Great Falls Police Chief Bob Jones doesn't suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Lethbridge, Alberta city official who has been missing since Saturday, the Great Falls Tribune reports today. No sign of Darlene Heatherington has been found along the Missouri River trail where she reportedly took a bike ride after meetings between a group of Lethbridge and Great Falls government officials last week. The incident has become national news in Canada.
A Craig-area man accused of bigamy was charged with hiding evidence needed in an earlier case of criminal endangerment involving his alleged marital relationships with two then-underage sisters. Helena Independent Record reporter Carolynn Bright writes that Thomas Sliwinski, 40, was arrested last year after his wife and six children left the family home north of Helena and talked with authorities. The woman said she had been married to Sliwinski since she was 14, and that Sliwinski was also having sexual relations with her then-21-year-old sister.
Joe Glenn and his efforts to shape up the University of Wyoming's Cowboy football team. The program has won five games in the past three years. Since taking the position in December 2002, he's been involved in everything from ferreting out new recruits to encouraging students to join the marching band.
The Associated Press reports that State environmental officials said a southwest Montana cement plant violated air-quality standards for burning recycled glass last year, the second time Holcim Inc. has exceeded the state limits. Holcim will likely face stricter penalties for a second offense, possibly including fines or sponsorship of community projects.
The nonprofit Idaho Fish and Game Foundation has released a study claiming the 2001 salmon-fishing season earned nearly $90 million for the Idaho economy. The Spokane Spokesman-Review said towns such as Riggins, Lewiston and Orofino saw big boosts from angler spending. You may need to register with the Spokesman-Review to see this story.
Ravalli Republic reporter Timothy Mitchell writes that a Hamilton woman serving a 10-year sentence for running a meth lab is suing a local casino for the wrongful death of her husband. Kimberly Marquardt claims that the Hamilton Silver Coin Casino was negligent for serving drinks to Brandy Marquardt when she was already drunk. Brandy Marquardt then drove a car off the West Bridge Road at about 100 mph, killing Timothy Marquardt and another man. Timothy Marquardt was married to Kimberly Marquardt. Brandy Marquardt is serving a four-year sentence for two counts of negligent homicide. Read the full story here.