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(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday two rescues sent Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Deputies and volunteers to Hyalite and Portal Creek simultaneously. At 4:00 in the afternoon a report of a 67-year-old having heart trouble on the Blackmore trail in Hyalite Canyon was received.  Because heart problems can be lethal a medical helicopter was dispatched to the area as well as SAR ground teams.  The Backcountry topography and weather in Gallatin County often prevents even helicopters from being able to reach people in distress so ground rescuers are always sent and often arrive before the helicopter.  In this case, the weather was an issue and the Reach Air Medical Helicopter had to stand off and wait for an opening in the weather.  Eventually, they were able to land and transport him to Bozeman Health where his condition was reported as stable.  At about the same time Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers at Big Sky were sent to a 77-year-old man with a broken ankle on the Hidden Lakes trail at Portal Creek.  When rescuers reached the trailhead they found that other hikers had assisted him down the trail to the road.  He declined an ambulance and traveled with family members to the hospital.  In both cases, there was no phone service available and someone had to walk out and report the incident.  These delays can mean hours between when the injury occurs and when help can arrive.  Sheriff Gootkin said “Bad things can happen to people doing all the right things, so when out being active it is important to have a few things to help you survive.  Carry something to stay dry and warm, something to stop bleeding, something to drink and eat and go with a partner.”  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Volunteers are also continuing to assist with the search of the Yellowstone River for James Anderson.



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Big Sky Connection

Eric Tegethoff

August 6, 2018

HELENA, Montana - A new documentary follows the path of dark money in elections after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision - using Montana as a case study. 

The film "Dark Money" looks at Montana's past when out-of-state developers bribed their way into office and led Big Sky Country to ban big money from politics in 1912. 

But director and Montanan Kimberly Reed says in a post-Citizens United world where money in elections is untraceable, corporate influence has made its way back into the state. 

She says the rest of the country is getting a lesson Montana learned at the turn of the 20th century.

"You also have to consider when you don't know who's behind that money, you don't know what their motives are," Reed states. "You don't know what leverage they have over candidates or elected officials who are already in office. And that's just the perfect recipe for corruption."

After a recap of Montana history, the film follows the trial of former state Sen. Art Wittich, who in 2016 was found guilty of taking illegal campaign contributions. 

"Dark Money" will make its debut in Montana on Friday.

Reed notes this isn't a partisan issue. Dark money seeps into elections on both sides. She says every cycle, more money is pumped into elections and more of it is dark money. 

Montana is in the midst of one of those elections. Reed says the race for Jon Tester's U.S. Senate seat is on track to be more expensive than his 2012 Senate race, which was the costliest Senate race of that year. 

However, she notes at the state level, Montana actually has tightened up its campaign finance laws in the aftermath of Wittich's conviction.

"The irony is that, for state and local elections in Montana, they're running much cleaner, but the federal elections like Senate races are actually, you know, they're worse than ever," Reed points out.

But even with dark money looming over the midterms, Reed sees this as a hopeful story. 

She says in Montana, bipartisan cooperation cleaned up elections - a place some might not expect that type of cooperation across the aisle. 

Reed points out across the nation, this is happening at the local level too.

"City council after city council, school board after school board, issuing resolutions, proclamations stating that they want to have disclosure in their elections, that they want to have small-donor public financing that is funding their elections, that we want to have people on the local level mobilizing," she states.



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