Father kills himself after wounding daughter in head
(Information in the following story is from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Montana say a father shot his teenage daughter in the head and then shot and killed himself.
Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier says the girl is hospitalized.
Meier tells the Great Falls Tribune that the shooting occurred early Saturday near the town of Lustre.
Meier says a 16-year-old girl said her father, 62-year-old Raymond Rahn, shot her in the head and then shot himself in the head.
He says the father died en route to the hospital and the daughter is at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
The two were the only occupants of the home at the time.
Meier says the man’s wife is in Seattle being treated for a disease.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Meier did not release the name of the girl.
New Butte water treatment plant uses innovative system
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Butte is opening a water treatment plant that uses a filtration system used in Asia and Europe.
When complete in December 2016, Butte will be the first municipality in the nation to treat its drinking water with this system.
The two-story plant will filter drinking water from the Basin Creek Reservoir. About 40 percent of Butte’s annual water supply comes from Basin Creek.
The Japanese and European-inspired treatment plant is a ceramic membrane plant. It will use a pressurized system to push the water through the membranes and take pumping out of the equation.
Butte officials say it will ultimately save them money.
Montana FWP at work on new mountain lion management plan
(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department is beginning to develop a new plan for managing mountain lions in the state.
The current plan is about 20 years old, and officials hope to have a new plan ready by the end of this year.
FWP regional wildlife manager Mike Thompson tells the Missoulian that there has been an erosion of trust between the agency and the public as the old plan becomes more and more outdated.
The outdated plan has left the agency reacting to lion issues more than getting ahead of them.
For example, the agency has struggled to find a balance that allows more experienced hunters a chance at early-season hunts while providing enough hunter opportunities to ensure the proper number of lions are removed each year.
2 suspects arrested in BB gun incident in Missoula
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula police have taken two males into custody after several people were reported being shot at by someone with an air gun.
No one was seriously injured in the incident that occurred Sunday in the downtown area.
The Missoula Police Department says an adult and a minor were firing a BB gun from an apartment in the area.
The incident remains under investigation.
Netting of Yellowstone lake trout is a long-term venture
(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — New research predicts it will take another 14 years of killing lake trout in Yellowstone Lake in order for native cutthroat trout to be re-established to the level sought by managers.
Montana State University student John Syslo modeled the effectiveness of Yellowstone’s lake trout netting and killing efforts for his doctoral dissertation.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Syslo’s study also discovered that lake trout have shifted their diet away from cutthroat and now subsist primarily on a small type of scud that cutthroat also feed on.
Lake trout suppression in Yellowstone National Park began in 1998, four years after they were first discovered there. The program is now the longest running of its kind in the West. Lake trout were illegally introduced in the 1980s.
Nevada case is latest to test ‘stand your ground’ laws
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The idea that a person’s home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century.
But that broad legal premise has been put to the test in several states amid cases that stretched the boundaries of “stand your ground” self-defense laws.
The latest high-profile case is in Nevada, where a man is on trial on murder charges after opening fire on two trespassers — not in his home but at a vacant rental unit he owns.
It has helped renew discussions about stand-your-ground laws and how they are interpreted across the U.S.
More than 30 states have adopted or strengthened such provisions, providing more leeway to claim self-defense as a reason to kill.