Gov. Steve Bullock, left, announces new Cabinet members Friday, including Loraine Wodnik, the interim head of the Corrections Department; John Lewis, director of the Department of Administration; and Sheila Hogan, head of Public Health and Human Services. (Helena IR)


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A daily digest of Montana news


Dec. 10, 2016




MISSOULA writer Stephanie Land didn't get a lot of love in the comments section of the Washington Post for her column about how Donald Trump's election stole her desire to find a partner.

In the article, Land, a single mom with two children, details how she's been on plenty of dates, including ones in August with two men who seemed particularly promising. She dated one for a few weeks before he decided he wasn't ready for anything serious.

Then, when Land began to get serious with the other man, Trump was elected and she "felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that they (sic) power might go out."

Land decided to part ways with her new beau because, in this uncertain new age of Trump, she just couldn't spare the energy needed for a new relationship. "There is no room for dating in this place of grief," Land said. "Dating means hope. I’ve lost that hope in seeing the words “President-elect Trump.”

In the comments section, Post readers seemed to have little sympathy for Land's plight. "Is this for real, or did the Onion somehow hack the Post's news pages?" one reader asked. "Is this an example of this 'fake news' we've all been hearing about ???" said another.

GOOGLE paid tribute recently to one of Montana's favorite sons and best-known writers, the late James Welch.

On Nov. 18, the day that would have been Welch's 76th birthday, Google's search page "doodle" was a piece of art by Sophie Diao that celebrated his life and work as a writer of such novels as "Fools Crow" and "Winter in the Blood." Born in Browning in 1940, he was the son of a Blackfeet father and a Blackfeet/Gros Ventre mother, and his Native American heritage and time spent growing up on Montana's Hi-Line deeply influenced his work.

“Through his novels, documentary film, and poems, Welch gave voice to the struggles and humanity of the Native American experience in the United States,” Google said.

“As a whole, Welch’s works emphasized the humanity of native peoples and their deep attachment to their homelands. He was considered an early part of what was later dubbed the Native American Renaissance, during which native writers celebrated tribal culture and revealed its complex problems in works readily accessible to the larger American public.”

Welch died, too soon, in 2003 of a heart after a bout with lung cancer. He was 62.

AS YOU can see below, Montana's daily papers continued a long-standing practice and endorsed considerably more Democrats than Republicans this election cycle. Not that it much helped the Democrats, who took a beating at the polls.

The papers' editorial pages endorsed 12 Democrats and 7 Republicans. If you want to count the "nonpartisan" Supreme Court contest between Dirk Sandefur and Kristen Juras -- where the Democratic Party got behind Sandefur while Republicans helped Juras -- than the count was 15 in the Democratic column, as Sandefur got three endorsements while Juras got none.

WE'RE RUNNING out of room in our Opinion category for all the newspaper endorsements, so we'll consolidate them here, where you can find them at a quick glance.

We'll group them by newspaper, and update the list as new ones come in.

BILLINGS GAZETTE: Clinton for president, Bullock for governor, Zinke for Congress, Fox for AG, Romano for OPI, Laslovich for auditor, Stapleton for secretary of state, Sandefur for Supreme Court, yes on I-177. no on I-181, no on CI-116, yes on I-182.

BOZEMAN CHRONICLE: Bullock for governor, Juneau for CongressRomano for OPI, Fox for AG, Sandefur for Supreme Court, no to I-181 and CI-116, yes on I-182,

GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE: No to I-177, yes on I-181, yes on I-182, no on CI-116.

HELENA IR: Bullock for governor, Stapleton for Secretary of State.

MISSOULIAN: Bullock for governor, Juneau for CongressFox for AG, Sandefur for Supreme Court, no on I-177yes on I-182, no on CI-116

MONTANA STANDARD: Bullock for governor, Juneau for Congress, Stapleton for Secretary of State.

South African firm buys Stillwater Mining Co. for $2.2 billion

Bullock announces 6 cabinet departures before his new term

Prison employee sentenced for taking bribes, smuggling drugs

Public defender chief in Billings left after performance reprimand

MT delegation aims to stop lynx from blocking logging projects

Gianforte foundation providing grant to UM computer science school

Driver who steals pickup in Billings flips it over on I-94

State moves to revoke probation for convicted murderer Barry Beach

Legislator who pushed term limits changes his mind

2 accused of forcing elderly woman to panhandle for them in cold

Helena officials want new look on gender restrictions

Fort Harrison gets 2 out of 5 stars in secret VA rating

Professor fights his firing by MSU; school cancels hearing

State steps up testing for invasive mussels

Hunters warned not to eat geese taken near Butte's toxic pit

Deaths of Hi-Line superintendent and wife ruled murder-suicide

US House endorses Blackfeet water settlement

Human rights group says hate incidents on rise

State suspends 30 road projects due to budget shortfalls

UM faculty says it wants voice in future of university

Judge says medical-marijuana dispensaries can re-open immediately

Man admits role in beating death of 18-year-old nephew in Arlee

MSU students to end investments in fossil fuels

Butte paper loses legal fight to open Superfund negotiations

Search continues for man who fell into Kootenai River near Troy

MSU ends year on high note as enrollment, graduation rates rise

Hi-Line superintendent and his wife found dead of gunshot wounds

2 officers of eastern MT womens' groups charged with theft

Helena couple survived Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago

Gov's 'hunt for cash' envisions new taxes on pot, cigarettes, wine

Invasive mussels threaten waters of Flathead Basin

2 men who shot Lolo pets with blow darts sentenced


Riverstone Holdings completes $1.8B buyout of owner of Colstrip plants

Butte firm, MT Tech team up to produce innovative bulletproof vest

MT firm turns beetle-killed trees into sought-after furniture, flooring

Former owner of Chili's charged with bank fraud, money laundering

Counties challenge federal halt to new coal leases

State's timber culture continues to evolve

Butte-Silver tries to keep MSE industrial complex afloat



Montana's ski areas start to open their runs

Helena's Capital High football coach charged with a DUI

Bobcats 'whipped' by South Dakota 74-57

Grizzlies smother San Jose State, 81-62

Former Cat QB Prukop doesn't regret going to Oregon

Bobcats come up short against Milwaukee despite 42 from Hall

Under contract incentive, Choate pockets extra $10K for win over Griz



Montana officials should work on changing federal Real ID laws

It would be wrong to tax medical marijuana

Death of geese shows cleanup of Butte pit far from over

Investments in needed infrastructure jeopardized if permitting uncertain

Montana should stop being stubborn, comply with Real ID

Finding the right president for UM

State must raise gas taxes to pay for road repairs, safety fixes

Ordinary folks have little shot in the forest collaboration process



Livingston rodeo announcer gets 1 world record, shoots for a 2nd

Historian says James brothers may have spent time in Montana

Great Falls woman aims to restore historic Jenks Mansion

Antique negatives help tell stories of early Flathead Valley residents

Butte's Pekin restaurant featured in New York exhibit 

Lessons learned from my father, the restaurant owner

Hunting in grizzly country prompts concerns for the bears

On the hunt for a bull bison in the backcountry



Snoop Dogg performing in Missoula  and Billings in early December

Rocker Elton John to perform March shows in Bozeman, Missoula

Rock group Journey to play at MSU March 21

Dierks Bentley to perform in Billings April 22

Faith Hill, Tim McGraw to play at MSU May 19

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