Bozeman officials wonder if their community would benefit from a public bus system. Gallatin County and Bozeman City commissioners are splitting the $46,000 tab for a study of the idea, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Helena residents are also rethinking their landmark Last Chance Gulch pedestrian mall, but in the opposite direction. Business owners there are suggesting re-opening the walkway to automobiles, according to Helena Independent Record reporter Jason Mohr.
A former Billings corrections officer has pleaded innocent to three felony rape charges stemming from his alleged sexual relations with prisoners in the Montana Women's Prison. Rick Lorton Redhawk, 51, also pleaded innocent to four misdemeanor counts of sexual assault and one count of tampering with evidence. He is accused of having sex with prisoners in return for favorable treatment, according to the Billings Gazette. Redhawk was fired Jan. 31 after the allegations surfaced.
The C.M. Russell Museum has received the largest single donation in its 35-year history, according to the Great Falls Tribune. The Great Falls Advertising Federation presented museum Director Inez Wolins with a check for $273,321 shortly after the annual March art auction, which also brought in the second-highest proceeds in its history - $1.3 million.
Butte cat-lovers are looking for the person who shot a Koprivica Park resident's cat at least 30 times with a pellet gun. Montana Standard reporter Janine Jobe writes that the cat is recovering. The owner asked not to be identified for fear of further attacks on neighborhood pets. Anyone with information about Sam's attacker or anyone abusing animals can call the sheriff's office at 782-4224, or Crimestoppers at 782-7336.