July 2 Montana News Briefs

Monday, July 2, 2018

Montana transgender-restroom initiative attempt falls short

BILLINGS (AP) — An attempt to let Montana voters decide whether to prohibit transgender people from using the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice has come up short.

Supporters of the “Montana Locker Room Privacy Act” got fewer than 10,000 of the more than 25,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

The Billings Gazette reports they had until June 20 to submit enough signatures. Similar legislation failed in the Montana Legislature in 2017.


Tornadoes cause damage in Montana, South Dakota

BILLINGS (AP) — A storm that produced as many as five tornadoes destroyed a home and caused other damage in Montana and South Dakota. 

The National Weather Service estimates one tornado Thursday night had winds over 130 mph. It completely a shed, toppled a trailer, moved heavy hay bales and stripped bark off trees.

The twister originated in southeastern Montana and crossed into western South Dakota. The Billings Gazette reports the tornadoes stayed mostly over rural areas.


Campground adds restrictions after grizzly bear sighting

WEST GLACIER (AP) — A northwest Montana campground has temporary banned tents and soft-sided campers after a grizzly bear made its way into the area.

The Missoulian reports that hard-sided campers, camper vehicles and pickup trucks with small canvas pop-ups will be allowed at the Many Glacier Campground.

Park officials say they decided on the restriction after a small grizzly bear weighing about 150 pounds entered a campsite on Friday where two campers were cleaning trout. The campers moved away, and the bear ate the fish before pawing and biting two backpacks in the campsite.

It is not clear when the restriction will be lifted.