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Silver Lake Water OK’d For New Malt Plant

Commissioners voted Wednesday night to supply a planned $15 million beer malting plant just west of Butte with one of its crucial commodities — water — and the facility could be up and running this summer. Under the pact, the county will deliver 45,000 gallons of water a day from Silver Lake, 35 miles west of Butte, to the Montana Craft Malt plant that will be built in the Montana Connections Business Development Park.

http://mtstandard.com/news/local/silver-lake-water-ok-d-for-new-malt-plant/article_bb5a0948-3fda-5ff0-b10f-fa027075e318.html

Bodnar Resume Flap Appears Finished In UM Faculty Senate

The executive council of the Faculty Senate appears to have closed the book on questions that arose about the resume of University of Montana President Seth Bodnar — and voiced full support for the new leader. Thursday, members of the executive council said the matter has been addressed for the time being having been taken to the president.

http://missoulian.com/news/local/bodnar-resume-flap-appears-finished-in-um-faculty-senate/article_9c0f7c6d-741d-5bb5-b4b7-bb4051e3c2d6.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Charges Dropped In 40 Cases, Another Dozen Under Review After Billings Evidence Tech’s Drug Thefts

Yellowstone County will drop criminal charges in roughly 40 cases and dismiss another dozen cases under review because a Billings Police Department evidence technician stole prescription painkillers from the department’s evidence locker. County Attorney Scott Twito confirmed the updated figures Thursday, after the thefts were made public Tuesday.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/charges-dropped-in-cases-another-dozen-under-review-after-billings/article_bbf2e986-ed22-50c3-ba15-a19cce803de5.html

Montana Ballot Initiative Would Target Mining Pollution

State mining permits could be denied if polluted water requires perpetual treatment, under a ballot initiative submitted for review Wednesday. Supporters filed paperwork with Secretary of State Corey Stapleton in preparation for signature gathering to begin next month. The language also faces a legal review from Attorney General Tim Fox.

http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-ballot-initiative-would-target-mining-pollution/article_ded78fe5-ce53-5ba8-951e-4e2d4e545978.html

Supreme Court: Great Falls Man’s 25-Year Sentence Stands In Child Sex Abuse Case

The Montana Supreme court on Tuesday struck down a man’s claim that his 25-year prison sentence was excessive, citing the sentence as “substantially better” than the one he had bargained for in Cascade County District Court. Cammeron Bullshoe was charged in 2013 with 15 counts of sexual abuse of children, as well as felon intimidation and misdemeanor obscenity.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/21/supreme-court-great-falls-mans-25-year-sentence-stands-child-sex-abuse-case/359181002/

Company To Invest $251 Million In Butte’s Nearby Montana Connections

A company called Power Block Coin, LLC, plans to invest $251 million in capitol improvements over 36 months in Montana Connections, a special tax district west of Butte. Butte-Silver Bow council of Commissioners voted unanimously, 9-0, Wednesday night to allow Utah-based Power Block Coin LLC, to develop a campus of high-powered data centers in Montana Connections, a special tax finance district west of Butte.

http://mtstandard.com/news/local/company-to-invest-million-in-butte-s-nearby-montana-connections/article_55c65248-f143-5227-af35-491f1fec735a.html#tracking-source=home-trending

Emergency Planner Calls For Another Fire Station In The Billings Heights

The Billings Heights will require construction of a second fire station as soon as 2021, and the Billings City Council will have to decide during the coming months what level of fire and emergency medical service it expects out of its fire department. Emergency Services Consulting International, an Oregon based consultant, delivered a long-range master plan to the council Tuesday.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/emergency-planner-calls-for-another-fire-station-in-the-billings/article_206ebf26-392b-584a-b50a-87739b5a98e3.html

Lane Board Delays Action On Conservation Easement In Property Rights Debate

On a split vote Tuesday, the Montana State Board of Land Commissioners indefinitely postponed a decision on an eastern Montana conservation easement that has sparked debate about private property rights and the coexistence of oil and gas development with agriculture and hunting.

http://helenair.com/news/government-and-politics/land-board-delays-action-on-conservation-easement-embroiled-in-property/article_d14d22d8-80c6-5021-9637-0a48c1f0aa67.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Fundraising Allows Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Helena To Maintain Services Through June

A desperate fundraising effort that wrapped up on Valentine’s Day will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena to continue providing its one-on-one mentoring program through June. Big Brothers Big Sisters, a national nonprofit with local chapters all over the country, lost 25 percent of its budget due to state cuts.

http://helenair.com/news/local/fundraising-allows-big-brothers-big-sisters-of-helena-to-maintain/article_a9697275-60b7-51c2-a26b-380c623749b8.html

‘Something Needs To Change’: Carroll College Students Plan Walkout To Protest Gun Laws

As part of a nationwide event, students at Carroll College plan to walk out of their classes on March 14 to protest Congress’ inaction on gun violence. The National School Walkout will take place a month after 17 students died in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Data evaluated b the Washington Post estimates there have been 188 school shootings in the United States since 2000. So far this year, there have already been seven school shootings.

http://helenair.com/news/local/something-needs-to-change-carroll-college-students-plan-walkout-to/article_f9d03b6c-ec50-5e2e-a37e-729a24959838.html


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