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Montana State Newsletter Newsletter for Saturday September 20, 2008


Montana State Newsletter Newsletter for Saturday September 20, 2008 ( 59 items )  

CITY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, REROUTES
LAWRENCE, Kan., Sept. 19 -- The city of Lawrence issued the following news release: Infrastructure improvement projects for the week of Sept. 22 are listed below. Project: Ohio Street reconstruction Traffic impacts: Ohio Street, 600 block, closed to through traffic Seventh and Ohio streets intersection, closed to through traffic Project: Overlay Program Phase 2 Traffic impacts: 17th Street, Louisiana to Tennessee, completed 24th Street, Alabama east to cul-de-sac, no traffic impa  more

DEMENTIA CARE EXPERT TO HIGHLIGHT CONFERENCE
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: Lanny Butler of IATB Dementia Care will provide information on alternatives to caring for loved ones with dementia during the 10th annual Community Services Bureau Conference in Billings Oct. 1-3, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana. Butler's keynote address, 'Dementia Possible Care', focuses on changing the perception of the dementia process and the reality of what is possib  more

FISH WILDLIFE AND PARKS ISSUES UPLAND GAME BIRD HARVEST HISTORY
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Is upland game bird hunting as good today as it was 20 years ago? For those interested in the game bird harvest in Montana last year compared with the long-term average, here are the stats: Statewide harvest by species - 20-year average - 2007 estimate * Pheasant - 123,037 - 151,592 * Gray Partridge - 50,037 47,260 * Sharp-tailed grouse - 53,775 - 54,467 * Sage grouse - 10,365 - 3,11  more

FISH WILDLIFE AND PARKS RELEASES USEFUL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE FACTS FOR HUNTERS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Off-highway vehicles, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, quadricycles, dune buggies, amphibious vehicles and air cushion vehicles, have registration and use rules. Snowmobiles, however, are not considered OHVs. The OHV registration and use rules include: OHVs operating on public land must be registered and display a decal. OHVs must also be registered at the County Treasurers' offic  more

FISH WILDLIFE AND PARKS SAYS 'HIBERNATION IS COMING' SEASON FOR BEARS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Some people say that there are only two seasons in Montana: winter's coming and winter's here. For bears those two seasons are: hibernation's coming and hibernation's here. In anticipation of hibernation, bears enter a "food-eating frenzy" known as hyperphagia this time of year. In hyperphagia, a bear may eat 20,000 calories and gain several pounds, or more, per day. Adult bears can pile on more  more

FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION MEETING TO BE HELD IN HELENA
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Helena Sept. 25 and not in Hamilton as originally scheduled. The commission holds most of its meetings in Helena, but schedules several meetings each year in a regional locale. The location of the meeting was changed to conserve fuel and energy costs. Officials said they would attempt to set a future commission meeting in Hamilton. For   more

FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION MEETS ON SEPT. 25 IN HELENA
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Sept. 25 at the FWP Helena Headquarters, 1420 East 6 th Ave, beginning at 8 a.m. Commissioners will make final decisions on a number of wildlife issues including: * A 24,000-acre conservation easement near Glasgow, * An administrative rule relating to the classification of wolves and depredation guidelines once wolves are delisted, *  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: AMY SUE WHITEGRASS PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on September 17, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, AMY SUE WHITEGRASS, an 18-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Sentencing is set for January 5, 2009. She is currently detain  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: BRENDA McDOUGAL SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on September 18, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, BRENDA MCDOUGAL, a 41-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. MCDOUGAL was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 7 months (co  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: CLAYTON SCHLEPP PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on September 19, 2008, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CLAYTON SCHLEPP, a 31-year-old resident of Miles City, pled guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography. A sentencing date will be set at a later time  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: CLIFFORD W. EAGLE PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on September 18, 2008, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CLIFFORD W. EAGLE, a resident of Billings, pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is set for December 18, 2008. He is currently detain  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: CORRINE ANN YELLOW OWL PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on September 17, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, CORRINE ANN YELLOW OWL, a 41-year-old resident of Poplar, pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Sentencing is set for January 5, 2009. She is currently detai  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: DEAMARR FAYE DAWN RUTHERFORD SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 18, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DEAMARR FAYE DAWN RUTHERFORD, a 43-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. RUTHERFORD was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 46 months * Special   more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: JENNIFER LEE JONES PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on September 17, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JENNIFER LEE JONES, a 20-year-old resident of Poplar, pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sentencing is set for January 5, 2009. In an Offer   more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: MONTY JEROME HENDY SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 18, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MONTY JEROME HENDY, age 30, formerly of Helena, appeared for sentencing. HENDY was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 36 months * Special Assessment: $100 * S  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: PAMELA McCLURE SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 17, 2008, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, PAMELA McCLURE, age 40, appeared for sentencing. McCLURE was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 10 months * Special Assessment: $100 * Supervised Relea  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: TIMOTHY B. SUNDLES - PROBATION REINSTATED
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that in Missoula after a hearing on September 16, 2008, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch granted the government's motion to set aside the order for early termination of TIMOTHY B. SUNDLES' supervision. SUNDLES, a resident of St. Ignatius, was immediately placed back on probat  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: TIMOTHY COX SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 17, 2008, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, TIMOTHY COX appeared for sentencing. COX was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 120 months * Special Assessment: $100 * Supervised Release: 5 years   more

MONTANA CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION GROUP TO MEET IN HELENA
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: The Montana Conservation and Restoration Partnership steering committee, a group formed to advise agencies and organizations on how to best carry out new conservation programs, will meet in Lewistown, Oct. 1, at the Yogo Inn. The purpose of the partnership is to bring together a broad coalition of people committed to a voluntary, incentive-based approach to the conservation and restoration of Mo  more

Montana Inventor Develops Height Adjustment Trailer Hitch Apparatus
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 19 -- Leslie Lynn Schipman of Townsend, Mont., has developed a vehicle trailer hitch apparatus. According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A apparatus having a height adjustment mechanism to adjust the height of a trailer. The height adjustment mechanism is comprised of, among other elements, an outer tube, a crank assembly having a drive gear, an inner tube having an internally threaded acme nut, and an acme screw assembly. The acme scre  more

MONTANA TOBACCO USE PREVENTION PROGRAM SET TO LAUNCH NEW SMOKEFREE AD CAMPAIGN
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: WHO: The Clintons, Miller's Crossing (Helena's newest smokefree bar), and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program. WHAT: The launch of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program's newest smokefree ad campaign, featuring the Clintons, at the kickoff for the 'I Can't Wait - Expect Smokefree' media campaign. The event will feature special presentations and a full concert by the  more

MONTANA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 4.4 PERCENT
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 20 -- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry issued the following news release: Following the national rate, Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.4% in August to 4.4%. The national rate increased by 0.4% from 5.7% to 6.1% for August. "Although Montana is still fairing better than the rest of the country, this month's figures show that, like surrounding states, Montana's economy is still impacted by the national economic troubles," says Lab  more

PRIVATE LAND/PUBLIC WILDLIFE COUNCIL SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSALS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council is seeking public comment through Oct.15 on five draft recommendations regarding several Montana hunting and access issues. According to PL/PW Council Chairman Land Tawney, the group adopted draft recommendations seeking to: create a voluntary continuing hunter education program modify Block Management landowner incentives explore new ways to develop v  more

REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT: AUGUST 2008
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the following press release: Regional and state unemployment rates were mostly higher in August. Overall, 44 states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the- month unemployment rate increases, 5 states registered decreases, and 1 state had no change, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Over the year, jobless rates were up in 47 states and the District of Co  more

REGIONAL INITIATIVES IN DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM TO IMPROVE RURAL HEALTH CARE OPTIONS
SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 18 -- Eastern Washington University issued the following news release: A unique collaboration between Eastern Washington University's Department of Dental Hygiene and the University of Washington's School of Dentistry will help address critical oral health needs in rural Washington. Regional Initiatives in Dental Education, or RIDE, builds on the success of the 30-year-old WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program model the University of Washingto  more

REP. REHBERG ANNOUNCES FEDERAL GRANTS FOR ALL SEVEN MONTANA TRIBAL COLLEGES
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont. (at large), issued the following news release: Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today announced that $1,895,100 in grants have been awarded to the seven tribal colleges in Montana. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Tribal College Initiative Community Facility program, which Rehberg funded as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Montana's seven tribal colleges together serve on  more

REP. REHBERG, HOUSE VOTE TO CREATE 'SILVER ALERT' SYSTEM MODELED AFTER THE AMBER ALERT
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont. (at large), issued the following news release: Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week joined House Colleagues in passing the National Silver Alert Act which will establish a communications network to assist efforts to locate missing senior citizens modeled after the tremendously successful Amber Alert system. "As more people retire in Montana, more state resources are required to find missing adults," said Rehberg a Member of th  more

Rural Mainstreet Economy for September
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 19 -- Creighton University issued the following press release: September Survey Results at a Glance: For a second straight month, the Rural Mainstreet Economic Index drops to a record low. Almost 90 percent of bankers strongly reject any government bailout of Lehman Brothers. Over 50 percent of bankers think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be privatized. Almost 60 percent of bank CEOs report a significant tightening of credit. Rural Mainstreet Economy Slo  more

SEN. BAUCUS ISSUES REMARKS ON COALITION OF SERVICE INDUSTRIES
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Finance Committee issued the following statement: A Day in the Life When we start our dinner tonight, on the other side of the world, Japan will just be waking up. In a small apartment in Tokyo, a young professional begins her day. Sitting at her computer over breakfast, she reads the news and sends a few e-mails. Out the door a few minutes later, she squeezes into the subway car with music playing on her iPod. Soon, she is in her downtown office, where s  more

SENS. BAUCUS, TESTER ANNOUNCE NEW FUNDING FOR YELLOWSTONE PUBLIC RADIO
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- The office of Sen. John Tester, D-Mont., has issued the following news release: Montana's U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced a grant of nearly $45,000 to upgrade Yellowstone Public Radio. The money, from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP), will replace Yellowstone Public Radio's unreliable and failing translator equipment with new satellite equipment. Yellowstone Public Radio, based in Billin  more

SHOOTING RANGE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS AWARDED
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently awarded $122,838 in grants to enhance shooting-range facilities in several communities. Shooting-range grants were awarded to: * Butte Trap Club-$6,195 toward purchase of an automatic trap machine and voice releases . * Bozeman Rifle Club-$7,186 toward improvements at the Greenway Indoor Shooting Range located on the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. *  more

STATE COMPUTER MAINTENANCE TO BRIEFLY AFFECT FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS LICENSE SALES
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Hunters and anglers who need to purchase hunting and fishing licenses this weekend need to plan ahead. The state computer network that hosts Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Automated Licensing System is scheduled for maintenance work from 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday Sept. 21. The ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses during the Sunday morning maintenance work will be briefly affected from   more

STATE LANDS HAVE SPECIAL REGULATIONS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: When planning a hunting trip, it is important for hunters to be mindful of the regulations associated with using State School Trust Land managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Just a few tips: * A $2 state lands access fee is now included in the $8 resident and $10 nonresident price of the Montana conservation license. This license replaces the $10 state lands r  more

STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS APPLAUD GRIZZLY BEAR DNA STUDY
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana wildlife officials recently praised the four-year federally funded study aimed at determining the number of grizzly bears inhabiting the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem in northwest Montana, one of the last strongholds of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states. "The study shows that northwestern Montana's grizzly bear population is healthy, growing, and genetically diverse," said Jef  more

THIRD ANNUAL MONTANA TOBACCO POLICY SUMMIT SEPT. 24
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: WHO: Suzaynn Schick, PhD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California - San Francisco Patricia Nez Henderson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Vice President for the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health Bronson Frick, Associate Director of Americans for Nons  more

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Montana (Sept. 19)
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 19 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Montana. *** Montana Inventor Develops Height Adjustment Trailer Hitch Apparatus ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 19 -- Leslie Lynn Schipman of Townsend, Mont., has developed a vehicle trailer hitch apparatus. According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A apparatus having a height adjustment mechanism to adjust the height of a trailer. The height adjustment mechanism is comprised o  more

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA REACHES ANOTHER ENROLLMENT MILESTONE
MISSOULA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The University of Montana issued the following news release: For the first time in its 115-year history, The University of Montana has more than 14,000 enrolled students, setting records for both total headcount and full-time equivalents. UM has a total enrollment of 14,207 this fall semester, a jump of 349 from a year ago and 246 more than the previous all-time record set in fall 2006. The new record for full-time equivalent students is 12,295.97, which is   more

WVU Awarded One of Six National Rural Health Research Center Grants
MARTINSBURG, W.Va., Sept. 19 -- The West Virginia University School of Medicine issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the West Virginia University Institute for Health Policy Research a four-year, $2.6 million grant to establish a national center devoted to rural health research. The award comes from the HHS Office of Rural Health Policy, which promotes research on healthcare in rural areas. To qualify, centers identified a nationa  more

YOUTH PHEASANT, WATERFOWL HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES ON SEPT. 27-28
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana's young hunters will have a special treat Sept. 27-28, the weekend of the special youth waterfowl and pheasant hunting seasons. Legally licensed hunters age 12 through 15 will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two days. "Since pheasant hunting success, like waterfowl hunting success, can diminish as the season progresses, the com  more

DEMENTIA CARE EXPERT TO HIGHLIGHT CONFERENCE
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: Lanny Butler of IATB Dementia Care will provide information on alternatives to caring for loved ones with dementia during the 10th annual Community Services Bureau Conference in Billings Oct. 1-3, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana. Butler's keynote address, 'Dementia Possible Care', focuses on changing the perception of the dementia process and the reality of what is possib  more

FISH WILDLIFE AND PARKS ISSUES UPLAND GAME BIRD HARVEST HISTORY
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Is upland game bird hunting as good today as it was 20 years ago? For those interested in the game bird harvest in Montana last year compared with the long-term average, here are the stats: Statewide harvest by species - 20-year average - 2007 estimate * Pheasant - 123,037 - 151,592 * Gray Partridge - 50,037 47,260 * Sharp-tailed grouse - 53,775 - 54,467 * Sage grouse - 10,365 - 3,11  more

FISH WILDLIFE AND PARKS RELEASES USEFUL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE FACTS FOR HUNTERS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Off-highway vehicles, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, quadricycles, dune buggies, amphibious vehicles and air cushion vehicles, have registration and use rules. Snowmobiles, however, are not considered OHVs. The OHV registration and use rules include: OHVs operating on public land must be registered and display a decal. OHVs must also be registered at the County Treasurers' offic  more

FISH WILDLIFE AND PARKS SAYS 'HIBERNATION IS COMING' SEASON FOR BEARS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Some people say that there are only two seasons in Montana: winter's coming and winter's here. For bears those two seasons are: hibernation's coming and hibernation's here. In anticipation of hibernation, bears enter a "food-eating frenzy" known as hyperphagia this time of year. In hyperphagia, a bear may eat 20,000 calories and gain several pounds, or more, per day. Adult bears can pile on more  more

FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION MEETING TO BE HELD IN HELENA
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Helena Sept. 25 and not in Hamilton as originally scheduled. The commission holds most of its meetings in Helena, but schedules several meetings each year in a regional locale. The location of the meeting was changed to conserve fuel and energy costs. Officials said they would attempt to set a future commission meeting in Hamilton. For   more

FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION MEETS ON SEPT. 25 IN HELENA
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Sept. 25 at the FWP Helena Headquarters, 1420 East 6 th Ave, beginning at 8 a.m. Commissioners will make final decisions on a number of wildlife issues including: * A 24,000-acre conservation easement near Glasgow, * An administrative rule relating to the classification of wolves and depredation guidelines once wolves are delisted, *  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: BRENDA McDOUGAL SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on September 18, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, BRENDA MCDOUGAL, a 41-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. MCDOUGAL was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 7 months (co  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: CLAYTON SCHLEPP PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on September 19, 2008, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CLAYTON SCHLEPP, a 31-year-old resident of Miles City, pled guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography. A sentencing date will be set at a later time  more

INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON SEPT. 18: MONTY JEROME HENDY SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 18, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MONTY JEROME HENDY, age 30, formerly of Helena, appeared for sentencing. HENDY was sentenced to a term of: * Prison: 36 months * Special Assessment: $100 * S  more

MONTANA CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION GROUP TO MEET IN HELENA
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: The Montana Conservation and Restoration Partnership steering committee, a group formed to advise agencies and organizations on how to best carry out new conservation programs, will meet in Lewistown, Oct. 1, at the Yogo Inn. The purpose of the partnership is to bring together a broad coalition of people committed to a voluntary, incentive-based approach to the conservation and restoration of Mo  more

MONTANA TOBACCO USE PREVENTION PROGRAM SET TO LAUNCH NEW SMOKEFREE AD CAMPAIGN
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: WHO: The Clintons, Miller's Crossing (Helena's newest smokefree bar), and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program. WHAT: The launch of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program's newest smokefree ad campaign, featuring the Clintons, at the kickoff for the 'I Can't Wait - Expect Smokefree' media campaign. The event will feature special presentations and a full concert by the  more

MONTANA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 4.4 PERCENT
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 20 -- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry issued the following news release: Following the national rate, Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.4% in August to 4.4%. The national rate increased by 0.4% from 5.7% to 6.1% for August. "Although Montana is still fairing better than the rest of the country, this month's figures show that, like surrounding states, Montana's economy is still impacted by the national economic troubles," says Lab  more

PRIVATE LAND/PUBLIC WILDLIFE COUNCIL SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSALS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council is seeking public comment through Oct.15 on five draft recommendations regarding several Montana hunting and access issues. According to PL/PW Council Chairman Land Tawney, the group adopted draft recommendations seeking to: create a voluntary continuing hunter education program modify Block Management landowner incentives explore new ways to develop v  more

SHOOTING RANGE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS AWARDED
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently awarded $122,838 in grants to enhance shooting-range facilities in several communities. Shooting-range grants were awarded to: * Butte Trap Club-$6,195 toward purchase of an automatic trap machine and voice releases . * Bozeman Rifle Club-$7,186 toward improvements at the Greenway Indoor Shooting Range located on the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. *  more

STATE COMPUTER MAINTENANCE TO BRIEFLY AFFECT FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS LICENSE SALES
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Hunters and anglers who need to purchase hunting and fishing licenses this weekend need to plan ahead. The state computer network that hosts Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Automated Licensing System is scheduled for maintenance work from 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday Sept. 21. The ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses during the Sunday morning maintenance work will be briefly affected from   more

STATE LANDS HAVE SPECIAL REGULATIONS
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: When planning a hunting trip, it is important for hunters to be mindful of the regulations associated with using State School Trust Land managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Just a few tips: * A $2 state lands access fee is now included in the $8 resident and $10 nonresident price of the Montana conservation license. This license replaces the $10 state lands r  more

STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS APPLAUD GRIZZLY BEAR DNA STUDY
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana wildlife officials recently praised the four-year federally funded study aimed at determining the number of grizzly bears inhabiting the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem in northwest Montana, one of the last strongholds of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states. "The study shows that northwestern Montana's grizzly bear population is healthy, growing, and genetically diverse," said Jef  more

THIRD ANNUAL MONTANA TOBACCO POLICY SUMMIT SEPT. 24
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: WHO: Suzaynn Schick, PhD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California - San Francisco Patricia Nez Henderson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Vice President for the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health Bronson Frick, Associate Director of Americans for Nons  more

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA REACHES ANOTHER ENROLLMENT MILESTONE
MISSOULA, Mont., Sept. 19 -- The University of Montana issued the following news release: For the first time in its 115-year history, The University of Montana has more than 14,000 enrolled students, setting records for both total headcount and full-time equivalents. UM has a total enrollment of 14,207 this fall semester, a jump of 349 from a year ago and 246 more than the previous all-time record set in fall 2006. The new record for full-time equivalent students is 12,295.97, which is   more

YOUTH PHEASANT, WATERFOWL HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES ON SEPT. 27-28
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 18 -- The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks issued the following news release: Montana's young hunters will have a special treat Sept. 27-28, the weekend of the special youth waterfowl and pheasant hunting seasons. Legally licensed hunters age 12 through 15 will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two days. "Since pheasant hunting success, like waterfowl hunting success, can diminish as the season progresses, the com  more




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