Kayli McElroy of Tiernan Dancers (airborn)
Photo by Kari Hoscheid of Zo Photo
August 8, 2016
Gailfean (formerly The Pure Drop) have been together since 2012. Each member of the band is equally accomplished and together they play a wonderful mix of Irish traditional music that is a treat.
Aug. 8, 2016
The Roaring Lion Fire near Hamilton, Mont is 30 percent contained, with full containment not expected until September 30, the Montana Department of Natural Resources reports.
Sixty-five structures have been lost to the fire, and the cost-to-date is $6.1 million. The fire has consumed 8,262 acres, and has required the effort of 742 personnel, the DNRC reported.
The fire is burning in timber, “with moderate fire behavior, isolated torching and flanking,” the DNRC said.
Many structures are still threatened, and evacuations, road, trail and area closures remain in effect, the agency said. It rained on the fire yesterday, the agency reported.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
The Copper King Fire continues to burn east of Thompson Falls. It has consumed 1,445 acres and is just five percent contained, officials reported. Residences are threatened and road, trail and area closures are in effect. The fire has cost $3.8 million to date and required the efforts of 412 personnel, the agency reported.
The cause of the Copper King fire remains unknown.
Race Horse Gulch
The Race Horse Gulch Fire is burning 22 miles east of Plains, Mont. The fire started on Friday and has burned 4,016 acres. It is burning in timber and tall grass. It is 30 percent contained, has consumed the efforts of 96 personnel, and it is expected to be contained by Saturday.
The Fawn Fire started Thursday in Yellowstone National Park. It was caused by lightening and it has burned 915 acres. The fire is "creeping, smoldering and burning in heavy logs," the department reported. Structures are threatened, and trails have been closed.
The DNRC expects the fire to be contained by October 18.
Wild 7 Fire
The Wild 7 Fire is active 23 miles southeast of Zortman. It started on July, 29. It was caused by lightening and has consumed 140 acres. It is 90 percent contained, and 6 firefighters continue to work on it. Containment is expected by tomorrow.
July , 2016
Over all, Evel Knievel Days arrests were down this year, but drunk driving arrests were up over the Evel weekend, police said.
At this morning's media briefing, Undersheriff George Skuletich told reporters that there 29 arrests during Evel Days this year compared with 32 arrests last year.
DUI arrests were up dramatically this year. Law enforcement nabbed 11 drunk drivers as Evel gripped the community in 2016. There were just three DUI arrests during Evel Days in 2015, police said.
Calls for service were way down this year. There were 216 calls in 2016, but 364 calls for service during Evel Days in 2015.
The udnersheriff said that the boost in drunk driving arrests may have been due to the presence of a Montana Highway Patrol task force. Skuletich believed that the highway patrol made seven of the 11 arrests.
July 22, 2016
When Erin Foley attended the monthly labor meeting last week at Saint James Healthcare in Butte, she knew that there had been layoffs at Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings
Saint Vincent is Saint James’ sister hospital.
Her source was a reposting of a news article on Facebook, she said.
Foley is the Business Agent for Teamster Local 2. At the labor meeting she asked if Saint James would be doing the same.
The answer was no.
“Basically they addressed that they had no thoughts about laying off,” Foley said.
She noted that the Butte hospital monitors its financial situation carefully, and it keeps its work force pared down. “They keep staff minimal,” the business agent said.
She added that during the Fourth of July holiday, the hospital implemented “critical shifts.” They had to call people in to cover their staffing needs, Foley said.
The Teamsters take a proactive and cooperative approach at Saint James, Foley said.
They have allowed their members to be cross trained at Saint James, and they let their members move to other departments to fill in Teamster positions, she said. She noted that Teamsters who work in the Emergency Room at Saint James sometimes cover staffing needs on patient floors.
The Teamster Business Agent reiterated that the hospital indicated to her that they “were not, at this time, considering layoffs.”
A request for comment emailed to Saint James on July 19 remains unanswered. Two calls to the Saint Vincent media relations department remain unanswered as well, In addition, a call into the media relations department for SCL Health, the health care system sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas remains unanswered. Both Saint James and Saint Vincent are part of the SCL system.
July 19, 2016
Big Sky Connection
HELENA, Mont. -- A major protest outside the Republican National Convention Tuesday will address anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. Organizers of the Community Unity to Stop the Hate march hope to fill Cleveland's Public Square even as Montana's delegates to the convention prepare to approve the party platform - which includes a call to build a wall on the Mexican border and subject foreign nationals to intense scrutiny if they come from certain regions associated with Islamic terrorism.
"We won't accept bashing of Muslims or Syrian refugees," said Don Bryant, president of the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network. "To close down legal channels makes it even more likely for people to come here illegally, and then we don't know who we have here."
According to Bryant, it is crucial that people from all faith communities get to know each other. All should be made to feel welcome, he said, so that those in the Muslim community will continue to work with authorities to identify potentially alienated young men such as those responsible for the terrorist attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino.
There have been several protests in Montana against the resettling of Syrian refugees in the state. Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations used humor to call for tolerance, passing out gum packaged to look like medicine and labeled "Islamophobin," a treatment for irrational fear of Muslims.
Bryant also called on RNC delegates to reject presumptive nominee Donald Trump's attitude toward Mexicans. Trump has called Mexican immigrants "rapists," and questioned a judge's ability to preside over a case based on his parents' ancestry.
"We'd like to strongly denounce these anti-Mexican comments we've heard from Donald Trump, even regarding a Mexican-American judge," Bryant said. "It's totally unacceptable."
The rally and march start at 11:45 a.m. Cleveland time - that's 9:45 a.m. in Montana.