet first into Running Eagle Falls, which is between Two Medicine Lake and Lower Two Medicine Lake. Rangers had performed CPR, but the man was pronounced dead by medical personal at the scene.
Park officials say an initial investigation found that the man jumped from the falls on his own accord. No foul play is suspected.