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Friday, September 2, 2016

Zika/ Incest Case

Missoulian: Montana Supreme Court overturns Great Falls incest conviction, orders new trial
State v. Weisbarth
“David Weisbarth appeals his conviction from the Eighth Judicial District Court, Cascade County, for incest against his minor child, T.W. Weisbarth argues that he is entitled to a new trial based on the State’s failure to disclose T.W.’s medical records. We agree. The State obtained T.W.’s medical records and then failed to disclose those records to the defense. The medical records contained evidence that was clearly favorable to the defense, and the withheld evidence places the trial in such a different light that it undermines our confidence in the jury’s verdict.1  We reverse and remand for a new trial.”

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Toxic Tailings in Butte/ Colstrip Carbon Capturing

Montana Standard: State looking into moving contaminated tailings in Butte
Natural Resource Damage Program
“Since 1990, the Natural Resource Damage Program within the Montana Department of Justice has been responsible for performing the necessary natural resource damage assessments and pursuing the lawsuit against ARCO. The state has settled its lawsuit through a series of settlement agreements completed in 1999, 2005 and 2008. In addition to the lawsuit against ARCO, in 2008 the state completed settlements for the Mike Horse Dam site and in 2009, for the East Helena site.”

Monday, August 29, 2016

Fires/ Park Safety

Missoulian: Copper King fire surges over the weekend, community meeting planned
Montana InciWeb
“Announcement: A community meeting will be held on Monday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Sanders County Fairgrounds Pavilion (30 River Road, Plains, MT.) Fire and local officials will provide an update on current and projected fire activity.”

Missoulian: Visitor misbehavior abounds as U.S. parks agency turns 100
Depreciative Visitor Use
“Unfortunately, park visitors also engage in what are termed 'depreciative behaviors' or actions that degrade park resources or experiences of other visitors. These inappropriate behaviors include such things as littering, feeding of wildlife, collection of green wood for use in campfires, disfiguring trees and rocks, and improper disposal of human waste in the backcountry. Other behaviors of concern include walking and hiking with pets that are not leashed, collection of specimens, construction of fire rings and ground fires in the backcountry, and shortcutting on trail switchbacks. The list of inappropriate visitor activities could become quite extensive.”