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Navy Specialist James Storey got his orders straight from the top when he met President George Bush during the commander-in-chief's visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf May 1. Billings Gazette reporter Becky Shay visited with Storey while he was on three-week leave in Laurel after 10 months at sea.

City officials from Lethbridge, Alberta are sending a thank-you to the City of Great Falls for its efforts in finding a vanished Canadian alderwoman. The Great Falls Tribune reports that Lethbridge Mayor Robert Tarleck is placing a two-column ad in the newspaper expressing "sincere regret for the worry and inconvenience" stemming from the disappearance of Alderwoman Darlene Heatherington May 3.

A Ravalli County woman faces charges for allegedly stabbing the father of her child and also trying to turn the knife on the child and the baby's paternal grandmother. Ravalli Republic reporter Timothy Mitchell writes that Maline Louisa Pariani made an initial appearance Wednesday on two counts of felony assault with a weapon.

A proposal to burn tires for fuel near Bozeman drew lots of comment before the Gallatin City/County Board of Health Wednesday, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. The board has no authority to make a decision on plans by Holcim Inc. to burn the tires at its Trident cement plant. But it may ask the state Department of Environmental Quality for more intensive review of the project.

Helena officials are charging a Lewis and Clark County restitution officer with felony theft after records checks indicated she allegedly stole more than $7,000 from various court accounts, Independent Record reporter Carolynn Bright writes. Anna M. Ferguson worked for three and a half years handling payments from people with court-ordered fines or restitutions. Anyone who may have made payments through Ferguson and is concerned about their status is asked to send a letter to the Lewis and Clark County Attorney's office or call (406) 447-8231.

Memories of a 1997 murder case are being stirred by revelations that both brothers, not just one, may have been directly involved in the shooting of Larry Streeter. Jesse Ernst was found not guilty of the murder by reason of mental disease or defect two years ago. But recently released transcripts indicate he did try to shoot Streeter, but his shotgun malfunctioned. Ernstís older brother, Ted, was convicted of the murder.

More Interlake details about Jesse Ernst's statements can be read here.

And finally, the Butte Montana Standard has a photo on its home page showing the plight of Ray Nichols, who says the pothole in front of his Bugs and Bullets Sports Shop is big enough to stock fish. See the photo here, and read the story here.

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