Billings school children got retired astronaut Frank Borman to autograph everything in sight during a visit to town, the Billings Gazette reports. The 75-year-old pilot who commanded the Gemini 7 and Apollo 8 space missions told tales of orbiting around the moon, and wrote his name on every T-shirt, model rocket and notebook presented to him.
Low-income students got a boost in Butte when Montana Tech's Upward Bound program landed a $1.1 million grant to support its efforts, Barbara LaBoe of the Montana Standard reports. The program helps high school students better prepare for college entry. It is the third time Montana Tech has won the four-year grant. It is one of seven such programs in the state and serves 60 high school students in the Butte area.
The appointment of Judge John Warner to the Montana Supreme Court has attracted three candidates to the vacant Twelfth Judicial District Court seat he left, the Havre Daily News reports. Glasgow lawyer James D. Rector, Hill County Attorney David Rice and Havre lawyer Steve Brown are all applying for the position.
Also in the Daily News, Chinook Mayor Bill Oehmcke announced the town's troubled wastewater treatment plant has received subsidies for a $3.3 million upgrade. The 17-year-old plant has suffered numerous problems, including aging screw pumps, freezing pipes and other deteriorating equipment.
Flathead-area campgrounds are ready for the Memorial Day beginning of summer recreation, the Kalispell Daily Interlake reports. Hungry Horse Reservoir, Swan Lake, Tally Lake, Flathead Lake and sites all report facilities open in time for the holiday weekend. And Glacier National Park starts running its fleet of 33 red "jammer" buses Friday.
A Motel 6 housekeeper discovered strange stains on a room wall that helped police arrest three people for methamphetamine cooking, Carolynn Bright of the Helena Independent Republic reports. Jerromie Preston Riley, 21, was charged Wednesday with operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory and a probation violation as was his sister, Christine Riley, 25. Michael E. Zeko, 35, was charged with operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory and possession of dangerous drugs (marijuana) in connection with the incident.
The Gallatin City/County Board of Health has decided to fight for a full environmental impact statement over Holcim Inc.'s plan to burn more than 1 million tires a year as fuel for its Trident cement plant, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. However, board members warned the public that the decision is more political than environmental. It will require the support of Gov. Judy Martz and the head of the state Department of Environmental Quality to go forward.
Union employees plan to picket the Kutter's IGA grocery store in Stevensville now that contract talks have broken down, Ravalli Republic reporter Jenny Johnson writes. The union has been without a contract for two years, and store owners are calling for 12-percent pay cuts to counter changes in the grocery market there.
A 16-year-old Sunburst student won the science fair and saved her family's cattle herd,, according to the Great Falls Tribune. Lacy Gillespie's research into why 15 calves died prematurely on her ranch not only uncovered a severe copper deficiency in the herd, it placed among the top five zoology projects in the world at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Ohio last week. The North Toole County High School student Gillespie won $2,200 in cash prizes.