HELENA — A Montana judge has set a Nov. 13 trial date on whether state regulators can order a ranch for troubled adopted children from foreign countries to shut down.
District Judge James Wheelis set the date during a recent conference call with operators of the Ranch for Kids and the lawyer for a state Department of Labor and Industry board.
Regulators have been trying to shut down the Eureka ranch since last year, saying the ranch has been operating without a license since 2010.
Ranch owner Joyce Sterkel says the ranch is no longer under the board's authority because it became part of a church mission last year.
The northwestern Montana ranch has been under scrutiny since Russian government officials were denied access to visit Russian-born children staying there.