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Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

DOJ: Prosecutor Said 'Boys Will Be Boys' About Rape Case

Feds say it's part of a 'disturbing pattern' in Montana's Missoula County

(Newser) - The Justice Department thinks prosecutors in the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Montana take reports of sexual assaults so lightly that it "places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk," reports Mother Jones . It's not the first time DOJ has gotten involved , but the... More »

Catholic School Fires Pregnant, Unwed Teacher

She 'failed to follow Catholic lifestyle'

(Newser) - An unmarried Montana schoolteacher who became pregnant is now unemployed because she failed to "follow a lifestyle in line with Catholic teachings," the diocese says. Shaela Evenson, who has taught literature and physical education to sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders for nine years, was sacked from a private school... More »

Snowboarder Fined for Moose Harassment

Viral video shows guy chasing animal

(Newser) - A pair of Montana snowboarders made a name for themselves after chasing a moose down a mountain and filming the whole thing. After they posted the video to Facebook , it earned them national media coverage—and, for 21-year-old snowboarder Charlie Rush, a $225 fine, Fox News reports. The fine is... More »

Man's Sentence: Write 'Boys Do Not Hit Girls' 5K Times

Pacer Anthony Ferguson also gets 6 months in jail ... and 8 years for 2nd crime

(Newser) - It's a tale of two men out of Montana: One an infamous felon, one a rather infamous judge. Pacer Anthony Ferguson showed up twice in Yellowstone County District Court this week. One appearance was about an attempted robbery that took place at knife-point in a Walmart parking lot in... More »

Cliff Bride: I Pushed My Husband 'and I Took Off'

FBI statement played during day 3 of trial

(Newser) - The bride accused of pushing her new husband off a cliff to his death wrapped day three of her trial yesterday, and this was the day's standout line: "I pushed him and I took off." That was what Jordan Graham said to the FBI in a recorded... More »

Jurassic Park-esque Find: Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil

But don't expect dinosaurs anytime soon

(Newser) - OK, so the mosquito is only 46 million years old—too recent to have sucked dinosaur blood. But for the first time in history, scientists have found a fossilized skeeter that's still got a belly full of blood, harkening back to the plot of Jurassic Park, the Smithsonian points... More »

Roadkill Permits? Montana's Getting an App for That

To find dinner, hit the road; or the gas when you see an animal in the road

(Newser) - Roadkill: It's what's for dinner in Montana—and now it's even legal, as a new law went into effect today allowing Montanans to harvest meat from animals who meet their untimely end on the road. As the AP reports, should you find yourself snacky on the roadside... More »

Ex-Teacher Leaving Jail After 30-Day Rape Sentence

Sentence appealed to Montana high court

(Newser) - It's been a month, and that means confessed rapist Stacey Rambold is leaving prison today following a 30-day sentence that continues to fuel anger. The former teacher faces 14 years and 11 months of probation, CNN reports, and that may not be all: His short sentence, for the rape... More »

Cops: New Bride Shoved Husband Over Cliff

She confesses to killing 8 days after wedding

(Newser) - A Montana newlywed turned herself into a widow just eight days into her marriage by pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park, police say. Jordan Linn Graham, 22, has told investigators that she argued with Cody Johnson, 25, while they walking on a steep hiking trail on... More »

Court Won't Allow Judge to Undo Rapist's Sentence

Montana man's 30-day sentence will stand, at least until the appeal

(Newser) - That controversial 30-day sentence handed down to a Montana teacher who had sex with a teenage student won't be changed after all. The state Supreme Court today ruled that Judge G. Todd Baugh—the one who set off an uproar by saying the 14-year-old victim was older than her... More »

Judge 'Misread Law' in 30-Day Rape Sentence

Teacher will get new sentencing hearing

(Newser) - Looks like Montana's Judge Todd Baugh might be better suited to a career that doesn't involve sentencing people. After apologizing and calling himself a "blithering idiot" for remarks he made when sentencing a teacher to just 30 days for raping a 14-year-old student, Baugh has ordered a... More »

Judge Sorry for Comments on Teen Rape Victim

Billings judge said girl, who later committed suicide, was partly to blame

(Newser) - A Montana judge has apologized for comments he made about a 14-year-old female rape victim that seemed to take the "blame the victim" approach to a new level. "I don't know what I was thinking or trying to say," Judge G. Todd Baugh tells the Billings ... More »

Teacher Gets 30 Days for Rape of Student, 14

Troubled girl later committed suicide

(Newser) - A Montana teacher found guilty of raping a troubled 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide will spend just 30 days in jail because the judge decided the girl was "older than her chronological age" and "was as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. After the... More »

Bridge Jumper Breaks Legs of Inner Tube Rider

Guy on tube never saw it coming

(Newser) - A western Montana man floating on an inner tube suffered broken bones in his legs and torn ligaments in his knees when another man jumped from a bridge and landed in his lap. Andy Hill of Missoula and his wife were floating under a bridge on the Clark Fork River... More »

Lightning Strikes Harm 13

Many in serious, critical condition in hospital

(Newser) - Nine people were injured—two critically, four seriously—by a lightning strike as they worked at a Colorado farm yesterday. Authorities say the workers weren't responding appropriately to questions, had weak muscles, and tingling or loss of feeling after the strike. And they weren't the week's only... More »

Nate Silver: GOP Could Take Senate

Suddenly, it looks like a coin flip

(Newser) - Harry Reid might want to think carefully before revising the filibuster rules —because there's a decent chance he'll soon be on the other end of them. Nate Silver at the New York Times has crunched the race-by-race numbers, and based on them and his own best guesses... More »

Democrat No-Show Could Help GOP Snag Senate

Brian Schweitzer says he won't run for Montana Senate seat

(Newser) - Here's how it was supposed to go for the Democrats: Max Baucus would vacate his Montana Senate seat next year, and former Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer would take his place. Schweitzer was a popular leader, and considered the best chance the Democrats had at retaining the Senate seat. But... More »

Max Baucus to Retire: Report

Powerful Democrat chairs Finance committee

(Newser) - A powerful Senate Democrat is headed for greener pastures, according to a new report from the Washington Post . Max Baucus, the Montana moderate who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, doesn't intend to seek re-election in 2014, strategists tell the paper. Other outlets, including the AP , are now reporting the... More »

Gay Sex No Longer a Crime in Montana

Governor signs bill ending ban

(Newser) - Montana has been a little slow to decriminalize gay sex—but a law banning it was finally wiped from the books after Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill yesterday. Activists had been fighting the ban for decades; the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional 16 years ago, the AP notes,... More »

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