May 10 Montana News Briefs

Friday, May 10, 2019

Glacier National Park officials set plans to trap grizzlies

KALISPELL (AP) — Glacier National Park officials plan to capture and mark 10 female grizzly bears as part of an ongoing effort to monitor the population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The Daily Inter Lake reports park officials announced Wednesday that the trapping efforts will continue through October at various spots in the Montana park. The park estimates that 300 grizzly bears live in the park. The park says visitors are prohibited from entering the closed bait stations and trap sites, which will be marked by warning signs. The park recommends that visitors travel in groups and make loud noises to avoid surprise bear encounters. Yellowstone National Park announced Monday similar plans to bait and trap grizzly bears through July.

Republicans mail imitation Census fundraising survey

MISSOULA (AP) — The Republican National Committee is sending out policy surveys with the option of enclosing $15 for processing the “Census Document.” The Montana Department of Commerce is reminding Montana residents the actual U.S. Census will begin in March 2020 and will not ask for any money. The Missoulian reported Thursday the survey, called a “2019 Congressional District Census,” was mailed his week. It asks if recipients plan to support President Donald Trump in 2020, if they support a southern border wall and what media source they use for political news. It seeks donations from $25 to $1,000 or the $15 processing fee. Under federal law, the U.S. Postal Service cannot accept Census look-alike mailings unless they identify the sender. A Republican National Committee official told the Missoulian they continue to send the mailers because they receive a positive response.

Police in Butte investigate fatal hit-and-run crash

BUTTE (AP) — Police in Butte are investigating a fatal hit-andrun crash in which a car collided with a motorcycle, killing the man riding the motorcycle. Butte-Silver Bow Count Sheriff Ed Lester says officers are looking for the driver of a black 2014 Subaru Crosstrek, possibly with a Silver Bow County license plate. KTVM-TV reports the collision happened just before 2 a.m. Friday. The road remained closed as the investigation continued Friday morning. The victim’s name has not been released.

Lockwood explosion injures 2

BILLINGS (AP) — Two people have been injured following an explosion at a southeastern Montana business that triggered a warning for the public to stay away from the area. Authorities said the blast occurred after 3 p.m. Thursday while employees were transferring gasoline in a warehouse in Lockwood. Yellowstone County Undersheriff Sam Bofto says two people were taken to hospitals with unknown injuries. Lockwood Fire Chief John Staley says the victims were responsive and able to talk. The explosion occurred at the Polar Service Center, which sells and services trailers and trailer parts. The cause was not immediately available.

Neighbors: ‘Rank’ smell followed bonfire near Frenchtown

MISSOULA (AP) — Former neighbors of Caressa Hardy, who is in trial for killing two men in western Montana, say a “rank” stench filled the air following a March 2013 bonfire outside a residence near Frenchtown. Karen Jill Hardy testified Tuesday that Caressa Hardy, also identified in court records as Glenn Dibley, shot and killed Thomas Korjack and Robert Orozco and burned their bodies and other evidence. No DNA was recovered from two sets of bones found in the burn pile. The Missoulian reports Mark McNerney testified Wednesday the smell following the bonfire was “absolutely rank, unlike anything I’ve ever smelled.”