An Anaconda native in the Army has his journal published in the Montana Standard. "Passing into Iraq brought back immediate memories of Mogadishu, Somalia," Maj. Tim "Mac" McKernan writes in his tales of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Billings Gazette reporter Angie Wagner looks into efforts by area tribes to capitalize on Lewis and Clark tourists. While many Native Americans don't embrace the Corps of Discovery with the same enthusiasm as mainstream Americans, they are well-placed be players in the tourism market.
Great Falls officials are looking for a Lethbridge city alderwoman who vanished Saturday during a visit with fellow government officials, according to the Great Falls Tribune. The 39-year-old Darlene Heatherington called her husband in Lethbridge Saturday morning to say she was coming home and hasn't been heard from since. Great Falls police are calling the incident suspicious.
Stevensville citizens are reflecting on a Thursday session with Mayor Pat Groninger, who defended himself against fellow residentsí questions about his conduct. Some Stevensville voters are gathering petitions to force a recall election on Groninger, who has been mayor since January 2002. The Ravalli Republic reports about 90 people came to hear the mayor take questions on topics including "if he had lied to the people… If he had misled the public… If he had put a gag order on city employees… If he knew of a business being run illegally on property he owns." Groninger responded he had done nothing wrong, and challenged his accusers to better investigate their claims before spreading rumors.
The Helena Independent Republic is following a lawsuit between a Montana-based company that books reservations in Yellowstone National Park and the national management firm that allegedly tried to eliminate it as a potential competitor. National Park Reservations of Red Lodge is suing Xanterra, claiming it is using monopoly power over lodging and other services in the national parks to shut out NPR. A closure would force NPR to lay off most of its 20 employees.