Missing 4-year-old found.
WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — A missing 4-year-old girl has been found on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, just a few miles from where she was reportedly abducted while playing in a park. The girl was found yesterday a few miles north of Wolf Point, where witnesses say she was taken by a young man Friday night. A suspect, John Lieba, was arrested in Wolf Point. A county official said Lieba and the girl are not “blood relatives.” Both are Native Americans..
Montana gubernatorial race puts spotlight on low wages
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte has tried to take the sheen off the state’s mostly glowing economic numbers as he campaigns for governor. Montana’s unemployment rate is a full point below the national number and incomes are rising. Gov. Steve Bullock is touting what some outside analysts call an “ecosystem of entrepreneurship” in his bid for a second term. But as Gianforte makes his bid to oust Bullock, the Bozeman businessman pounces on one particular statistic: Montana’s rank as 49th in the country in wages — behind only Mississippi. There’s little dispute that wages in Montana are among the lowest in the country, but economists say the metric in itself doesn’t tell the full story.
Wildlife secrets revealed with advanced tracking devices
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Solar-powered trackers on wings of California condors and locators attached to humpback whales are among the devices now giving researchers new insights into animal life. Technological advances in recent years have allowed what could be the most inquisitive Earth dweller of them all, humans, to invent ever more ingenious ways to find out what their fellow inhabitants are up to. Scientists say the trove of new information thanks to ever smaller and more powerful tracking devices is leading to discoveries that could be used to make better wildlife and habitat management decisions. The devices also reveal the secret lives of hard-to-study animals.
Standoff ends with authorities finding suspect dead
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man involved in a standoff near a small community between Billings and Bozeman. The Billings Gazette reports the body of 59-year-old James Dunakin was found Saturday after a standoff lasting more than six hours. Officers responded Saturday morning to a report that a man was shooting at a house. Sweet Grass County Under Sheriff Alan Ronneberg said in a news release that Dunakin barricaded himself in a house and authorities evacuated the area. More than six hours later, a Gallatin County Special Response Team found Dunakin dead inside the home.
Culbertson on board for Amtrak stop
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Efforts to resume Amtrak service to Culbertson are getting closer to reality, and all that is needed is a depot. Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers says Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad have endorsed the idea of adding a stop in Culbertson along the Empire Builder train route but there’s been no decision when the service would start. The Great Falls Tribune reports that a BNSF official contacted late Friday afternoon was not immediately able to confirm Oelker’s news. But Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the company thinks there is a good business reason to stop the train in Culbertson.
Advocacy group says many pot shops to shut down after ruling
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of a medical marijuana advocacy group says many of Montana’s 471 registered providers will have to shut down after a court upheld most of the rollbacks of the state’s medical pot law. Montana Cannabis Information Association President Mort Reid said Friday he is advising providers to comply with the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling within two weeks. On Thursday, the court ruled that providers can sell marijuana to no more than three registered users each. It upheld other restrictions passed by state lawmakers in 2011 to review doctors who recommend the drug to more than 25 patients in a year and ban pot advertising.