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Friday, April 20, 2018 - The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: more evidence that the rent is too, damn, high; Marathon County

braces for sulfide mining; and the focus on recycling this weekend for Earth Day in North Dakota.



 

April 19, 2018
MainStreetMontana.com

Editor's Note: The following press release was provided by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department.

On Thursday morning at about 0700 hours, Gallatin County dispatch received a report of a stolen white Honda Accord, from a Belgrade address.

Belgrade Officers went to the address to take the report and located another vehicle that had been reported stolen from the Billings area.

At about the same time, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper witnessed the Honda Accord exit Jackrabbit Lane and access I-90 east bound.

The trooper began to follow the vehicle and it sped up, exiting at the Airport Interchange. A pursuit was begun which continued south on Jackrabbit Lane, to the Four Corners area.

The pursuit continued south on highway 191 towards the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, where law enforcement chose to discontinue pursuing due to public safety concerns.

A short time later, a deputy in Big Sky intercepted the stolen vehicle and began pursuit again. The vehicle turned onto Lone Mountain Road where due to highs speeds and erratic driving, the pursuit was again; discontinued.

Security personnel near the Huntley Lodge witnessed the vehicle enter the area and kept eyes on the vehicle until it began traveling back down Lone Mountain Road. Law Enforcement were able to block the roads to keep the suspect from accessing Highway 191. In the Meadow Village area, the suspect encountered law enforcement and turned back up Lone Mountain Road. Law Enforcement again began pursuit and continued to about mile marker 8 where the suspect vehicle attempted to ram a MHP trooper’s car. The suspect vehicle and the trooper’s vehicle were both disabled. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The subject is being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center and should have an initial appearance before a Judge on Friday morning.

      

 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: Gaps cited in anti-discrimination protections for small-business

employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus power out for much of Puerto Rico; and some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.


 

 

 

            

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Former first lady Barbara Bush has died. Also on our nationwide rundown: Historic changes to SNAP could mean more hunger;

we'll take you to one of America’s smoggiest cities, and tribal rights and salmon habitat are tested in a U.S. Supreme Court case. 


 

Big Sky Connection

Eric Tegethoff

April 18, 2018

BILLINGS, Montana - A campaign opposing an initiative that restricts bathroom access for transgender Montanans launched on Tuesday in Billings.

The Free and Fair Coalition is starting "No on I-183," an initiative heading to November's ballot that would require people to use a restroom, locker room or changing room based on their sex assigned at birth. The coalition says it's discriminatory and imposes unequal treatment on trans and non-binary Montanans.

Amelia Marquez, who is running for a state House seat in Billings, said she's worried about how this initiative would affect trans teens.

"A student shouldn't have to worry about what bathroom they are allowed into, as long as they identify with whatever they identify in their gender," she said. "And so, overall it's a ballot initiative to try and take over the rights of our LGBTQ community."

A group sponsoring the initiative, the Montana Family Foundation, said it's designed to protect kids. Under I-183, individuals could sue the government if a facility violates the measure. The ACLU of Montana is attempting to block the initiative from this year's ballot with a lawsuit.

Marquez questioned how such a bill would be enforceable. As well as being discriminatory, she said, it would be costly to have the state police bathrooms. A Billings native, Marquez remembers when the city passed a non-discrimination ordinance in 2014 and said it was a sign of Montanans' welcoming nature.

"There were hundreds of people that came out in support for a fully inclusive, non-discrimination ordinance," she said. "The majority was there to support it, and so I truly believe the majority of Billings and Montanans will support our LGBT community."

Opponents of I-183 in the Free and Fair Coalition include ACLU of Montana, Montana Human Rights Network, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana.

Information on the Free and Fair Coalition is online at facebook.com, and the text of I-183 is at sos.mt.gov.