June 7 Montana News Briefs

Friday, June 7, 2019

Yellowstone records over 434,000 visits in May

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has recorded its third busiest visitation during the month of May as the park began opening up for the busy summer tourist season. The National Park Service says the park recorded 434,385 visits last month. The total is 2.8% less than May 2018, which was the busiest May on record. So far in 2019, Yellowstone has counted more than 576,700 visits, which is up 1% from the same five-month period last year. The park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho typically sees its most visitors during the summer months.

Former Billings Clinic employee claims sexual harassment

BILLINGS (AP) — A former Billings Clinic employee has filed a complaint against the health care organization alleging she was sexually harassed by the recently fired CEO. The woman claims Dr. Randall Gibb sexually harassed and made crude remarks on a nearly daily basis. She said she suffered anxiety and panic attacks that led her to take medical leave. When she complained to administrators, she says she was demoted. The Billings Gazette spoke with the woman and confirmed her complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regional office in Seattle. Billings Clinic issued a statement Thursday saying hospital officials acted appropriately as soon as they learned of the complaint by Gibb’s former assistant. After an independent investigation, Gibb was fired in May. Gibb’s attorney, John Crist, says the woman’s accusations are “inaccurate and misleading.”

Montana congressman to run for governor in 2020

HELENA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg GIanforte is running for the Republican nomination for Montana governor next year. This will be the 58-year-old Bozeman businessman’s second gubernatorial campaign after losing to Democrat Steve Bullock in 2016 and his fourth statewide campaign in five years. Campaign spokesman Dan Duffey said that Gianforte filed his paperwork Thursday with the state Commissioner of Political Practices after encouragement from residents across the state. Gianforte plans to formally announce his run next week. He will join an already crowded field of Republicans running for the open seat. Those contending to take back the office for the GOP for the first time since 2005 also include Attorney General Tim Fox, state Sen. Al Olszewski and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. No Democrat has announced his or her candidacy.

Death of Billings woman investigated as homicide

BILLINGS (AP) — Police in Billings are investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman as a homicide. The woman arrived at the hospital early Tuesday with a gunshot wound and died on Thursday. Her name has not been released. Police Lt. Brandon Wooley says an 18-year-old woman is a person of interest in the case. No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed by Thursday afternoon.

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