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Dakota Access accused of violating North Dakota corporate farming law

The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Dakota Access LLC, alleging the company is in violation of the state’s anti-corporate farming law.

The company purchased much of the Cannonball Ranch north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in fall of 2016, when pipeline protests were ongoing in the area.

State law prohibits corporations and limited liability companies from owning or leasing farmland and ranchland unless the land is necessary for commercial development.

Dakota Access had agreed to sell the property by June 30 in an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office, but missed that deadline and recently asked for a one-year extension.

Read more: https://billingsgazette.com/business/dakota-access-accused-of-violating-north-dakota-corporate-farming-law/article_896d56d8-6ab7-59a4-903f-9b9dc4c8a4ed.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 03:45 AM (0 replies)

Police, protesters gear up for Trump's visit to Great Falls

GREAT FALLS — Workers set up concrete barriers and put other security measures in place as police and protesters alike geared up for President Donald Trump's visit to Great Falls on Thursday.

Cascade County officials are expecting long lines and people to arrive early Thursday to wait outside the Four Seasons Arena at ExpoPark, where the Montana State Fair is held each year.

Officials plan to unlock the gates at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, though the arena doors won't open until 1 p.m. There will be benches, food and nonalcoholic drinks available for those early arrivals standing in line on a day that is forecast to reach 90 degrees, officials said.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m.

At least one group is organizing an anti-Trump rally to be held outside the 6,600-seat arena while the president is inside to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale against incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

Read more: https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/police-protesters-gear-up-for-trump-s-visit-to-great/article_d7c32d45-60f1-501b-abc1-5099790ab235.html

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More details released about Great Falls Trump rally

More details were released Wednesday about President Donald J. Trump’s visit Thursday in Great Falls, where he will stump for GOP candidates in the Nov. 6 election.

When Air Force One lands Thursday at Great Falls International Airport, among those greeting Trump and son Donald Trump Jr. will be Matt Rosendale, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and his wife Jean.

Rosendale will ride in the motorcade to the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark and will speak at the rally. The doors to the arena open at 1 p.m. and the president is expected to speak at 4 p.m.

Rosendale will greet the president after stopping for lunch at the Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls, where he is expected to eat a two-patty "Commander in Beef" burger offered in honor of the president's visit.

Read more: https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/07/04/montanans-lead-pledge-sing-anthem-great-falls-trump-rally/758294002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 03:42 AM (0 replies)

Billings Democrats hustle to fill empty seat as special session looms

Democrats are scrambling to fill a vacant Billings legislative seat ahead of a potential special session of the Montana Legislature.

Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee members selected three potential replacements Tuesday for former Rep. Kelly McCarthy.

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Ming Cabrera and Anne Giuliano were nominated to replace McCarthy. Their names will be submitted to the Yellowstone County Commission, which will meet Thursday morning to review the nominees before making an appointment July 10.

McCarthy withdrew from central Billings House District 49 earlier this year to join his wife in Australia. The departure left a hole in the Democrat’s legislative lineup, though there was no urgency to fill the vacancy because Montana’s Legislature normally meets in odd years.

Read more: https://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/billings-democrats-hustle-to-fill-empty-seat-as-special-session/article_423c71c7-edf2-5de6-8272-37362d453358.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 03:29 AM (0 replies)

Beware of School Choice in Wyoming - A billionaire is making her rounds across the state

A billionaire is making her rounds across the state to diminish the merit of public schools and introduce charters

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Right-wing billionaires like the Koch Brothers have been pushing “school choice” for years. The movement seeks to defund and dismantle traditional public education and replace it with a model that, in some combination, relies on charter schools, vouchers, religious schools, homeschooling, and other decentralized, mainly private institutions to educate our youth.

Betsy DeVos, a right-wing billionaire and the U.S. Secretary of Education, and Foster Friess, a right-wing billionaire running a strong campaign for Wyoming governor—are both staunch school choice proponents. That has perhaps emboldened another right-wing billionaire to introduce the movement to the Cowboy State.

Susan Gore, heiress to the vast Gore-Tex fortune, is the founder of the Wyoming Liberty Group. The think tank promotes policies to defund and otherwise break down public services and infrastructure in Wyoming, notably schools and education. It’s no coincidence that the decade-old organization’s existence has overlapped with a sharp rightward shift in state politics.

On Tuesday, the WLG launched the first installment of a seven-part event series called “Parents Unite!” It was the public debut of the school choice movement in Wyoming. Speaking to an audience at the Cheyenne public library (and livestreamed on Facebook), Gore explained that “Parents Unite!” is the WLG’s way of offering institutional support and resources for Wyoming parents who want to advocate for school choice—unsurprisingly, the billionaire-backed think tank wants to put parents’ faces and voices at the front of the fight.

Read more: http://planetjh.com/2018/07/03/beware-of-school-choice-in-wyoming/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 03:12 AM (2 replies)

Jackson LGBTQ Ordinance Passes Second Reading Despite Increased Opposition

JACKSON HOLE, WY – The second reading of the LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance was a clear win for civil rights advocates. The ordinance requires one more reading before it becomes law, but Jackson Town Council’s unanimous vote to advance it drew a deeper line in the sand as opponents dished vitriol.

During nearly 90 minutes of public comments on Monday, 19 people spoke in support of the ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and fine offenders $750 per day.

“I’m one of the people who would be protected by this ordinance and I just wanted to put a face to someone who could possibly benefit from this,” Shelby Read said. “I am not a sexual predator, I am not a monster … I want to live my life unencumbered by hate from community members.”

Read’s plea was juxtaposed by the resistance of 14 opponents, nearly three times the number of critics that spoke at the first reading.

Read more: http://planetjh.com/2018/07/04/non-discrimination-passes-second-reading-despite-increased-opposition/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 02:58 AM (0 replies)

Man leads police on chase through Gillette after demanding free gas

GILLETTE, WYOMING — A Montana man led law enforcement officers on a 48-mile chase Sunday evening after threatening to kill everyone near the Skyline Drive Kum & Go if he didn’t receive free gas, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said.

Paul Posey, 68, called 911 at about 8:40 p.m. and declared his plans. Police then responded to the Kum & Go where they told Posey to stop, Police Lt. Brent Wasson said. Posey sped off in a Toyota Tundra, and police and sheriff’s officers pursued him south on Highway 50.

After driving through a fence at Concho Valley Estates, Posey continued south, reaching speeds of 100 mph, Reynolds said.

Sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips near Moore Road, and Posey came to a stop with all four of his tires deflated. When officers told him to get out of his truck, Posey reportedly took off, traveling 3 miles before deputies forced him to turn sideways and drive off the road.

Deputies then arrested Posey on suspicion of terroristic threats, a felony, as well as on suspicion of four misdemeanors: not having insurance, failure to stop at the scene of a crash, eluding officers and reckless driving, Reynolds said.

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 02:35 AM (5 replies)

It's campaign season, which means Wyoming officials are getting complaints about election signs

Sheridan drivers may have noticed a large Foster Friess gubernatorial campaign sign last week at the corner of Big Horn Avenue and Brundage Lane.

The property’s owner, Kim Love, said the busy intersection is an ideal spot for a campaign advertisement — but he told the Star-Tribune that he never gave anyone permission to use his land.

“It was not authorized; I am not supporting Foster Friess,” he said.

Love, the owner of a local radio station, removed the sign and complained to campaign officials. He said Friess personally called him Friday and apologized for the mistake.

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/it-s-campaign-season-which-means-wyoming-officials-are-getting/article_52682f68-fcb9-5a56-95a1-f23838cf8bdc.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 01:55 AM (0 replies)

Laramie vigil memorializes Matthew Shepard's death

LARAMIE — Laramie Pridefest drew to a close Sunday night during a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Matthew Shepard and paint a stark reminder about the violence LGBTQ community members face.

The vigil was on Simpson Plaza on the University of Wyoming campus a few yards from the location where a candlelight vigil was hosted 20 years ago, said Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s father.

Dennis Shepard was the keynote speaker at Sunday’s vigil, but multiple community members also spoke that night, including Mayor Andi Summerville, Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, Sara Burlingame of Wyoming Equality and members of Laramie’s LGBTQ community.

Dennis Shepard said there has been progress, but there is still a long way to go on promoting equal rights.

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/laramie-vigil-memorializes-matthew-shepard-s-death/article_fc37c8ad-9679-5382-b4e7-c6b58ceae6ff.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 01:52 AM (0 replies)

Cheyenne diocese says former bishop sexually abused two Wyoming boys, calls previous investigation

Cheyenne diocese says former bishop sexually abused two Wyoming boys, calls previous investigation 'flawed'

A former Cheyenne bishop sexually abused two Wyoming boys and a 2002 investigation into the claims by the Casper district attorney — which found the allegations had no evidence — was “flawed,” the diocese alleged Monday in an announcement.

Joseph Hart served as the bishop or auxiliary bishop of Cheyenne from 1976 to 2001. Before that, he was a priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri for 20 years. He faced allegations of sexual abuse from several men from his time in Missouri. He has repeatedly denied the allegations in Wyoming and Kansas City and did so again Monday in a statement from his lawyer. He said he would cooperate with any investigation related to the claims.

According to a diocese statement, a Wyoming man had accused Hart of sexual abuse by 2002, and a second man came forward recently. Former Natrona County District Attorney Kevin Meenan investigated the claims in 2002 and found “there was no evidence to support the allegations,” according to the diocese.

But the diocese launched its own investigation in December. An investigator found new evidence and “concluded that the District Attorney’s 2002 investigation was flawed and that Bishop Hart sexually abused two boys in Wyoming,” according to the diocese’s announcement. A second investigation, by the Diocesan Review Board, “concurred with the investigator’s assessment that the allegations are credible and substantiated.”

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/cheyenne-diocese-says-former-bishop-sexually-abused-two-wyoming-boys/article_3be9f162-2c0e-5832-8d26-48acf8b7224f.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 01:29 AM (1 replies)

Las Vegas investor who owes $2.2 billion to Nevada company arrested outside Yellowstone

A Las Vegas investor who owes $2.2 billion to a Nevada company was arrested Friday just outside Yellowstone National Park, after a federal bankruptcy court judge issued a bench warrant for contempt of court.

Raymond Ngan, 47, was arrested at the Super 8 Motel in Gardiner, Montana, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Hornung said Monday. The U.S. Marshals Service’s office in Montana received a tip that Ngan was staying at the motel, Hornung said, and deputies were sent into the park and to the Super 8 to search for him.

“From what we understood from the source, he was visiting the park,” Hornung said.

Ngan received the contempt order in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas on June 20 after he failed to appear for three separate court hearings in his case, according to court documents. He first filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 31, 2017, court records show, four months after a Nevada court ruled that he owed more than $2.2 billion to First 100 LLC.

The Las Vegas Sun newspaper reported at the time that the judgment against Ngan shattered the state’s previous record for a single civil case, which had stood at $524 million since 2013.

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/las-vegas-investor-who-owes-billion-to-nevada-company-arrested/article_75e8d1b1-3cc9-52c7-8e19-ef755ffbeb74.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 01:13 AM (4 replies)
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